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

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PubMed URL: 
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21207497
Author: 
Belzberg AJ
Author List: 
Dorsi MJ
Lambrinos G
Dellon AL
Belzberg AJ
Journal: 
Microsurgery
PubMed ID: 
21207497
Pagination: 
41-4
Volume: 
31
Issue: 
1
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.
Published Date: 
January, 2011

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