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Complex Disability

Discussion on Laryngeal Cancer

The larynx is the organ of voice production. It is the part of the respiratory tract between the pharynx and the trachea. It consists of a framework of cartilages and elastic membranes housing the vocal folds and the muscles, which control the position and tension of these elements. The epithelium of the larynx is similar…

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Components of a Life Care Plan

A Life Care Plan is a document that projects the future costs of medical goods and services, medications, or other necessary requirements for a catastrophically injured or ill patient. Life Care Plans are created after a team of specialists completes comprehensive assessments, data analysis, and research.

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Spinal Cord Stimulators

Spinal Cord Stimulators use electrical currents to treat chronic pain. A small pulse generator, which is implanted in the abdomen, sends electrical pulses to the spinal cord. These electrical impulses interfere with the transmission of pain signals to the brain and theoretically lead to pain relief. Spinal Cord Stimulators are not considered as a treatment option until non-invasive treatments have failed.

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Intrathecal Infusion Pumps

An Intrathecal Infusion Pump is an implantable drug delivery device that can administer a variety of medications (such as opioids, local anaesthetics, adrenergic-agonists, and other agents) through a catheter to the spine. These devices are invasive and costly, with granulomas potential side effects. Common side effects include migration of the catheter, infections, and side effects related to extensive opiate use.

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Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) is a chronic pain syndrome characterized by continuous pain that is disproportionate to any inciting event. Diagnostic criteria include edema of the skin, discoloured skin, cool skin, abnormal hair growth and atrophy. Treatment of CRPS often includes occupational and physical therapy, pain control, and rehabilitation.

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