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Pain is an unpleasant but very important biological signal for danger. Nociception is necessary for survival and maintaining the integrity of the organism in a potentially hostile environment. Pain is both a sensory experience and a perceptual metaphor for damage and it is activated by noxious stimuli that act on a complex pain sensory apparatus. However, chronic pain having no more a protective role can become a ruining disease itself, termed 'neuropathic pain'.

Functional neuroanatomy of the pain system
Primary afferent neuron
Distribution of nociceptor peripheral endings
Termination in the spinal cord and spinal trigeminal nucleus
Ascending pathways of the spinal cord and of the STN
Dorsal column nuclei and nociception
Cerebellum and nociception
Cortices involved in pain perception and thalamocortical projection
Descending modulatory pathways
Neuropathic pain
Central changes consequent to peripheral nerve injury
The role of glial cells
Neuropathology of herpes zoster (HZ) and of postherpetic neuralgia (PHN)
Diabetic neuropathic pain
Cancer neuropathic pain
Central neuropathic pain
Concluding remarks
Subject index.
ISBN 9783540281665
Artikelnummer 9783540281665
Medientyp E-Book - PDF
Auflage 2. Aufl.
Copyrightjahr 2006
Verlag Springer-Verlag
Umfang 120 Seiten
Sprache Englisch
Kopierschutz Digitales Wasserzeichen