Neuropathic pain

Blair H. Smith, Nicola Torrance

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Neuropathic pain (NeuP) is defined by the International Study for the Association of Pain (IASP) as 'pain arising as a direct consequence of a lesion or disease affecting the somatosensory system'. This chapter begins with a discussion of the common characteristics and causes of NeuP, common neuropathic pain conditions, and treatment challenges. It then turns to the population prevalence of NeuP, descriptive epidemiology of neuropathic pain, public health implications, risk factors, and prevention.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationChronic Pain Epidemiology
Subtitle of host publicationFrom Aetiology to Public Health
EditorsPeter Croft, Fiona M. Blyth, Danielle van der Windt
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191594816
ISBN (Print)9780199235766
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2011


  • Chronic pain
  • Neuropathic pain
  • Public health
  • Somatosensory system


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