Regional anaesthesia of the trunk

John McDonnell and Dominic Harmon

in Principles and Practice of Regional Anaesthesia

Fourth edition

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199586691
Published online November 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191755507 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Textbooks in Anaesthesia

Regional anaesthesia of the trunk

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The use of peripheral nerve blocks in the trunk has been an area of significant development and expansion in recent years even though most methods were first described long ago. Two factors, other than the general increase in interest in regional anaesthesia, have been relevant: 1. Concerns about the systemic effects and complications of epidural analgesia coupled with a desire to deliver equally high-quality postoperative analgesia; 2. The availability of ultrasound scanning to identify the target tissue planes, a more definitive method than the elicitation of a fascial ‘pop’ as the needle is advanced. This should increase both efficacy and safety.

Chapter.  8036 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anaesthetics ; Clinical Skills ; Anatomy

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