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Does a Multimodal No-Compression Suture Technique of the Intercostal Space Reduce Chronic Postthoracotomy Pain? A Prospective Randomized Study

Monday, August 29, 2016

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Source Name: Journal of Thoracic Oncology


Mohsen Ibrahim, Cecilia Menna, Claudio Andreetti, Carlos Puyo, Giulio Maurizi, Antonio D’Andrilli, Anna Maria Ciccone, Domenico Massullo, Camilla Vanni, Giammauro Berardi, Rossella Baldini, Erino Angelo Rendina

The authors investigated an intercostal nerve protection technique compared to standard surgical management of the intercostal space during thoracotomy in a randomized trial.  The nerve protection technique resulted in significantly less pain at 1 day, 1 month and 6 months.  At 1 month and 6 months both spirometry and 6 min walk distance were significantly better in the nerve protection group.

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