Tufts OpenCourseware
Authors: Soledad Cepeda, M.D.,Ph.D., Daniel B. Carr

1. Content and Objectives

  • Definition of neuropathic pain

  • Terms used to describe pain signs

  • Common types of neuropathic pain syndromes

  • Patho-physiological mechanisms involved in neuropathic pain

  • Treatments for neuropathic pain

2. Required Readings

  • Chapter 1, 4, 5, 6 In: Cepeda MS, Cousins MJ, Carr DB. Fast Facts: Chronic Pain. Oxford: Health Press; 2007 (Required text).

  • Hansson PT, Dickenson AH. Pharmacological treatment of peripheral neuropathic pain conditions based on shared commonalities despite multiple etiologies. Pain 2005;113:251-254.

  • Cepeda MS, Farrar JT. Economic evaluation of oral treatments for neuropathic pain. J Pain 2006;7:119-128.

  • Cepeda MS, Lau J and Carr DB. Local anesthetic sympathetic blockade for chronic regional pain syndrome. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2005. CD004598.