Journal of Anesthesia

, Volume 20, Issue 3, pp 231–233

Identification of the lumbar intervertebral level using ultrasound imaging in a post-laminectomy patient

  • Masanori Yamauchi
  • Eiji Honma
  • Mitsuko Mimura
  • Hiroki Yamamoto
  • Emi Takahashi
  • Akiyoshi Namiki
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s00540-006-0406-9

Cite this article as:
Yamauchi, M., Honma, E., Mimura, M. et al. J Anesth (2006) 20: 231. doi:10.1007/s00540-006-0406-9

Abstract

A spinal block was performed in a post-laminectomy patient, using both ultrasound imaging and X-ray imaging. Ultrasound imaging clearly identified the L3/4 intervertebral level, the spinal canal, the corpus vertebrae, and the dura mater. Using ultrasound imaging, we measured the distance from the skin surface to the dura mater (39 mm). A 25-G needle for the spinal block was accurately advanced into the spinal canal with the use of X-ray imaging (43 mm from the skin to the subarachnoid space). We report here that ultrasound imaging was useful for performing a spinal block in a post-laminectomy patient in whom there was anatomical change around the spine.

Key words

FF bypassLaminectomySpinal blockUltrasoundX-ray

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© JSA 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  • Masanori Yamauchi
    • 1
  • Eiji Honma
    • 2
  • Mitsuko Mimura
    • 2
  • Hiroki Yamamoto
    • 2
  • Emi Takahashi
    • 2
  • Akiyoshi Namiki
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of AnesthesiologySapporo Medical University School of MedicineSapporoJapan
  2. 2.Department of AnesthesiaNippon Telegraph and Telephone East Corporation Sapporo HospitalSapporoJapan