Nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs for postthoracotomy pain. A prospective controlled trial after lateral thoracotomy.


Diclofenac (Voltarol) as an adjunct to papaveretum for pain relief was examined by a prospective, randomized trial in 44 patients who had lateral thoracotomies. Patients given diclofenac, 75 mg intramuscularly twice daily, required less papaveretum in the first 3 days after operation (p less than 0.005) and had lower pain scores on a visual analog scale on… (More)


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