Editor-in-Chief: Kenneth D. Candido, MD
Abdominal pain is common and has multiple etiologies. We present a case of chronic abdominal wall pain that was treated with phenol neurolysis via a tranversus abdominis plane (TAP). To date, only 4 case reports utilizing TAP neurolysis have been reported and all were performed in the context of malignancy-related pain. The TAP block has become an integral component of the regional anesthesiologist’s perioperative anesthesia and analgesia arsenal. In summary, chemical denervation of the anterior abdominal wall is feasible and efficacious in palliating chronic non-cancer pain via a TAP block technique.
KEY WORDS: TAP, transversus abdominal plane, phenol, abdominal wall pain, neurolytic, noncancer pain