Fast Five Quiz: Neuropathic, Nociceptive, and Mixed Pain

Shaheen E. Lakhan, MD, PhD, MS, MEd


January 14, 2022

Pain is a subjective experience that is defined by the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) as "an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with, or resembling that associated with, actual or potential tissue damage."

Several types of pain have been illustrated by IASP, including neuropathic pain, which is characterized as "pain caused by a lesion or disease of the somatosensory nervous system." Another classification includes nociceptive pain, or "pain that arises from actual or threatened damage to non-neural tissue and is due to the activation of nociceptors." Recently, the IASP released clinical criteria and a grading system for nociplastic pain as well, and an international panel of experts published practice pearls for mixed pain. For all patients, multidimensional assessment to incorporate pain experience, pain expression, and pain measures and to determine appropriate treatment is recommended.

How much do you know about the assessment and etiology of neuropathic, nociceptive, and mixed pain? Test your knowledge with this quick quiz.


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