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Bilateral sternocostal joint resection for chronic refractory pain following Nuss procedure

  • Benjamin Wei
    Corresponding author. Benjamin Wei, MD, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, University of Alabama at Birmingham Medical Center and Birmingham VA Medical Center, 703 19th St S, Zeigler Research Building, Room 701, Birmingham, AL 35294.
    Associate Professor, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA
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  • Shubho Chowdhuri
    Intern, Department of General Surgery, Murshidabad Medical College, India
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Open AccessPublished:February 24, 2023DOI:
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      Chronic postoperative pain can occur following the Nuss procedure, which can be difficult to treat. This report introduces a case of unrelenting chronic post-operative pain at the bilateral sternocostal joints following Nuss procedure that responded to bilateral resection of sternocostal joints.



      NSAID (Non Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug), CT (Computed Tomography), NM (Nuclear Medicine), SPECT (Single-photon Emission Computed Tomography), MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging), FVC (Forced Vital Capacity), FEV1 (Forced Expiratory Volume in the first second), DLCO (Diffusing capacity of lung for carbon monoxide)