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    ISSN: 1365-2044
    Source: Blackwell Publishing Journal Backfiles 1879-2005
    Topics: Medicine
    Notes: Brainstem auditory evoked responses were recorded in 17 patients with chronic pain who had been given electro-acupuncture therapy. The absolute peak latencies of waves I to V, and interpeak latencies and amplitudes of waves I and V were analysed before electro-acupuncture and compared with values obtained during electro-acupuncture and 5 min after its termination after one, five and 10 sittings. At these sittings the intensity of pain was recorded with the help of a 100 mm visual analogue scale. Each patient had 10 sittings given on alternate days. The absolute peak latencies of waves I, II, and III were delayed significantly (p 〈 0.05) after 5 and 10 sittings and amplitudes of wave V decreased significantly (p 〈 0.05) after 5 and 10 sittings. Visual analogue scores also decreased significantly (p 〈 0.01) during these sittings. It was established that before and after 10 sittings of electro-acupuncture, there was a significant positive correlation between visual analogue scores and the amplitude of wave V (p 〈 0.01). There was a negative correlation between visual analogue scores and absolute peak latencies of wave III at 1, 5 and 10 sittings, suggesting that there is a definite interaction between the electro-acupuncture neural mechanism and the generators of brainstem auditory evoked responses in the lower brainstem.
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