IMPLICATIONS: Continuous intra- and postoperative thoracic epidural analgesia using bupivacaine and sufentanil decreased the release of brain natriuretic peptide in patients undergoing major abdominal surgery who were at risk for, or had, coronary artery disease.
Departments of *Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine and †Surgery, Klinikum der Stadt Ludwigshafen, Ludwigshafen, Germany
Accepted for publication February 7, 2005.
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