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Table 1 Characteristics of patients undergoing thoracotomy (n = 1555)

From: The impact of epidural analgesia compared to systemic opioid-based analgesia with regard to length of hospital stay and recovery of bowel function: retrospective evaluation of 1555 patients undergoing thoracotomy

  EDA group (n = 838) Opioid group (n = 717) p-value
Age (years) 61.1 ± 13.6 61.0 ± 12.2 n.s.
Male gender (%) 57.9 60.4 n.s.
Hospital stay (days) 9.9 ± 4.9 9.6 ± 5.8 n.s.
Pre-existing pain therapy (%) 7.5 13.0 <0.001
Dismission with oral opioid (%) 84.7 79.1 0.004
Opiod dose after dismission (mg) 29.3 ± 15.2 26.9 ± 15.2 0.01
Time to first dejection (days) 3.8 ± 2.2 3.7 ± 1.6 n.s.
EDA duration (days) 4.6 ± 1.5 -  
  1. Data are presented as means ± SD.