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

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Author(s): Koshy Rachel | Padmakumar G | Rajasree O

Journal: Indian Journal of Palliative Care
ISSN 0973-1075

Volume: 16;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 180;
Date: 2010;
Original page

Keywords: Cancer pain | Continuous femoral nerve block | Pathological fracture femur

ABSTRACT
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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