Ultrasound-guided pericapsular nerve group (PENG) hip joint phenol neurolysis for palliative pain
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Cancer pain requires multidisciplinary management, and in most cases sufficient pain relief is possible using systemic multimodal analgesia. Nonetheless, complex cases often require interventional pain management strategies. The pericapsular nerve group (PENG) block is a recently described ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia technique targeting sensitive nerves from the anterior articular capsule of the hip (articular obturator branches, accessory obturator nerve, and articular femoral nerve branches), thus limiting potential mixed nerve block and quadricep or adductor muscle weakness.1
We present an 82-yr-old female diagnosed with a pathological left hip fracture related to metastatic epidermoid carcinoma and associated deep vein thrombosis (DVT). The patient was using apixaban 2.5 mg po bid.She was referred to our pain service because of severe pain on her left hip that was 8/10 on a numeric rating scale limiting all basic activities (she was not able to sit). The...
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This submission was handled by Dr. Hilary P. Grocott, Editor-in-Chief, Canadian Journal of Anesthesia.
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