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Propofol for painful procedures in palliative care


Refractory pain during care procedures causes a real challenge for terminally ill patients. We are hereby publishing three cases of patients who received repeated procedural sedations using propofol during the painful care procedures. All patients experience pain relief with no side effects although care procedures initially were a traumatic experience to them despite the usual medication. This therapeutic solution, which would need to be assessed on a case-by-case basis by evaluating the benefit–risk balance, could become a suitable comfort treatment used by palliative care teams.

  • drug administration
  • terminal care
  • pain
  • symptoms and symptom management
  • quality of life
  • cancer

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