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2022 Oct

Indian J Anaesth


Suppl 6

Effect of perioperative sciatic nerve block on chronic pain in patients undergoing below-knee amputation: A randomised controlled trial.


Makkar J K, Bandyopadhay A, Jain K, Jafra A, Gopinathan NR, Singh P M
Indian J Anaesth. 2022 Oct; 66(Suppl 6):S300-S306.
PMID: 36425919.


Many pain syndromes such as chronic phantom limb pain (PLP) and stump pain (SP), involving nociceptive and neuropathic pain, develop after amputation. Recent literature suggests that the use of regional blocks reduces repeated stimulation of transected nerve roots and thus prevents central sensitisation. This randomised, double-blind study was conducted to evaluate the effect of pre-emptive ultrasound-guided single-shot lateral sciatic nerve block on the occurrence of chronic pain at six months after traumatic below-knee amputation.