Intravenous lidocaine infusion for the treatment of acute pain in the pediatric intensive care unit: case series
Introduction: The use of intravenous lidocaine infusion has increased over the past decade as part of a multimodal approach to analgesia in adults; however, information about its safety and tolerability in the pediatric population is limited.
Methods: Acute pain management using lidocaine infusion in eleven patients treated in the pediatric intensive care unit.
Results: Five cases of postoperative abdominal pain and six cases of non-operative abdominal pain. Two cases were cancer patients affected by neutropenic colitis. Analgesic control achieved was good.
Conclusion: Lidocaine infusions are apparently a safe option for the management of acute pain, either post-operative or not, in the pediatric population.
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