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2021 Mar 12

Am J Clin Oncol

Intercostobrachial Nerve (ICBN) Preservation Versus Sacrifice in Axillary Dissection: Randomized Controlled Trial.


Melhem J, Amarin M, Odeh G, Al-Bustami N, Al-Lauzy H, Ayoub R
Am J Clin Oncol. 2021 Mar 12.
PMID: 33710131.


Whether to preserve or sacrifice the intercostobrachial nerves (ICBN) is a controversial issue. In this trial, we aim to assess the effects of preservation of the ICBN during axillary dissection for patients with breast cancer in terms of pain score immediately postoperatively and several hours later, need for simple analgesia and narcotics, numbness and arm swelling.