Total spinal anesthesia: a rare complication of intrathoracic intercostal nerve block

Charles W Otto, C. L. Wall

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Abstract

Total spinal anesthesia following intrathoracic intercostal nerve blocks with bupivacaine performed for postoperative pain relief during thoracotomy is described. Possible mechanisms for this complication include: inadvertent placement of the needle through an intervertebral foramen, puncture of a long dural cuff, and intraneural injection with central spread. Recognition of this potential complication is important, and facilities for proper support must be available.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)289-292
Number of pages4
JournalAnnals of Thoracic Surgery
Volume22
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1976

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Intercostal Nerves
Nerve Block
Spinal Anesthesia
Bupivacaine
Thoracotomy
Postoperative Pain
Punctures
Needles
Injections

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  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Surgery

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Total spinal anesthesia : a rare complication of intrathoracic intercostal nerve block. / Otto, Charles W; Wall, C. L.

In: Annals of Thoracic Surgery, Vol. 22, No. 3, 1976, p. 289-292.

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