Efficacy and safety of different techniques of paravertebral block for analgesia after thoracotomy: a systematic review and metaregression.

@article{Kotze2009EfficacyAS,
  title={Efficacy and safety of different techniques of paravertebral block for analgesia after thoracotomy: a systematic review and metaregression.},
  author={Alwyn Kotze and Andrew J. Scally and Simon Howell},
  journal={British journal of anaesthesia},
  year={2009},
  volume={103 5},
  pages={626-36}
}
Various techniques and drug regimes for thoracic paravertebral block (PVB) have been evaluated for post-thoracotomy analgesia, but there is no consensus on which technique or drug regime is best. We have systematically reviewed the efficacy and safety of different techniques for PVB. Our primary aim was to determine whether local anaesthetic (LA) dose influences the quality of analgesia from PVB. Secondary aims were to determine whether choice of LA agent, continuous infusion, adjuvants, pre… CONTINUE READING