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Supportive Care in Respiratory Disease$
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Sam H. Ahmedzai and Martin F. Muers

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780192631411

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192631411.001.0001

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Mechanisms of pain associated with respiratory disease

Mechanisms of pain associated with respiratory disease

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(p.413) Chapter 26 Mechanisms of pain associated with respiratory disease
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Supportive Care in Respiratory Disease
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Sam H. Ahmedzai (Contributor Webpage)

Martin F. Muers

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192631411.003.0026

This chapter examines the pathophysiological mechanisms of pain associated with respiratory disease, focusing on the chest wall, diaphragm, and mediastinal pain, and with brachial plexopathy. It explains that thoracic pain can be nociceptive, neuropathic, or mixed, and that pain may arise from the thoracic viscera, muscles, bony cage, or skin or nerve structures. Thoracic pains are mainly caused by tumour, trauma, infection, or inflammation and there are difficult pain syndromes that arise with postherpetic neuralgia, pleural involvement, mediastinal disease, and brachial plexus infiltration.

Keywords:   thoracic pain, respiratory disease, chest wall, diaphragm, mediastinal pain, brachial plexopathy, pain syndromes, postherpetic neuralgia, pleural involvement, brachial plexus infiltration

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