The Evidence-Based Safety of Pediatric Regional Anesthesia and Complications

  • Lynn M. Broadman
  • Ryan A. Holt


In the first edition of “Complications in Regional Anesthesia,” Broadman 1 produced a chapter that essentially reported a synopsis of all of the complications that were available at that time in the English-language literature that were associated with the placement of regional blocks in infants and children, and the limited safety record associated with caudal block placements. The caudal block safety record was based on three moderately sized series, 750–7800 blocks, which had been safely performed by anesthesiologists that are now recognized authorities in the field of pediatric regional anesthesia. 2, 3, 4 All of the potential problems or complications associated with the placement of regional anesthesia blocks at the time of the first writing were unfortunately derived from single case reports.


Regional Anesthesia Epidural Catheter Epidural Morphine Epidural Abscess Dural Puncture 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lynn M. Broadman
    • 1
    • 2
  • Ryan A. Holt
    • 3
  1. 1.West Virginia UniversityMorgantownUSA
  2. 2.Pittsburgh Children’s HospitalPittsburghUSA
  3. 3.Department of AnesthesiologyWest Virginia UniversityUSA

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