intercostal nerve


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intercostal nerve

[¦in·tər¦käst·əl ¦nerv]
(neuroscience)
Any of the branches of the thoracic nerves in the intercostal spaces.
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We found that continuous paravertebral intercostal nerve block with bupivacaine and clonidine provided significantly better pain relief at rest and on coughing when compared with bupivacaine alone.
Tschernko added 2 [micro]g/kg of clonidine to bupivacaine for paravertebral intercostal nerve block and found that this afforded better and more prolonged pain relief than plain bupivacaine, as measured by VAS scores, additional analgesic requirements and improved arterial oxygenation (11).
Systemically absorbed clonidine may have contributed to this and it offsets one of the main advantages of paravertebral intercostal nerve block compared with thoracic epidural analgesia, namely a lower incidence of hypotension.
Debreceni and colleagues also evaluated respiratory function and VAS scores in patients undergoing thoracotomy, including either thoracic epidural analgesia or continuous intercostal nerve block (7).
Comparative study of continuous extrapleural intercostal nerve block and lumbar epidural morphine in post-thoracotomy pain.
th] intercostal nerve during supracostal access to the upper pole.