Acute respiratory distress following ultrasound-guided supraclavicular block.

@article{Guirguis2012AcuteRD,
  title={Acute respiratory distress following ultrasound-guided supraclavicular block.},
  author={Maged N. Guirguis and Rami Karroum and Alaa Abd-Elsayed and Loran S Mounir-Soliman},
  journal={The Ochsner journal},
  year={2012},
  volume={12 2},
  pages={159-62}
}
BACKGROUND Brachial plexus blocks have become very common for patients undergoing upper extremity surgery. We report a case in which the patient developed ipsilateral phrenic nerve paralysis and acute respiratory failure following supraclavicular nerve block. CASE REPORT A 61-year-old female diabetic, morbidly obese patient presented for a repeat debridement of necrotizing fasciitis on her left arm. She received a left-sided supraclavicular brachial plexus block. Within a few minutes, the… CONTINUE READING
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