Pneumothorax after ultrasound-guided supraclavicular block: Presenting features, risk, and related training

Daniel J. Abell, Michael J. Barrington

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE: Presenting features and estimate of risk of pneumothorax after ultrasound-guided supraclavicular block are discussed, along with related training strategies. CASE REPORT: We describe a case of a patient with pneumothorax after an ultrasound-guided supraclavicular brachial plexus block for hand surgery. The delayed onset of pain initially on the nonoperative side combined with the absence of respiratory symptoms delayed recognition of the pneumothorax. CONCLUSIONS: We estimate the risk of pneumothorax to be 0.4 per 1000 after ultrasound-guided supraclavicular block. We recommend specific training strategies for needle visualization for this technique to reduce the risk of pneumothorax.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)164-167
Number of pages4
JournalRegional anesthesia and pain medicine
Volume39
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2014
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

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