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Dolor y Paliativos

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Shelley R Salpeter, Jacob S Buckley, Eduardo Bruera
BACKGROUND: Opioid dose escalation may cause hyperalgesia, mediated by the N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) pathway. Methadone is an atypical opioid that inhibits hyperalgesia through NMDA-blockade, especially at low doses. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the efficacy of using very-low-dose methadone as the sole long-acting opioid agent in a hospice practice. DESIGN: A retrospective, observational study of the use of methadone, ≤15 mg daily, with as-needed short-acting opiates...
June 2013: Journal of Palliative Medicine
Nils D Arvold, Eudocia Q Lee, Minesh P Mehta, Kim Margolin, Brian M Alexander, Nancy U Lin, Carey K Anders, Riccardo Soffietti, D Ross Camidge, Michael A Vogelbaum, Ian F Dunn, Patrick Y Wen
The clinical management/understanding of brain metastases (BM) has changed substantially in the last 5 years, with key advances and clinical trials highlighted in this review. Several of these changes stem from improvements in systemic therapy, which have led to better systemic control and longer overall patient survival, associated with increased time at risk for developing BM. Development of systemic therapies capable of preventing BM and controlling both intracranial and extracranial disease once BM are diagnosed is paramount...
August 2016: Neuro-oncology
David J Whellan, Sarah J Goodlin, Michael G Dickinson, Paul A Heidenreich, Connie Jaenicke, Wendy Gattis Stough, Michael W Rich
Stage D heart failure (HF) is associated with poor prognosis, yet little consensus exists on the care of patients with HF approaching the end of life. Treatment options for end-stage HF range from continuation of guideline-directed medical therapy to device interventions and cardiac transplantation. However, patients approaching the end of life may elect to forego therapies or procedures perceived as burdensome, or to deactivate devices that were implanted earlier in the disease course. Although discussing end-of-life issues such as advance directives, palliative care, or hospice can be difficult, such conversations are critical to understanding patient and family expectations and to developing mutually agreed-on goals of care...
February 2014: Journal of Cardiac Failure
Aileen Chen, Erwin J Loquias, Ramesh Roshan, Richard Levene, Raymond Zelhof, Terry Hickey, Gail Austin Cooney, Faustino Gonzalez
BACKGROUND: Diphenhydramine (DPH) is most commonly used via oral, topical, intramuscular (IM) and intravenous (IV) routes for the palliation of pruritus, treatment of extrapyramidal symptoms, management of parkinsonism and for allergic reactions. However, many hospice patients are unable to take oral medications and/or do not have IV access. Moreover, topical administration has a relatively slow rate of absorption. For this reason, in the hospice setting it is not uncommon for diphenhydramine to be administered via the subcutaneous (SC) route secondary to its ease of access, low infection rates and its low levels of discomfort...
September 13, 2016: American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care
Margaret Kreher
Symptom control at the end of life is an identified ongoing gap in end-of-life care. Increased demand for high-quality symptom control; limited supply of specialty trained clinicians; lack of consistent high-quality evidence-based interventions; and education deficits among clinicians, patients, and families in end-of-life processes contribute to this gap. High-value end-of-life care is centered on high-quality communication about goals of care. This article reviews primary palliative care concepts of communication and symptom control to provide a framework for primary care physicians to use in the care of patients at the end of life...
September 2016: Medical Clinics of North America
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