The effects of thoracic epidural anesthesia on hepatic blood flow in patients under general anesthesia.

@article{Meierhenrich2009TheEO,
  title={The effects of thoracic epidural anesthesia on hepatic blood flow in patients under general anesthesia.},
  author={Rainer Meierhenrich and Florian M. Wagner and Wolfram Sch{\"u}tz and Michael Rockemann and Peter Steffen and Uwe Senftleben and Albrecht Gauss},
  journal={Anesthesia and analgesia},
  year={2009},
  volume={108 4},
  pages={
          1331-7
        }
}
BACKGROUND Hepatic hypoperfusion is regarded as an important factor in the pathophysiology of perioperative liver injury. Although epidural anesthesia (EDA) is a widely used technique, no data are available about the effects on hepatic blood flow of thoracic EDA with blockade restricted to thoracic segments in humans. METHODS In 20 patients under general anesthesia, we assessed hepatic blood flow index in the right and middle hepatic vein by use of multiplane transesophageal echocardiography… CONTINUE READING

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