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2021 Jun 22

Clin Neurol Neurosurg


Short- and long-term opioid use in survivors of subarachnoid hemorrhage.


Mahta A, Anderson MN, Azher AI, Mahmoud LN, Dakay K, Abdulrazeq H, Abud A, Moody S, Reznik ME, Yaghi S, Thompson BB, Wendell LC, Rao SS, Potter NS, Cutting S, Mac Grory B, Stretz C, Doberstein CE, Furie KL
Clin Neurol Neurosurg. 2021 Jun 22; 207:106770.
PMID: 34182238.


Opioids are frequently used for analgesia in patients with acute subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) due to a high prevalence of headache and neck pain. However, it is unclear if this practice may pose a risk for opioid dependence, as long-term opioid use in this population remains unknown. We sought to determine the prevalence of opioid use in SAH survivors, and to identify potential risk factors for opioid utilization.