Intrathecal Baclofen Therapy for the Treatment of Spasticity in Lithuania

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Abstract

Spasticity of cerebral or spinal origin severely impairs an individual's functional ability and quality of life. Intrathecal baclofen (ITB) therapy via an implantable pump is indicated for use in patients unresponsive to oral antispasmodics. ITB therapy improves the daily caring for and relief of painful spasms. In Lithuania, ITB therapy was introduced in clinical practice just recently. We share our experience of spasticity management with the ITB pump system in five patients at Vilnius University Hospital Santariskiu Klinikos. Four patients had spastic tetraplegia associated with cerebral palsy, and one patient developed spastic paraplegia after a spinal epidural abscess.

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