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J Pain Res


Efficacy of Intrathoracic Intercostal Nerve Block on Postoperative Acute and Chronic Pains of Patients Undergoing Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery.


Patients undergoing video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) frequently suffered postoperative acute and chronic pains. In recent years, intrathoracic intercostal nerve block (INB) is regularly used thanks to its safety and accuracy, especially under the circumstance of lacking ultrasound or in face of the contraindications of the thoracic paravertebral block (TPVB). However, clinical evidence of comparing TPVB and INB for pain management after VATS has been limited and the observation of the chronic pain has been less than clear.