Journal article

Inflammation without pain: Immune-derived opioids hold the key

Simona E Carbone, Daniel P Poole

Neurogastroenterology & Motility | WILEY | Published : 2020


Visceral pain is commonly associated with acute or remitting inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). In marked contrast, chronic IBD is often painless, even in the presence of active inflammation. This suggests that inflammation in itself is insufficient to sustain altered nociceptive signaling and raises the possibility that there is an endogenous analgesic system in effect in chronic disease. A new study by Basso et al. published in this issue of Neurogastroenterology & Motility provides additional support for an immune-mediated mechanism that suppresses visceral hypersensitivity. The authors examined visceral pain in the IL-10-piroxicam model of chronic colitis, which differs from other experim..

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