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Pediatr Clin North Am. 2007 Oct;54(5):645-72, x.

The management of pain in children with life-limiting illnesses.

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Pain and Palliative Care, Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, 2525 Chicago Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55404, USA.


The management of pain in children with life-limiting illnesses is complex and unfortunately not often done effectively. Pain is a multidimensional symptom that can overshadow all other experiences of both the child and family. This article focuses on topics common to practitioners caring for children with lifelimiting illnesses, including a review of myths and obstacles to achieving adequate pain control, a review of the pathophysiology of pain, an overview of the use of opioids in children, an approach to the management of neuropathic pain, and a brief discussion of nonpharmacologic pain management strategies.

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