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Pain Med. 2003 Sep;4(3):298-303.

Topical ketamine in the treatment of mucositis pain.

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Department of Supportive Care, Pain and Palliative Medicine, City of Hope National Medical Center, Duarte, California 91010, USA.


Ketamine oral rinse provided effective palliation of intractable mucositis pain in a 32-year-old woman with squamous carcinoma of the tongue undergoing radiation therapy. Pain at rest and with eating decreased with ketamine, allowing for a tapering of her opiate dose. No side effects of ketamine were reported. Treatment benefits most likely arose from the inhibition by ketamine of peripheral N-methyl D-aspartate receptors, though other mechanisms of action may have been contributory. Further evaluation of topical ketamine in the treatment of mucositis-related pain, and, potentially, other causes of inflammatory oral pain, are warranted.

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