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Complications as through presentation in pentazocine dependence among the healthcare personnel: A case series from consultation-liaison addiction psychiatry


1 Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, ESIC Medical College and Hospital, Hyderabad, Telangana, India
2 Senior Resident, Department of Psychiatry, ESIC Medical College and Hospital, Hyderabad, Telangana, India

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Naveen Kumar Dhagudu,
Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, ESIC Medical College and Hospital, Hyderabad
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/amh.amh_180_21

Pentazocine is a synthetic, narcotic analgesic, indicated for various moderate-to-severe pain conditions. Its use and dependence on health care personnel pose unique challenges that make them difficult in seeking help. Complications due to parenteral pentazocine injection resulted in significant impairment for day-to-day functioning and contribute to disability. Hence, we present a case series on pentazocine dependence in health care personnel along with chronic nonhealing ulcers, myofibrosis, inflammatory compartmental syndromes like puffy hand syndrome and highlighting the integrative management of it.


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