Comparison of the effects of thoracic epidural analgesia and i.v. infusion with lidocaine on cytokine response, postoperative pain and bowel function in patients undergoing colonic surgery.

@article{Kuo2006ComparisonOT,
  title={Comparison of the effects of thoracic epidural analgesia and i.v. infusion with lidocaine on cytokine response, postoperative pain and bowel function in patients undergoing colonic surgery.},
  author={C. P. Kuo and S W Jao and Kuang Ming Chen and C S Wong and C C Yeh and Michael J. Sheen and C T Wu},
  journal={British journal of anaesthesia},
  year={2006},
  volume={97 5},
  pages={640-6}
}
BACKGROUND Both thoracic epidural analgesia (TEA) and i.v. lidocaine were able to decrease postoperative pain and duration of ileus. We compared TEA and i.v. lidocaine (IV) regarding their effects on cytokines, pain and bowel function after colonic surgery. METHODS Sixty patients were randomly allocated to one of the three groups. TEA group had lidocaine 2 mg kg(-1) followed by 3 mg kg(-1) h(-1) epidurally and an equal volume of i.v. normal saline. The IV group received the same amount of… CONTINUE READING

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