The painDETECT questionnaire for assessing a neuropathic component of orofacial pain

Takeaway

  • The painDETECT questionnaire (PD-Q), used to estimate the likelihood of a neuropathic component to reported pain, demonstrated limited utility among patients with orofacial pain.

Why this matters

  • Accurate diagnosis of orofacial pain is difficult, especially in non-specialist settings, but the PD-Q must be modified and revalidated to be useful in identifying a neuropathic component of orofacial pain.