Treating severe pain in advanced lung 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

Treating severe pain in advanced lung disease

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This chapter examines the management and treatment of pain in patients with advanced lung disease. There are generally two main categories of pain in relation to respiratory function and these are nociceptive and neuropathic pain. The main principles of pain treatment suggest that treatment should be chosen according to the pain mechanism and intensity and recommend regular prescription of drugs in order to prevent pain recurrence.

Keywords: pain management; lung disease; nociceptive pain; neuropathic pain; pain mechanism; pain intensity; treatment selection

Chapter.  7125 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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