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Neuropathic Pain (NeuPSIG)


[Term 2020-2022]

Executive Committee (elected)

Chair: Aki Hietaharju (Finland)
Vice Chair: Simon Haroutounian (USA)
Past Chair: Nanna Finnerup (Denmark)
Treasurer: David Bennett (UK)
Secretary: Patrick Dougherty (USA)

Scientific Program Committee - 8th Int'l

Chair: Simon Haroutounian (USA)
Chair: Theodore Price (USA)

Education Committee

Chair: Aki Hietaharju (Finland)

Trainee Committee

Chair: Harriet Kemp (UK)

Research Committee

(in abeyance)

Treatment Committee

(in abeyance)

Management Committee Members (appointed)

Committee Member: Harriet Kemp (UK)
Committee Member: Margarita Calvo (Chile)
Committee Member: Theodore Price (USA)
Committee Member: Angelika Lampert (Germany)
Committee Member: Sulayman Dib-Hajj (USA)
Committee Member: Lesley Colvin (UK)

Assessment Committee

Chair: Andrea Truini (Italy)

Developing World Committee

Chair: Margarita Calvo (Chile)

Radiculopathy Committee

Chair: Annina Schmid (UK)
Chair: Brigitte Tampin (Australia)

Classification Committee

Chair: Nanna Brix Finnerup (Denmark)
Chair: Nadine Attal (France)

The Neuropathic Pain SIG (NeuPSIG) will advance the understanding of mechanisms, assessment, prevention, and treatment of neuropathic pain.

SIG Objectives:

  • Collaboration between basic and clinical research.
  • The study of the underlying mechanisms of neuropathic pain.
  • The exchange of information and experience about the assessment and treatment of neuropathic pain.
  • The identification and implementation of programs to prevent the development of neuropathic pain.
  • Furthering the educational objectives of the SIG via international meetings, an annual symposium, workshops at the IASP World Congress on Pain®, Congress satellite meetings, a newsletter, and the IASP website.

Neuropathic pain is pain caused by a lesion or disease of the somatosensory nervous system.

Diagram for the classification of chronic pain

Classification of chronic neuropathic pain in ICD-11. Top and 2nd level diagnoses are part of ICD-11 Mortality and Morbidity Linearisation (MMS).

Specific entities of chronic neuropathic pain are included at the next level. According to the new concept of multiple parenting in ICD-11, these entities may be referred to from other divisions of the chronic pain classification, eg, chronic posttraumatic pain or chronic secondary headaches and orofacial pains.


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Videos by the Special Interest Group on Neuropathic Pain


Examination of the Cranial Nerves

This video shows how to make a cranial nerve examination. Please note that the clinical examination of the patient with orofacial pain should also include cervical spine evaluation, palpation of the temporal arteries, temporomandibular joint examination and intraoral and dental evaluation which are not demonstrated in this video. Taste examination has been excluded from this video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJxeI_a04Xc

Examination of a Patient with Peripheral Neuropathic Pain

This video shows how to examine a patient with peripheral neuropathic pain. The patient has multiple mononeuropathy due to isolated peripheral nervous system vasculitis and is suffering from neuropathic pain in his left hand and both legs. Functional assessment and sensory and motor examination of both upper and lower limbs is demonstrated.