Interventional Procedures for Chronic Pain in Children and Adolescents: A Review of the Current Evidence

Ravi Dipak Shah*, Dario Cappiello, Santhanam Suresh

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This review discusses the role of interventional procedures in the treatment of chronic pain in children and adolescents. Due to lack of scientific evidence, significant controversy surrounds the utility of invasive techniques for managing pediatric chronic pain states. Interventional procedures are a widely accepted modality for pain management in adults. The use of such techniques in children is supported only by case reports, case series, and very few randomized controlled studies. In addition, the potential for severe complications leaves open a debate on the safety of these invasive procedures, which must be confirmed by more extensive and accurate prospective studies. Copyright

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)359-369
Number of pages11
JournalPain Practice
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2016



  • Evidence-based medicine
  • Interventional pain procedures
  • Nerve block
  • Pediatric pain
  • Review

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

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