X-ray Imaging Analysis of Intrathecal Baclofen Pumps for Pediatric Emergency Medicine

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Abstract

Intrathecal baclofen therapy has become increasingly popular because of its effectiveness in treating spasticity in pediatric patients. The device implanted into each patient is structurally similar. However, x-ray imaging can give the appearance of missing or extraneous objects on or near the intrathecal baclofen device. The composition of the material used in making the catheters is transparent on x-ray images. In addition, the connection port between the pump and catheter may resemble the shape of a needle. This has led to confusion among emergency room personnel, and unnecessary panic for other people involved. It is important that medical professionals understand many of the new designs of the pump-connector system to avoid further complications.

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