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2018 Jun

J Child Adolesc Trauma



Traumatic Stress and Pediatric Pain: Towards a Neurobiological Stress-Health Perspective.


Kao GS, Bhandari R P, Huestis SE, Golianu B
J Child Adolesc Trauma. 2018 Jun; 11(2):249-255.
PMID: 32318154.


This theoretical review aims to present the limited findings on traumatic stress and pain in children and adolescents, highlight recent discoveries regarding neurobiological processes, and suggest an alternative stress-health perspective in the future study and conceptualization of pediatric pain and traumatic stress based on results. Current literature highlights a positive correlation between pain and trauma symptoms in youth and suggests a complex relationship that may have mutually maintaining dynamics and intertwined physiological processes. Developmentally sensitive, longitudinal, process-oriented designs assessing neurobiological alterations and stress responses should be utilized in the examination of the trauma-pain relationship. Such investigations may provide a more unified explanation of the relationship between chronic pain and traumatic stress.