Spinal cord stimulation in the management of neuropathic pain in cancer patients: case report

  • Valeria Quintero-Carreño Pain and Palliative Care Unit, Instituto Nacional de Cancerología. Bogotá, Colombia.
  • Bilena Margarita-Molina Pain and Palliative Care Unit, Instituto Nacional de Cancerología. Bogotá, Colombia. http://orcid.org/0000-0001-6468-3400
  • Carlos Hernán Rodríguez-Martínez Pain and Palliative Care Unit, Instituto Nacional de Cancerología. Bogotá, Colombia.
Keywords: Neuropathic pain, Spinal cord stimulation, Cancer, Chronic pain, Case report

Abstract

Introduction: Neuropathic pain is present in up to 40 % of all cancer patients. A considerable number of patients fail to achieve enough pain relief with conventional treatment, which is why therapeutic alternatives such as spinal cord stimulation should be considered.

Case description and results: This is the case of a female patient with chronic neuropathic pain secondary to a partial femoral nerve injury sustained during resection and lymph node dissection surgery with curative intent for a large stage II cell squamous cell carcinoma T2N0M0, localized in the right popliteal fossa. The patient presented with difficult to manage chronic neuropathic pain, despite receiving multiple oral analgesics and nerve blocks. A medullary neurostimulator was implanted that relieved the patient’s pain intensity in up to 80%, in addition to improved function and quality of life.

Conclusions: spinal cord stimulation is considered an effective neuromodulatory intervention which has shown satisfactory results in the treatment of various types of refractory chronic pain in cancer patients, including neuropathic pain.

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Quintero-Carreño V, Margarita-Molina B, Rodríguez-Martínez CH. Spinal cord stimulation in the management of neuropathic pain in cancer patients: case report. Colomb. j. anesthesiol. [Internet]. 2020Sep.1 [cited 2020Sep.23];49:e934. Available from: https://www.revcolanest.com.co/index.php/rca/article/view/934

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Quintero-Carreño V, Margarita-Molina B, Rodríguez-Martínez CH. Spinal cord stimulation in the management of neuropathic pain in cancer patients: case report. Colomb. j. anesthesiol. [Internet]. 2020Sep.1 [cited 2020Sep.23];49:e934. Available from: https://www.revcolanest.com.co/index.php/rca/article/view/934
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