A systematic review of randomized trials evaluating regional techniques for postthoracotomy analgesia.

@article{Joshi2008ASR,
  title={A systematic review of randomized trials evaluating regional techniques for postthoracotomy analgesia.},
  author={Girish P. Joshi and Francis J Bonnet and Rajesh G Shah and Roseanne C Wilkinson and Fr{\'e}d{\'e}ric Camu and Barrie Fischer and Edmund A. M. Neugebauer and N. R. Rawal and Stephan Alexander Schug and Christian J P Simanski and Henrik Kehlet},
  journal={Anesthesia and analgesia},
  year={2008},
  volume={107 3},
  pages={1026-40}
}
BACKGROUND Thoracotomy induces severe postoperative pain and impairment of pulmonary function, and therefore regional analgesia has been intensively studied in this procedure. Thoracic epidural analgesia is commonly considered the "gold standard" in this setting; however, evaluation of the evidence is needed to assess the comparative benefits of alternative techniques, guide clinical practice and identify areas requiring further research. METHODS In this systematic review of randomized trials… CONTINUE READING
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