Brain-stem anesthesia complicating retrobulbar block.

  • D A Mercereau
  • Published 1989 in
    Canadian journal of ophthalmology. Journal…


A previously well 68-year-old man became confused and cyanotic after retrobulbar block for eye surgery. The symptoms resolved within 10 minutes. The author discusses the differential diagnosis of brain-stem anesthesia and proposes recommendations to reduce the incidence of this potentially fatal complication.