Complications of regional anaesthesia

Paul Clyburn and Rafal Baraz

in Obstetric Anaesthesia for Developing Countries

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199572144
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199607488 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Anaesthesia Library

Complications of regional anaesthesia

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• A high regional block is more common than a total spinal, but it should be carefully observed as it may progress to a total spinal • Total spinal is an emergency that requires immediate recognition and management (ABCD approach) • Hypotension after spinal anaesthesia is common and should be treated by minimizing aorto-caval compression and vasopressors • Prevention of local anaesthetic toxicity is easier than treatment • Post dural puncture headache is common, it is typically postural in nature but should be differentiated from less common, more sinister causes of headache • Epidural haematoma and abscess are uncommon but potentially very serious complications in which early recognition is important.

Chapter.  2396 words. 

Subjects: Anaesthetics

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