Brenda Golianu

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  • Pain management for pediatric thoracic surgery. Current opinion in anaesthesiology Golianu, B., Hammer, G. B. 2005; 18 (1): 13-21


    Pain management after thoracic surgery in children presents the challenge of providing adequate analgesia without excessive sedation, and maintaining adequate respiratory function in the face of compromise resulting from existing pathology, surgical trauma, single-lung ventilation and postoperative ventilation-perfusion abnormalities. In the pediatric population, pain assessment and reporting present additional challenges. The number and complexity of surgical procedures, including video-assisted thoracoscopic procedures, is increasing in the pediatric population. There is a need to explore pain management for these types of patients.There are effective and safe strategies whereby analgesia can be provided to this pediatric population. This review will outline the progress that has been made in this field, including the use of regional techniques. The routine use of caudal catheters in neonates and infants for thoracic surgical procedures and the use of electrical guidance of epidural catheters, the 'Tsui' technique, are reviewed.These techniques, applied within a comprehensive pain management strategy, can be extremely beneficial in the care of the pediatric thoracic patient.

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