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Sato N.,Kawasaki Saiwai Hospital | Sugiura T.,Kawasaki Saiwai Hospital | Takahashi K.,Kawasaki Saiwai Hospital | Kato G.,Kawasaki Saiwai Hospital | And 3 more authors.
Japanese Journal of Anesthesiology | Year: 2014

Paraplegia is a serious complication after thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysm repair. Therefore, maintenance of spinal cord perfusion pressure, drainage of cerebrospinal fluid, and avoidance of opioids are important for prevention of paraplegia. Management of acute post-thoracotomy pain is necessary not only to keep the patient comfortable but also to minimize postoperative complications. However, epidural analgesia a common method of pain control is hard to use because of existing postoperative coagulopathy and avoidance of spinal cord ischemia. Although both paravertebral block and epidural analgesia provide comparable pain relief after thoracic surgery, paravertebral block has lesser detrimental effects on spinal cord perfusion and better preserves the possibility to monitor neurologic function than epidural analgesia. We report 7 cases in which paravertebral blockade was used for analgesia in patients who underwent thoracoabdominal aneurysm repair.

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