Journal article

A randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled study to assess the safety and efficacy of methoxyflurane for procedural pain of a bone marrow biopsy.

Odette Spruyt, David Westerman, Alvin Milner, Mathias Bressel, Simon Wein

BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care | Published : 2014


CONTEXT: Pain during bone marrow biopsy (BMB) under local anaesthesia (LA) is reported in 70% of patients, of whom 35% rate the pain as severe. Pain is experienced during both the biopsy and the marrow aspiration. Many medical centres use conscious sedation involving benzodiazepines and/or opioids administered orally or intravenously for BMB analgesia. Methoxyflurane (MEOF) is self-administered by a handheld device (the Penthrox inhaler), which is licensed in Australia for the relief of pain associated with short surgical procedures. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the efficacy and safety of MEOF analgesia in patients with cancer undergoing BMB. METHODS: Patients received LA plus either MEOF or plac..

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