Emotional numbing and pain intensity predict the development of pain disability up to one year after lateral thoracotomy.

@article{Katz2009EmotionalNA,
  title={Emotional numbing and pain intensity predict the development of pain disability up to one year after lateral thoracotomy.},
  author={Joel Katz and Gordon J. G. Asmundson and K Mcrae and Eileen Halket},
  journal={European journal of pain},
  year={2009},
  volume={13 8},
  pages={870-8}
}
Little is known about the factors that predict the transition of acute, time limited pain to chronic pathological pain following postero-lateral thoracotomy. The aim of the present prospective, longitudinal study was to determine the extent to which (1) pre-operative pain intensity, pain disability, and post-traumatic stress symptoms (PTSS) predict post-thoracotomy pain disability 6 and 12 months later; and (2) if these variables, assessed at 6 months, predict 12 month pain disability. Fifty… CONTINUE READING

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