Use of scrambler therapy in the treatment of amyloidosis neuropathic pain

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Abstract

Background: Scrambler therapy (ST) is a relatively new neuromodulation technique that is useful in treatment of medication-resistant pain syndromes, including chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy and other chronic pain syndromes. Amyloidosis commonly leads to peripheral neuropathy, and although the mechanism is unclear, it is possibly related to amyloid deposits on the nerve. Case Presentation: In this case presentation, we describe the novel use of ST for a patient with 13 years of neuropathic pain related to amyloidosis and worsened by chemotherapy. The patient reported bilateral hand pain with burning and aching and bilateral numbness on the soles of her feet. Her upper extremities were treated with 4 days of 40 minute ST treatment sessions providing reduction in her pain scores to zero. Discussion: Current therapy for amyloid peripheral neuropathy aims at treating the underlying condition, and then medical management with gabapentinoids. This is first case presentation showing successful treatment with ST.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1579-1581
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of palliative medicine
Volume24
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2021

Keywords

  • amyloidosis
  • neuromodulation
  • neuropathic pain
  • scrambler therapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

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