Benefit of regional anaesthesia on postoperative pain following mastectomy: the influence of catastrophising.


Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA. Electronic address: [Email]


Previous studies suggest that truncal regional anaesthesia (TRA), including techniques such as paravertebral block, may contribute significantly to analgesia after mastectomy. However, the severity and impact of postoperative pain varies markedly amongst individuals, making the identification of patients who would benefit most from TRA a potentially important step toward personalised perioperative care.


catastrophising,mastectomy,paravertebral block,postsurgical pain,regional anaesthesia,

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