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Pain in respiratory disease: mechanisms and management

Jason Boland, Elaine Cachia, Russell K. Portenoy and Sam H. Ahmedzai

in Supportive Care in Respiratory Disease

Second edition

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199591763
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191739149 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199591763.003.0018

Series: Supportive Care Series

Pain in respiratory disease: mechanisms and management

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Pain is a common symptom in patients with disease arising from, or affecting, the respiratory system. The capacity for pain sensation is found in many of the tissues of the thorax. The most important areas to consider are: the skeletal system, the pleura, the intercostal nerves, and the brachial plexus. This chapter discusses types of pain, the biological basis of pain, a rational approach to pharmacological pain management, non-pharmacological therapies, and future developments in pain control.

Keywords: pain management; respiratory disease; pharmacological therapy; non-pharmacological therapy; pain control

Chapter.  7444 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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