Perioperative risk factors for anastomotic leakage after esophagectomy: influence of thoracic epidural analgesia.

@article{Michelet2005PerioperativeRF,
  title={Perioperative risk factors for anastomotic leakage after esophagectomy: influence of thoracic epidural analgesia.},
  author={Pierre Michelet and Xavier-Beno{\^i}t D'Journo and Antoine Roch and Laurent Papazian and Jacques Ragni and Pascal Thomas and J. -P. Auffray},
  journal={Chest},
  year={2005},
  volume={128 5},
  pages={3461-6}
}
STUDY OBJECTIVES Anastomotic leakage after esophagectomy is associated with high postoperative morbidity and mortality. The most important predisposing factors for anastomotic leaks are ischemia of the gastric conduit and low blood oxygen content. The aim of this study was to evaluate the influence of thoracic epidural analgesia (TEA) on the incidence of anastomotic leakage after esophagectomy. DESIGN Retrospective study. SETTING A thoracic surgery and anesthesia department in a teaching… CONTINUE READING

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