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Papers: 11 Dec 2021 - 17 Dec 2021


J Pain Res


How Well Do Current Laboratory Biomarkers Inform Clinical Decision-Making in Chronic Pain Management?


Hagedorn JM, Gunn J, Budwany R, D'Souza RS, Chakravarthy K, Deer TR
J Pain Res. 2021; 14:3695-3710.
PMID: 34887680.


Decision-making in chronic pain patients involves a combination of subjective and objective criteria, including patient history, physical examination, imaging, and patient response to prior treatments, clinical experience, probabilities, and recognition of patterns. However, there is a distinct lack of objective laboratory biomarkers in use in routine clinical care. The objective was to review the literature to identify and describe specific biomarkers in chronic pain management.