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2020 Jun 11

Curr Pain Headache Rep



A Comprehensive Review of the Diagnosis, Treatment, and Management of Postmastectomy Pain Syndrome.


Capuco A, Urits I, Orhurhu V, Chun R, Shukla B, Burke M, Kaye RJ, Garcia AJ, Kaye AD, Viswanath O
Curr Pain Headache Rep. 2020 Jun 11; 24(8):41.
PMID: 32529416.


Postmastectomy pain syndrome (PMPS) remains poorly defined, although it is applied to chronic neuropathic pain following surgical procedures of the breast, including mastectomy and lumpectomy in breast-conserving surgery. It is characterized by persistent pain affecting the anterior thorax, axilla, and/or medial upper arm following mastectomy or lumpectomy. Though the onset of pain is most likely to occur after surgery, there may also be a new onset of symptoms following adjuvant therapy, including chemotherapy or radiation therapy.