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Handbook of Pediatric Chronic Pain

Current Science and Integrative Practice

  • Science of chronic pain in children is balanced by practical care plans and algorithms

  • Rationales for treatment are guided by up-to-date reviews and exhaustive references

  • Highly comprehensive, including many "pearls" in the recognition and management of childhood chronic pain syndromes

  • Includes supplementary material:

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Table of contents (23 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xv
  2. The Epidemiology of Pediatric Chronic Pain

    • Thomas R. Vetter
    Pages 1-14
  3. The Neurobiology of Chronic Pain in Children

    • Maria Fitzgerald
    Pages 15-25
  4. Theories on Common Adolescent Pain Syndromes

    • Jill MacLaren Chorney, Kathryn Crofton, Brenda C. McClain
    Pages 27-44
  5. Demographics of Chronic Pain in Children

    • Holly Denise Richter, Stephen Robert Hays
    Pages 45-61
  6. Functional Abdominal Pain in Children

    • Miguel Saps, Gati Dhroove
    Pages 107-119
  7. Chronic and Recurrent Pelvic Pain

    • Lynda Wells
    Pages 121-147
  8. Etiologies and Clinical Management of Headache

    • Steve D. Wheeler, Elza Vasconcellos
    Pages 149-176
  9. Sickle Cell Pain

    • Valerie E. Armstead, Genevieve D’Souza
    Pages 177-191
  10. Pain Management in Pediatric Palliative Care

    • Tamara Vesel, Patricia O’Malley, Benjamin Howard Lee
    Pages 193-210
  11. Cancer-Related Pain in Childhood

    • Brenda C. McClain
    Pages 211-233
  12. Radiological Imaging in the Management of Pediatric Pain

    • John Curran, Ali Sephadari, Hariharan Shankar
    Pages 235-252
  13. Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)

    • Santhanam Suresh, Antoun Nader
    Pages 265-271
  14. Physical Therapy

    • Victoria Marchese, Kripa Dholakia, Lori Brake
    Pages 273-291
  15. Clinical Hypnosis in Children

    • Haleh Saadat
    Pages 303-314

About this book

The purpose of this text is to provide not only the science and current knowledge of pediatric pain management but a rationale for intervention. The book is ground-breaking in that it provides pearls for the recognition and management of multiple childhood chronic pain syndromes. Also, uncommon yet confounding issues such as pain management for epidermolysis bullosa are adequately addressed. Concerns unique to pediatric patients are reviewed. While there are no firm standards in pediatric chronic pain, a care plan is offered to help guide practitioners when possible.

The book will consist of 24 chapters, many co-written by a physician and a psychologist. Chapter 1 covers the history of pediatric chronic pain, the advancement pediatric pain as a clinical subspecialty, development of pediatric pain clinics, and characterization of the common pain syndromes. Chapters 2-4 cover, respectively, the research on early pain exposure and neuroplasticity, theories on the common adolescent pain syndromes, and the demographics of chronic pain in children. Chapters 5-16 discuss approaches to assessment and intervention for specific pediatric and adolescent pain syndromes. Chapters 17-23 address interventional techniques such as therapeutic blocks, neurablation, implantable systems, physical therapy, complementary therapy, and pharmacology including opioid tolerance. The final chapter discusses the role of the nurse practitioner in pediatric chronic pain.


  • abdominal pain
  • adolescent pain syndrome
  • chronic pain
  • epidermolysis bullosa
  • headache in children
  • neuropathic pain
  • pain assessment
  • pain imaging
  • pain in children
  • pain managment
  • pain syndrome
  • pediatric pain
  • sickle cell disease


From the reviews:

“The first 11 chapters describe conditions of chronic pain in children, and further 12 chapters review ways of management. This is a book on topics not described in detail in textbooks, but encountered in the general praxis of general pediatricians and several specialties. Also of interest for pediatric psychologists and psychiatrists.” (Pediatric Endocrinology Reviews (PER), Vol. 10 (2), 2013)

“The audience includes pediatric anesthesiologists and any pediatric clinicians who are involved with pain management of children. It can serve as a reference for students, residents, and fellows. The book is exhaustive, offering a balanced and practical overview of pediatric management by academic, experienced faculty. The spectrum of coverage and relationship of pathophysiology to diagnosis and management are very impressive. … This is a well-written and very useful book for clinicians involved in pediatric pain management.” (Rajasekharan Warrier, Doody’s Book Reviews, August, 2012)

“The book lays the groundwork for understanding chronic conditions such as headache, functional abdominal pain, pelvic pain, and cancer-related pain. … most useful for readers in the pediatric primary care setting or for those interested in initiating pediatric pain management programs. … This thoughtfully written book provides useful insights for clinicians treating pediatric as well as adult patients with chronic pain syndromes. … an outstanding textbook that provides a foundation of knowledge for the assessment and management of chronic pain in the pediatric population.” (Devi E. Nampiaparampil, Journal of the American Medical Association, Vol. 306 (14), 2011)

Editors and Affiliations

  • School of Medicine, Dept. Pathology & Pediatrics, Yale University, New Haven, USA

    Brenda C. McClain

  • Dept. Anesthesiology, Children's Memorial Hospital, Chicago, USA

    Santhanam Suresh

About the editors

Dr. Brenda C. McClain is the director of Pediatric Pain Management Services at Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital. She is a member of the International Association for the Study of Pain, the American Pain Society, and the American Board of Pain Medicine (ABPM). She is a national and international speaker on various topics within pediatric pain. Her current research is on the use of NMDA receptor antagonists in acute and chronic pediatric pain. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics—Anesthesiology Section and is certified in pain management by the American Board of Anesthesiology and in pain medicine by the ABPM. Dr. Suresh is an Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Pediatrics and is co-director of the Pain Program at Children’s Memorial Hospital of Chicago. Dr. Suresh is nationally renown for his expertise in regional anesthesia and has contributed to the popular NYSORA website on pediatric regional techniques. His current research is on neuroplasticity in relation to pediatric pain syndromes and their management.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Handbook of Pediatric Chronic Pain

  • Book Subtitle: Current Science and Integrative Practice

  • Editors: Brenda C. McClain, Santhanam Suresh

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer New York, NY

  • eBook Packages: Medicine, Medicine (R0)

  • Copyright Information: Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2011

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4419-0349-5Published: 23 May 2011

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-1-4939-7922-6Published: 28 March 2019

  • eBook ISBN: 978-1-4419-0350-1Published: 15 June 2011

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XV, 418

  • Number of Illustrations: 45 b/w illustrations, 15 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Pediatrics, Health Psychology, General Practice and Family Medicine, Pain Medicine

Buying options

eBook USD 189.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-1-4419-0350-1
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book USD 249.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 249.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)