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Vol 48, No 3 (2016)
Review articles
Published online: 2014-12-17
Submitted: 2014-03-19
Accepted: 2014-12-09
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Percutaneous cervical cordotomy in cancer pain

Martina Bellini, Massimo Barbieri
DOI: 10.5603/AIT.a2014.0070
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Anaesthesiol Intensive Ther 2016;48(3):197-200.

open access

Vol 48, No 3 (2016)
Review articles
Published online: 2014-12-17
Submitted: 2014-03-19
Accepted: 2014-12-09

Abstract

The aim of this study was to review all published articles in the literature in English regarding percutaneous cervical cordotomy in cancer pain. Percutaneous cordotomy may be used to relieve unilateral pain below the level of the neck arising from a variety of causes. It is particularly indicated for unilateral chest pain associated with malignant disease. We searched for reports on MEDLINE and EMBASE using the terms ‘percutaneous cordotomy’, ‘fluoroscopy’, ‘computed tomography,’ and ‘cancer pain’ up to and including 2013. Reports were also located through references of articles. This review leads us to conclude that percutaneous cervical cordotomy can be recommended even before considering the use of strong opioids.

Abstract

The aim of this study was to review all published articles in the literature in English regarding percutaneous cervical cordotomy in cancer pain. Percutaneous cordotomy may be used to relieve unilateral pain below the level of the neck arising from a variety of causes. It is particularly indicated for unilateral chest pain associated with malignant disease. We searched for reports on MEDLINE and EMBASE using the terms ‘percutaneous cordotomy’, ‘fluoroscopy’, ‘computed tomography,’ and ‘cancer pain’ up to and including 2013. Reports were also located through references of articles. This review leads us to conclude that percutaneous cervical cordotomy can be recommended even before considering the use of strong opioids.

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Keywords

cordotomy, cancer pain, fluoroscopy, computed tomography

About this article
Title

Percutaneous cervical cordotomy in cancer pain

Journal

Anaesthesiology Intensive Therapy

Issue

Vol 48, No 3 (2016)

Pages

197-200

Published online

2014-12-17

DOI

10.5603/AIT.a2014.0070

Bibliographic record

Anaesthesiol Intensive Ther 2016;48(3):197-200.

Keywords

cordotomy
cancer pain
fluoroscopy
computed tomography

Authors

Martina Bellini
Massimo Barbieri

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