Journal article

Benefits and risks of epidural analgesia in cardiac surgery

G Landoni, F Isella, M Greco, A Zangrillo, CF Royse

BRITISH JOURNAL OF ANAESTHESIA | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2015

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Epidurals provide excellent analgesia for cardiac surgery and may reduce complications. However, their use has been tempered because of concern of the rare, but serious complication of epidural haematoma. The aim of this meta-analysis was to assess the effect of epidural on survival and the risk estimate of epidural haematoma. METHODS: A systematic review of the literature (Pubmed, Embase, Scopus and the Cochrane Register) and a meta-analysis of the available randomized and case-matched studies were performed to estimate the effect on survival. An international, directed and viral anonymous survey was performed to identify the incidence of haematomas with a corresponding estimate..

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