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In rare instances, the development of an inflammatory mass at the tip of the implanted catheter may occur that can result in progressive clinical signs that bear monitoring. These signs include a progressive change in the character, quality, or intensity of pain; an increase in the level and degree of pain despite dose escalation; sensory changes, i.e., numbness, tingling, burning, hyperesthesia and/or hyperalgesia.

Presentations that require immediate diagnosis include bowel and/or bladder dysfunction; myelopathy, conus syndrome, gait disturbances or difficulty ambulating; and paraparesis or paralysis.

If inflammatory mass is suspected, recommended evaluation should include a review of the patient history and neurological evaluation, radiological diagnostic procedures (such as an MRI with contrast), and an appropriate clinical consultation.