HSS Journal

, Volume 7, Issue 1, pp 64–71

Musculoskeletal Sonopathology and Ultrasound-Guided Regional Anesthesia

Authors

  • Alan J. R. Macfarlane
    • Department of AnaesthesiaGlasgow Royal Infirmary
  • Brian D. Sites
    • Department of AnesthesiologyDartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
  • Vincent R. Sites
    • Department of RadiologyLahey Clinic
  • Ali M. Naraghi
    • Joint Department of Medical Imaging of University Health Network and Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto Western Hospital
  • Vincent W. S. Chan
    • Department of Anesthesia and Pain Management, Toronto Western HospitalUniversity Health Network
  • Mandeep Singh
    • Department of Anesthesia and Pain Management, Toronto Western HospitalUniversity Health Network
  • John G. Antonakakis
    • Department of AnesthesiologyUniversity of Virginia
    • Department of Anesthesia and Pain Management, Toronto Western HospitalUniversity Health Network
Review Article

DOI: 10.1007/s11420-010-9174-z

Cite this article as:
Macfarlane, A.J.R., Sites, B.D., Sites, V.R. et al. HSS Jrnl (2011) 7: 64. doi:10.1007/s11420-010-9174-z

Abstract

The use of real-time ultrasound guidance has revolutionized the practice of regional anesthesia. Ultrasound is rapidly becoming the technique of choice for nerve blockade due to increased success rates, faster onset, and potentially improved safety. In the course of ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia, unexpected pathology may be encountered. Such anomalous or pathological findings may alter the choice of nerve block and occasionally affect surgical management. This case series presents a variety of musculoskeletal conditions that may be encountered during ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia practice.

Keywords

anesthesiaultrasoundregional anesthesia

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