Intrathecal Drug Delivery Indications

Intrathecal drug delivery is an invaluable tool for the pain management physician. Oral and even intravenous medication requirements may exceed acceptable side effect profiles in some pain conditions, particularly malignancy. Administration of pain intrathecal medications can

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provide substantially higher levels of pain control or relief of spasticity without many of the systemic side effects.

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