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Pain in association with respiratory disease management: neurolytic procedures

Sam H. Ahmedzai and Martin F. Muers

in Supportive Care in Respiratory Disease

Published in print February 2005 | ISBN: 9780192631411
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191730160 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192631411.003.0029

Series: Supportive Care Series

Pain in association with respiratory disease management: neurolytic procedures

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This chapter examines the application of neurolytic procedures for the treatment and management of pain associated with respiratory diseases. Some of the most common types of neural blockades for pain management include intercostal nerve blocks, selective percutaneous rhizotomy, and unilateral cervical percutaneous cordotomy. Nerves may be destroyed by drugs, radiofrequency, or cryocoagulation, and other, more destructive, procedures such as cervical cordotomy are associated with adverse effects.

Keywords: pain management; respiratory diseases; neurolytic procedures; neural blockade; rhizotomy; cordotomy; radiofrequency; cryocoagulation

Chapter.  2598 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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