Is Preoperative Quantitative Sensory Testing Related to Persistent Postsurgical Pain? A Systematic Literature Review

van Helmond, N., Aarts, H. M., Timmerman, H., Olesen, S. S., Drewes, A. M., Wilder-Smith, O. H., Steegers, M. A. & Vissers, K. C., 14-May-2020, In : Anesthesia and Analgesia. 10 p.

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  • Noud van Helmond
  • Hugo M Aarts
  • Hans Timmerman
  • Søren S Olesen
  • Asbjørn M Drewes
  • Oliver H Wilder-Smith
  • Monique A Steegers
  • Kris C Vissers

Persistent postsurgical pain (PPSP) is a common complication of surgery that significantly affects quality of life. A better understanding of which patients are likely to develop PPSP would help to identify when perioperative and postoperative pain management may require specific attention. Quantitative sensory testing (QST) of a patient'fs preoperative pain perception is associated with acute postoperative pain, and acute postoperative pain is a risk factor for PPSP. The direct association between preoperative QST and PPSP has not been reviewed to date. In this systematic review, we assessed the relationship of preoperative QST to PPSP. We searched databases with components related to (1) preoperative QST; (2) association testing; and (3) PPSP. Two authors reviewed all titles and abstracts for inclusion. Inclusion criteria were as follows: (1) QST performed before surgery; (2) PPSP assessed ≥3 months postoperatively; and (3) the association between QST measures and PPSP is investigated. The search retrieved 905 articles; 24 studies with 2732 subjects met inclusion criteria. Most studies (22/24) had moderate to high risk of bias in multiple quality domains. Fourteen (58%) studies reported a significant association between preoperative QST and PPSP. Preoperative temporal summation of pain (4 studies), conditioned pain modulation (3 studies), and pressure pain threshold (3 studies) showed the most frequent association with PPSP. The strength of the association between preoperative QST and PPSP varied from weak to strong. Preoperative QST is variably associated with PPSP. Measurements related to central processing of pain may be most consistently associated with PPSP.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages10
JournalAnesthesia and Analgesia
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 14-May-2020

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