Internal infusion pumps are implantable and programmable systems that have been widely used for years in the management of chronic pain. During the past few years, these devices have had an increasingly prominent role given the possibility of insulin infusions in patients with diabetes mellitus because they provide patients with higher autonomy in the management of their disease, despite the fact that they are expensive systems and require surgery for implantation. These features make internal infusion pumps a suitable therapeutic option for those patients who need to use artificial tears continuously because of severe dry eyes. We report a case of severe eye pain due to xerophthalmia in a patient with CREST (calcinosis, Raynaud phenomenon, esophageal dysmotility, sclerodactyly, and telangiectasia) syndrome who was treated with an implanted pump reservoir.
De Andrés J, García-Delpech S, Pérez VLV, Díaz-Llopis M, Udaondo P, Sánchez MTS, Salom D. Bilateral Infusion Pump Implants as Therapy for Refractory Corneal Ulcers in a Patient With CREST SyndromeAn Interdisciplinary Approach. Arch Ophthalmol. 2008;126(7):964-967. doi:10.1001/archopht.126.7.964