Thoracic paravertebral nerve blocks in pediatric patients: Safety and clinical experience

Tricia Vecchione, David Zurakowski, Karen Boretsky

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Abstract

Thoracic paravertebral nerve blocks (PVNBs) provide excellent analgesia for many surgeries. The primary aim was to estimate the complication rate, and secondary aims were to provide information on the potential clinical application of PVNBs. Data on 2390 PVNBs were collected. A total of 625 catheters were performed on 468 patients, and 1765 single-injection PVNBs were performed on 403 patients. There was 1 case of local anesthetic systemic toxicity for a major complication rate of 1 per 2390 PVNBs. The minor complication rate was 13.2%. We demonstrate a low risk of complications in pediatric patients receiving PVNBs for various surgeries.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1588-1590
Number of pages3
JournalAnesthesia and analgesia
Volume123
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2016

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

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