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2020 Jul 17

Paediatr Anaesth

Pain outcomes following mastectomy or bilateral breast reduction for transgender and non-transgender patients who received pectoralis nerve blocks.


Pain following mastectomy and breast reduction surgery is significant and leads to longer hospital length of stay and higher hospital costs, as well as chronic pain syndromes. While the majority of research has focused on female patients undergoing mastectomy or breast reduction for neoplasm or non-transgender surgery, a growing population of patients includes the transgender patient population, from whom there is minimal data regarding pain control. Females seem to be at higher risk for developing severe pain in the post-operative period and report higher post- operative pain scores in the literature.