Efficacy and safety of axillary brachial plexus block for operations on the hand.

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An axillary brachial plexus nerve block by a transarterial approach is commonly used to achieve regional anaesthesia for hand surgery. We designed a retrospective study to evaluate efficacy and safety of the technique for acute and elective operations. Anaesthetic records of 189 of all 5520 patients (1996-2000) who had axillary brachial plexus blocks for hand surgery were reviewed, and results compared with complications recorded in the anaesthetic register and in the hand surgery records. Successful axillary block was achieved in 5128/5520 (93%) of patients, according to anaesthetic charts, and primarily in 157/189 (83%), and after supplementation in 171/189 (90%), according to anaesthetic records. Four patients had a toxic drug reaction or axillary haematoma with a transient neurological deficit. Medical complications were recorded in the anaesthetic register in less than 0.7% of axillary brachial plexus procedures. Axillary brachial plexus block by a transarterial approach is effective and safe in hand surgery.


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  • Other Clinical Medicine
  • Surgery
  • Clinical Medicine
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)225-229
JournalScandinavian Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Hand Surgery
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Publication categoryResearch