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2019 Dec

Niger J Clin Pract



Comparison of the efficacy of eutectic mixture of local anesthetics (EMLA) and dorsal penile nerve block (DPNB) in neonatal circumcision.


Modekwe VI, Ugwu JO, Ekwunife OH, Osuigwe AN, Obiechina SO, Okpalike IV, Orakwe JC
Niger J Clin Pract. 2019 Dec; 22(12):1737-1741.
PMID: 31793482.


Neonates feel pain. There is a concern among practitioners that pain of injecting analgesics to neonates prior to circumcision could as well be the same as the pain of the procedure. This has made many reluctant to offer effective analgesia for circumcision. If eutectic mixture of local anesthetics (EMLA) provides analgesia comparable to dorsal penile nerve block (DPNB), it will obviate needle prick and encourage analgesia use in neonatal circumcision.