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2020 Aug 28


A Review of Neuromodulation for Treatment of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome in Pediatric Patients and Novel Use of Dorsal Root Ganglion Stimulation in an Adolescent Patient With 30-Month Follow-Up.


Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a disorder in which pain and discomfort are out of proportion to the amount of tissue damage. While prevalence is 20.57 per 100,000 adults, it has not been studied in the U.S. pediatric population. Conservative treatment options include pharmacologic, behavioral, and psychological treatment. If these fail, invasive therapies such as sympathetic blocks and neuromodulation may be performed. The ACCURATE study demonstrated efficacy of dorsal root ganglion (DRG) stimulation for the treatment of refractory CRPS, but did not include pediatric patients and there are no reported cases of its use in the pediatric population. We review the use of neuromodulation for CRPS in pediatric patients and present a novel case using DRG stimulation in an adolescent patient.