Pharmacogenetics and postoperative pain: a new approach to improve acute pain management

Minerva Anestesiologica, 11/24/2010

Acute postoperative pain is a complex phenomenon that baffles the staff involved in both its prevention and treatment. Acute postoperative pain varies even among patients who underwent the same type of surgery, and it is now known to be caused by different factors, including genetic background. This review will focus on the most important genes correlated with inter–patient differences in both pain sensitivity and analgesic response. Pain therapy is often administered to patients who are also taking other types of medication; therefore, drug interactions must be considered.

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