High-Dose Gabapentin and Amitriptyline in the Treatment of Refractory Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy in a Toddler

Emmanuel Alalade, Kwaku Owusu-Bediako, Joseph D. Tobias


Pharmacologic management of chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN) in pediatric patients remains a challenge. Without effective treatment to control pain from CIPN in children, reduction or discontinuation of life-saving chemotherapeutic medications may be required. Various combinations of medications are available, but none have been thoroughly evaluated for their effectiveness in managing CIPN in the pediatric population. We present the clinical management of severe CIPN in a 3-year-old child with pre-B acute lymphoblastic lymphoma that was refractory to a regiment that included high-dose gabapentin and opioids. Therapy was subsequently adjusted to include amitriptyline, eliminating the need for opioids with complete resolution of symptoms. The potential combination pharmacotherapies for pediatric CIPN are discussed and mechanisms accounting for inadequate response with monotherapy are presented.

J Med Cases. 2021;12(12):495-498
doi: https://doi.org/10.14740/jmc3819


Chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy; Pediatric cancer; Amitriptyline; Gabapentin

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