Failed Back Surgery Syndrome and intrathecal drugs infusion

Laura Demartini, Elisa Stocco, Cesare Bonezzi

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Even if there is no study evaluating how often Failed Back Surgery Syndrome is the cause of pain in patients who need spinal drugs infusion to control their symptoms, it seems that in most centres, Failed Back Surgery Syndrome was the most frequent indication for spinal cord stimulation and for intrathecal analgesic delivery pumps implantation. In our experience of spinal drug delivery for pain, about one third of the patients (35.7%) had undergone one or more spinal surgeries.A literature search was performed looking for intrathecal drugs infusion and Failed Back Surgery Syndrome or chronic back and leg pain without specification of previous surgery. The data in which we were interested were trialling methods, drugs used, outcomes and side effects. A comparison was made with the 14. years experience in intrathecal drugs infusion in our centre.We evaluated the side effects reported with chronic spinal drugs infusion even if not specific for patients with Failed Back Surgery Syndrome.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)299-301
Number of pages3
JournalEuropean Journal of Pain Supplements
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2010


  • Failed Back Surgery Syndrome
  • Intrathecal drugs infusion
  • Intrathecal opioids
  • Low back and leg pain
  • Ziconotide

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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