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April 1983

Continuous Subcutaneous Infusion of Morphine in Children With Cancer

Am J Dis Child. 1983;137(4):383-385. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1983.02140300061017

• Seventeen children with severe pain due to malignant neoplasm were successfully treated with a subcutaneous infusion of morphine sulfate using a syringe pump. Pain relief was adequate in every case without major side effects. The median dosage required was 0.06 mg/kg/hr (range, 0.025 to 1.79 mg/kg/hr). Three patients received the subcutaneous infusion at home. No patient required an intravenous line for pain control.

(Am J Dis Child 1983;137:383-385)