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The Role of Pre-induction Ketamine in the Management of Postoperative Pain in Patients Undergoing Elective Gynaecological Surgery at the University Hospital of the West Indies

A prospective case-controlled randomized study was performed to assess the effect of ketamine 0.15 mg/kg pre-induction on postoperative narcotic requirements and pain scores. There was no significant reduction in analgesic consumption or pain intensity; however, more patients who received ketamine reported higher levels of satisfaction with their pain management.


Objectives: To determine if a single preoperative dose of ketamine hydrochloride reduces the narcotic analgesic requirements and/or pain scores reported by patients in the first 24 hours postoperatively.

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e-Published: 21 Aug, 2013
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