Case Studies of Regional Anesthesia

  • William F. Urmey


This chapter presents some of the known complications of regional anesthetics through illustrative case reports. Although the case reports are not those of actual patients, they are representative of real cases and incorporate features from actual reports or clinical experiences. Care has been taken to make certain that the depiction of presenting signs and symptoms are true to those actually reported in the literature. Reports are followed by relevant discussion, which includes our present understanding of underlying mechanisms and etiologic factors that are believed to contribute to the development of the complications. Diagnosis and management of complications are briefly covered as well. It is not possible to discuss all known regional anesthetic complications here. Therefore, five clinically important, well-recognized syndromes complicating routine regional anesthetics have been chosen. These should be appreciated and understood by all practitioners in this subspecialty.


Forced Vital Capacity Spinal Anesthesia Brachial Plexus Regional Anesthesia Epidural Anesthesia 
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  • William F. Urmey
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  1. 1.Department of Anesthesiology, Weill Medical College of Cornell UniversityHospital for Special SurgeryNew YorkUSA

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