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Online ISSN 1827-1596
Passarani S., Pedrazzini G., Paino R., Paleari G.
Azienda Ospedaliera Niguarda - Milano U.O. Anestesia e Unità di Cure Intensive Cardiotoracica Dipartimento Cardiologico «A. De Gasperis»
The effects of thoracic peridural analgesia (TEA) on the neuroendocrine response to surgery are well known, but, at the present this technique is not widely used especially in Italy. The aim of this paper is to give information and suggestions on thoracic epidural analgesia in thoracic and cardiac surgery, and to discuss how anticoagulant therapy may interfere on this technique.