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2021 May

J Thorac Dis



Retrolaminar versus epidural block for postoperative analgesia after minor video-assisted thoracic surgery: a retrospective, matched, non-inferiority study.


Nobukuni K, Hatta M, Nakagaki T, Yoshino J, Obuchi T, Fujimura N
J Thorac Dis. 2021 May; 13(5):2758-2767.
PMID: 34164168.


The role of thoracic epidural analgesia (TEA) for postoperative analgesia after video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) is still controversial. Some studies have reported the efficacy of ultrasound-guided retrolaminar block (RLB) for the postoperative management of pain after chest wall surgery. The purpose of this study was to compare the postoperative analgesic efficacy and adverse effects of ultrasound-guided RLB with those of TEA in patients undergoing minor VATS procedures.