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Acute pain in peripheral vascular disease

Arif H. Ghazi and Obi Agu

in Acute Pain

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9780199234721
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191739972 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199234721.003.0018

Series: Oxford Pain Management Library

Acute pain in peripheral vascular disease

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Pain in vascular disease is often severe.

Atherosclerosis is the commonest cause of ischaemic pain.

Angioplasty, stents, and surgical revascularization should be attempted to treat the underlying cause.

Pain relief is also aimed at neuropathic and sympathetic components of pain.

In end stage ischaemic disease, amputation may be necessary often leading to long-term pain.

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Subjects: Critical Care ; Pain Medicine

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