Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Topic: An Accidental Discovery (Ketamine)

An Accidental Discovery (Ketamine)

Until about 15 years ago, patients with unsuccessful management of CRPS pain had few options. However, an accidental discovery at a hospital in Germany led to an experimental treatment that is giving some CRPS patients their lives back.

At the German hospital, a man was admitted with pain so horrible that nothing the doctors tried could reduce it. Not knowing what else to do, they gave him anesthesia to put him to sleep for a few days. When he emerged five or six days later, his pain was dramatically improved. One of the anesthetic drugs the doctors used was ketamine.

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