Buprenorphine for chronic pain in a pediatric patient with sickle-cell disease

Title

Buprenorphine for chronic pain in a pediatric patient with sickle-cell disease

Creator

Irwin M; Gunther W; Keefer P; Saul D; Singh S; Wright J; Smith M

Publisher

Journal of Pain and Symptom Management

Date

2021

Subject

pediatric; palliative care; pain; buprenorphine; sickle-cell disease

Description

Sickle-cell disease (SCD) is an inherited hematologic disorder characterized by the presence of sickle-shaped red blood cells (RBC). 1 Misshapen RBCs are rigid, which leads to occlusion of blood vessels resulting in tissue ischemia and pain. Pain can manifest as acute, intermittent episodes (vaso-occlusive crises [VOC]), chronic pain, or acute-on-chronic pain. 1 Buprenorphine is a semisynthetic opioid that has historically been used for opioid use disorder. Due to a unique receptor binding profile and favorable safety profile, including lower risk of tolerance and hyperalgesia, buprenorphine is increasingly recognized for its utility in chronic pain management, especially in complex cases. 2 ,3 Two small studies reported decreased healthcare utilization and daily opioid requirements in adults with chronic SCD pain transitioned from full opioid agonists to buprenorphine. 4 ,5 Another case series of two adolescents with chronic SCD pain described rotation to buprenorphine with improved functionality and decreased opioid requirements. 6 Literature on buprenorphine for pain in pediatric patients is sparse in general and practically nonexistent for pediatric chronic SCD pain. 7 Here, we report buprenorphine induction for chronic pain in a pediatric patient with SCD.

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Citation

Irwin M; Gunther W; Keefer P; Saul D; Singh S; Wright J; Smith M, “Buprenorphine for chronic pain in a pediatric patient with sickle-cell disease,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed November 27, 2021, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/17572.

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