Thoracic epidural analgesia as an adjunct to general anaesthesia for cardiac surgery. Effects on pulmonary mechanics.

@article{Tenling2000ThoracicEA,
  title={Thoracic epidural analgesia as an adjunct to general anaesthesia for cardiac surgery. Effects on pulmonary mechanics.},
  author={Arne Tenling and Joachimsson P-O and Hans Tyd{\'e}n and G{\"o}ran Hedenstierna},
  journal={Acta anaesthesiologica Scandinavica},
  year={2000},
  volume={44 9},
  pages={1071-6}
}
BACKGROUND A lasting impairment of pulmonary function is common after cardiac surgery. Pain from the sternotomy may contribute to the impairment. Thoracic epidural analgesia (TEA) can efficiently relieve pain in the postoperative phase, but may also affect respiratory muscle function if local anaesthetics are used. We examined the effects of TEA on pulmonary function and ventilation at rest, before and after coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG). METHODS Thirty patients scheduled for… CONTINUE READING