Suparna Saha

Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, United States

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Publications (3)2.69 Total impact

  • Suparna Saha, Eldor L Brish, Krishna Boddu
    Journal of ultrasound in medicine: official journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine 05/2010; 29(5):855-8. · 1.40 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Shoulder pain following thoracotomy is a common postoperative complaint and can be difficult to treat. This article explores how to select patients who would benefit from a suprascapular nerve block for post-thoracotomy shoulder pain. A retrospective case review of 178 patients who underwent thoracotomy at our institution was performed. Only patients with elicitable local signs of musculoskeletal shoulder pain were offered a suprascapular nerve block with 10 cc of 0.25% bupivicaine. Of 178 patients, 92 (51.7%) complained of post-thoracotomy shoulder pain. Of these patients, 34 (37.0%) had localizing signs of musculoskeletal shoulder pain and underwent suprascapular nerve block. Twenty-nine of 34 (85.3%) patients obtained satisfactory pain relief. We estimate a true-positive rate of 85.3% with a 95% confidence interval of (68.9%, 95.0%) for those patients who received relief from suprascapular nerve block after localizing signs on physical examination of the shoulder. Patients post-thoracotomy with local signs of shoulder pain on physical examination may benefit from suprascapular nerve blocks in the immediate postoperative period.
    American journal of therapeutics 03/2010; 18(4):309-12. · 1.29 Impact Factor
  • Suparna Saha, Eldor L. Brish, Krishna Boddu
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    ABSTRACT: Phantom limb pain is defined as pain localised in a body part that is no longer there (Mishra et al. [1]; Flor et al. [2]; Mayo Clinic Staff [3]). It is believed that amputation of an extremity is required for phantom pain and sensations to occur (Nikolajsen and Jensen [5]). However, we report a case in which a severed nerve to an “intact extremity” resulted in phantom limb-like pains and sensations which responded to a treatment regimen identical to that for phantom limb pain. It is important for clinicians to entertain the idea of phantom limb-like pain in cases when a nerve is severed to any extremity and as such, provide pain relief to this subgroup of patients.
    Acute Pain 01/2009; 11(3):139-141.