Opioid Endocrinopathy: A Clinical Problem in Patients With Chronic Pain and Long-term Oral Opioid Treatment

@article{Rhodin2010OpioidEA,
  title={Opioid Endocrinopathy: A Clinical Problem in Patients With Chronic Pain and Long-term Oral Opioid Treatment},
  author={Annica Rhodin and Mats Stridsberg and Torsten E Gordh},
  journal={The Clinical journal of pain},
  year={2010},
  volume={26 5},
  pages={
          374-80
        }
}
BACKGROUND The use of strong opioids for treatment of noncancer chronic pain has increased. However, strong evidence for sustained pain relief and improved function is lacking. Controversy prevails, whether hormonal changes are induced by long-term treatment with opioids. The purpose of this study was to investigate the occurrence of endocrine dysfunction in chronic pain patients on long-term opioid treatment. METHODS A study group of 39 chronic pain patients treated with strong oral opioids… CONTINUE READING
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