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2023 Jan

Dent Clin North Am



Head and Neck Cancer-Related Pain.


Khawaja S N, Scrivani SJ
Dent Clin North Am. 2023 Jan; 67(1):129-140.
PMID: 36404073.


Pain is a common and most debilitating symptom of head and neck cancers (HNC). The prevalence of pain in HNC is nearly 70%. There are no universally accepted classification or diagnostic criteria for HNC-related pain, and currently, HNC-related pain is classified based on the underlying pathophysiological mechanism, the location of the tumor, and the protagonist of pain. The clinical presentation of HNC-related pain varies and can be similar to primary pain disorders. The management of HNC-related pain primarily consists of pharmacotherapy. However, in some cases, interventions may be needed. This article will present a case study and review the epidemiology, diagnostic criteria and classification, clinical features, pathophysiology, and HNC-related pain management.