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Bilateral Interpleural Injection of Local Anesthetics
  1. J. L. Aguilar, M.D., DEAA*,
  2. A. Montero, M.D.,
  3. Vidal F. Lopez, M.D. and
  4. J. F. Llamazares, M.D.§
  1. From the Hospital de Badalona “Germans Trias i Pujol” Servicio de Anestesiologia y Reanimacion Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
  2. *Senior Registrar in Anesthesia
  3. Chief Anesthesiologist
  4. Chairman, Department of Anesthesia
  5. §Senior Registrar in Surgery


Two cases of bilateral interpleural analgesia using bupivacaine are presented. This technique was selected due to relative or absolute contraindications to continuous thoracic epidural analgesia in both cases. Emphasis is placed on the safeguards that need to be employed to avoid the very serious potential complications when this method is employed bilaterally.

  • Bilateral interpleural analgesia
  • Bupivacaine

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