QOD 68: Nociceptive Pain (Musculoskeletal/Basic Care and Comfort)

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Question:

A patient has come to the healthcare clinic complaining of pain in his left arm after an injury. Which describes the characteristics of nociceptive pain? Select all that apply.

Answer:

A.  Nociceptive pain may be localized to the area of injury

C.  Nociceptive pain is categorized as being either somatic or visceral pain

E.  Nociceptive pain can be referred pain

Rationale: 

Nociceptive pain describes a type of pain that occurs when there is damage to body tissue. A patient may experience this type of pain with a physical injury, such as a fracture or laceration. It is further categorized as being somatic or visceral pain and it can be referred from its original location and felt in another area of the body.

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