Mechanisms of pain associated with respiratory disease

Sam H. Ahmedzai and Martin F. Muers

in Supportive Care in Respiratory Disease

Published in print February 2005 | ISBN: 9780192631411
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191730160 | DOI:

Series: Supportive Care Series

Mechanisms of pain associated with respiratory disease

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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

Chapter.  5188 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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