Use of intravenous acetaminophen (paracetamol) in a pediatric patient at the end of life: case report

Title

Use of intravenous acetaminophen (paracetamol) in a pediatric patient at the end of life: case report

Creator

Marks AD; Keefer P; Saul D'Anna

Publisher

Journal Of Palliative Medicine

Date

2013

Subject

Child; Female; Humans; Pain; Terminal Care; Analgesics; Fatal Outcome; Ovarian Neoplasms; Injections; Intravenous; Acetaminophen; Non-Narcotic; Sertoli-Leydig Cell Tumor

Description

BACKGROUND: For the better part of 100 years, acetaminophen (or paracetamol as it is known outside of the United States) has been a common first-line analgesic in pediatrics and is typically well tolerated with minimal side effects. Its use as an anti-pyretic is also well-documented and thus it is used broadly for symptom control in the general pediatric population. DISCUSSION: In pediatric palliative care, acetaminophen is also used as an adjuvant to opioid therapy for pain as well as an anti-pyretic. For many pediatric patients near end-of-life, however, the ability to tolerate oral intake is diminished and rectal suppository administration can be distressing or contraindicated as in the setting of neutropenia, thus limiting use of acetaminophen by its usual routes. In Europe and Australia, an intravenous formulation of acetaminophen has been used for many years and has only recently become available in the United States. CONCLUSION: Here, we describe a case using intravenous acetaminophen in a pediatric patient at the end of life.
2013-12

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Type

Journal Article

Citation List Month

Backlog

Pages

1641-1643

Issue

12

Volume

16

Citation

Marks AD; Keefer P; Saul D'Anna, “Use of intravenous acetaminophen (paracetamol) in a pediatric patient at the end of life: case report,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed May 22, 2022, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/14732.

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