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2019 Nov

Am J Phys Med Rehabil



A Novel Technique: Ultrasound-Guided Serratus Anterior Plane Block for the Treatment of Posttraumatic Intercostal Neuralgia.


Sir E, Eksert S, Ince EM, Simsek F, Ozkan G, Eskin BM
Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2019 Nov; 98(11):e132-e135.
PMID: 31626022.


Serratus anterior plane block has been used for pain management during the acute period of conditions affecting the thorax, such as postthoracotomy recovery, rib fracture, and breast surgery recovery. Here, we report the use of serratus anterior plane block in posttraumatic chronic pain treatment. We describe a case of posttraumatic chronic intercostal neuralgia, in which successful pain relief was achieved via repeated injections of local anesthetic and steroid combinations in the serratus anterior plane under ultrasonographic guidance. This novel technique is easy to administer, reliable, and warrants further investigation with regard to its use for rehabilitation of patients who are experiencing posttraumatic chronic neuropathies of the chest wall.