Braina British scientific journal published by Oxford University Press, published an article that explains how the cloistera relatively unknown region of the brain, may actually play a key role in the way we feel the pain. One of the researchers from the University of Oxford notably discovered new evidence going in this direction.
The claustrum could then become the next target of neurologistsfor the treatment of persons suffering from brain damage. These new therapies will contribute to improve the living conditions of these patients. Anatomically, the claustrum looks like a narrow band of gray matter between the putanem and the insula.
She is one of areas of the brain the most densely interconnected, but among the most rarely studied.
The claustrum plays a key role in the debilitating experience of pain
The claustrum failures are associated with a wide range of symptoms, but the most common signs remain cognitive disorders and epileptic seizures. We can say that it is urgent to find better treatments to this pathology, because even if the cases are rare, they are always serious.
The group of researchers studied the multiple patient medical records with lesions of the claustrum. But as the scientific world has shown little interest in this part of the brain, these cases of lesions of the claustrum are poorly documented and other patients have yet to be discovered.
If scientists have long understood the role of the claustrum in perception, salience and the sleep-wake cycle, it is the first time that they succeeded in demonstrating the link between the claustrum and pain. This long-neglected function can nevertheless be decisive in the debilitating experience of pain.
A new avenue in the treatment of brain damage
Their work allowed them gain insight into cognitive and neurological processes in which the cloister could be involved. In particular, they succeeded in proving that conditions such as autoimmune diseases or some infectious process cause lesions of the claustrum.
In view of the results of their research, the scientists wondered whether cases of claustrum lesions are much more frequent than expected. In this case, they can be a determining factor in most cases of brain damage.
Nevertheless, further research are necessary to better understand the impacts of lesions of the claustrum. This information will be of capital importance in the management of pain and could eventually modify clinical guidelines.
SOURCE: MIRA NEWS