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CASE REPORT
Year : 2014  |  Volume : 34  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 84-87

Pulsed radiofrequency therapy for relieving neuropathic bone pain in cancer patients


1 Department of Anesthesiology, Tri-Service General Hospital, National Defense Medical Center, Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China
2 Department of Anesthesiology, Tri-Service General Hospital; Graduate Institute of Medical Science, National Defense Medical Center, Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China
3 Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC, USA
4 Department of Neurological Surgery, Tri-Service General Hospital, National Defense Medical Center, Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China
5 Department of Anesthesiology; Integrated Pain Management Center, Tri-Service General Hospital, National Defense Medical Center, Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China
6 Department of Anesthesiology, Cathay General Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Chun-Chang Yeh
Department of Anesthesiology, Tri-Service General Hospital, National Defense Medical Center, No. 325, Section 2, Cheng-Gong Road, Taipei 114, Taiwan
Republic of China
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/1011-4564.131903

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Metastatic bone pain is among the most commonly reported pain conditions in cancer patients and pharmacological therapy frequently fails to provide satisfactory pain relief. Pulsed radiofrequency (PRF) is a minimally invasive procedure and may be an effective alternative. However, there is little published data evaluating PRF treatment of metastatic pain. PRF therapy of select lumbar dorsal root ganglia was performed on two patients suffering from uncontrolled metastatic lumbar bone pain. After PRF therapy, the patients reported markedly improved back pain, and the effect lasted for months until they deceased. No complications or adverse events were noted from this minimally invasive procedure. PRF may be considered a potential intervention in treating certain neuropathic cancer pain conditions.


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