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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 65-67

Modified radical mastectomy under paravertebral block in a patient diagnosed with active pulmonary tuberculosis with moderate restriction of pulmonary function

Department of Anaesthesiology, Kurnool Medical College, Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh, India

Correspondence Address:
Dyva Manogna Reddypogu
Assistant Professor, H. No. 87/684-A, Maruthi Nagar, Kurnool- 518 002, Andhra Pradesh
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jcsr.jcsr_77_21

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Mastectomy is mostly performed as definitive management for resectable breast cancer (BC). Implementing paravertebral nerve block for patients with metastasis features of cancer to lungs and other organs, patients with co-morbidity, geriatrics and malnourished individuals will eliminate the risks and complications of general anaesthesia (GA). Although thoracic paravertebral block is an established technique as post-operative pain management for breast surgery, there is no conclusive evidence on its use as a sole anaesthetic for modified radical mastectomy (MRM). In this case report, we present a 45-year-old woman who underwent a successful MRM for Stage IIIb BC associated with pulmonary tuberculosis with moderately restricted pulmonary function test under paravertebral nerve block. We believe that paravertebral nerve block can be used as an alternative anaesthetic technique for MRM in a resource-limited setting for patients who are expected to have a high risk of perioperative complications under GA.

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