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Classification of Pain - Archived

In palliative medicine, the most widely used classification is pragmatic, based on recognisable clusters of pain symptoms that are associated with response to specific therapeutic interventions.

  • Neuropathic - Characterised by disordered sensation, responsive adjuvants such as anti-convulsants and anti-depressants.
  • Bone pain - Characterised by intense and focal nature, responsive to adjuvants such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and bisphosphonates.
  • Muscle spasm - Characterised by responsiveness to muscle relaxants and anti-spasmodics.
  • Cerebral irritation - Characterised by association with acute brain injury and signs of anxiety, responsive to adjuvants such as benzodiazepines.
Edition/Revision: 1.1
Created 18 Jul 2013 - Archived
Validated 19 Jul 2013 by Ian Back
Last modified 1 Mar 2024
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Last modified 1 Mar 2024