The boy who refused an IV: a case report of subcutaneous clodronate for bone pain in a child with Ewing Sarcoma.


Abstract:  Bone pain in malignancy can be challenging to treat. Bisphosphonates have been found to be useful in adults with bone pain, but there are no reports of their use in children for this indication. In pediatric palliative medicine there are hurdles in translating knowledge gained primarily in adult studies into application in children. Obstacles exist in initially determining whether the evidence supports using a drug in children, and once a drug is chosen, then determining the optimal route of delivery. There is very little data to guide pediatric practitioners in this situation. Case Presentation: A 9 year old boy with disseminated Ewing Sarcoma presented with extremity pain not responsive to a combination of opiates, gabapentin and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Clodronate, a bisphosphonate, was added to the regimen to treat bone pain. It was given subcutaneously every 4 weeks with a good response and no side effects. Conclusion: This case report describes the use of a bisphosphonate, clodronate, given subcutaneously to a child with Ewing sarcoma with effective relief of bone pain. It describes how the care team encountered the challenges inherent in translating adult therapy into a pediatric regimen. Furthermore the report details how a regimen was developed to address this child’s concerns regarding medication administration. Further effort needs to be made at finding solutions to address the lack of good evidence for pediatric palliative therapies.


Journal of Medical Case Reports


2007 Mar 21;1:7.

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Journal Article


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