Functional Human Brain Connectivity During Labor and its Alteration under Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation
Chih-Chien Tsai1,2, An-Shine Chao3, Ngoc-Thanh Hoang4, and Jiun-Jie Wang1,2,5,6
1Department of Medical imaging and Radiological Science, Chang-Gung University, Taoyuan City, Taiwan, 2Healthy Aging Research Center, Chang Gung University, Taoyuan City, Taiwan, 3Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Taoyuan City, Taiwan, 4Department of Radiology, Hue University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Hue University, Hue, Vietnam, 5Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Taoyuan City, Taiwan, 6Medical Imaging Research Center, Institute for Radiological Research, Chang Gung University/Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Taoyuan City, Taiwan
Pain management during labor is an essential part of general obstetric care. Use nonpharmacological methods such as transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) for pain relief is necessary because the risk from anesthetics and analgesics to the mother and fetus should always be considered. Therefore, we investigate the neural network alteration of the brain in pain relief by TENS during labor. Our findings indicated the TENS during labor might change functional connectivity of the pain-related network to reach the effect of pain relief, which improve our understanding of the neural representations of nociceptive and visceral pain-related networks.
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