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Intact Functioning Of Intrathecal Pain Pump Receiving Radiation Therapy

Christine Lauro1, Moyed Miften1, Edith Albano2, Corbett Wilkinson3 and Arthur K Liu1,2*
1Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora, Colorado, USA
2Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, Children’s Hospital Colorado, Aurora, Colorado, USA
3Department of Neurosurgery, University of Colorado School of Medicine/Children’s Hospital Colorado, Aurora, Colorado, USA
Corresponding Author : Arthur K Liu
University of Colorado School of Medicine
Department of Radiation Oncology
Anschutz Cancer Pavilion, MS F706
1665 N. Ursula St, Suite 1032
PO Box 6510, Aurora, CO 80045, USA
Tel: 720 848 0156
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E-mail: [email protected]
Received April 05, 2012; Accepted June 16, 2012; Published June 26, 2012
Citation: Lauro C, Miften M, Albano E, Wilkinson C, Liu AK (2012) Intact Functioning of Intrathecal Pain Pump Receiving Radiation Therapy. J Clin Case Rep 2:157. doi:10.4172/2165-7920.1000157
Copyright: © 2012 Lauro C, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


Programmable Intrathecal (IT) drug delivery systems are being increasingly used with radiation therapy for cancer treatment and palliation. Ionizing radiation is assumed to cause dysfunction of the programmable IT device. However, the dose limit and safety of the IT drug delivery device used concurrently with radiotherapy have not been extensively documented. Here we report a patient who underwent the implantation of an IT pump during radiotherapy. This device was subsequently directly exposed to radiation. Estimated cumulative doses to the pump were in the range of 1.28 to 9.98 Gy. The IT pump exposed to this high-dose radiation did not pose any risk to the patient or the environment. The device was queried during and after the completion of treatment and found to be functioning without fault. This is the first case description about the successful function of an IT drug delivery device directly exposed to ionizing radiation.


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