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Ann Thorac Surg. 2003 Apr;75(4):1349-57.

Acute pain management for patients undergoing thoracotomy.

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Department of Anesthesiology, University of South Florida College of Medicine, Tampa, Florida 33612, USA.


Management of thoracotomy pain can be difficult, but the benefits of effective pain control are significant. A variety of modalities for treating postoperative pain after thoracotomy are available, including systemic opiates, regional analgesics, and new oral and parenteral agents. This work provides a review of the literature and recommendations for the clinician.

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