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Epidural Block in the Treatment of Acute Pancreatitis
  1. E. Tassonyi, M.D.,
  2. M. Kun, M. D.,
  3. I. Rozsa, M.D. and
  4. L. Vimlati, M.D.
  1. From the Departments of Anesthesia and Surgery, Postgraduate Medical School, Budapest, Hungary
  1. Address reprint requests to Dr. Tassonyi: Department of Anesthesia, Postgraduate Medical School, Budapest, Hungary.


Continuous epidural blockade with lidocaine was used for the management of acute pancreatitis in eighty-three patients. Pain relief and alteration in the course of the disease were obtained as evidenced by relief of ileus, improvement of renal function, relaxation of the sphincter of Oddi and reduction in pulmonary complications. Mortality rate was improved over earlier methods of treatment.

  • Block, epidural
  • Pancreatitis
  • Technique, regional

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