An update on pathophysiological mechanisms related to idiopathic oro-facial pain conditions with implications for management

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Publication Article, review peer-reviewed scientific
Title An update on pathophysiological mechanisms related to idiopathic oro-facial pain conditions with implications for management
Author(s) Forssell, H. ; Jaaskelainen, S. ; List, Thomas ; Svensson, P. ; Baad-Hansen, L.
Date 2015
English abstract
Chronic oro-facial pain conditions such as persistent idiopathic facial pain (PIFP), atypical odontalgia (AO) and burning mouth syndrome (BMS), usually grouped together under the concept of idiopathic oro-facial pain, remain a diagnostic and therapeutic challenge. Lack of understanding of the underlying pathophysiological mechanisms of these pain conditions is one of the important reasons behind the problems in diagnostic and management. During the last two decades, neurophysiological, psychophysical, brain imaging and neuropathological methods have been systematically applied to study the trigeminal system in idiopathic oro-facial pain. The findings in these studies have provided evidence for neuropathic involvement in the pathophysiology of PIFP, AO and BMS. The present qualitative review is a joint effort of a group of oro-facial pain specialists and researchers to appraise the literature on idiopathic oro-facial pain with special focus on the currently available studies on their pathophysiological mechanisms. The implications of the findings of these studies for the clinical diagnosis and treatment of idiopathic oro-facial pain conditions are discussed.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/joor.12256 (link to publisher's fulltext)
Publisher Wiley
Host/Issue Journal of Oral Rehabilitation;4
Volume 42
ISSN 1365-2842
Pages 300-322
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) persistent idiopathic facial pain
atypical facial pain
atypical
odontalgia
pathophysiology
diagnostics
management
Medicine
Research Subject Categories::ODONTOLOGY
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/20040 (link to this page)

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