Intercostal Neurolysis: A Promising Therapeutic Alternative for the Treatment of Postsurgical Thoracic Pain

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Intercostal Neurolysis: A Promising Therapeutic Alternative for the Treatment of Postsurgical Thoracic Pain

A recent retrospective study confirms the effectiveness of intercostal neurolysis over non-surgical treatment options in reducing postsurgical neuropathic pain among patients having thoracic surgery. 

Alberto M. Cappellari and colleagues collected clinical data of the patients referred to the Neurosurgery Unit of Policlinic Hospital of Milan. A total of 10 patients of age between 20 to 68 years, suffering from neuropathic pain for a minimum of two months after thoracic surgery underwent intercostal neurolysis.

A significant decrease in pain intensity was noted after one month of neurolysis and remained stable for another two months [median score (IQR): 8 (6; 9) pre-neurolysis, 4 (3; 5) one month after and 3 (2; 5) two months after, p<0.0001]. Decrease in the consumption of antiepileptic drugs for pain control was also observed after neurolysis (10/10 vs. 2/10, p= 0.008)

Source

Muscle Nerve.

Link:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29995980

The original title of the article:

Intercostal neurolysis for the treatment of postsurgical thoracic pain: A case series

Authors:

Alberto M. Cappellari et al.

SearchTags: 
Therapeutic, Thoracic Pain, Thorax, Retrospective Study, Efficacy
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