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Thread: Recent Accident to My Son

  1. #1151
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    Brian had surgery yesterday to replace the Baclofen pump catheter. The surgeon told my wife that the catheter had several leaks. I'll find out more after I get to Baltimore tomorrow night. I don't understand how the catheter can develop leaks? The catheter is from 2010 but even with that I don't imagine that there's significant pressure in the catheter so the only thing that can cause leaks is if the catheter material deteriorated from being inside the body. That seems extremely unlikely.

    We were told that Brian would released from the hospital tomorrow.

    Roger

  2. #1152
    Glad it's repaired. Faulty equipment?

    I'll ask the SCI Nurses to respond.

  3. #1153
    Here is an article that talks about damage to the catheter of a baclofen pump.
    Please keep in mind that this is a case study you are looking at and it does not necessarily apply to your son.
    The article indicates that damage to the baclofen pump catheter can occur from internal bodily compression on a bony part

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12037778

    I hope this information helps with understanding a possible perspective of the cause

    all the best to your son

    pbr
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    Brian came home from the hospital on Friday. He's recovery from the surgery to replace the Baclofen pump catheter. I was not able to talk to the surgeon who replace the catheter. The surgeon told my wife that the catheter looked like a leaking sprinkler hose, there were several small leaks along the length of the catheter. I think that this implies that the end of the catheter at the spinal cord was plugged. Since catheter was replace Brian has not had spasms, so it appears that the problem that has plagued Brian for the last two months has been corrected.

    Roger

  5. #1155
    Thanks for the update and glad to hear spasticity has improved with replacement of catheter

    pbr
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    Brian is feeling pretty good. Last week he worked from home but starting on Monday of this week he's been going to the CMS Office. The CMS Office is about a half hour drive from Brian's condo.

    I don't know could the plugged Baclofen pump catheter have been what made Brian so sick nine weeks ago?

    Roger

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    Brian is doing very well. Since the surgery to replace the Baclofen pump catheter everything has been back to normal. My wife had hip replacement surgery last week, so Brian has been on his own for the last three weeks. Since she's still recovering Brian is flying to Phoenix for Thanksgiving. I know he's looking forward to being with his 15 month old niece.
    Besides everything else Brian's job is going very well and he really likes the work. He's probably one of the most qualified people working at CMS, a Business Degree, Masters Degree in Public Health and a MD degree.

    Roger

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