Median arcuate ligament syndrome - A novel treatment using an intrathecal morphine pump to relieve intractable visceral pain

Oren T. Guttman, Meg A. Rosenblatt, Timothy Mims

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Purpose: Median arcuate ligament syndrome, which presents with intractable visceral pain, is difficult to both diagnose and treat. This case report describes the first use of an intrathecal morphine pump as an effective therapeutic intervention. Clinical features: We describe a 39-year-old female who presented with a four-year history of misdiagnosed debilitating abdominal pain. After multiple failed attempts at medical management and surgeries, a trial of intrathecal narcotics provided significant relief. Six months after insertion of an intrathecal morphine pump, the patient was pain-free and had resumed all activities of daily living. Conclusion: The use of an intrathecal narcotic pump should be considered for treatment of patients with intractable visceral pain secondary to median arcuate ligament syndrome.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)133-137
Number of pages5
JournalPain Practice
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1 2008



  • Intrathecal pump
  • Median arcuate ligament syndrome

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

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