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Increased Occurrence of Nerve Fibres and some Neuropeptides in Subacromial Tissue Biopsies from Patients with Impingement Syndrome of the Shoulder
Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Orthopaedics. Linköping University, Department of Biomedicine and Surgery, Cell biology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Orthopaedics. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
Linköping University, Department of Biomedicine and Surgery, Clinical Chemistry. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
Linköping University, Department of Biomedicine and Surgery, Cell biology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
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Abstract [en]

Background: The pathophysiology of subacromial inflammation is not fully understood. In the present study we evaluate the presence of sensory and sympathetic nerve fibres and some neuropeptides in biopsies from the supraspinatus tendon and the subacromial bursa of patients with chronic subacromial inflammation as well as of control cases.

Methods: The occurrence of nerve fibres was subjectively assessed by immunohistochemistry. The concentration of substance P (SP), calcitonin generelated peptide (CGRP) and neuropeptide Y (NPY) was measured by radioimmunoassay (RIA).

Results: In tendon biopsies from patients with an intact or partially ruptured tendon protein gene product 9.5-like immunoreactive (LI), SP-LI and CGRP-LI nerve fibres were abnormally abundant. In patients with a total tendon rupture nerve fibre occurrence was normal. All biopsies from the bursa exhibited an abnormally high occurrence of SP- and CGRP-LI nerve fibres. In all biopsies the tendon and the bursa contained more blood vessels than normal. The vessels were surrounded by NPY- and tyrosine hydroxylase-LI nerve fibres in a subjectively normal pattern. RIA analysis revealed that the concentration of all three neuropeptides was abnormally high in tendon biopsies from patients with an intact or partially ruptured tendon. Tendon biopsies from patients with total tendon rupture showed statistically normal levels. Biopsies from the bursa showed abnormally high levels of SP and CGRP but normal levels of NPY in all patients.

Conclusion: We conclude, that the supraspinatus tendon and the subacromial bursa exhibit an increased occurrence of nerve fibres and some neuropeptides in patients with chronic subacromial inflammation.

Clinical relevance: Patients with chronic subacromial inflammation have a disabling pain problem. The increased local occurrence of sensory andsympathetic axons in the inflamed tissues as well as the elevated tissue concentration of certain neuropeptides may represent important factors behind that problem.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-80036OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-80036DiVA: diva2:545109
Available from: 2012-08-17 Created: 2012-08-17 Last updated: 2012-08-17Bibliographically approved
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1. Subacromial inflammation: Clinical and experimental studies
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2001 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Shoulder pain and disability are common clinical problems. One major cause is subacromial inflammation and impingement of the supraspinatus tendon. These patients are usually offered conservative treatment or arthroscopic subacromial decompression (ASD). However, in some patients pain and a deficient shoulder function persist in spite of conservative and surgical treatment. This reflects the fact that the pathophysiology of this important disease is not fully understood. The general aim of the present thesis was to generate new lmowledge contributing to the understanding of subacromial inflammation through a combination of clinical and experimental studies.

Ketoprofen is a non-steroid antiinflammatory drug with effects on peripherally as well as centrally generated pain. In a randomized, double-blind, prospective study on impingement patients treated with ASD, postoperative administration of ketoprofen showed short-term, but not long-term positive effects on pain, range of movement and satisfaction.

The status of the rotator cuff was found not to influence the postoperative results after ASD. Patients with an intact, partially ruptured or totally ruptured (<2cm) supraspinatus tendon did equally well, both 3 and 6 years after surgery. The results suggest that the presence of an inflamed bursa is more important for the symptoms than the cuff lesion.

In search for an experimental model we found that the shoulder region of the rat shows macroanatomical similarities to the human shoulder. Analysis of the innervation of the rat shoulder showed that the suprascapular nerve and some branches projecting to the subacromial space contain numerous C- and Ao-fibers. Many of these appeared to be polymodally nociceptive units or postganglionic sympathetic units as revealed by capsaicin and chemical sympathectomy. Such fibers are relevant for inflanunatory states.

In the normal rat substance P- (SP), calcitonin gene-related peptide- (CGRP) immunoreactive putative nociceptive fibers and neuropeptide Y- (NPY) and tyrosine hydroxylase- (TH) immunoreactive putative sympathetic fibers were widely distributed in the subacromial space. After induction of an acute subacromial inflammation with carrageenan, the presence of SP- and/or CGRP-immunoreactive fibers in the supraspinatus tendon was increased, with a maximum at two weeks. The results of labeling with the growth-associated protein GAP-43 indicated a de novo sprouting of nociceptive fibers in the tendon. But, radioimmunoassay measurements showed that the content of SP, CGRP and NPY in the supraspinatus tendon were normal or subnormal.

These results called for examination of subacromial tissue biopsies from  impingement patients. Innnunohistochemical analysis showed an increase of SP- and/or CGRP- immunoreactive nerve fibers and of NPY-immunoreactive nerve fibers in tendon tissue. The presence of corresponding neuropeptides was also elevated, as determined by RIA. The analysis also revealed an increase of SP and/or CGRP-immunoreactive nerve fibers and an elevated concentration of corresponding neuropeptides in bursal tissue.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Linköpings universitet, 2001. 87 p.
Series
Linköping University Medical Dissertations, ISSN 0345-0082 ; 658
National Category
Medical and Health Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-25660 (URN)10036 (Local ID)91-721-9759-5 (ISBN)10036 (Archive number)10036 (OAI)
Public defence
2001-02-16, Berzeliussalen, Universitetssjukhuset, Linköping, 09:00 (Swedish)
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Available from: 2009-10-08 Created: 2009-10-08 Last updated: 2012-08-17Bibliographically approved

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