Outcomes after radical prostatectomy for cancer: a comparison between general anesthesia and epidural anesthesia with fentanyl analgesia: a matched cohort study.

@article{Sprung2014OutcomesAR,
  title={Outcomes after radical prostatectomy for cancer: a comparison between general anesthesia and epidural anesthesia with fentanyl analgesia: a matched cohort study.},
  author={Juraj Sprung and Federica Scavonetto and Tze Yeng Yeoh and Jessica M Kramer and Robert Jeffrey Karnes and John H. Eisenach and Darrell R. Schroeder and Toby N Weingarten},
  journal={Anesthesia and analgesia},
  year={2014},
  volume={119 4},
  pages={859-66}
}
BACKGROUND The use of regional anesthesia for cancer surgery has been associated with improved oncologic outcomes. One of the proposed mechanisms is a reduction in the use of systemic opioids that may cause immunosuppression. We used a retrospective matched cohort design to compare long-term oncologic outcomes after prostatectomy for cancer performed under general anesthesia with systemic opioids or with epidural anesthesia with epidural fentanyl analgesia. Since epidural fentanyl is quickly… CONTINUE READING

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