Prediction of postoperative pain after mandibular third molar surgery

Asa Rudin, Lars Eriksson, Rolf Liedholm, Thomas List, Mads Utke Werner

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To evaluate the predictive potential of preoperative psychological and psychophysiological variables in estimating severity of postoperative pain following mandibular third molar surgery (MTMS). Methods: Following ethical committee approval and informed consent, 40 consecutive patients scheduled for MTMS were included. Preoperative psychometric indicators of anxiety, depression, and vulnerability were evaluated by patient questionnaires. Thermal thresholds and heat pain perception (1 second phasic stimuli: 44 degrees C to 48 degrees C) were evaluated with quantitative sensory testing techniques. Standardized surgery was performed during local anesthesia. Postoperative pain management was with rescue paracetamol and ibuprofen. The patients were instructed to record each day their pain at rest and during dynamic conditions, and their requirement of analgesics for 14 days following surgery.
TidsskriftJournal of Orofacial Pain
Udgave nummer2
Sider (fra-til)189-96
Antal sider8
StatusUdgivet - 1 jan. 2010


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