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What are the risk factors for opioid dependency following lung surgery?

Risk factors for opioid dependency following lung surgery include the following:

  • open, traditional lung resection with a large incision
  • male sex
  • age less than 64 years
  • income less than $70,000
  • past history of substance abuse
  • hospital stay of more than five days after surgery
  • postoperative chemotherapy or radiation

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