What are the possible adverse effects of ITB spasticity treatment?

Updated: Mar 01, 2018
  • Author: Krupa Pandey, MD; Chief Editor: Stephen A Berman, MD, PhD, MBA  more...
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As with any surgical procedure, the implantation of the pump exposes a patient to risks of infection and spinal fluid leakage, as well as the general risks of general anesthesia. Drowsiness, nausea, headache, muscle weakness, and lightheadedness can stem from the pump delivering an inappropriate dosage of baclofen.

The pump itself can malfunction, and the catheter can become kinked or fractured. A large and sudden escalation in dose requirement, for example, suggests a catheter complication. In cases such as these, surgical intervention may be necessary. In cases in which overdose is possible, the patient should be brought immediately to the hospital for evaluation.


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