Study: Brain structure differences may help predict chronic pain

09/18/2013 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

Variations in the brain's white matter may help predict patients who are likely to develop chronic pain after an injury, according to a Northwestern University study in the journal Pain. After comparing the brain scans of back pain patients with those whose pain resolved, researchers said that chronic pain subjects had structural differences in white matter and differences in the density of connections between the nucleus accumbens and the medial prefrontal cortex.

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