Inflammation Research

, Volume 44, Issue 10, pp 407–411 | Cite as

Pain due to nerve damage: Are inflammatory mediators involved

  • D. J. Tracey
  • J. S. Walker


Damage to peripheral nerves often results in pain and hyperalgesia. We suggest that nerve damage causes an inflammatory response in which cells associated with the nerve release inflammatory mediators such as eicosanoids; these mediators may contribute to the hyperalgesia which results from nerve injury. The cell types most likely to be responsible include macrophages and postganglionic sympathetic neurones. A better understanding of the mechanisms involved should lead to improved therapies for neuropathic pain.

Key words

Pain Hyperalgesia Neuropathy Nerve injury Inflammatory mediators 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • D. J. Tracey
    • 1
  • J. S. Walker
    • 1
  1. 1.School of AnatomyUniversity of New South WalesSydneyAustralia

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