Quick Discrimination of Adelta and C Fiber Mediated Pain Based on Three Verbal Descriptors

@inproceedings{Beissner2010QuickDO,
  title={Quick Discrimination of Adelta and C Fiber Mediated Pain Based on Three Verbal Descriptors},
  author={Florian Beissner and Amadeus Brandau and Christian Henke and Lisa Felden and U. Baumg{\"a}rtner and Rolf-Detlef Treede and Bruno Georg Oertel and J{\"o}rn L{\"o}tsch},
  booktitle={PloS one},
  year={2010}
}
BACKGROUND A(δ) and C fibers are the major pain-conducting nerve fibers, activate only partly the same brain areas, and are differently involved in pain syndromes. Whether a stimulus excites predominantly A(δ) or C fibers is a commonly asked question in basic pain research but a quick test was lacking so far. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS Of 77 verbal descriptors of pain sensations, "pricking", "dull" and "pressing" distinguished best (95% cases correctly) between A(δ) fiber mediated… CONTINUE READING

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