Jennifer L. Davies1, Dinesh Selvarajah2, Michael D. Hunter3, Elaine Cachia1, Adithya Sankar1, Irene Tracey4, Solomon Tesfaye2, Iain D. Wilkinson1
1Academic Radiology, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, United Kingdom; 2Diabetes, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals; 3Academic Psychiatry, University of Sheffield; 4Oxford University
Diabetic Neuropathy (DN) is a common, debilitating complication of diabetes, often associated with chronic pain. This study investigates the brains response to acute thermal pain stimulation in: 10 patients with Painful-DN; 10 with Painless-DN and 10 Healthy Volunteers (HV), using BOLD fMRI at 3T. The response was evaluated using a GLM. At the group level, greater BOLD-response in the foot (neuropathic area) vs the thigh (control area) was present in the somatosensory, prefrontal and anterior cingulated cortices when comparing the painful-DN to the HV groups and in the prefrontal cortex when comparing the painful-DN to the painless-DN groups.