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American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
Year: 2010  |  Volume: 27  |  Issue: 7  |  Page No.: 482 - 485

Use of Epidural Steroid as an Adjuvant in Neuropathic Cancer Pain Management: A Case Report

S Mishra and Shiv Pratap Singh Rana    

Abstract:

The complexity of pain and pain care is such that there may come a point in the treatment of a patient with pain when a simple approach to management is no longer possible. The proverbial analgesic ladder can be rapidly overtaken when attempting palliative management of long-term or severe end-of-life pain. Epidural steroid injection is frequently used procedure in chronic back pain of neuropathic origin in nonmalignant cases. This case report implicates the use of epidural steroid for the management of severe neuropathic symptoms including allodynia and hyperalgesia in the setting of cancer pain and palliative care.

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