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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 36  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 56-58

Continuous intrathecal infusion for refractory pain management in an oncologic patient in intensive care

Department Major Trauma AUSL Romagna, Anesthesia and Intensive Care Unit, AUSL Romagna, M. Bufalini Hospital, Viale Ghirotti, Cesena, Italy

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Dr. Andrea Sica
Anesthesia and Intensive Care Unit, AUSL Romagna, M. Bufalini Hospital, Viale Ghirotti, 286, Cesena
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijpn.ijpn_6_22

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Adult patients in the intensive care unit (ICU) often experience pain resulting from acute and chronic illness, as well as from standard positioning and maneuverers in the ICU. In recent years, the need for effective pain control in intensive care has emerged strongly. Partial or ineffective control is associated with multiple complications, such as agitation, delirium, inability to adapt to mechanical ventilation, increased length of stay, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Recent guidelines and studies suggest multimodal strategies for effective pain control, also re-evaluating the use of locoregional anesthesiological techniques. Oncological pain in critically ill patients represents a particular challenge for medical staff, being closely linked to the concept of palliative care. We present a case of refractory pain and agitation in an oncologic patient following an emergency exploratory laparotomy. Through the use of an intrathecal catheter, we provided effective analgesia to control pain and agitation, allowing weaning from mechanical ventilation before, and once the terminal state of the tumor was established, providing palliative care to ensure dignity and satisfaction of the patient.

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