Intrathecal Baclofen Pump

Intrathecal Baclofen Pump

Baclofen is a muscle relaxant medicine used to decrease spasticity related to spinal cord injuries, or other neurological diseases. An intrathecal delivery system provides the baclofen to the target site in the spinal cord. It works in improving hyperactive reflexes and excessive muscle tone.

Muscles get electrical signals from nerves. Spasticity happens when these signals are uneven. Baclofen works in restoring the normal signals which helps the muscles more normally.

Baclofen can be taken as a pill or can be given directly into an area of the spine called the intrathecal space. This area is filled with fluid that surrounds the spinal cord and nerve roots. This treatment is called Intrathecal Baclofen. The drug is only taken in tiny doses that keeps side effects to a minimum.

The pump system is used to deliver baclofen directly into the spinal fluid. It is made of a catheter and a pump. The device – a round metal disc – is placed under the skin in the belly near the waistline.

Indication for Baclofen Pump

  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Head Injury
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Neurological disorders