While it has been shown that a paravertebral block provides effective postoperative analgesia for patients undergoing thoracic surgeries, including first rib resection, this is the first reported case of a paravertebral catheter used for perioperative analgesia in a patient undergoing first rib resection. We present the case of a 76-year-old woman with right upper extremity swelling who underwent infraclavicular first rib resection for venous thoracic outlet syndrome. Continuous infusion of ropivacaine through a T1 paravertebral catheter, which was placed before induction of general anesthesia but after T1 and T2 paravertebral blocks, provided effective postoperative pain control. Our experience suggests that paravertebral catheter infusions of local anesthetics may be effective adjuncts to general anesthesia in patients undergoing first rib resection and warrants further investigation.
From the *Department of Anesthesiology, Tampa General Hospital, Tampa, Florida
†University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine, Tampa, Florida.
Accepted for publication November 20, 2017.
The authors declare no conflicts of interest.
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