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Intercostal Block

PREOPERATIVE DIAGNOSIS: Severe post thoracotomy pain.

POSTOPERATIVE DIAGNOSIS: Severe post thoracotomy pain.

PROCEDURE: Intercostal block, left.

PROCEDURE DETAIL: With the patient in the ICU bed who was having a large amount of intravenous narcotic to control his thoracotomy pain, after obtaining informed consent, his left posterior chest was prepped and draped in the usual fashion and Marcaine 0.025% was injected in the spaces four to eight sequentially. A total of 40 mL of Marcaine was used.

The patient tolerated the procedure well and experienced immediate benefit out of the procedure.

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