People with multisomatoform disorder share a somatosensory phenotype distinct from healthy controls

Takeaway

  • The somatosensory profile of people with multisomatoform disorder (MSD) with chronic pain shows a combination of tactile and thermal hypesthesia with mechanical and cold hyperalgesia.

Why this matters

    This is the first study to show that people with MSD have a common somatosensory phenotype that is distinct from healthy controls. The findings provide insights into possible disease mechanisms and could eventually help tailor appropriate treatment regimens.