The Effect of Epidural Morphine and Postoperative Bladder and Stomach Function
Epidural morphine gives good and long-lasting relief from postoperative pain in comparison with parenteral morphine . 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 . 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 .
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