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Patient controlled regional analgesia after carpal tunnel release: a double-blind study using distal perineural catheters
Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Anesthesiology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Sinnescentrum, Department of Anaesthesiology and Surgery UHL.
University Hospital, Orebro, Sweden .
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2011 (English)In: JOURNAL OF HAND SURGERY-EUROPEAN VOLUME, ISSN 1753-1934, Vol. 36E, no 3, 219-225 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study was done to assess the efficacy of a perineural catheter for pain relief following carpal tunnel release (CTR). Sixty-six patients undergoing open CTR under local anaesthesia (LA) were randomly divided into three groups: Groups A and B had a perineural catheter and Group C served as non-blinded control group. Postoperative pain relief was by self-administration of either ropivacaine (Group A) or saline (Group B) via an elastometric pump and by oral paracetamol in Group C. Patients in Group A had a significantly greater difference in summed pain intensity than Group B. Fewer patients in Group A requested supplementary analgesics than in Group C. Patient satisfaction was higher in Group A than in Group B on day 1. However better analgesia was not associated with better functional recovery.

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Elsevier Science B. V., Amsterdam , 2011. Vol. 36E, no 3, 219-225 p.
Keyword [en]
Postoperative pain, patient controlled analgesia, hand, carpal tunnel release, local anaesthetics, ropivacaine
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Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-67369DOI: 10.1177/1753193410390130ISI: 000288722900007OAI: diva2:409704
Available from: 2011-04-11 Created: 2011-04-11 Last updated: 2012-03-19

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