Saudi Journal of Anaesthesia

: 2011  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 392--394

Ultrasound guidance of uncommon nerve blocks

Ahmed Thallaj 
 Department of Anesthesia, College of Medicine, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

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Ahmed Thallaj
Department of Anesthesia, College of Medicine, King Saud University, Riyadh
Saudi Arabia

In the past nerve stimulation was considered the standard tool for anesthesiologists to locate the peripheral nerve for nerve blocks. However, with the recent introduction of ultrasound (US) technology for regional anesthesia, the use of nerve stimulation has become a rarity nowadays. There is a growing interest by most anesthesiologists in using US for nerve blocks because of its simplicity and accuracy. US is now available in most hospitals practicing regional anesthesia and is a popular tool for performance of nerve blocks. Although nerve stimulation became a rarity, however the use of it is now limited to identify small nerve structures, such as greater auricular nerve and medial antebrachial cutaneous nerve of the forearm. However, in this review article we discuss the role of ultrasonography for greater auricular and antebrachial cutaneous nerve blocks, which could replace nerve stimulation technique. We look at the available literature on the role of US for the performance of uncommon nerve blocks and its benefits.

How to cite this article:
Thallaj A. Ultrasound guidance of uncommon nerve blocks.Saudi J Anaesth 2011;5:392-394

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Thallaj A. Ultrasound guidance of uncommon nerve blocks. Saudi J Anaesth [serial online] 2011 [cited 2022 Dec 7 ];5:392-394
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