Gene Makeup May Help Explain Amputees’ Chronic Pain

(HealthDay)—Soldiers with certain gene variations seem more likely than others to have chronic pain after limb amputation, a small study says.

Researchers analyzed blood samples from 49 U.S. soldiers who had persistent pain after amputation and identified hundreds of previously unknown gene variations that could play a role in the soldiers’ chronic pain.

The study is scheduled for presentation Monday at the annual meeting of the American Society of Anesthesiologists in San Francisco.

“Traumatic amputations of limbs profoundly change the lives of affected military service members,” study author Dr. Andrew Shaw, an associate professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine at Duke University Medical Center, said in a society news release.

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