Diagnostic Criteria for Central Neuropathic Pain AAPT

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Diagnostic Criteria for Central Neuropathic Pain AAPT

Central neuropathic pain is a deliberating reaction of stroke, spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, and some other central nervous system disorders. These disorders or lesion is known to results in chronic pain with neuropathic characteristics. Overall, 7–8% of adults are reported to suffer from neuropathic pain worldwide. This pain is very severe impacts overall health negatively therefore demanding the effective and early diagnosis. Various societies collaborated to propose a working group to establish central diagnostic criteria for neuropathic pain. This developed a criterion expanded upon current criteria for neuropathic pain and the International Classification of Diseases 11th Revision draft criteria to confirm consistency. 

The present study published in 2017, in The Journal of Pain explained central neuropathic pain related to stroke, spinal cord injury and multiple sclerosis. However, one of the research society AAPT frameworks continued to work on central pain due to other reasons like traumatic brain injury. Therefore, primary neuropathic pain classification is formulated by AAPT multidimensional framework that mainly included 1) core diagnostic criteria, 2) common features, 3) common medical and psychiatric comorbidities, 4) neurobiological, psychosocial, and functional consequences, and 5) putative neurobiological and psychological mechanisms, risk factors, and protective factors.  


The Journal of Pain

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AAPT Diagnostic Criteria for Central Neuropathic Pain


Eva Widerström-Noga; et al.

Diagnostic, Neuropathic pain, Chronic, AAPT
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