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2023 Jan 26

Hemodial Int

Ultrasound-guided cutaneous nerve chemo-ablation for severe access site neuropathic pain-A case report.



Neuropathic pain at the cannulation site is challenging, both for the patient and the dialysis team. We present a case of a middle-aged man on chronic hemodialysis, who developed excruciating pain at the cannulation area without incident, limiting his dialysis sessions. Multidisciplinary collaboration allowed identification of the cutaneous nerve-the inferior lateral cutaneous nerve of the arm, relaying his pain. Subsequent ultrasound-guided phenol chemoablation resulted in the complete resolution of his pain and allowed continued use of the well-functioning fistula for dialysis.