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BioMed Research International
Volume 2014, Article ID 673682, 6 pages
Clinical Study

The Effectiveness of Preemptive Thoracic Epidural Analgesia in Thoracic Surgery

1Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care, Faculty of Medicine, Karadeniz Technical University, 61080 Trabzon, Turkey
2Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care, Faculty of Medicine, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan University, 53100 Rize, Turkey

Received 16 December 2013; Accepted 10 February 2014; Published 13 March 2014

Academic Editor: Ahmet Eroglu

Copyright © 2014 Engin Erturk et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Background. The aim of this study is to investigate the effectiveness of preemptive thoracic epidural analgesia (TEA) comparing conventional postoperative epidural analgesia on thoracotomy. Material and Methods. Forty-four patients were randomized in to two groups (preemptive: Group P, control: Group C). Epidural catheter was inserted in all patients preoperatively. In Group P, epidural analgesic solution was administered as a bolus before the surgical incision and was continued until the end of the surgery. Postoperative patient controlled epidural analgesia infusion pumps were prepared for all patients. Respiratory rates (RR) were recorded. Patient’s analgesia was evaluated with visual analog scale at rest (VASr) and coughing (VASc). Number of patient’s demands from the pump, pump’s delivery, and additional analgesic requirement were also recorded. Results. RR in Group C was higher than in Group P at postoperative 1st and 2nd hours. Both VASr and VASc scores in Group P were lower than in Group C at postoperative 1st, 2nd, and 4th hours. Patient’s demand and pump’s delivery count for bolus dose in Group P were lower than in Group C in all measurement times. Total analgesic requirements on postoperative 1st and 24th hours in Group P were lower than in Group C. Conclusion. We consider that preemptive TEA may offer better analgesia after thoracotomy.