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J La State Med Soc. 1999 Jun;151(6):310-2.

A report of congenital indifference to pain as diagnosed in infancy.

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Tulane Children's Hospital, USA.


As physicians and nurses, we have a fundamental obligation to consider patient welfare above all else. The case presented demonstrates the depth of this obligation. Our patient, who was diagnosed during infancy with congenital indifference to pain, can neither feel nor perceive the meaning of pain. Congenital indifference to pain is a rare disorder, which is characterized by normal intelligence, development, and sensation despite an absence of pain perception. There is no cure and treatment difficulties are plentiful. Educating and maintaining an open, consistent relationship with the family and caregivers is essential to reduce the morbidity of this condition.

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