Pump Therapy

Is pump therapy right for you?

IntraPump® Infusion Systems is a leading supplier of ambulatory infusion systems for the continuous and/or intermittent administration of drugs for a variety of clinical purposes. IntraPump also offers high quality subcutaneous infusion administration sets as well as indwelling cannulas.

Listed below are therapies which may benefit from these systems and are found within the disciplines of Hematology, Oncology, Immunology, Neurology, Cardiology/Pulmonary and Endocrinology:

• Pulmonary Hypertension

Pulmonary Hypertension (PH) is an increase in blood pressure in the pulmonary artery, pulmonary vein, or pulmonary capillaries, together known as the lung vasculature, leading to shortness of breath, dizziness, fainting, and other symptoms, all of which are exacerbated by exertion. Pulmonary hypertension can be a severe disease with a markedly decreased exercise tolerance and heart failure.

References: www.pha.org, www.unither.com

• Primary Immunodeficiency

Primary immunodeficiencies are disorders in which part of the body’s immune system is missing or does not function properly. To be considered a primary immunodeficiency, the cause of the immune deficiency must not be secondary in nature (i.e., caused by other disease, drug treatment, or environmental exposure to toxins). Most primary immunodeficiencies are genetic disorders; the majority diagnosed in children under the age of one, although milder forms may not be recognized until adulthood.

References: www.primaryimmune.org, www.cslbehring.com

• Thalassemia

Thalassemia is an inherited autosomal recessive blood disease. In thalassemia, the genetic defect results in reduced rate of synthesis of one of the globin chains that make up hemoglobin. Reduced synthesis of one of the globin chains can cause the formation of abnormal hemoglobin molecules, thus causing anemia, the characteristic presenting symptom of the thalassemias. Thalassemia is a quantitative problem of too few globins synthesized, whereas sickle-cell anemia is a qualitative problem of synthesis of an incorrectly functioning globin.

References: www.thalassemia.com, www.cooleysanemia.org

• Pain Management

Acute pain, such pain resulting from trauma, often has a reversible cause and may require only transient measures and correction of the underlying problem. In contrast, chronic pain often results from conditions that are difficult to diagnose and treat, and that may take a long time to reverse. Some examples include cancer, neuropathy, and referred pain. Often, pain pathways are set up that continue to transmit the sensation of pain even though the underlying condition or injury that originally caused pain has been healed. In such situations, the pain itself is frequently managed separately from the underlying condition of which it is a symptom, or the goal of treatment is to manage the pain with no treatment of any underlying condition.

References: www.aapainmanage.org
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• Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s disease is a degenerative disease of the brain (central nervous system) that often impairs motor skills, speech, and other functions. Parkinson’s disease belongs to a group of conditions called movement disorders. It is characterized by muscle rigidity, resting tremor, a slowing of physical movement and, in extreme cases, a loss of physical movement.

References: www.pdf.org