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Pain felt in an undamaged part of the body away from the actual point of injury or disease. It may be a visceral (abdominal organ) pain, which is perceived as originating in the body wall due to nerve impulses from visceral pain receptors travelling along the same pathway as somatic pain impulses, or the pain may arise in body wall structures and be referred distally. Degenerative changes in cervical vertebrae, for example, can cause tendinitis-like pain in the elbow, and degeneration of lumbar facets can cause calf pain. See also radicular pain, somatic pain.

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