Radiation-Induced Lumbosacral Plexopathy Follow-up

Updated: May 24, 2019
  • Author: Rajesh R Yadav, MD; Chief Editor: Dean H Hommer, MD  more...
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Follow-up

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. [23]

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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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