Epidural analgesia is associated with improved health outcomes of surgical patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

@article{Lier2011EpiduralAI,
  title={Epidural analgesia is associated with improved health outcomes of surgical patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.},
  author={Felix van Lier and Patrick J. van der Geest and Sanne Elisabeth Hoeks and Yvette R B M van Gestel and Jaap Willem Hol and Don D. Sin and R J Stolker and Don Poldermans},
  journal={Anesthesiology},
  year={2011},
  volume={115 2},
  pages={315-21}
}
BACKGROUND Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) have increased postoperative morbidity and mortality. Epidural analgesia (EDA) improves postoperative outcome but may worsen postoperative lung function. It is unknown whether patients with COPD benefit from EDA. The objective of this study was to determine whether patients with COPD undergoing major abdominal surgery benefit from EDA in addition to general anesthesia. METHODS This cohort study included 541 consecutive… CONTINUE READING

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