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Lidocaine Patch to Treat Postoperative Tourniquet Pain After Total Knee Replacement

A Case Report

Clark, Brittney M., MD; Pagani-Estevez, Gabriel L., MD; Johnson, Rebecca L., MD

doi: 10.1213/XAA.0000000000000772
Case Reports

Intraoperative tourniquet-related pain is well recognized by anesthesiologists, but postoperative tourniquet-related pain has received little attention. We present a patient who underwent a total knee arthroplasty under general anesthesia and an adductor canal nerve block. She complained of intractable thigh pain postoperatively. Lidocaine 5% patches completely resolved her postoperative tourniquet-related pain.

From the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota.

Accepted for publication February 7, 2018.

Funding: None.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Address correspondence to Brittney M. Clark, MD, Mayo Clinic, 200 1st St SW, RO_ET_02_860A-A, Rochester, MN 55901. Address e-mail to

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