A practical approach to nerve injuries post regional anaesthesia

  • M Fourtounas University of the Witwatersrand


Over the past 10 years, the interest in regional anaesthesia and its advantages has grown, with the use of ultrasound-guided techniques and catheter insertion becoming ever more popular.1 This increased interest in regional anaesthesia has led to an increased number of peripheral nerve blocks (PNB) performed and therefore an increased number of complications1; improved reporting methods and registries may have also played a role.2 Although the incidence of neurological damage after regional anaesthesia is rare, the effects may be devastating with resultant permanent disability.2-5

Author Biography

M Fourtounas, University of the Witwatersrand
Department of Anaesthesia Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital University of the Witwatersrand
FCA Refresher Course