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Papers: 7 Jan 2023 - 13 Jan 2023

2022 Dec

Pain Physician



Intraoperative Intravenous Infusion of Esmketamine Has Opioid-Sparing Effect and Improves the Quality of Recovery in Patients Undergoing Thoracic Surgery: A Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Clinical Trial.


Postoperative thoracic surgery is often accompanied by severe pain, and opioids are a cornerstone of postoperative pain management, but their use may be limited by many adverse events. Several studies have shown that the perioperative application of esketamine adjuvant therapy can reduce postoperative opioid consumption. However, whether esketamine has an opioid-sparing effect after thoracic surgery is unclear.