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[Thoracic epidural catheter: reasonable or over-instrumentation?].

Authors
  • Loop, T
Type
Published Article
Journal
Zentralblatt für Chirurgie
Publication Date
Sep 01, 2014
Volume
139 Suppl 1
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1055/s-0034-1382924
PMID: 25264720
Source
Medline
License
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Abstract

The efficient and persisting treatment of the pain accompanying thoracic surgery is fundamental and beneficial for patients, since severe postoperative pulmonary complications and the incidence of chronic pain will be reduced. In this review the role of thoracic epidural analgesia in preventing and treating pain after thoracic surgery will be discussed critically and alternative strategies presented.

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