Analgesia for first rib resection can be challenging with short- and long-term consequences for patients such as acute distress, difficulty participating in physiotherapy and chronic pain. We report utilising an erector spinae plane block with a continuous infusion catheter as analgesia for a transaxillary first rib removal in a patient with venous thoracic outlet syndrome (Paget-Schroetter syndrome). We could find no reports of erector spinae plane block in transaxillary rib resection, and a limited number of reports using a paravertebral approach to analgesia for this procedure. In our case, an erector spinae plane block provided effective analgesia, allowing the patient to participate freely in postoperative physiotherapy; no complications of erector spinae plane block were encountered. Further research into the safety and efficacy of erector spinae plane block for first rib resection is warranted.
|Early online date||19 Oct 2022|
|Publication status||Published - 19 Oct 2022|
- venous thoracic outlet Syndrome
- erector spinae block
- nerve block