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Table 4 Characteristics of patients undergoing lobectomy (n = 562)

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 = 359) Opioid group (n = 203) p-value
Age (years) 62.1 ± 11.0 64.2 ± 10.4 0.02
Male gender (%) 58.5 54.2 n.s.
Hospital stay (days) 10.3 ± 4.9 10.6 ± 5.1 n.s.
Pre-existing pain therapy (%) 6.4 13.8 0.004
Dismission with oral opioid (%) 87.7 75.4 <0.001
Opiod dose after dismission (mg) 28.2 ± 14.5 24.7 ± 15.1 0.02
Time to first dejection (days) 3.8 ± 1.6 4.2 ± 2.7 0.06
EDA duration (days) 4.3 ± 1.5 -  
  1. Data are presented as means ± SD.