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The Effect of Epidural Morphine and Postoperative Bladder and Stomach Function

  • P. Christensen
  • J. Asbjørn
  • V. Ø. Jensen
  • M. R. Brandt
Part of the Anaesthesiologie und Intensivmedizin Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine book series (A+I, volume 158)

Abstract

Epidural morphine gives good and long-lasting relief from postoperative pain in comparison with parenteral morphine [3]. The epidural morphine causes a selective blockade of pain fibers in the spinal cord without affecting the autonomic or motor nerves or inducing general sedation [1]. The degree of bladder and stomach dysfunction in the postoperative period is influenced by systemically administered morphine, but the effect of epidural morphine has not been evaluated yet [4].

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • P. Christensen
  • J. Asbjørn
  • V. Ø. Jensen
  • M. R. Brandt

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