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Vol 2, No 3 (2003): Polish Palliative Medicine
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Published online: 2003-05-29
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Breakthrough pain

Anna Adamczyk, Zbigniew Żylicz, Małgorzata Krajnik
Advances in Palliative Medicine 2003;2(3):157-166.

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Vol 2, No 3 (2003): Polish Palliative Medicine
Artykuły poglądowe
Published online: 2003-05-29

Abstract

Constant nociceptive pain which is experienced at rest, responds promptly to the round the clock schedules of opioids and other analgesics. Some other types of pain may be more problematic or even untreatable. The breakthrough pain, defined as pain flares in patients with well controlled background pain, occurs in 40–90% of patents. The breakthrough pain may substantially impair patient’s quality of life. It can be subdivided in the incident pain (usually on movement), spontaneous or idiopathic pain (unrelated to patient action) and end-of dose-pain occurring just prior to the next dose of analgesics. The diagnosis and management of different types of BP are reviewed. In most cases appropriate diagnosis leads to effective treatment.

Abstract

Constant nociceptive pain which is experienced at rest, responds promptly to the round the clock schedules of opioids and other analgesics. Some other types of pain may be more problematic or even untreatable. The breakthrough pain, defined as pain flares in patients with well controlled background pain, occurs in 40–90% of patents. The breakthrough pain may substantially impair patient’s quality of life. It can be subdivided in the incident pain (usually on movement), spontaneous or idiopathic pain (unrelated to patient action) and end-of dose-pain occurring just prior to the next dose of analgesics. The diagnosis and management of different types of BP are reviewed. In most cases appropriate diagnosis leads to effective treatment.
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Keywords

breakthrough pain; incidental pain; spontaneous pain; cancer pain

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Title

Breakthrough pain

Journal

Advances in Palliative Medicine

Issue

Vol 2, No 3 (2003): Polish Palliative Medicine

Pages

157-166

Published online

2003-05-29

Bibliographic record

Advances in Palliative Medicine 2003;2(3):157-166.

Keywords

breakthrough pain
incidental pain
spontaneous pain
cancer pain

Authors

Anna Adamczyk
Zbigniew Żylicz
Małgorzata Krajnik

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