Intercostal Nerve Block

  • Yu M. ChiuEmail author
  • Amitabh Gulati


This chapter summarizes the anatomy and sonoanatomy of the intercostal space. There is a detailed discussion of patient selection and the procedure including cryotherapy. A summary of intercostal nerve blocks utilizing ultrasound, high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU), radiofrequency ablation, and alcohol neurolysis is included. Finally, the adverse effect of pneumothorax is briefly discussed.


Intercostal nerve block High-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) Intercostal alcohol lesion (ETOH) Pneumothorax 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Anesthesiology, Division of Pain MedicineMedical College of WisconsinMilwaukeeUSA
  2. 2.Anesthesiology and Critical Care, Division of Pain MedicineMemorial Sloan Kettering Cancer CenterNew YorkUSA

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