Clinical Conundrum: The Pertinent Negative

Author: Gary W. Jay

Transformative Care For Chronic Pain

“…the Pertinent Negative is an essentially normal neurological and musculoskeletal examination. In other words, the diagnosis lies elsewhere, and, most commonly, there are no examination findings. Typically, the diagnosis may be uncovered by other aspects, sometimes even by simply asking the 'right' question, sometimes by acceptance…”

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