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Management of Chronic Pain in Patients in the Pediatric Unit 

Management of Chronic Pain in Patients in the Pediatric Unit
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Management of Chronic Pain in Patients in the Pediatric Unit
Author(s):

Orvil Louis Ayala

and Alexandra Szabova

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199349302.003.0011
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date: 19 September 2019

Hospitalization can be a source of great stress for children and often manifests as complex interactions between the child, parents, illness, pain, and healthcare providers. When pre-existing chronic pain is factored in, the child and family may become overwhelmed, especially if the pain does not have or is out of proportion to medical or anatomical reasons. Understanding the underlying problems is the crucial first step in successful treatment. This chapter discusses some of the major chronic pain conditions, such as headaches, chronic regional pain syndrome, and back pain, that may be encountered in hospitalized children and suggests ways to facilitate the treatment for this complex patient population.

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