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High frequency TENS as a complement for pain relief in postoperative transition from epidural to general analgesia after pancreatic resection
Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Nursing Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Division of Nursing, Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden .
Department of Surgery, Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Gothenburg, Sweden.
2014 (English)In: Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, ISSN 1744-3881, Vol. 20, no 1, 5-10 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Aim: This study investigated the effect of high frequency transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation (TENS) as a pain relieving complementary therapy at the transition from epidural (EDA) to general analgesia after pancreatic surgery by horizontal, abdominal incision. Method: Fifty-five consecutive patients undergoing pancreatic resection were enrolled in the study and randomly assigned to active or sham TENS treatment. Twenty subjects were included in the analysis. Pain, quality of recovery and additional analgesia consumption were measured during the 24hof transition from EDA to general analgesia. Results: Additional analgesic consumption and pain estimations at 24hafter EDA termination differed between the two groups, but was not statistically significant. Conclusion: This study did not find support to reject use of high frequency TENS as complement during transition from EDA to general analgesia after major abdominal surgery with horizontal incision.

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Elsevier , 2014. Vol. 20, no 1, 5-10 p.
Keyword [en]
Complementary therapies; Epidural analgesia; Pancreaticoduodenectomy; Postoperative pain; Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation
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Clinical Medicine
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-110531DOI: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2013.11.004PubMedID: 24439637ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84892507981OAI: diva2:746669
Available from: 2014-09-14 Created: 2014-09-12 Last updated: 2014-09-14

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