Patients with chronic pain and abnormal pituitary function require investigation

@article{Merza2003PatientsWC,
  title={Patients with chronic pain and abnormal pituitary function require investigation},
  author={Zayd Merza and Nancy Edwards and Sj Walters and John Newell-Price and Rjm Ross},
  journal={The Lancet},
  year={2003},
  volume={361},
  pages={2203-2204}
}
Misuse of opioids is associated with abnormalities of pituitary function. Patients with chronic pain frequently complain of fatigue and undergo endocrine testing. To test whether oral opioid treatment causes abnormal pituitary function we prospectively assessed pituitary function in 37 patients with chronic pain who were receiving either oral opioid analgesia or non-opioid analgesia. Oral opioid treatment was not associated with abnormal pituitary function although a few patients had abnormal… CONTINUE READING
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