Long-term follow-up of cutaneous hypersensitivity in rats with a spinal cord contusion

Ji In Jung, Junesun Kim, Seung Kil Hong, Young Wook Yoon

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Sometimes, spinal cord injury (SCI) results in various chronic neuropathic pain syndromes that occur diffusely below the level of the injury. It has been reported that behavioral signs of neuropathic pain are expressed in the animal models of contusive SCI. However, the observation period is relatively short considering the natural course of pain in human SCI patients. Therefore, this study was undertaken to examine the time course of mechanical and cold allodynia in the hindpaw after a spinal cord contusion in rats for a long period of time (30 weeks). The hindpaw withdrawal threshold to mechanical stimulation was applied to the plantar surface of the hindpaw, and the withdrawal frequency to the application of acetone was measured before and after a spinal contusion. The spinal cord contusion was produced by dropping a 10 g weight from a 6.25 and 12.5 mm height using a NYU impactor. After the injury, rats showed a decreased withdrawal threshold to von Frey stimulation, indicating the development of mechanical allodynia which persisted for 30 weeks. The withdrawal threshold between the two experimental groups was similar. The response frequencies to acetone increased after the SCI, but they were developed slowly. Cold allodynia persisted for 30 weeks in 12.5 mm group. The sham animals did not show any significant behavioral changes. These results provide behavioral evidence to indicate that the below-level pain was well developed and maintained in the contusion model for a long time, suggesting a model suitable for pain research, especially in the late stage of SCI or for long term effects of analgesic intervention.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)299-306
Number of pages8
JournalKorean Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Dec


  • Central neuropathic pain
  • Cold allodynia
  • Mechanical allodynia
  • Spinal cord contusion
  • Spinal cord injury

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Pharmacology


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