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Chronic pain after surgery in children

Nikolajsen, Lonea; Brix, Lone D.b

Current Opinion in Anaesthesiology: October 2014 - Volume 27 - Issue 5 - p 507–512
doi: 10.1097/ACO.0000000000000110
PAIN MEDICINE: Edited by Esther Pogatzki-Zahn

Purpose of review: To present the recent literature on chronic postsurgical pain in children.

Recent findings: Chronic postsurgical pain is an important problem in children, however, with a lower prevalence than in adults.

Summary: The literature on the topic is sparse. Prospective studies, including clinical examination, quantitative sensory testing, and long-term follow-up, are needed to increase our knowledge about the prevalence, risk factors, and underlying mechanisms.

aDepartment of Anesthesiology and Danish Pain Research Center, Aarhus University Hospital, Aarhus

bDepartment of Anesthesiology, Horsens Regional Hospital, Horsens, Denmark

Correspondence to Lone Nikolajsen, Danish Pain Research Center, Aarhus University Hospital, Norrebrogade 44, Building 1A, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark. Tel: +45 78464317; fax: +45 78463269; e-mail:

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