Spinal anaesthesia

Amy L.K. Sadler, Paul D.W. Fettes

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Spinal anaesthesia involves the injection of local anaesthetic solution into the intrathecal space. It is a widely practised anaesthetic technique that can provide surgical anaesthesia for procedures below the umbilicus. Due to the proximity of the central nervous system, safe practice is of paramount importance and requires a good understanding of relevant anatomy, physiology and pharmacology. Complications are rare but need to be recognized and managed rapidly and appropriately.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)781-784
Number of pages4
JournalAnaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine
Issue number12
Early online date19 Nov 2021
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2021


  • Local anaesthetics
  • regional anaesthesia
  • spinal anaesthesia
  • spinal cord
  • subarachnoid space

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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