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Intrathecal (Definition)

Intrathecal is an adjective that refers to something introduced into or occurring in the space under the arachnoid membrane of the brain or spinal cord. Another way the word is used is to refer to an intrathecal injection (often simply called "an intrathecal"). This is an injection into the spinal canal, more specifically into the sub-arachnoid space so that ...Read more


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When is it appropriate to get an intrathecal pump for pain and digestion in advanced pancreatic cancer? Would it be a sign of the end or hospice?

When is it appropriate to get an intrathecal pump for pain and digestion in advanced pancreatic cancer? Would it be a sign of the end or hospice?

Use tens pad: Pain i not common complication of pancreatic cancer which primarily appears as a head lesion associated with jaundice. Pain is more common with body lesions perforating posteriorly into the celiac gangiion region. Here one can try a tens electric pad more easily controlled with oral pain meds than an intrathecal pump. Radiation may also control the pain if directed against the source of pain ...Read more

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A friend w/ advanced pancreatic cancer. Chemo helped. Tumors in pancreas & liver. Intrathecal pump. Digestion problems. Released to go home. Hospice?

A friend w/ advanced pancreatic cancer. Chemo helped. Tumors in pancreas & liver. Intrathecal pump. Digestion problems. Released to go home. Hospice?

Advanced cancer: It seems reasonable and sensitive to engage hospice; hospice can help at home or he can go to a facility; hospice team can engage for many weeks. It is a good service. ...Read more

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What is sugg onp ros vs.Cons on intrathecal pain pumps? I have heard a lot of neg effects! from unproper pain releif 2 death! conceredw

What is sugg onp ros vs.Cons on intrathecal pain pumps? I have heard a lot of neg effects! from unproper pain releif 2 death! conceredw

Discuss with Doc: There are some minor surgical risks but most risks are long term. There is a chance for pump failure and also issues with the catheter becoming clogged or having excess tissue growing at the tip. Pumps are best for short term use in terminal cancer. These are always a last resort and are for those patients who require high dose narcotics and are having too many side effects to tolerate oral med. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about the risks of having a intrathecal pain pump?

Can you tell me about the risks of having a intrathecal pain pump?

Intrathecal pump : Intrathecal therapy risks may be related to implantation, drug filling, drug side effects and chronic placement within the subarachnoid space. Implant risks may include bleeding, infection, nerve/spinal cord injury, etc. Drug refills may be associated with misplacement & toxicity/overdose. Chronic placement can lead to granuloma formation at the catheter tip resulting neurological deficits. ...Read more

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What are the risks of having a intrathecal pain pump?

Limited: Implantation of a spinal pump, like other surgical and medical procedures, may present risks. Complications include risk of infection, bleeding, headache, allergic reaction, spinal fluid leakage, paralysis, and device malfunction. ...Read more

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Is there any reason why someone would not want to use an intrathecal pain pump?

Is there any reason why someone would not want to use an intrathecal pain pump?

Yes: Intrathecal pain pumps are a 'last resort' treatment for chronic intractable low back pain that is unresponsive to the more conventional therapies. The complications include but ate not limited to infection, catheter breakage, spinal headache, respiratory depression, and tolerance to increasing doses of medication. ...Read more

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How could I buy an intrathecal pain pump for a critical patient in Venezuela? I beg for your help.

Insertion: Who is going to insert and manage it? It needs to be filled with sterile meds when implanted and then it needs to be refilled every few months. Also the first few months are when dosing changes the most, who would do the adjustments and do they have the external monitor to do it? Even if you got the pump how will you deal with these hurdles? ...Read more

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Can you describe the intrathecal baclofen pump procedure?

Can you describe the intrathecal baclofen pump procedure?

Medtronic website : Your doctor should discuss it with you. The material is also availabe at the website (for patients) and in dvd. ...Read more