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Radiation-Induced Lumbosacral Plexopathy Follow-up

  • Author: Rajesh R Yadav, MD; Chief Editor: Robert H Meier, III, MD  more...
 
Updated: Aug 02, 2015
 

Further Outpatient Care

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  • After radiation-induced lumbosacral plexopathy has been diagnosed, follow up with patients on functional issues. Address issues of pain in a timely fashion.
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Further Inpatient Care

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  • Inpatient care for radiation-induced lumbosacral plexopathy is not required.
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Complications

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  • Radiation-induced lumbosacral plexopathy may result in pain and decreased functional status.
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Prognosis

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  • Gradual, rather than stepwise, progression of radiation-induced lumbosacral plexopathy is the rule. Eventually, patients may have significant or severe disability. Spontaneous recovery is less common.[18]
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Patient Education

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  • Educate patients about the effects of radiation and the reason for altered function, pain, and sensory deficits.
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Contributor Information and Disclosures
Author

Rajesh R Yadav, MD Associate Professor, Section of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, MD Anderson Cancer Center, University of Texas Medical School at Houston

Rajesh R Yadav, MD is a member of the following medical societies: American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Disclosure: Nothing to disclose.

Specialty Editor Board

Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Pharmacy; Editor-in-Chief, Medscape Drug Reference

Disclosure: Received salary from Medscape for employment. for: Medscape.

Michael T Andary, MD, MS Professor, Residency Program Director, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Michael T Andary, MD, MS is a member of the following medical societies: American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine, American Medical Association, Association of Academic Physiatrists

Disclosure: Received honoraria from Allergan for speaking and teaching.

Chief Editor

Robert H Meier, III, MD Director, Amputee Services of America; Active Medical Staff, Presbyterian/St Luke’s Hospital, Spalding Rehabilitation Hospital, Select Specialty Hospital; Consulting Staff, Kindred Hospital

Robert H Meier, III, MD is a member of the following medical societies: American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Association of Academic Physiatrists

Disclosure: Nothing to disclose.

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