Monday, 8 April 2019

FAAH-OUT This woman feels no pain!

"A woman in Scotland can feel virtually no pain due to a mutation ...
At age 65, the woman sought treatment for an issue with her hip, which turned out to involve severe joint degeneration despite her experiencing no pain. At age 66, she underwent surgery on her hand, which is normally very painful, and yet she reported no pain after the surgery. Her pain insensitivity was diagnosed by Dr Devjit Srivastava, Consultant in Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine at an NHS hospital in the north of Scotland and co-lead author of the paper....
which the researchers have described for the first time and dubbed FAAH-OUT. "

Journal Reference:

    Abdella M. Habib, Andrei L. Okorokov, Matthew N. Hill, Jose T. Bras, Man-Cheung Lee, Shengnan Li, Samuel J. Gossage, Marie van Drimmelen, Maria Morena, Henry Houlden, Juan D. Ramirez, David L.H. Bennett, Devjit Srivastava, James J. Cox. Microdeletion in a pseudogene identified in a patient with high anandamide concentrations and pain insensitivity. British Journal of Anaesthesia, 2019; DOI: 10.1016/j.bja.2019.02.019

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