Subpleural block is less effective than thoracic epidural analgesia for post-thoracotomy pain: a randomised controlled study.


CONTEXT Thoracic epidural and paravertebral blocks provide adequate analgesia for postoperative thoracotomy pain. Both procedures are usually performed percutaneously with considerable failure rates. A subpleural catheter placed in the space posterior to the parietal pleura and alongside the paravertebral area may provide superior postoperative pain relief… (More)
DOI: 10.1097/EJA.0b013e32834fcef7