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Post Stroke and Post Thoracotomy Pain Syndrome

After stroke patients can develop a neuropathic pain disorder that is of central origin. This pain disorder may be effectively treated with medications.

Post-thoracotomy pain syndrome is a common pain disorder that occurs after chest surgery. The source of this pain may be neuropathic or non-neuropathic in nature. Trauma to the intercostal nerve during surgery is the most likely cause. Patients often complain of sharp pain that may be burning in nature. Injections can be done to identify the source of the pain.