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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 1-3

COVID-19 and interventional pain practice

1 Department of Anesthesiology, Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Wardha, Maharashtra, India
2 Department of Pain Medicine, Daradia Pain Clinic, Kolkata, India

Correspondence Address:
Jeshnu P Tople
Department of Anesthesiology, Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Wardha, Maharashtra
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10046-0161

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In December 2019, an outbreak of COVID-19 occurred in Wuhan, China, which is caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The infection became pandemic within next few weeks. The literature regarding interventional pain practice with respect to COVID-19 is scarce. But pathological and structural features of SARS-CoV-2 and SARS-CoV resemble each other and hence long-term sequelae, with respect to chronic pain, similar to severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) can be expected with COVID-19. Also, on literature search, we could not find any recommendations or guidelines for interventional pain practice. However, American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA) and European Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Therapy (ESRA) have jointly put forth the recommendations for neuroaxial and peripheral nerve blocks for current pandemic situation. We are of opinion that with certain modifications these recommendations can be extrapolated for practice of interventional pain management. We propose the recommendations for interventional pain practice for current pandemic situation of COVID-19.

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