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2019 Mar 01

Cochrane Database Syst Rev



Epidural analgesia for adults undergoing cardiac surgery with or without cardiopulmonary bypass.


Guay J, Kopp S
Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2019 Mar 01; 3(3):CD006715.
PMID: 30821845.


General anaesthesia combined with epidural analgesia may have a beneficial effect on clinical outcomes. However, use of epidural analgesia for cardiac surgery is controversial due to a theoretical increased risk of epidural haematoma associated with systemic heparinization. This review was published in 2013, and it was updated in 2019.