Asphyxiation with a Fentanyl Patch

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Narcotics are frequently prescribed to alleviate pain in patients with serious medical illnesses such as cancer. Because of their nonoral route of administration, fentanyl patches are now being frequently prescribed. However, the widespread use of fentanyl patches has been associated with medication errors and misuse [Butts and Jatoi: J Opioid Manag 2011;7:35-45]. The transdermal delivery of fentanyl may lead to unusual, unanticipated complications. Herein, we describe a fentanyl patch complication, which, to our knowledge, has not been previously reported.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)242-244
Number of pages3
JournalCase Reports in Oncology
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 2013


  • Asphyxiation
  • Fentanyl patch
  • Transdermal medication

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology


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