Guidelines on chronic pain management

  • S. Ischia
  • G. Finco
  • E. Polati
  • L. Gottin
Part of the Topics in Anaesthesia and Critical Care book series (TIACC)


Chronic pain represents a topic of medicine to which an univocal and especially efficacious solution has not yet been found. The lack of unequivocally efficacious medical devices pressures physicians into searching for personal solutions which often have no clinical rationale and may expose the patients to useless, and sometimes increased, suffering. Moreover, many physicians attempt a pain therapy without adequate technical and scientific preparation. It is, therefore, of major importance to establish some guidelines for the treatment of chronic pain which are based on the demonstration of the efficacy of each device or, if this is not possible, on a physiopathologic rationale which suggests their use. The aim of this paper is to identify, based on the international literature and on our own clinical and scientific experience, criteria on which an adequate treatment of different types and clinical presentations of pain can be developed.


Pancreatic Cancer Chronic Pain Neuropathic Pain Trigeminal Neuralgia Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy 
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  • S. Ischia
  • G. Finco
  • E. Polati
  • L. Gottin

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