Selection and Indications for Intrathecal Pump Placement
The placement of an intrathecal catheter, tunneling of the catheter, pocketing for pump placement, and connection of the system is a complex process of interventions requiring great technical skill. The selection of the patient who will receive the pump is as important as each step in the procedural process. Selection considers patient characteristics, while indications consider the disease state being treated. This chapter focuses on proper patient selection for intrathecal drug infusion implantation.