Minimally invasive procedures for neuropathic pain

Andrei Sdrulla, Grace Chen

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Abstract

Neuropathic pain is "pain arising as a direct consequence of a lesion or disease affecting the somatosensory system". The prevalence of neuropathic pain ranges from 7 to 11% of the population and minimally invasive procedures have been used to both diagnose and treat neuropathic pain. Diagnostic procedures consist of nerve blocks aimed to isolate the peripheral nerve implicated, whereas therapeutic interventions either modify or destroy nerve function. Procedures that modify how nerves function include epidural steroid injections, peripheral nerve blocks and sympathetic nerve blocks. Neuroablative procedures include radiofrequency ablation, cryoanalgesia and neurectomies. Currently, neuromodulation with peripheral nerve stimulators and spinal cord stimulators are the most evidence-based treatments of neuropathic pain.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)103-109
Number of pages7
JournalPain Management
Volume6
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1 2016

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Keywords

  • cryoanalgesia
  • epidural steroid injections
  • intrathecal drug delivery systems
  • neuropathic pain
  • peripheral nerve blocks
  • peripheral nerve stimulation
  • radiofrequency ablation
  • spinal cord stimulation
  • sympathetic neurolysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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Minimally invasive procedures for neuropathic pain. / Sdrulla, Andrei; Chen, Grace.

In: Pain Management, Vol. 6, No. 2, 01.04.2016, p. 103-109.

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