What is the role of anesthesia in coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG)?

Updated: Dec 04, 2019
  • Author: Rohit Shahani, MD, MS, MCh; Chief Editor: Karlheinz Peter, MD, PhD  more...
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Cardiac surgery is most commonly performed under deep general endotracheal anesthesia.

Rarely used adjuncts make use of the following two forms of neuraxial blockade:

  • Intrathecal opioid infusion

  • Thoracic epidural anesthesia (generally a low-dose local anesthetic/opioid infusion)


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