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Correspondence and Brief Communications
August 1, 2006

Meperidine Use in Older Surgical Patients

Arch Surg. 2006;141(8):835. doi:10.1001/archsurg.141.8.835-a

The article entitled “Prevalence of Meperidine Use in Older Surgical Patients” by Kornitzer et al1 has brought a very important issue about the adverse effects of meperidine hydrochloride use in older surgical patients with or without compromised renal function. The authors have quoted a book of 1739 pages, without any reference to page or chapter, published by the American College of Surgeons2 saying that meperidine is “suboptimal analgesia for postoperative patients.”