The effects of epidural magnesium on postoperative pain management in patients with patient-controlled epidural analgesia after a thoracotomy.

@article{Kim2009TheEO,
  title={The effects of epidural magnesium on postoperative pain management in patients with patient-controlled epidural analgesia after a thoracotomy.},
  author={Sun Min Kim and Sung Hwan Cho and Sang Hyun Kim and Dong Gi Lee and W. Chae and H. Jin},
  journal={Korean journal of anesthesiology},
  year={2009},
  volume={57 4},
  pages={
          466-471
        }
}
BACKGROUND Magnesium presents analgesic effects by blocking the non-competitive N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor in the spinal cord. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effects of epidural magnesium on cumulative dose of ropivacaine in patients with patient-controlled epidural analgesia (PCEA) after a thoracotomy. METHODS In a randomized, prospective, double-blind trial, we enrolled 40 patients undergoing PCEA after a thoracotomy. Control group (n = 20) received an initial dose of 0… Expand

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