Persistent pain associated with long-term intrathecal morphine administration.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

A 32-year-old man with chronic intractable right lower extremity pain unresponsive to multiple neurosurgical and pharmacologic treatments, including intrathecal morphine administration, was successfully treated with sciatic nerve block, discontinuance of opioid therapy, and psychologic interventions. Plasma and urine ratios of morphine metabolites morphine-3-glucuronide and morphine-6-glucuronide were analyzed at the beginning of our interventions, and the results indicated that morphine-3-glucuronide levels were significantly higher than morphine-6-glucuronide levels. The possible association between the observed morphine metabolite ratio and the intractable pain in patients resistant to opioids may have potential clinical implications.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Parris, WC; Janicki, PK; Johnson, B; Livengood, J; Mathews, L

Published Date

  • April 1996

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 89 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 417 - 419

PubMed ID

  • 8614885

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0038-4348

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1097/00007611-199604000-00014


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States