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2020 Oct-Dec

Saudi J Anaesth



Analgesic efficacy and spread of local anesthetic in ultrasound-guided paravertebral, pectoralis II, and serratus anterior plane block for breast surgeries: A randomized controlled trial.


Jain D, Mohan VK, Bhoi D, Batra RK, Kashyap L, Shende D, Hussain S Y, Srivastava A, Seenu V
Saudi J Anaesth. 2020 Oct-Dec; 14(4):464-472.
PMID: 33447188.


Thoracic paravertebral block (TPVB) has become the gold standard to provide postoperative analgesia in breast surgery. Recently, ultrasound-guided (USG) pectoralis (PECS) block and serratus anterior plane (SAP) block have been described as an alternative to TPVB. The objectives were to compare TPVB, PECS, and SAP block in terms of analgesic efficacy and the spread of local anesthetic by ultrasound imaging, correlating it with the sensory blockade.