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Central pain

Created: 7/9/2005
Updated: 12/1/2009
Diffuse continuous pain, usually burning and unilateral, with or without increased sensitivity and altered sensation. It results from central nervous system (CNS) lesions -  e.g. cerebrovascular accident (CVA) involving the thalamus (thalamic syndrome) - and is often associated with depression.

Bilateral thalamic CVA

Management of central pain

Therapy includes phenothiazines, tricyclic antidepressants and carbamazepine.

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