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Neuropathy Pain Scale (NPS)
Quantifies severity of neuropathic pain.
Scores are based on patient responses to questions about pain intensity. 0 indicates no pain; 10 indicates the most pain imaginable. The NPS is only for use in patients who have already been diagnosed with neuropathic pain, and should not be used to determine IF a patient's pain is secondary to neuropathy.
When to Use
Known neuropathy patient being followed and evaluated over time.
The Neuropathy Pain Scale (NPS) allows for standardized pain assessment in neuropathy patients.
Points to keep in mind:
The NPS quantifies already-diagnosed neuropathic pain.
It is NOT a diagnostic tool to determine if a patient's pain is neuropathic in origin.
Neuropathic pain is experienced quite variably and can be difficult to assess and follow.
Bradley S. Galer, MD, is the our Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at Zogenix Pharmaceuticals. Dr. Galer has also held numerous other industry positions, both academic and clinical in scope. He has published over 200 articles on pain management in peer review journals and textbooks.
To view Dr. Bradley S. Galer's publications, visit PubMed