Greta Kasputytė, Aurika Karbonskienė
Effective postoperative pain management enhances early postoperative rehabilitation and may improve outcomes of surgical treatment. New analgetic medications and combinations of these are sought for optimal analgesia with lowest possible incidence of side effects. Ketamine is an old general anaesthetic. Low doses of it might be used as a adjunct in postoperative analgesia. An overview of data which show that low-dose ketamine is safe and posess opioid-sparing effect in postoperative pain management is presented in this article.
Keyword(s): ketamine; acute pain; postoperative pain; postoperative pain management.
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