Title

Third-degree heart block complicating supraclavicular brachial plexus block

UMMS Affiliation

Department of Anesthesiology

Date

9-1996

Document Type

Article

Medical Subject Headings

Aged; Anesthetics, Local; *Brachial Plexus; Drug Interactions; Female; Heart Block; Humans; Nerve Block; Verapamil

Disciplines

Anesthesiology

Abstract

Regional anesthesia is frequently administered to elderly patients and those with known cardiovascular disease in the hope of minimizing the cardiovascular complications associated with general anesthesia. Drug interactions between local anesthetics used in regional techniques and calcium channel blockers have been described. To date, however, potentially life-threatening dysrhythmias associated with brachial plexus blockade using the supraclavicular approach have not been reported. We now describe such a case.

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Citation: Anesthesiology. 1996 Sep;85(3):675-7.

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