Subarachnoid and epidural calcitonin in patients with pain due to metastatic cancer

Janna Blanchard, Emil Menk, Somayaji Ramamurthy, Joan Hoffman

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Nine patients with metastatic cancer who had pain refractory to traditional treatments received a subarachnoid injection of salmon calcitonin. Eight of the nine patients reported pain relief after subarachnoid injection varying from 1 hr to 5 days. Four of the responding patients subsequently received an epidural injection of salmon calcitonin, and two of these patients reported pain relief. Although many patients experienced pain relief, nausea and vomiting appeared to be a significant side effect, accurring in seven out of nine patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)42-45
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Pain and Symptom Management
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1990


  • Epidural salmon calcitonin administration
  • cancer pain
  • subarachnoid salmon calcitonin administration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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