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Delayed hypersensitivity due to epidural block with ropivacaine

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 21 April 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:966

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  1. Masanori Ban, chief, dermatology section (,
  2. Masahito Hattori, chief, anaesthesiology section
  1. Hashima City Hospital, 3-246 Shinseicho, Hashima City 501-6206, Japan

    EDITOR—Continuous epidural analgesia is well known to shorten the duration of pain associated with herpes zoster. Usually 0.5% bupivacaine is infused for about two weeks. Continuous epidural infusion of 0.2% ropivacaine 4-10 ml/h for several days for postoperative analgesia is widely approved.

    Two weeks' administration of ropivacaine is not excessive.

    We …

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