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An application of regional nerve blocks in the treatment of pain in palliative care patients

Elwira Góraj
Medycyna Paliatywna w Praktyce 2016;10(2):66-74.

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Vol 10, No 2 (2016)
Case report
Published online: 2016-11-29

Abstract

The effective pain treatment sometimes requires to apply the combination of various techniques. Interventional methods, particularly relatively easy to perform regional blocks, may be helpful in treatment of intractable pain as well as applied in patients who prefer reduction of drug consumption. The reasons for such choice tend to be unpleasant adverse effects of medications or polypharmacy due to treatment of co-existing diseases. Interventional methods are used concurrently with rehabilitation, physiotherapy, lymphatic massage, transdermal, electric nerve stimulation and pharmacology treatment. Regional nerve blocks may be used not only as part of therapy but also as a type of anesthesia without the need of inducing sedation by intravenous route, for example during painful dressing changes or debriefing pressure sores. In this article possibilities of an application of several basic regional blocks were submitted with a few clinical examples of palliative care patients

Abstract

The effective pain treatment sometimes requires to apply the combination of various techniques. Interventional methods, particularly relatively easy to perform regional blocks, may be helpful in treatment of intractable pain as well as applied in patients who prefer reduction of drug consumption. The reasons for such choice tend to be unpleasant adverse effects of medications or polypharmacy due to treatment of co-existing diseases. Interventional methods are used concurrently with rehabilitation, physiotherapy, lymphatic massage, transdermal, electric nerve stimulation and pharmacology treatment. Regional nerve blocks may be used not only as part of therapy but also as a type of anesthesia without the need of inducing sedation by intravenous route, for example during painful dressing changes or debriefing pressure sores. In this article possibilities of an application of several basic regional blocks were submitted with a few clinical examples of palliative care patients

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Keywords

nerve blocks, regional anesthesia, pain in cancer patients

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Title

An application of regional nerve blocks in the treatment of pain in palliative care patients

Journal

Palliative Medicine in Practice

Issue

Vol 10, No 2 (2016)

Article type

Case report

Pages

66-74

Published online

2016-11-29

Bibliographic record

Medycyna Paliatywna w Praktyce 2016;10(2):66-74.

Keywords

nerve blocks
regional anesthesia
pain in cancer patients

Authors

Elwira Góraj

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