In the October 2009 issue of Practical Pain Management, Drs. James Giordano and Anita Gupta consider the difficult question of whether pain is experienced by patients with severe neurological disorders, including those in a vegetative state, and how that pain should be treated. The authors write that a growing body of evidence suggests that these patients do experience pain on some level, although our understanding of the nature of that experience remains limited. As a result, they argue for a fresh look at clinical practice in dealing with these patients, including a reexamination of whether anesthesia should be provided to brain-injured patients undergoing invasive medical procedures. Click below to read more.