Postoperative analgesia following thoracotomy. Danger of delayed respiratory depression.

@article{Brown1985PostoperativeAF,
  title={Postoperative analgesia following thoracotomy. Danger of delayed respiratory depression.},
  author={D. Brown},
  journal={Chest},
  year={1985},
  volume={88 5},
  pages={
          779-80
        }
}
Narcotic anesthesia is commonly used for patients with depressed myocardial function. Post-thoracotomy analgesia is increasingly provided by epidural narcotic analgesia. Combination of the two techniques may have resulted in respiratory depression and death in a 66-year-old ischemic heart disease patient following thoracotomy. 
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