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Relationships between pathology and pain severities: a review

By N. G. Gregory

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The relationships between pathology severity and pain severity are reviewed using the literature available for humans. The aim is to help veterinary radiologists, physicians and pathologists recognise the disorders in which severity of a lesion is likely to be related to the severity of pain or to incipient pain. Specific features or lesions within the following conditions showed a relationship with pain score, which was usually assessed with a visual analogue scale: inflammation; pancreatitis; ileitis; mucositis; fasciitis; synovitis; arthritis; lower back pain; disc herniation; sciatica; scoliosis; myalgia; cancer; arteriosclerosis; skin ulcers; mastalgia; skin and oral neuropathies; endometriosis; hepatopathy and chronic pulp diseases of the teeth. As experience with magnetic resonance imaging grows, there will be further opportunities to look for quantitative relationships in humans between pathology and pain severities. This information will be useful to veterinarians and other people working with animals in evaluating pain in animals in their care.

Date 2010
Publication Title Animal Welfare
Volume 19
Issue 4
Pages 437-448
ISBN/ISSN 0962-7286
Language English
Author Address Royal Veterinary College, Hatfield, Herts AL9 7TA, UK.
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  1. Animal rights
  2. Animal welfare
  3. Arthritis
  4. Cancer
  5. Diagnosis
  6. Diseases
  7. Health services
  8. Inflammation
  9. Lesions
  10. Magnetic resonance imaging
  11. Mammals
  12. Methodologies
  13. nervous system
  14. neuropathy
  15. Pain
  16. pathology
  17. physicians
  18. Primates
  19. skin
  20. Teeth.
  21. Ulcers
  22. Veterinarians
  23. Veterinary medicine
  24. Veterinary surgery