Use of epidural analgesia in patients with critically acute pancreatitis may reduce the 30-day mortality rates compared with the absence of a pain management strategy.
Thoracic epidural analgesia is associated with greater pain control, lower need for narcotics, and fewer complications after hepatopancreatobiliary surgery compared with intravenous patient-controlled analgesia.
Continuous thoracic paravertebral nerve block is similarly effective as epidural anesthesia for the management of postthoracotomy pain.
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