Pain Pumps

Serious complication: Postarthroscopic glenohumeral chondrolysis

DESCRIPTION

Pain pumps used after shoulder surgery to manage pain medication have been linked to a condition called postarthroscopic glenohumeral chondrolysis (PAGCL).  Chondrolysis is the destruction of the articular, joint cartilage that allows range of movement in limbs and other parts of the body. In severe cases, the resulting infection may cause tissue to die.

WHAT IS THE FDA WARNING?

An article from the MedScape Orhopaedics and Sports Medicine website says this is a rare but serious condition that has “severe, life-altering complications.” The article notes that there are few treatment options. Patients who develop PAGCL may not be able to use the shoulder and arm or in extreme cases require limb amputation.

The FDA issued an updated warning on January 8, 2010 regarding an increase in reports of patients who developed PAGCL from the pain pump infusions.

LINKS & RESOURCES

Sheller, P.C. Attorney Jamie Sheller’s Injury Board Blog Post about Pain Pumps

FDA updated warning on pain pump infusion

Article: Pain Pump Complications Still Vex Surgeons

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