Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

2018 Edition
| Editors: Jeffrey S. Kreutzer, John DeLuca, Bruce Caplan

Epicritic Pain

  • Kerry DonnellyEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-57111-9_728


A variant of nociceptive pain (pain resulting from ongoing activation of primary afferent neurons by noxious stimuli), epicritic pain is transmitted to the spinal cord by A Delta (δ) fibers. These fibers are sparsely myelinated, large-diameter, and fast-conducting, which transmit sharp, well-localized pain. A δ fibers are mostly sensitive to mechanical and thermal stimuli. Epicritic pain is less responsive to opioid therapy than is protopathic pain.


References and Readings

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.VA WNY Healthcare SystemUniversity of Buffalo (SUNY) Behavioral Health Careline (116B)BuffaloUSA