The Role of Combined Anesthesia: Pros and Cons

  • W. Klimscha
  • M. Zimpfer
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Many institutions use a combination of light anesthesia and epidural blocks for lower abdominal, pelvic, or extremity surgery. The idea is often to have good intra- and postoperative pain control and to prevent the patient from long, uncomfortable, and often stressful operating room conditions. In pediatrics most regional anesthetic techniques are carried out under light general anesthesia (GA) in order to take away the fear of needles and the pain of puncture. But apart from the patient’s comfort, there is also evidence that the choice of the anesthetic technique may influence perioperative morbidity and mortality [1, 2]. Numerous studies tried to produce definitive answers, but the debate general versus regional anesthesia (RA) continues. The attempt of this review is to summarize data from studies that might help to define the place of general and regional anesthesia, subsequently called combined anesthesia (CA).


Mean Arterial Pressure Epidural Analgesia Regional Anesthesia Epidural Anesthesia Epidural Block 
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