Current Anesthesiology Reports

, Volume 9, Issue 3, pp 308–313 | Cite as

Pecs and Serratus Blocks: Current State of Chest Wall Analgesia

  • Christopher GodlewskiEmail author
Regional Anesthesia (P Kukreja, Section Editor)
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Regional Anesthesia


Purpose of Review

This article seeks to provide a current review of pertinent literature with regards to analgesia for chest wall surgery—specifically Pecs and serratus blocks.

Recent Findings

Intermuscular plane blocks have been shown to be clinically efficacious in the setting of chest wall surgery, especially in the setting of oncologic breast surgery.


Pecs and serratus blocks provide a safe and effective alternative to neuraxial analgesia while avoiding many of the associated technical difficulties and potential complications.


Breast analgesia Breast surgery Chest wall analgesia Thoracotomy pain Mastectomy pain 



The author would like to recognize the help of Ms. Emma O’Hagan, whose assistance was vital in the preparation of this manuscript.

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

The author declares that he has no conflict of interest.

Human and Animal Rights and Informed Consent

This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.


Papers of particular interest, published recently, have been highlighted as: • Of importance •• Of major importance

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine, Division of Multispecialty AnesthesiaUniversity of Alabama at BirminghamBirminghamUSA

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