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Papers: 15 Jun 2024 - 21 Jun 2024


J Pain Res



Pupillometry as a Potential Objective Measurement of Pain Assessment in Healthy Volunteers.


Krafthöfer J, Fabig SC, Baron R, Gierthmühlen J


Pain leads to activation of the autonomic nervous system and thus, among other things, to pupillary reflex dilation (PRD). Previous studies have already confirmed a correlation between the perception of pain and the pupillary reaction, measured using pupillometry. However, the previous study populations were under the influence of medication for analgesia in perioperative setting or suffered from pain. This study examines the relationship between pupillary reaction and pain perception in healthy controls and addresses the question of whether endogenous pain inhibition, clinically tested by conditioned pain modulation (CPM), can be quantified using pupillometry.