[Skip to Content]
[Skip to Content Landing]
Views 859
Citations 0
Research Letter
November 4, 2019

Association Between Prescribed Opioids and Infections in Patients Neutropenia and Cancer

Author Affiliations
  • 1University of Cologne, Faculty of Medicine and University Hospital Cologne, Department I for Internal Medicine, Cologne, Germany
  • 2German Center for Infection Research (DZIF), Partner Site Bonn-Cologne, Cologne, Germany
  • 3Institute for Medical Microbiology, Immunology, and Hygiene, University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany
  • 4Department of Internal Medicine, Hematology, and Oncology, Goethe University Frankfurt, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
JAMA Intern Med. Published online November 4, 2019. doi:https://doi.org/10.1001/jamainternmed.2019.4714

In a recent article, Edelman and colleagues1 identified an association between prescribed opioids and risk for community-acquired pneumonia among patients with and without HIV infection. This is of concern for immunocompromised patients receiving opioids for cancer pain. We used the prospective Cologne Cohort of Neutropenic Patients (NCT01821456) to confirm this observation in patients with chemotherapy-induced neutropenia.

Limit 200 characters
Limit 25 characters
Conflicts of Interest Disclosure

Identify all potential conflicts of interest that might be relevant to your comment.

Conflicts of interest comprise financial interests, activities, and relationships within the past 3 years including but not limited to employment, affiliation, grants or funding, consultancies, honoraria or payment, speaker's bureaus, stock ownership or options, expert testimony, royalties, donation of medical equipment, or patents planned, pending, or issued.

Err on the side of full disclosure.

If you have no conflicts of interest, check "No potential conflicts of interest" in the box below. The information will be posted with your response.

Not all submitted comments are published. Please see our commenting policy for details.

Limit 140 characters
Limit 3600 characters or approximately 600 words