Thoracotomy is associated with significant postoperative pain. While postoperative pain control after thoracotomy is most commonly managed with a thoracic epidural or paravertebral catheter, both are fraught with significant risks and are technically challenging to perform in pediatric patients. The erector spinae plane block is a relatively novel, easy-to-perform block used to provide thoracic wall analgesia. We present a case of a pediatric patient undergoing thoracotomy whose postoperative pain was managed with an erector spinae plane catheter.
From the Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine, Texas Children’s Hospital, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas.
Accepted for publication September 6, 2018.
The authors declare no conflicts of interest.
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