Korean J Pain.  2019 Apr;32(2):129-132. 10.3344/kjp.2019.32.2.129.

Efficacy of rhomboid intercostal block for analgesia after thoracotomy

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  • 1Department of Anesthesiology and Reanimation, University of Health Sciences, Bursa Yuksek Ihtisas Training and Research Hospital, Bursa, Turkey. korgunokmen@gmail.com

Abstract

Regional anesthesia, including central and plane blocks (serratus anterior plane block and erector spinae block), are used for post-thoracotomy pain. The rhomboid intercostal block (RIB) is mainly performed by injection to the upper intercostal muscle plane below the rhomboid muscle. It has been reported to provide analgesia at the T3-T9 levels. The RIB was performed on 5 patients who had been scheduled for thoracotomy. The catheter was advanced in the area under the rhomboid muscle between the intercostal muscles. Postoperative visual analog scale (VAS) scores were observed and each patient's resting VAS score remained below 3 for 48 hours. The RIB has been observed to be a convenient plane block for post-thoracotomy analgesia. We believe that further information from detailed studies is required.

Keyword

Analgesia; Catheters; Fascia; Intercostal muscle; Thoracotomy; Pain management; Pain measurement; Postoperative pain; Ribs; Rhomboid major muscle; Visual analog scale

MeSH Terms

Analgesia*
Anesthesia, Conduction
Catheters
Fascia
Humans
Intercostal Muscles
Pain Management
Pain Measurement
Pain, Postoperative
Ribs
Thoracotomy*
Visual Analog Scale
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