Pain, irritability and feeding intolerance are common symptoms affecting quality of life in children with severe neurological impairment (SNI). We performed a retrospective study to explore the use of gabapentinoid medications for symptom control in children with SNI. Patients attending the palliative care or gastroenterology department being treated with gabapentin for irritability, vomiting or pain of unknown origin were included. Information was gathered retrospectively from medical documentation. Irritability was reduced in 30 of the 42 patients included. Gabapentin was discontinued in 15 children, 12 of whom then received pregabalin. Three children had a good response to pregabalin, six a minimal improvement and three no improvement. These results support the use of gabapentinoids in this patient cohort.
- general paediatrics
- palliative care
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Contributors AC conceptualised and designed the study, designed the data collection instruments, collected the data, drafted the initial manuscript, and reviewed and revised the manuscript. RM designed the study, designed the data collection instruments, collected the data, and reviewed and revised the manuscript. SH and AB conceptualised the study, designed the data collection instruments and critically reviewed the manuscript for important intellectual content. BB and MD conceptualised and designed the study, designed the data collection instruments, carried out the initial analysis, and reviewed and revised the manuscript. All authors approved the final manuscript as submitted and agree to be accountable for all aspects of the work.
Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.
Competing interests None declared.
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Ethics approval Ethical approval was granted by the Research Ethics Committee of Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin.
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