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2022 Aug 12

Ann Surg Oncol

Short-Term Outcomes of Epidural Analgesia in Minimally Invasive Esophagectomy for Esophageal Cancer: Nationwide Inpatient Data Study in Japan.


Hirano Y, Kaneko H, Konishi T, Itoh H, Matsuda S, Kawakubo H, Uda K, Matsui H, Fushimi K, Daiko H, Itano O, Yasunaga H, Kitagawa Y
Ann Surg Oncol. 2022 Aug 12.
PMID: 35960454.


Studies have shown that epidural analgesia (EDA) is associated with a decreased risk of pneumonia and anastomotic leakage after esophagectomy, and several guidelines strongly recommend EDA use after esophagectomy. However, the benefit of EDA use in minimally invasive esophagectomy (MIE) remains unclear.