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American Society for Action on Pain

UI - 000106

AU - Boersma FP

AU - Buist AB

AU - Thie J

TI - Epidural pain treatment in the northern Netherlands. Organizational and treatment aspects

AB - During the past six years opiates administered in the vicinity of the medulla spinalis (intrathecally or

extradurally) were shown to be successful tools in the treatment of both acute and chronic pain (1, 6).

Continuous installation and long-term treatment have become possible by insertion of a permanent catheter

into the epidural space. In cases where conventional analgesic therapy has remained ineffective or given rise

to serious side-effects this method of analgesia should be preferred to control protracted painful conditions,

most typically in cancer patients. This article presents the results of a number of cases of long-term treatment

with extradural opiates and mainly focuses on outpatient treatment and the organization this requires

SO - Acta Anaesthesiologica Belgica 1987;38:213-216