How to diagnose neuropathic pain? The contribution from clinical examination, pain questionnaires and diagnostic tests

S. La Cesa, S. Tamburin, V. Tugnoli, G. Sandrini, S. Paolucci, M. Lacerenza, P. Marchettini, G. Cruccu, A. Truini

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Abstract

Patients with peripheral and central nervous system diseases may suffer from different types of pain, namely nociceptive, neuropathic and mixed pain. Although in some cases, the distinction between these types of pain is clinically evident, yet in some patients an accurate differential diagnosis requires dedicated clinical examination, screening questionnaires and diagnostic techniques some of which are available only in specialized pain centres. This review briefly addresses the currently agreed definitions of the different types of pain and shows how clinical examination, pain questionnaires and diagnostic tests can help the clinicians in identifying neuropathic pain.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2169-2175
Number of pages7
JournalNeurological Sciences
Volume36
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2015

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Neuralgia
Routine Diagnostic Tests
Pain
Nociceptive Pain
Pain Clinics
Central Nervous System Diseases
Peripheral Nervous System Diseases
Differential Diagnosis
Surveys and Questionnaires

Keywords

  • Laser evoked potentials
  • Neuropathic pain
  • Screening tools
  • Skin biopsy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Dermatology

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How to diagnose neuropathic pain? The contribution from clinical examination, pain questionnaires and diagnostic tests. / La Cesa, S.; Tamburin, S.; Tugnoli, V.; Sandrini, G.; Paolucci, S.; Lacerenza, M.; Marchettini, P.; Cruccu, G.; Truini, A.

In: Neurological Sciences, Vol. 36, No. 12, 01.12.2015, p. 2169-2175.

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La Cesa, S, Tamburin, S, Tugnoli, V, Sandrini, G, Paolucci, S, Lacerenza, M, Marchettini, P, Cruccu, G & Truini, A 2015, 'How to diagnose neuropathic pain? The contribution from clinical examination, pain questionnaires and diagnostic tests', Neurological Sciences, vol. 36, no. 12, pp. 2169-2175. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10072-015-2382-z
La Cesa, S. ; Tamburin, S. ; Tugnoli, V. ; Sandrini, G. ; Paolucci, S. ; Lacerenza, M. ; Marchettini, P. ; Cruccu, G. ; Truini, A. / How to diagnose neuropathic pain? The contribution from clinical examination, pain questionnaires and diagnostic tests. In: Neurological Sciences. 2015 ; Vol. 36, No. 12. pp. 2169-2175.
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