- Neuropathic pain (NP) has a prevalence of 35.9% in patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc).
- This is the first published report of its prevalence.
Why this matters
- NP is frequently overlooked.
- It needs to be evaluated and treated separately from traditional, non-NP.
- Cross-sectional cohort of 120 patients with SSc who had been diagnosed with American College of Rheumatology 2013 criteria and followed for at least 1 year.
- NP was assessed by The Leeds Assessment of Neuropathic Symptoms and Signs (LANNS) questionnaire, pain was assessed by visual analog scale (VAS), and QoL was assessed by Short-Form 36.
- Funding: None disclosed.
- 69.2% of cohort reported pain of any type (by VAS).
- 35.9% of cohort reported NP (by LANNS).
- Pain was most common in the wrist-hand (50.6%), whereas NP was most common in the face (94.4%), lower leg (87.5%), and hip-thigh (78.6%).
- QoL was lower in patients with NP than those without NP (P<.05>
- No control group.