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2022 Feb 19

J Pediatr Surg

Neurolysis for analgesia following Pectus repair in a national cohort.


Pecoraro AR, Hunter CE, Colgate CL, Landman MP
J Pediatr Surg. 2022 Feb 19.
PMID: 35339278.


Pectus excavatum and pectus carinatum are the most common chest wall deformities of childhood. Surgical repair can be complicated by post-operative analgesic challenges. Thoracic epidural analgesia, patient-controlled analgesia, and multimodal pain control are among the most common strategies. We sought to define the current utilization of intraoperative thoracic neurolysis, hypothesizing that this would minimize length of stay (LOS) and post-operative narcotic use with relatively higher proportion of non-narcotic post-operative analgesia.