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Paravertebral block versus thoracic epidural for patients undergoing thoracotomy

Yeung JHY, Gates S, Naidu BV, Leuwer M, Gao Smith F
Published Online: 
11 May 2011
This Cochrane Review is at the protocol stage and there is no abstract or plain language summary. The objectives for the review are as follows:

To compare the two regional techniques of thoracic epidural blockade (TEB) and paravertebral block (PVB) in adults undergoing elective thoracotomy with respect to:

  1. analgesic efficacy;      
  2. the incidence of major complications (including mortality);       
  3. the incidence of minor complications;    
  4. length of hospital stay;
  5. cost effectiveness.