Prolonged differential wound hyperalgesia after an interval of unilateral epidural blockade during lower abdominal surgery

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Abstract

We assessed postoperative pain at rest and with movement along with wound hyperalgesia in a patient who had undergone lower abdominal surgery under general anesthesia with a unilateral epidural block that persisted throughout surgery and in whom the epidural catheter was replaced immediately afterward. Pain and wound hyperalgesia were consistently greater on the "unblocked" side for the 3-wk period of observation. Thus, even imperfect intraoperative attenuation of noxious stimuli can lead to persistent reductions in postoperative pain.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1411-1413
Number of pages3
JournalAnesthesia and analgesia
Volume100
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

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