Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

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

Protopathic Pain

  • Kerry DonnellyEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-57111-9_777

Definition

A variant of nociceptive pain (pain resulting from ongoing activation of primary afferent neurons by noxious stimuli), protopathic pain is transmitted by C fibers to the spinal cord. C-fibers are unmyelinated, small-diameter, and slow-conducting, resulting in poorly localized, dull, aching pain. The fibers are sensitive to mechanical, thermal, and chemical stimuli, resulting in diffuse pain which is particularly sensitive to opioid therapy.

Cross-References

References and Readings

  1. McCaffery, M., & Pasero, C. (1999). Pain clinical manual (2nd ed.). St. Louis: Mosby.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

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