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Revista de la Sociedad Española del Dolor

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LOPEZ, M.  and  MIRO, J.. Pain in children and adolescents with neuromuscular diseases. Rev. Soc. Esp. Dolor [online]. 2013, vol.20, n.3, pp.142-149. ISSN 1134-8046.

The aim of this paper is to review the available information on the experience of pain in children and adolescents with neuromuscular disease (NMD). In order to do this, we examined the MEDLINE and SCOPUS databases and located published articles on the subject until March 2012. After a thorough analysis, we identified 33 articles that met the inclusion criteria. The analysis conducted shows that pain is a very common experience for these young people, usually moderate to severe, with a high frequency of occurrence and long lasting. In general, these are chronic conditions. These chronic pain problems affect the quality of life of young people, beyond what could be explained by the NMD alone. The reviewed studies show that pain not only negatively impacts the quality of life of young people, also that of their caregivers is at jeopardy.

Keywords : Pain; Neuromuscular disease; Children; Adolescents; Systematic review.

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