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Klin Padiatr. 2016 Nov;228(6-07):313-318. Epub 2016 Nov 15.

[Physical Therapy for Chemotherapy-induced Peripheral Neuropathy in Pediatric Oncology].

[Article in German]

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1
School of Therapy and Social Works, Hochschule Fresenius gGmbH, Idstein.
2
Medical School, Hochschule Fresenius gGmbH, Idstein.

Abstract

Background: Chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy is a frequent side-effect of drugs that are used in the treatment of cancer. Affected individuals can suffer from motor, sensory or autonomy nerve damage. Further medication is used for the treatment of CIPN which can cause further side-effects. Patients should be offered physical therapy treatment to relieve the symptoms. Objective: The aim of this article is to give an overview of available literature investigating physical therapy in CIPN in pediatric oncology. Methods: To determine relevant literature, a systematic review was conducted in the databases CINAHL, The Cochrane Library, ERIC, MEDPILOT, PEDro, PsycARTICLES, PsycINFO, PubMed and DIMDI. Besides the methodological quality of the identified literature is supposed to be reviewed. Results: There is no current literature regarding the subject of this article, so no evaluation of the quality could be carried out. Although several publications concerning adults could be identified and transfer could be established for pediatrics. Conclusion: Acupuncture appeared to be effective in the treatment of CIPN in adults. Good results appeared especially regarding pain. Sensorimotor training, balance training, electrotherapy and alternative methods like Reiki and Yoga showed good results for patients symptoms. These treatment methods give a future prospect how CIPN in children can be treated successfully - but further pediatric research is necessary.

PMID:
27846661
DOI:
10.1055/s-0042-111692
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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