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Factors Associated with New Persistent Opioid Usage After Lung Resection

  • 14% of opioid-naive patients continue to fill opioid prescriptions in the 3 to 6 months after lung resection.
  • Adjuvant therapy and thoracotomy are the greatest risk factors for persistent opioid use following lung resection.
  • Future studies should focus on reducing excess prescribing, perioperative patient education, and safe opioid disposal.

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Brescia AA, Harrington CA, Mazurek AA, et al. Factors Associated With New Persistent Opioid Usage After Lung Resection. Ann Thorac Surg. 2019;107(2):363-368. doi:10.1016/j.athoracsur.2018.08.057