Chronic post-surgical pain

Dr Prit Singh and Dr Joanna Renée

in Oxford Case Histories in Anaesthesia

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Published in print December 2014 | ISBN: 9780198704867
Published online March 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780191789526 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Case Histories

Chronic post-surgical pain

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An anxious 32-year-old female has presented to the chronic pain clinic with constant, severe pain of her anterior chest wall and axilla. She underwent a mastectomy and an axillary node clearance 4 years ago, followed by a course of radiotherapy. The pain is shooting and burning in nature, and she reports her skin is ‘sensitive’, resulting in difficulty wearing tight clothing. Her sleep is disturbed, and the pain greatly limits the use of her arm. She reports having had some pain post-operatively, but the shooting and burning she describes started gradually during her radiotherapy and has worsened over time.

Chapter.  2161 words. 

Subjects: Anaesthetics

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