Saturday, June 28, 2014

Neuroma-interesting read...

"A Neuroma is a thickening of nerve tissue that can occur in various parts of the body. The thickening of the nerve that defines a neuroma is a result of thickening and irritation of the nerve. This compression created an enlargement of the nerve, which may lead to permanent nerve damage."

"Work by Wall showed that even when no obvious nerve damage occurred, any trauma could lead to disruption of nerve axons. This disrupted axon will then produce axon sprouts. These sprouts try to link up with each other and heal the nerve. If they do not link up with another sprout, some die and some lie there; if a collection lie there together they are known as a neuroma. However, it is clear that sometimes there are not enough axons to form any anatomical structure and this is a microscopic finding. However, this axon is exquisitely sensitive to noradrenalin, and any noradrenalin released in the area produces intense stimulation of the nerve, producing severe pain. This is made worse by light touch, stress and movement."

*My apologies to the author of the quote above, I am unable to find the source of this quote-but thought it was important to share.