Outcomes of Sympathetic Blocks in the Management of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome A Retrospective Cohort Study

Conclusions The authors conclude that sympathetic blocks may be therapeutic in patients with complex regional pain syndrome regardless of preprocedure limb temperatures. The effects of sympathetic blocks do not predict the success of spinal cord stimulation.
Source: Anesthesiology - Category: Anesthesiology Source Type: research

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Rationale: Continuous epidural infusion of local anesthetic may be an alternative to sympathetic blocks in refractory cases of complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS). Spinal epidural abscess (SEA) is a well-known complication associated with this technique, especially in patients with immune deficiencies. We herewith report a cervical SEA associated with an epidural catheter in a woman with CRPS and selective IgG3 subclass deficiency. Patient concerns: Severe pain interfering with activities of daily living. Diagnosis: Complex regional pain syndrome type-1 with involvement of upper extremity. Interventions: The p...
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Vectris(TM) Trial Screening Lead Kit for Spinal Cord Stimulation, Models: (a) 977D160 (b) 977D260 Product Usage: The Medtronic Vectris lead kits contain the implantable spinal cord stimulation lead, as well as additional components used for lead implant as part of a Neurostimulation system for pain therapy. A Medtronic implantable Neurostimulation system is indicated for spinal cord stimulation (SCS) systems as an aid in the management of chronic, intractable pain of the trunk and/or limbs-including unilateral or bilateral pain associated with the following conditions: Failed Back Syndrome (FBS) or low back syndrome or fai...
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We present a case report of a 31-year-old female with CRPS symptoms after lumbar spinal surgery treated by performing SELD. Patient concerns: This patient was referred to our pain clinic for left ankle pain. She received a lumbar discectomy for a herniated lumbar disc (L5/S1) but the pain was aggravated after surgery. Diagnoses: The characteristics of the pain were burning, tingling, and cold, and were accompanied by other symptoms such as swelling, color change and mail dystrophy. The patient was diagnosed with CRPS. Interventions: Medications and interventional therapies were not effective in reducing pain. SELD...
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CONCLUSION: As a result; our study and the other studies show that SCS is reliable and effective procedure on chronic pain management. PMID: 28467566 [PubMed - in process]
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