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Related to protopathic: protopathic sensibility, Protopathic Pain


Sensing pain, pressure, heat, or cold in a nonspecific manner, usually without localizing the stimulus. Used especially of certain sensory nerves.

[From Medieval Greek prōtopathēs, affected first, from Greek prōtopathein, to feel first : prōto-, proto- + pathos, experience, feeling.]

pro·top′a·thy (-tŏp′ə-thē) n.


1. (Physiology) of or relating to a sensory nerve that perceives only coarse stimuli, such as pain
2. (Physiology) of or relating to such perception
[C20: from proto- + Greek pathos suffering, disease + -ic]
protopathy n


(ˌproʊ təˈpæθ ɪk)

of or pertaining to neurons that sense only general areas of pain, heat, or cold.
pro•top•a•thy (prəˈtɒp ə θi) n.
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The similarity in these two cases is that both patients suffered abdominal operations more than once, and also both protopathic and previous incision hernia repair operations were open surgery and used anti-adhesion meshes.
Proprioceptive and protopathic sensitivity started to reappear at postoperative month 3 and further improved during the first postoperative year, reaching expected levels.
I reported the data because they are very dramatic, but the question remains, is it a protopathic effect?