Pain management strategies for thoracotomy and thoracic pain syndromes.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Review)

Pain after thoracic surgery can be severe and, in the acute phase, contribute to perioperative morbidity and mortality. Unfortunately, patients also incur a significant risk of chronic pain. Although there are guidelines for postoperative pain management in these patients, there is no widespread surgical or anesthetic "best practice." Here, we review the recent literature on techniques specific to perioperative pain control for thoracic patients, including medical management, neuraxial blockade, and other regional techniques, and suggest an algorithm for developing a multimodal pain management strategy.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Bottiger, BA; Esper, SA; Stafford-Smith, M

Published Date

  • March 2014

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 18 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 45 - 56

PubMed ID

  • 24336691

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1940-5596

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/1089253213514484


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States