Anesthesia Pharmacology: Autonomic Adrenergic Practice Clinical Case Questions


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  • A 22 year-old man suffers 4 broken ribs in a motor vehicle accident.

  • Although displacement of the ribs at fracture sites was minimal, the patient complained of severe pain, and required large doses of fentanyl for relief.

  • case author: Hugh S. Mathewson,
    M.D., Professor Emeritus, School of Allied
    Health, Department of Nurse Anesthesia,
    University of Kansas Medical Center

  • case editor: Michael Gordon, Ph.D. Associate
    Professor, University
    of Kansas Medical Center