Electromotive administration of guanethidine for treatment of reflex sympathetic dystrophy: A pilot study in eight patients

Cesare Bonezzi, Danilo Miotti, Raffaella Bettaglio, Robert Stephen

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Abstract

Persistent neuropathic pain is associated with, diagnostic and therapeutic challenges that may be very difficult to resolve. This report describes eight patients with incapacitating, posttraumatic neuropathic pain characteristic of reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD) who were treated by electromotive administration of guanethidine into affected areas of skin. Following 1-5 treatments, six patients experienced complete resolution of all superficial symptoms of hyperalgesia, pain, pallor, coolness, and sweating of the affected areas. One patient demonstrated partial relief of these symptoms, and one patient failed to respond. The results of this preliminary study suggest that electromotive administration of the sympatholytic agent, guanethidine, may be useful in the treatment of some types of neuropathic pain. These findings justify the implementation of further controlled studies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)39-43
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Pain and Symptom Management
Volume9
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1994

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Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
Guanethidine
Neuralgia
Sympatholytics
Pallor
Sweating
Hyperalgesia
Therapeutics
Pain
Skin

Keywords

  • administration
  • Electromotive
  • guanethidine
  • neuropathic
  • pain
  • reflex sympathetic dystrophy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neurology
  • Nursing(all)

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Electromotive administration of guanethidine for treatment of reflex sympathetic dystrophy : A pilot study in eight patients. / Bonezzi, Cesare; Miotti, Danilo; Bettaglio, Raffaella; Stephen, Robert.

In: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, Vol. 9, No. 1, 1994, p. 39-43.

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