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 language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||Anesthesia and analgesia|
|State||Published - May 1 2005|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine