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Vol 6, No 1 (2007)
Review articles
Published online: 2007-02-22
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Shoulder pain in terminally ill? Think of suprascapular nerve entrapment!

James Penn, Zbigniew Zylicz
Advances in Palliative Medicine 2007;6(1):33-36.

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Vol 6, No 1 (2007)
Review articles
Published online: 2007-02-22

Abstract

Many terminally ill patients suffer because of poorly controlled musculoskeletal pain. Oral and parenteral systemic analgesics are usually ineffective in this type of pain. It is therefore important to diagnose and treat accordingly. Patients with shoulder pain may suffer from suprascapular nerve entrapment, a syndrome known from sport and occupational medicine. Within, we describe this syndrome, mechanism of onset, diagnosis and treatment. Simple injection of local anaesthetics and corticosteroids may have an effect for several weeks.

Abstract

Many terminally ill patients suffer because of poorly controlled musculoskeletal pain. Oral and parenteral systemic analgesics are usually ineffective in this type of pain. It is therefore important to diagnose and treat accordingly. Patients with shoulder pain may suffer from suprascapular nerve entrapment, a syndrome known from sport and occupational medicine. Within, we describe this syndrome, mechanism of onset, diagnosis and treatment. Simple injection of local anaesthetics and corticosteroids may have an effect for several weeks.
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Keywords

suprascapular nerve entrapment; musculoskeletal pain; advanced disease; opioid responsiveness

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Title

Shoulder pain in terminally ill? Think of suprascapular nerve entrapment!

Journal

Advances in Palliative Medicine

Issue

Vol 6, No 1 (2007)

Pages

33-36

Published online

2007-02-22

Bibliographic record

Advances in Palliative Medicine 2007;6(1):33-36.

Keywords

suprascapular nerve entrapment
musculoskeletal pain
advanced disease
opioid responsiveness

Authors

James Penn
Zbigniew Zylicz

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