Update on Patient-Controlled Epidural Analgesia

Sam A. Assad, Sheldon A. Isaacson, Christopher L. Wu

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Since an early description of patient-controlled analgesia (PCEA) for labor pain in 1988, PCEA has become an integral and important analgesic option for postoperative and labor analgesia. There have been a large number of studies evaluating a wide variety of analgesic agents and adjuvants in examining PCEA in many settings. Despite the theoretical advantages of patient-controlled analgesia in general, the superiority of PCEA over continuous epidural infusions or intravenous patient-controlled analgesia (IV PCA) is unclear as are the most optimal analgesic regimens and solutions for PCEA. We summarize the available data examining the analgesic efficacy of PCEA.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)127-132
Number of pages6
JournalTechniques in Regional Anesthesia and Pain Management
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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