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Breakthrough pain (BKP) is a transitory flare of pain that occurs on a background of relatively well controlled baseline pain. Previous surveys have found that BKP is highly prevalent among patients with cancer pain and predicts more severe pain, pain-related distress and functional impairment, and relatively poor quality of life. An international group of(More)
The majority of patients with advanced upper abdominal malignancies suffer from moderate to severe pain due to unavailability of morphine in developing world. This study was undertaken to evaluate the role of neurolytic celiac plexus block on pain and quality of life in this patient subpopulation. One hundred consecutive patients receiving opioids for their(More)
Neuropathic pain is still an under-diagnosed and undertreated problem in third world countries. This retrospective study was undertaken to detect the prevalence, etiology and treatment profile of neuropathic pain in cancer. During January-December 2007, 716 new cancer pain patients were examined in Tata Memorial Hospital Pain Clinic. A total of 180 patients(More)
Postoperative pain relief continues to be a major challenge for all health care professionals caring for such patients in India. Acute pain services are almost nonexistent, even in large private and university hospitals. As per our estimate not more than 10 such services are available. Tata Memorial Hospital is a tertiary care cancer center that started one(More)
A 29-year-old male patient diagnosed with periampullary carcinoma was planned for laparotomy. An Epidural catheter was inserted preoperatively in the D6–D7 space, with strict asepsis. Postoperatively, epidural analgesia was continued using elastomeric pump (0.1% bupivacaine and 10 μg/mL morphine sulphate) at 8 mL/h. The preparation of anaesthetic solution(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIMS Acute postoperative pain is still a neglected and unresolved issue in day to day practice. Acute pain services were conceived three decades ago to form a dedicated team to monitor pain assessment and treatment as per laid down pain protocols and guidelines. The concept of acute pain service (APS) is slowly evolving in India. MATERIAL(More)
INTRODUCTION Pain is the most common reason for emergency department (ED) visits by the cancer patients. Treatment inconsistency and inadequacy are reported worldwide in the management of ED pain. We conducted a non-interventional observational study of 100 patients visiting ED with moderate to severe pain in a tertiary care cancer center. AIMS The goal(More)
An audit of epidural anesthesia in an Indian teaching hospital is described. The authors reviewed Acute Pain Service (APS) documentation of epidural anesthesia and outcomes form the procedure over a 6-month period. Variances from established protocols were noted and reasons for these variances are discussed.