Epidural Methadone for Analgesic Management of Patients with Conservatively Treated Proximal Femoral Fractures

M. Nyska, Y. Shapira, B. Klin, B. Drenger, J. Y. Margulies

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Abstract

Epidural methadone analgesia was initiated soon after admission to emergency room in elderly patients who sustained osteoporotic proximal femoral fracture and who were considered to be high surgical risks. The severe pain was significantly reduced, enabling early mobilization of the patients. The analgesia was discontinued only when nonnarcotic analgesia sufficed. The treatment lasted for about 3.5 weeks. One minor complication was observed during the treatment period. We concluded that patients who have femoral neck fracture who are at high risk for operation and have to be observed and stabilized before operation can be managed by continuous epidural methadone analgesia. 1989 The American Geriatrics Society

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)980-982
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of the American Geriatrics Society
Volume37
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1989
Externally publishedYes

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