Shellfish Toxin May Delay Neuropathic Pain

Researchers at Boston Children's Hospital and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are testing ways to delay the rise of neuropathic pain through an anesthetic derived from shellfish toxin, according to News-Medical.

The anesthetic method has the potential to allow physicians to keep injuries from evolving into neuropathic pain, a chronic form of pain that arises from flawed signals transmitted to damaged nerves.

The team combined saxitoxin, a powerful local anesthetic, with dexamethasone to prolong saxitoxin's effects. The two ingredients contain liposomes for nontoxic delivery to the site of nerve or tissue damage.

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