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Curr Opin Anaesthesiol. 2009 Oct;22(5):600-7. doi: 10.1097/ACO.0b013e32832f7643.

A practical guide to commonly performed ultrasound-guided peripheral-nerve blocks.

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Department of Anesthesiology, Duke University Health System, Durham, NC 27710, USA. mitchell.fingerman@duke.edu

Abstract

PURPOSE OF REVIEW:

Regional anesthesia has experienced a tremendous renaissance of interest over the past several years. Much of this renewed enthusiasm among clinicians is due to the increased usage of ultrasound guidance for peripheral-nerve blocks. This review serves as a useful foundation for the most commonly employed ultrasound-guided blocks utilized by the clinician.

RECENT FINDINGS:

With recent advances in both sonographic capability and access for anesthesia providers, many peripheral-nerve blocks have become quite amenable to being placed with ultrasound guidance. In addition, the subspecialty of ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia is being further pioneered via both anatomical and pharmacological studies.

SUMMARY:

With ultrasound guidance, the regional anesthesiologist has yet another tool to enhance both the accuracy and success of peripheral-nerve blockade. This article serves to display the most clinically relevant nerve blocks utilized in the perioperative setting. It is meant to be used as a clinical starting point for the development of regional anesthesia skills.

PMID:
19606024
DOI:
10.1097/ACO.0b013e32832f7643
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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