Ultrasound-Guided Transversus Abdominis Plane (TAP) Block

  • Samer N. Narouze
  • Maged Guirguis


The transversus abdominis plane (TAP) block is used to produce a dermatomal sensory block of the lower thoracic and upper lumbar afferents. Installation of local anesthetics in this plane anesthetizes the anterior abdominal wall on this side. This block can be used as a diagnostic tool or as a therapeutic modality via a continuous indwelling catheter for postoperative lower abdominal pain or chronic pain syndromes arising from the anterior abdominal wall.


Transversus abdominis plane block TAP 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Samer N. Narouze
    • 1
  • Maged Guirguis
    • 2
  1. 1.Professor of Anesthesiology and Pain MedicineCenter for Pain Medicine, Western Reserve HospitalCuyahoga FallsUSA
  2. 2.Department of Anesthesia and Pain ManagementOchsner Health SystemNew OrleansUSA

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