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Original Research Article Post-Thoracotomy Pain in Children and Adolescence: A Retrospective Cross-Sectional Study

Jason Chou, Chin-wern Chan, George A Chalkiadis



OBJECTIVE: We sought to determine the prevalence of chronic post-thoracotomy pain, defined as persistent or recurring incisional pain for at least 2 months after thoracotomy, in children. DESIGN: Retrospective cross-sectional study. SETTING: Quaternary pediatric teaching hospital. SUBJECTS: Patients who underwent a lateral thoracotomy from January 2005 to December 2007 at the Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, Australia. METHODS: Eligible patients were sent a questionnaire for telephonic completion with a researcher, with assistance from the parents if required. RESULTS: Of the 87 patients eligible to participate, 51 (59%) completed questionnaires. The majority of respondents was male (65..

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