Open Access Article – Wallet Neuritis – An Example of Peripheral Sensitization

Author(s):Md Abu Bakar Siddiq*Israt Jahan and SAM Masihuzzaman

Volume 14, Issue 3, 2018

Page: [279 – 283]

Pages: 5

DOI: 10.2174/1573397113666170310100851


Background: Wallet neuritis is an example of extra-spinal tunnel neuropathy concerning sciatic nerve. Its clinical appearance often gets confused with sciatica of lumbar spine origin. Wallet- induced chronic sciatic nerve constriction produces gluteal and ipsilateral lower extremity pain, tingling, and burning sensation. It was Lutz, first describing credit-card wallet sciatica in an Attorney, surfaced on Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA), 1978; however, the condition has not been well-studied in various other occupations.

Case Summary: In this write-up, we take the privilege of demonstrating wallet neuritis as an example of peripheral sensitization in three different professionals’ namely specialist doctor, driver, and banker first time in Bangladesh. All the three patients’ demonstrated aggravated gluteal pain with radiation on the homo-lateral lower extremity while remained seated on heavy wallet for a while, fortunately improved discontinuing such stuff with. Alongside radical wallectomy, piriformis stretching exercise on the affected side had also been recommended and found worthy in terms of pain relief.

Conclusion: long-standing use of rear pocket wallet may compress and sensitize ipsilateral sciatic nerve, generating features resembling lumbago sciatica; thereby, remains a source of patients’ misery and diagnostic illusion for pain physicians as well. Read now:

Japanese authors have made important contributions to Bentham Science Journal ‘Current Neuropharmacology’

Tissue Injury and Related Mediators of Pain Exacerbation

Author(s): Fumimasa Amaya, Yuta Izumi, Megumi Matsuda and Mika Sasaki

Abstract: Tissue injury and inflammation result in release of various mediators that promote ongoing pain or pain hypersensitivity against mechanical, thermal and chemical stimuli. Pro-nociceptive mediators activate primary afferent neurons directly or indirectly to enhance nociceptive signal transmission to the central nervous system. Excitation of primary afferents by peripherally originating mediators, so-called “peripheral sensitization”, is a hallmark of tissue injuryrelated pain. Many kinds of pro-nociceptive mediators, including ATP, glutamate, kinins, cytokines and tropic factors, synthesized at the damaged tissue, contribute to the development of peripheral sensitization. In the present review we will discuss the molecular mechanisms of peripheral sensitization following tissue injury.

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