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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 27  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 41-43

Treatment of chronic hip osteoarthritic pain with intra-articular phenol

1 Pain Medicine Unit, Southern Health, Academic Board of Anesthesia and Perioperative Medicine, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
2 Pain Medicine Unit, Southern Health, Melbourne, Australia

Correspondence Address:
John Monagle
Department of Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, Southern Health, Level 3, 246 Clayton Rd, Clayton 3168
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0970-5333.114866

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This case report aims to introduce the use of intra-articular phenol in the management of chronic pain due to severe hip osteoarthritis in a patient with multiple comorbidities, in whom operative management was not an option. Phenol has been used in pain medicine since 1936, as a neurolytic agent. It has been used intrathecally, epidurally, in paravertebral somatic blocks, peripheral nerve blocks, and sympathetic blocks. It has been used for joints in the lower spine, but has not yet been described as an intra-articular agent for pain management of major weight-bearing joints.

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