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Neuroaxial anesthesia

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Joyce H Y Yeung, Simon Gates, Babu V Naidu, Matthew J A Wilson, Fang Gao Smith
BACKGROUND: Operations on structures in the chest (usually the lungs) involve cutting between the ribs (thoracotomy). Severe post-thoracotomy pain can result from pleural (lung lining) and muscular damage, costovertebral joint (ribcage) disruption and intercostal nerve (nerves that run along the ribs) damage during surgery. Poor pain relief after surgery can impede recovery and increase the risks of developing complications such as lung collapse, chest infections and blood clots due to ineffective breathing and clearing of secretions...
2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
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