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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 16  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 180--182

Low cost continuous femoral nerve block for relief of acute severe cancer related pain due to pathological fracture femur


Department of Anaesthesiology, Regional Cancer Centre, Thiruvananthapuram - 11, Kerala, India

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Rachel Cherian Koshy
Department of Anaesthesiology, Regional Cancer Centre, Thiruvananthapuram - 11, Kerala
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DOI: 10.4103/0973-1075.73669

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Pathological fractures in cancer patient cause severe pain that is difficult to control pharmacologically. Even with good pain relief at rest, breakthrough and incident pain can be unmanageable. Continuous regional nerve blocks have a definite role in controlling such intractable pain. We describe two such cases where severe pain was adequately relieved in the acute phase. Continuous femoral nerve block was used as an efficient, cheap and safe method of pain relief for two of our patients with pathological fracture femur. This method was proved to be quite efficient in decreasing the fracture-related pain and improving the level of well being.






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