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Review Article, J Vet Sci Med Diagn Vol: 3 Issue: 2

An Overview of the Pathophysiology of Visceral Pain

Alice Catanzaro, Alessandra Di Salvo, Angela Polisca and Giorgia della Rocca*
Dipartimento di Medicina Veterinaria, Università degli Studi di Perugia, Italy
Corresponding author : Giorgia della Rocca
Dipartimento di Medicina Veterinaria, Università degli Studi di Perugia, Italy
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Received: March 21, 2014 Accepted: April 25, 2014 Published: April 30, 2014
Citation: Catanzaro A, Di Salvo A, Polisca A, della Rocca G (2014) An Overview of the Pathophysiology of Visceral Pain. J Vet Sci Med Diagn 3:2. doi:10.4172/2325-9590.1000135

Abstract

An Overview of the Pathophysiology of Visceral Pain

Somatic pain has been extensively studied in the past, whereas the interest in visceral pain is relatively new. One explanation why visceral pain has rarely been studied is probably due to the major difficulties to reach internal organs rather than superficial structures, as well as the erroneous belief that the viscera were insensitive to pain. This review tries to summarize the most recent information regarding the pathophysiology of visceral pain, in order to offer to clinicians a thorough background for this complicated topic.

Keywords: Visceral pain; Stages of visceral stimuli processing; Visceral hyperalgesia; True visceral pain; Referred visceral pain

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