Complications of regional analgesia in paediatric anaesthesia

  • A. R. Wolf
Part of the Topics in Anaesthesia and Critical Care book series (TIACC)


In recent years regional analgesia has become popular in paediatric anaesthetic practice. This enthusiasm for regional analgesia is due at least in part to the potential to deliver complete analgesia without major systemic side effects. Many of the techniques, such as caudal block, are simple to perform and their benefits are immediately obvious to clinicians, parents and patients. Critical evaluation has confirmed the practical advantages of regional analgesia over other techniques in the appropriate settings, but has also highlighted side-effects, disadvantages and risks [1–4]. Regional anaesthesia generally necessitates an additional invasive procedure , and this additional risk, however small, must be justified through the delivery of proven benefits [5]. It is therefore necessary to have a clear understanding of risk and benefit before looking at the complications of regional anaesthesia in more specific situations.


Spinal Anaesthesia Regional Anaesthesia Epidural Abscess Epidural Infusion Femoral Nerve Block 


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