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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 22  |  Issue : 9  |  Page : 1301-1303

Management of neuropathic pain following traumatic brachial plexus injury with neurolysis and oral gabapentin: A case report

1 Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria
2 Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Obafemi Awolowo Universty, Ile-Ife, Nigeria
3 Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospitals Complex, Ile-Ife, Nigeria

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Dr. A O Adetoye
Department of Anaesthesia and Critical Care, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife
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DOI: 10.4103/njcp.njcp_420_18

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Neuropathic pain responds poorly to common analgesics that effectively control nociceptive pain because its pathophysiology is different and it is usually associated with co-morbidities such as sleep disturbance, depression and anxiety. Patients with this chronic pain are sometimes left with neurolysis as the last resort. A 65-year-old male multiply-injured retiree presented with disabling pain following traumatic brachial plexus injury sustained from road traffic accident 5 years earlier. Other injuries resolved with therapy except the chronic severe burning and electrifying pain (VAS score 9) in the paralyzed left upper limb associated with allodynia and insomnia which was unresponsive to conventional analgesics. PainDETECT score was 29. A test supraclavicular block with 0.25% Bupivacaine was done, followed by chemical neurolysis one month later. He was placed on oral Gabapentin. The pain score a week post injection was 3 and has remained same 18 months post injection. Patient's level of satisfaction on 5 point Likert scale was 5. Chronic neuropathic pain following traumatic brachial plexus injury could be successfully managed by chemical neurolysis and oral gabapentin.

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