Severe hypotension after interscalene block for outpatient shoulder surgery: a case report

Emmett E. Whitaker, Anthony L. Edelman, John H. Wilckens, Jeffrey M. Richman

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The case of a 43 year-old woman who underwent successful right interscalene brachial plexus block for arthroscopic shoulder surgery is presented. During the surgery, she subsequently exhibited signs of neuraxial spread of local anesthetic. Bilateral motor block was noted postoperatively. Spontaneous ventilation was maintained throughout the case, and she was successfully discharged home several hours after the procedure with no residual symptoms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)132-134
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Clinical Anesthesia
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1 2010



  • Anesthesia
  • Complications
  • Epidural spread
  • Hypotension
  • Interscalene brachial plexus block
  • Regional
  • Shoulder surgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

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