Intra-articular morphine for pain relief after anterior cruciate ligament repair

G. P. Joshi, S. M. Mccarroll, O. H. Brady, B. J. Hurson, G. Walsh

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Summary: We have performed a randomized, double-blind controlled study in patients undergoing elective anterior cruciate ligament repair, to assess the effect of intra-articular morphine on postoperative pain. The morphine group (n = 11) received morphine 5 mg in saline 25 ml and the control group (n = 9), saline 25 ml intra-articularly. Patients in the morphine group had significantly smaller pain scores throughout the 24-h postoperative period compared with those in the control group (P < 0.05). There was less requirement for supplementary analgesics in the morphine group. (Br. J. Anaesth. 1993; 70: 87-88)

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)87-88
Number of pages2
JournalBritish Journal of Anaesthesia
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1993


  • Analgesia, postoperative.
  • Analgesics: intra-articular morphine.
  • Surgery: orthopaedic

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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