Dorsal rhizotomy for treatment of bilateral intercostal neuralgia following augmentation mammaplasty: case report and review of the literature.

TitleDorsal rhizotomy for treatment of bilateral intercostal neuralgia following augmentation mammaplasty: case report and review of the literature.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsDorsi MJ, Lambrinos G, Dellon LA, Belzberg AJ
JournalMicrosurgery
Volume31
Issue1
Pagination41-4
Date Published2011 Jan
Abstract

Intercostal neuralgia may develop following breast augmentation. The authors describe a woman who suffered 2 years of severe pain associated with cutaneous hypaesthesia in a T3-T5 distribution. Serial, placebo-controlled T3-T5 dorsal root nerve blocks provided temporary pain relief. The patient experienced immediate and lasting pain relief (34 months) following bilateral T3-T5 dorsal rhizotomies. This case provides anecdotal evidence that dorsal rhizotomy is a beneficial intervention for refractory intercostal neuralgia.

DOI10.1016/j.jtcvs.2011.06.027
Alternate JournalMicrosurgery