An investigation of metabolome in blood in patients with chronic peripheral, posttraumatic/postsurgical neuropathic pain.

Ghafouri B, Thordeman K, Hadjikani R, Bay Nord A, Gerdle B, B├Ąckryd E

Sci Rep 12 (1) 21714 [2022-12-15; online 2022-12-15]

Neuropathic pain (NP) is a chronic pain condition resulting from a lesion or disease in the somatosensory nervous system. The aim of this study was to investigate the metabolome in plasma from patients with chronic peripheral, posttraumatic/postsurgical NP compared to healthy controls. Further, we aimed to investigate the correlation between pain intensity and the metabolome in plasma. The metabolic profile in plasma samples from 16 patients with chronic NP and 12 healthy controls was analyzed using a nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy method. Information about pain intensity, pain duration, body mass index (BMI), age, sex, and blood pressure were obtained through a questionnaire and clinical examination. Multivariate data analysis was used to identify metabolites significant for group separation and their correlation with pain intensity and duration, BMI, and age. We found 50 out of 326 features in plasma significantly contributing to group discrimination between NP and controls. Several of the metabolites that significantly differed were involved in inflammatory processes, while others were important for central nervous system functioning and neural signaling. There was no correlation between pain intensity and levels of metabolite in NP. These findings indicate that there seems to be peripheral/systemic differences in the metabolic profile between patients with chronic NP and healthy individuals.

Swedish NMR Centre (SNC) [Collaborative]

PubMed 36522472

DOI 10.1038/s41598-022-26405-6

Crossref 10.1038/s41598-022-26405-6

pmc: PMC9755304
pii: 10.1038/s41598-022-26405-6

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