Intrinsic spinal cord catheter placement: Implications of new intractable pain in a patient with a spinal cord injury

Marc A. Huntoon, Mark Friedrich B. Hurdle, Richard W. Marsh, Ronald K. Reeves

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Abstract

We present a case of new intractable flank pain after intrathecal infusion system placement in a 45-yr-old man with a history of a T12 spinal cord injury with dysesthetic leg pain. Pain after intrathecal infusion system placement was evaluated by magnetic resonance imaging and the catheter was found to be intraparenchymal. The patient was treated by cessation of infusion and surgical removal of the system. Before surgical removal, the pump was turned off and the patient's flank pain resolved. Increased vigilance is warranted when caring for paraplegic patients. When new pain persists, intrathecal medication tapering should be considered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1763-1765
Number of pages3
JournalAnesthesia and analgesia
Volume99
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

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