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Associate Professor of Neurology,Harvard Medical School
Associate in Neurology, Massachusetts General Hospital
Assistant in Pathology (Neuropathology),Massachusetts General Hospital
Dr. Oaklander is Associate Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School and Assistant in Pathology (Neuropathology) at the Massachusetts General Hospital. She received a B.S. in Neuroscience from Cornell University and M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. After neurology residency at UMDNJ, she undertook postdoctoral training at Johns Hopkins and joined their Neurosurgery faculty until moving to MGH, where she attends for the neurology service and directs the neurodiagnostic skin-biopsy laboratory that diagnoses small-fiber polyneuropathy. Dr. Oaklander directs the Nerve Unit, an NIH, DoD, and foundation-funded laboratory that studies peripheral nerve problems. She is known for discoveries on complications of shingles, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome and small-fiber polyneuropathy. She has more than 100 publications and serves on the editorial board of several journals. She is a Fellow of the American Neurological Association and the American Academy of Neurology. She serves on advisory and review panels for the NIH, the VA, and the Institute of Medicine.Visit her Neuropathy Commons website.
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An analysis of the medical records of patients treated at Massachusetts General Hospital for an often-mysterious condition involving damage to small nerve fibers supports the hypothesis that some cases are caused by autoimmune disease and also identifies the first effective treatment option.
About half of a small group of patients with fibromyalgia – a common syndrome that causes chronic pain and other symptoms – was found to have damage to nerve fibers in their skin and other evidence of a disease called small-fiber polyneuropathy (SFPN).
About half of a small group of patients with fibromyalgia – a common syndrome that causes chronic pain and other symptoms – was found to have damage to nerve fibers in their skin and other evidence of a disease called small-fiber polyneuropathy, a disorder that sometimes can be treated.
Study finds that most of a group of young patients seen at Mass General for chronic, unexplained pain had test results indicating small-fiber polyneuropathy, a condition not previously reported in children.
Anne Louise Oaklander, MD, PhD, associate professor of Neurology, says shingles and post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN), a serious neurological complication in which pain lingers in an area of previous shingles long after the rash heals, cannot be taken lightly. PHN can last for months or years and is a source of severe and disabling pain, particularly for older patients.
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