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Pain Research and Management
Volume 5 (2000), Issue 4, Pages 241-242
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2000/671293
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Prolonged Relief of Chronic Pain from Local Anaesthetic Blocks

Ellen N Thompson

Anaesthesiology and Pain Management, Ottawa Hospital, Civic Campus, Ottawa Ontario, Canada

Copyright © 2000 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

In a fascinating essay on the future of local anesthetic agents, Wall (1) cited a 1990 paper from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, entitled 'Prolonged relief of neuralgia after regional anesthetic blocks: A call for further experimental and systematic clinical studies' (2). The Swedish researchers had found that two-thirds of 38 patients with neuralgia experienced prolonged (up to six days) relief of pain after blocking of the injured nerve.