Letters to the Editor

Letter to the Editor: A Few Suggestions for Preventing Failure of Ultrasound-Guided Blocks for Below the Shoulder Surgery

Abhijit Nair


To the Editor, We read with great interest the original research published by Anatoli Stav et al.1 in which they com-pared supraclavicular (SCL), infraclavicular (ICL), and axillary (AX) approaches to the brachial plexus with ultrasonography for upper limb surgeries.1 They concluded that all approaches can be used to provide adequate anesthesia for upper limb sur-geries below the shoulder. Nevertheless, they also experienced some sparing and failed blocks: 3 patients from the SCL group, 3 from the ICL group, and 4 from the AX group had a positive pin-prick test; 2 patients from the AX group received sedation supplementation; and 1 patient in the AX group experienced ulnar sparing which required a general anesthetic. ...

Rambam Maimonides Med J 2017;8(1):e0011