Tenderness: Overview

Tenderness is a medical symptom usually meaning that a region is painful to the touch. Tenderness is therefore somewhat distinct from pain or discomfort, which are symptoms that often occur without touching the area.

Tenderness also needs to be distinguished from paresthesias, which are abnormal body sensations such as tingling, partial numbness, etc. Touching or tapping an area that results in tingling, sharp pains, shooting pains, nerve-type pains, or similar nerve-like sensations is not quite the same as tenderness, but usually refers to Paresthesias.

Tenderness is pain that occurs on pressing a region. Almost any region of the body can be tender, and the causes vary greatly depending on where the pain occurs. Causes of tenderness in a region are often similar to the causes of pain or discomfort in that region.

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Tenderness: Discomfort elicited through touch or pressure.1

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Tenderness adverse event: A sensory capability adverse event that has an outcome increased sensitivity to pain in a patient2

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References

  1. Source: NCI Thesaurus
  2. Source: OAE Ontology

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