What is it?

Chronic post-thoracotomy pain is pain associated with the surgical procedure of opening of the chest cavity. Chronic post-thoracotomy pain refers to pain that comes and goes or lasts longer than two months after the surgery has been performed. The pain is located around the surgical incision, along the chest wall. The cause for the pain is an entrapment of nerve fibers along the scar tissue.

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Signs & symptoms

Symptoms include achy-like, burning or sharp pain located along the chest wall.


Diagnosis is based upon findings from medical history and physical examination. Further evaluation may include CT scan and nerve block or injection of anesthetics to confirm the diagnosis.


Treatment includes non steroidal anti inflammatory medications, nerve blocks, nerve stimulation procedures and physical therapy exercises.

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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