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Anaesthesia. 1988 Feb;43(2):107-10.

Paediatric postoperative analgesia. A comparison between caudal block and wound infiltration of local anaesthetic.

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Department of Anaesthesia, Leicester Royal Infirmary.


Fifty children who underwent day case herniotomy received either a caudal injection of 1 ml/kg bupivacaine 0.25% or infiltration of the wound edges at the end of surgery with 0.5 ml/kg bupivacaine 0.25%, allocated at random. Postoperative pain and demeanour were assessed initially by an observer and later by use of a parental questionnaire. Wound infiltration of local anaesthetic solution provided analgesia which was comparable to that associated with caudal block, and the incidence of side effects was similar in the two groups. Wound infiltration of local anaesthetic offers a simple, safe alternative to caudal block for provision of postoperative analgesia in this group of patients.

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