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Scientific Articles

Pain characterization in Duchenne muscular dystrophy

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source: Arquivos de Neuro-Psiquiatria

year: 2016

authors: Silva TD, Massetti T, Monteiro CB, Trevizan IL, Arab C, Caromano FA, Voos MC, Oliveira AS, Favero FM


To investigate the relationship between DMD and pain.

We conducted a systematic review in Medline/PubMed and BVS (virtual library in health) databases. We searched for articles that showed the terms “Muscular Dystrophy, Duchenne” and “Pain” in all fields. All studies included boys diagnosed with DMD and the occurrence/amount of pain on this population.

Initially, there were 175 studies. 167 articles were excluded for not meeting the inclusion criteria. The remaining eight eligible studies, involving pain assessment in DMD, were analyzed.

Pain is a frequent problem in this population and this symptom is potentially tractable. Studies conclude that pain can directly influence the quality of life of this population.

organization: Universidade Federal de São Paulo, Brasil; Universidade de São Paulo, Brasil

DOI: 10.1590/0004-282X20160107

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