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.
Bibliographical noteWe would like to thank the Acute Pain Service Team and Dr Andrea Harvey, consultant anaesthetist, for their contribution to this report. This case report was published with the written consent of the patient. The authors have no funding or competing interests to declare
- venous thoracic outlet Syndrome
- erector spinae block
- nerve block