Subcutaneous Botulinum Toxin Injection for Post-Thoracotomy Pain Syndrome in Palliative Care: A Case Report
Post-thoracotomy pain syndrome (PTPS) is a traumatic neuropathy that can affect as many as 50% of patients undergoing thoracotomy. Patients are often refractory to conservative management and may require multiple analgesics for adequate pain control. Botulinum toxin, derived from Clostridium botulinum, has many uses in treating conditions involving spasticity, dystonia, chronic migraine, and a variety of pain disorders including neuropathies. Botulinum toxin type A injections may provide an alternative or adjunct to improve symptom management in patients with PTPS.
Rashid, Saima; Fields, Amanda R.; and Baumrucker, Steven J.. 2018. Subcutaneous Botulinum Toxin Injection for Post-Thoracotomy Pain Syndrome in Palliative Care: A Case Report. American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Vol.35(3). 511-513. https://doi.org/10.1177/1049909117716460 PMID: 28641445 ISSN: 1049-9091