Dorsal rhizotomy for treatment of bilateral intercostal neuralgia following augmentation mammaplasty: Case report and review of the literature
Article first published online: 28 DEC 2010
Copyright © 2010 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
Volume 31, Issue 1, pages 41–44, January 2011
How to Cite
Dorsi, M. J., Lambrinos, G., Dellon, A. L. and Belzberg, A. J. (2011), Dorsal rhizotomy for treatment of bilateral intercostal neuralgia following augmentation mammaplasty: Case report and review of the literature. Microsurgery, 31: 41–44. doi: 10.1002/micr.20828
- Issue published online: 4 JAN 2011
- Article first published online: 28 DEC 2010
- Manuscript Accepted: 16 JUL 2010
- Manuscript Revised: 13 JUL 2010
- Manuscript Received: 22 APR 2010
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 anectdotal evidence that dorsal rhizotomy is a beneficial intervention for refractory intercostal neuralgia. © 2010 Wiley-Liss, Inc. Microsurgery, 2011.