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Epidural analgesia for cardiac surgery

  1. Vesna Svircevic1,*,
  2. Martijn M Passier1,
  3. Arno P Nierich2,
  4. Diederik van Dijk3,
  5. Cor J Kalkman1,
  6. Geert J van der Heijden4

Editorial Group: Cochrane Anaesthesia, Critical and Emergency Care Group

Published Online: 6 JUN 2013

Assessed as up-to-date: 1 NOV 2012

DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD006715.pub2


How to Cite

Svircevic V, Passier MM, Nierich AP, van Dijk D, Kalkman CJ, van der Heijden GJ. Epidural analgesia for cardiac surgery. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2013, Issue 6. Art. No.: CD006715. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD006715.pub2.

Author Information

  1. 1

    University Medical Center Utrecht, Department of Perioperative Care and Emergency Medicine, Utrecht, Netherlands

  2. 2

    Isala Clinics, Thoracic Anaesthesiology and Intensive care, Zwolle, Netherlands

  3. 3

    University Medical Center Utrecht, Division of Anesthesiology, Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine, Utrecht, Netherlands

  4. 4

    Academic Center for Dentistry Amsterdam (ACTA), Department of Social Dentistry, Amsterdam, Netherlands

*Vesna Svircevic, Department of Perioperative Care and Emergency Medicine, University Medical Center Utrecht, PO Box 85500, Mailstop E 03.511, Utrecht, 3508 GA, Netherlands. vesnasvircevic@hotmail.com. v.svircvic@umcutrecht.nl.

Publication History

  1. Publication Status: New
  2. Published Online: 6 JUN 2013

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[Figure 1]
Figure 1. Study flow diagram.
[Figure 2]
Figure 2. Risk of bias graph: review authors' judgements about each risk of bias item presented as percentages across all included studies.
[Figure 3]
Figure 3. Risk of bias summary: review authors' judgements about each risk of bias item for each included study.
[Analysis 1.1]
Analysis 1.1. Comparison 1 Thoracic epidural analgesia versus general anaesthesia for mortality, Outcome 1 Mortality two weeks.
[Analysis 1.2]
Analysis 1.2. Comparison 1 Thoracic epidural analgesia versus general anaesthesia for mortality, Outcome 2 Mortality six months.
[Analysis 2.1]
Analysis 2.1. Comparison 2 Thoracic epidural analgesia versus general anaesthesia for myocardial infarction, Outcome 1 Myocardial infarction two weeks.
[Analysis 2.2]
Analysis 2.2. Comparison 2 Thoracic epidural analgesia versus general anaesthesia for myocardial infarction, Outcome 2 Myocardial infarction six months.
[Analysis 3.1]
Analysis 3.1. Comparison 3 Thoracic epidural analgesia versus general anaesthesia for respiratory complications, Outcome 1 Respiratory complications two weeks.
[Analysis 4.1]
Analysis 4.1. Comparison 4 Thoracic epidural analgesia versus general anaesthesia for supraventricular tachycardias (SVTs), Outcome 1 SVTs two weeks.
[Analysis 4.2]
Analysis 4.2. Comparison 4 Thoracic epidural analgesia versus general anaesthesia for supraventricular tachycardias (SVTs), Outcome 2 SVTs six months.
[Analysis 5.1]
Analysis 5.1. Comparison 5 Thoracic epidural analgesia versus general anaesthesia for stroke, Outcome 1 Stroke two weeks.
[Analysis 6.1]
Analysis 6.1. Comparison 6 Thoracic epidural analgesia versus general anaesthesia for mortality - sensitivity analysis, Outcome 1 Low risk of bias studies.