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Intrathecal baclofen pumps: what the neurologist needs to know


Increasing numbers of patients have an intrathecal baclofen pump implanted as part of spasticity management. Neurologists may be asked about the management of these devices when patients attend emergency departments for unrelated illnesses. Occasionally, the intrathecal baclofen system itself will directly lead to an acute presentation. Furthermore, the presence of an intrathecal baclofen pump needs consideration when requesting investigations, particularly MR imaging. This review aims to increase understanding of intrathecal baclofen treatment, highlighting serious complications and outlining considerations for routine investigations. Neurologists may still need advice from the intrathecal baclofen specialist team.

  • intrathecal baclofen
  • multiple sclerosis
  • stroke
  • myelopathy
  • cerebral palsy

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