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Table 9 Characteristics of patients undergoing various procedures (n = 166)

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 = 68) Opioid group (n = 98) p-value
Age (years) 59.3 ± 16.0 59.9 ± 15.3 n.s.
Male gender (%) 58.8 66.3 n.s.
Hospital stay (days) 9.8 ± 5.7 11.1 ± 9.4 n.s.
Pre-existing pain therapy (%) 8.8 9.2 n.s.
Dismission with oral opioid (%) 73.5 76.5 n.s.
Opiod dose after dismission (mg) 27.7 ± 15.2 28.3 ± 16.4 n.s.
Time to first dejection (days) 3.5 ± 1.8 3.9 ± 2.2 n.s.
EDA duration (days) 4.5 ± 2.0 -  
  1. Data are presented as means ± SD.