Effects of preemptive epidural analgesia on post-thoracotomy pain.

  title={Effects of preemptive epidural analgesia on post-thoracotomy pain.},
  author={Choon Looi Bong and M. T. Samuel and Ju Mei Ng and Chris Ip-Yam},
  journal={Journal of cardiothoracic and vascular anesthesia},
  volume={19 6},
OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to determine whether preemptive thoracic epidural analgesia (TEA) initiated before surgical incision would reduce the severity of acute post-thoracotomy pain and the incidence of chronic post-thoracotomy pain. METHOD Meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials (RCTs). SEARCH STRATEGY MEDLINE, the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL) and EMBASE were searched from 1966 to December 2004 for prospective RCTs published in all… CONTINUE READING


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