Definition of breakthrough pain in English:
(Usually in connection with cancer) severe pain that erupts while a patient is already medicated with a long-acting painkiller.
- Data collected included demographics, site of tumor and metastatic spread, characteristics of pain in association with morphine dose, need for breakthrough pain medications, adjuvant pain therapies and survival time.
- If a significant amount of medication for breakthrough pain is already being given, the baseline dose of sustained-release analgesic medication should be increased.
- A variant of breakthrough pain occurs in patients who are under good pain control but develop acute onset of new pain or crescendo of established pain.
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