Morphine following common childhood surgery may be life threatening

Written by EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health on January 26, 2015 – 5:00 am -

(McMaster University) The study identified a significant risk for potentially-fatal breathing disruption when morphine is administered at home after surgery to treat pain in children who undergo tonsillectomy with or without adenoidectomy. This surgery is commonly and effectively used to treat childhood sleep apnea. The study also showed ibuprofen is a safe and effective alternative.

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