The Ewha Medical Journal
Ewha Womans University School of Medicine
Original Article

Post-thoracotomy Pain Control Using Bupivacaine

Young Sik Park, Kwang Ho Kim

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Published Online: Jul 24, 2015


Relief of the pain is important for reducing patient's discomfort and morbidity after thoracotomy. Post-thoracotomy pain was controlled by pharmacological blockage of the intercostal nerves with bupivacaine in 20 patients. Bupivacaine was infused intermittently through one inwelling cathter, which was placed in the pleural space during the thoracotomy. Pain was well controlled by this procedure.