Insertion of indwelling arterial catheters has become a valuable procedure for blood pressure monitoring and for measurement of blood gas tensions during anesthesia. This report describes sensory loss in the distribution of the median nerve following attempted percutaneous radial artery cannulation. This complication has not been noted in several large series describing complications associated with this procedure. It is postulated that median nerve dysfunction arose from compression of the nerve in the carpal tunnel by blood leaking from the punctured radial artery.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine