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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 25  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 85-87

The role of regional block analgesia in the early functional recovery of burns in the hand

Department of Plastic Surgery, Army Hospital Research and Referral, New Delhi, India

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Sandeep Mehrotra
Department of Plastic Surgery, Army Hospital Research and Referral, New Delhi 110010
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DOI: 10.4103/ijb.ijb_25_17

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Patients with upper limb and hand burn suffer from a higher pain perception due to higher density of nerve endings and larger cortical representation compared to other regions. This unfortunately leads to reduction of movement, increasing edema and stiffness. This initiates a vicious cycle leading to prolonged morbidity and repeated interventions. In our burn centre we are routinely practicing regional supraclavicular analgesic blocks for hand burn. We have found this technique immensely beneficial in pain relief, promoting early healing with restoration of range of motion (ROM) and functional recovery.

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