Botulinum Toxin-A May Be Effective in Painful Diabetic Neuropathy

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Botulinum Toxin-A May Be Effective in Painful Diabetic Neuropathy
Botulinum Toxin-A May Be Effective in Painful Diabetic Neuropathy

(HealthDay News) — Botulinum toxin-A (BTX-A) appears to be beneficial for painful diabetic neuropathy, according to a meta-analysis published in Pain Medicine.

Shaheen E. Lakhan, MD, PhD, from the Global Neuroscience Initiative Foundation in Los Angeles, and colleagues conducted a meta-analysis of two studies using BTX-A in the treatment of neuropathic pain. The difference in visual analog scale (VAS) from pre-intervention to o1 month post-intervention was measured as the primary outcome.

The researchers found that following treatment with BTX-A there was an improvement of 1.96 VAS points (P<.001), which corresponded to a clinically significant improvement of "minimum change in pain." There was no statistically significant effect on adverse events in terms of infection at injection site (P=.49).

"Tests for significance, low overall risk of bias, and almost no statistical heterogeneity suggests that there is a correlation between BTX-A and improvement of pain scores in [painful diabetic neuropathy]," the researchers wrote.

Reference

  1. Lakhan SE et al. Pain Med. 2015;doi:10.1111/pme.12728.
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