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2022 Apr 22

Pediatr Transplant

Quadratus lumborum blocks for abdominal transplant surgeries at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh-A five year experience.


Hernandez MA, Licata S, Damian D, Ganoza A, Visoiu M
Pediatr Transplant. 2022 Apr 22:e14296.
PMID: 35460137.


Adequate perioperative analgesia for pediatric abdominal transplant surgery is essential for patient recovery. However, the risks of commonly used medications such as hepatotoxicity, nephrotoxicity, bleeding concerns, and poor graft results with opioids limit pain management in this population. Thoracic epidural, continuous erector spinae plane, and type-1 quadratus lumborum blocks (QLBs) have been described and utilized in the adult population in this setting. The safety and benefits of regional anesthetic techniques in pediatrics have been widely documented for different types of procedures except pediatric abdominal transplantation, where data remains scarce. Our primary goal was to determine if QLBs provided adequate perioperative analgesia when part of a multimodal approach. Secondary objectives were to examine complications and effects on the intensive care unit (ICU) and hospital stay.