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Chest. 1985 Nov;88(5):779-80.

Postoperative analgesia following thoracotomy. Danger of delayed respiratory depression.

Abstract

Narcotic anesthesia is commonly used for patients with depressed myocardial function. Post-thoracotomy analgesia is increasingly provided by epidural narcotic analgesia. Combination of the two techniques may have resulted in respiratory depression and death in a 66-year-old ischemic heart disease patient following thoracotomy.

PMID:
4053723
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