Anterior chest pain of scarring origin

We will first recall the notion of cicatricial neuropathy.

Causes of anterior chest pain of scarring origin are (non-exhaustive):

  • Cardiac or mediastinal surgery by sternotomy
  • Pulmonary surgery
  • Dorsal spine surgery by:
    • Lateral approach (the pain is the same as during open lung surgery)
    • Posterior approach
  • Breast surgery
  • Thoracic aortic surgery
  • ORL cancer surgery with or without reconstruction
  • Implantable Port Placement or Removal (SIEV)
  • Placement of a central venous line via the subclavian vein
  • Locoregional anesthesia by infraclavicular approach
  • Shoulder, collarbone, thoraco-brachial outlet surgery
  • Infiltration under acromial, acromioclavicular joint, glenohumeral joint
  • Rib fracture and chest trauma
  • Wound, hematoma and burn of the chest
  • Pain after contraceptive implant removal

If in doubt, if the symptoms do not correspond, you can refer to the guide to muscle pain.

Post operative chronic pain