Peripheral opioid analgesia: clinical applications
Journal Paper/Review - Feb 1, 2005
Oeltjenbruns Jochen, Schäfer Michael
Peripheral opioid analgesia is undoubtedly of clinical relevance, especially considering that systemic opioid therapy often is hampered by central side effects. Despite some clinical studies that do not show peripheral opioid-mediated pain control, mostly because of methodologic shortcomings, studies evaluating inflammatory pain conditions show clear evidence and the number and the sites of applications are increasing. The intention of this paper is to give insight into the recent experience with the clinical applications of peripheral opioid analgesia.