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Case Rep Anesthesiol


Ultrasound to the Rescue: Axillary Clearance under Complete Regional Blockade.


Munasinghe BM, Subramaniam N, Nimalan S, Sivamayuran P
Case Rep Anesthesiol. 2021; 2021:6655930.
PMID: 33628515.


No single regional anaesthetic technique is capable of complete anaesthesia of the axillary region. Regional or interfascial nerve blockade could be an effective alternative where administering general anaesthesia is not feasible, with superior analgesia, favourable haemodynamics, and reduced opiate related adverse effects. Ultrasound guidance improves effectiveness and safety profile. We report a case of a successful axillary clearance conducted under combined regional blocks for an axillary nodal recurrence following mastectomy for a breast carcinoma, in a patient who was not fit for general anaesthesia due to a persistent lobar pneumonia and recurrent asthma exacerbations. Our experience and current evidence supersede the initial conceptions of difficult ultrasonic intercostobrachial nerve (ICBN) visualization.