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Cryoneurolysis is an analgesic method that has been shown to provide extended pain relief in postoperative patients. However, to date, this method has not been described in nonsurgical inpatients with chronic pain experiencing an acute exacerbation. This analgesic modality has the potential to provide pain relief for patients whose expected duration of severe acute pain would outlast that of other regional anesthetic techniques while avoiding opioid escalation and facilitating discharge. We present a patient with acute exacerbation of chronic pain from breast ulcerations caused by congenital lipomatous overgrowth, vascular malformations, epidermal nevis, spinal/skeletal anomalies/scoliosis (CLOVES) syndrome that was successfully treated as an inpatient with a portable cryoneurolysis device. This is the first reported use of cryoneurolysis in an inpatient setting to treat acute-on-chronic pain in a nonsurgical patient. The authors recommend regional anesthesiologists and acute pain specialists to utilize this technique to provide analgesia in patients with complex pain to facilitate hospital throughput.


acute pain, chronic and acute pain management, chronic pain, cloves syndrome, cryoneurolysis, intercostal nerves, regional nerve blocks



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