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2020 May 01

Pain Med



Persistent and Chronic Postoperative Opioid Use in a Cohort of Patients with Oral Tongue Squamous Cell Carcinoma.


Cata JP, Patino M, Gorur A, Du KN, Uhelski ML, Myers J, Lai S, Rubin LM, Dougherty PM, Owusu-Agyemang P
Pain Med. 2020 May 01; 21(5):1061-1067.
PMID: 31609416.


Recently, the concept of persistent postsurgical opioid use has been described for patients undergoing cancer surgery. Our hypothesis was based on the premise that patients with oral tongue cancer require high dosages of opioids before, during, and after surgery, and thus a large percentage of patients might develop persistent postsurgical opioid use.