Real-time Ultrasound-guided Spinal Anesthesia Using a New Paramedian Transverse Approach
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Ultrasound-guided spinal anesthesia is an attracting and advanced technique. We developed a new paramedian transverse approach for real-time ultrasound-guided spinal anesthesia. Using this approach, the block can be performed with the dominant hand whether in right or left lateral decubitus or sitting position. Our preliminary experience in 42 orthopedic and obstetric patients showed it could achieve high first pass success rate with acceptable procedure time. The effectiveness and safety of this approach need further investigation by comparing it with blind technique and other ultrasound-guided techniques with well-designed randomized controlled trials.
Key wordsanesthetic techniques spinal anesthesia subarachnoid ultrasound
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