Complications of regional anaesthesia

Megan C. Dale, Matthew R. Checketts

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    Complications of regional anaesthesia can be divided into those specific to central neuraxial blockade, those specific to peripheral nerve blockade, and those that pertain to both. Fortunately, severe complications - namely, spinal cord damage, vertebral cord haematoma and epidural abscess - are rare. Here we have given an overview of these complications, with reference to updated incidences available following the 3rd National Audit Project (NAP3) of the Royal College of Anaesthetists. A thorough knowledge of anatomy and pharmacology, and a meticulous, unhurried technique are essential to prevent such complications. When considering the use of a regional anaesthetic technique, the risks and benefits for that patient should be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)175-178
    Number of pages4
    JournalAnaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine
    Issue number4
    Early online date22 Feb 2016
    Publication statusPublished - Apr 2016


    • Central neuraxial block
    • complications
    • nerve damage
    • peripheral nerve block
    • regional anaesthesia

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
    • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine


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