Continuous epidural morphine treatment for intractable pain in terminal cancer patients

Gideon Findler, David Olshwang, Moshe Hadani

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Abstract

In patients with intractable cancer pain who failed to respond to conservative and neurosurgical procedures for pain relief, repeated injections of epidural morphine were found to be beneficial. A small dose of morphine (2-4 mg per injection) relieved pain for 6-24 h. A permanent subcutaneous epidural catheter led to successful ambulatory treatment without complications. The implantation of the epidural catheter is a minor surgical procedure, done under local anesthesia and is considered safe even in terminal cancer patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)311-315
Number of pages5
JournalPain
Volume14
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1982

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