Continuous serratus posterior superior intercostal plane block for postoperative analgesia management in the patient who underwent right atrial mass excision: a case report


BMC Anesthesiology, vol.24, no.1, 2024 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 24 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2024
  • Doi Number: 10.1186/s12871-024-02535-4
  • Journal Name: BMC Anesthesiology
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, CINAHL, EMBASE, MEDLINE, Directory of Open Access Journals
  • Keywords: Continuous infusion, Minimally invasive cardiac surgery, Postoperative analgesia management, Serratus posterior intercostal plane block
  • Istanbul Medipol University Affiliated: Yes


Serratus posterior intercostal plane block (SPSIPB) is a novel periparavertebral block. It provides anterolateral posterior chest wall analgesia. It is an interfascial plane block, performed under ultrasound guidance, and the visualization of landmarks is easy. It is performed deep into the serratus posterior superior muscle at the level of the third rib. Until now, there have been case reports about the usage of single-shot SPSIPB, but there are no reports about the usage of the block catheterization technique of SPSIPB. Continuous infusion from a catheter of interfascial plane blocks is important for postoperative analgesia management after painful surgeries such as thoracic and cardiac surgeries. Thus, we performed SPSIPB catheterization in a patient who underwent right atrial mass excision with minimally invasive thoracotomy surgery. Here, we present our successful analgesic experience with continuous SPSIPB in this case report.