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Study: Pain descriptors may aid in making diagnosis

from Dr. Bicuspid

Can how patients describe their pain help you determine the underlying cause? Researchers studied 228 patients with an acute toothache and found that words matters. Researchers from the New York University College of Dentistry wanted to see if the pain descriptions used by patients could help dentists identify the contributors to the pain. They used two sensitivity tests, cold detection (positive or negative) and percussion hypersensitivity (painful or not), and a list of 22 pain descriptors to find out. more

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