May 27, 2008

Three years ago a 25-year-old female from Florida USA injured her right face. Her CRPS symptoms spread to include upper and lower extremities. Eating is difficult due to painful opening of her mouth.

Despite aggressive treatment with medications and numerous sympathetic nerve blocks her symptoms became progressively worse.

The graph below illustrates that following the administration of escalating doses of IV ketamine over three consecutive days there was normalization of pain thresholds. This was accomplished as an outpatient. The following video shows that the patient had significant functional improvements after the 3-day ketamine treatment. Side effects are discussed:


Pre & Post Treatment 15-Minute Video ~ 340K


6-Week Post Treatment 7-Minute Video ~ 340K

Effects of Ketamine on Facial Appearance

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Measurement of Pain Thresholds ....  Learn more


The yellow column in the graph below represents pain threshold taken on July 14, 2008 (6 weeks after the initial 3-day, 4-hour ketamine infusion). The pain thresholds are compared with pain thresholds taken at the end of the initial 3-day, 4-hour ketamine infusion (green column)






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