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Breakthrough Pain

Purpose:

To evaluate a patient for breakthrough pain.

Specialty:

Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation

Objective:

severity, prognosis, stage, end-of-life, palliative care

ICD-10:

R52.1, R52.2

Description:

Breakthrough pain is pain that "breaks through" a patient's baseline level of analgesia. This is a particular problem for cancer patients with chronic pain, but it can occur in acute pain syndromes or non-cancer situations.

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