Post-mastectomy pain syndrome Book Section


Authors: Margulis, I.; Clement, K. A.; Hung, J. C.
Editors: Yong, R. J.; Nguyen, M.; Nelson, E.; Urman, R. D.
Article/Chapter Title: Post-mastectomy pain syndrome
Abstract: Though there is no standardized definition for Post-Mastectomy Pain Syndrome (PMPS), it is considered a chronic pain condition involving the chest wall, axilla, and/or upper extremity beginning after complete or partial mastectomy. Criteria for duration of pain vary in the literature, but a time period of 3 months is most commonly cited. The incidence after surgery has been estimated to range from 25 to 60 %. Symptoms are thought to have a strong neuropathic component. Persistent discomfort affecting the chest wall, axilla, and ipsilateral upper extremity can affect mental health, activities of daily living, and social functioning. © Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2017.
Keywords: lymphedema; ischemia; chronic pain; axilla; neuroma; chest wall; spasm; brachial plexus; nsaids; opiates; axillary hematoma; intercostal nerve; intercostobrachial neuralgia; lateral and medial pectoral nerves; long thoracic nerve; pmps
Book Title: Pain Medicine: An Essential Review
ISBN: 978-3-319-43131-4
Publisher: Springer International Publishing  
Publication Place: Cham, Switzerland
Date Published: 2017-01-01
Start Page: 491
End Page: 493
Language: English
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-43133-8_130
PROVIDER: scopus
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Notes: Book Chapter: 130 -- Export Date: 4 December 2017 -- Source: Scopus
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