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2022 Aug 13

Ir Vet J



Thoracolumbar retrolaminar block in seven dogs undergoing spinal surgery.


Pentsou K, Huuskonen V
Ir Vet J. 2022 Aug 13; 75(1):17.
PMID: 35962415.


Thoracolumbar intervertebral disc extrusion is a common neurologic complaint in dogs and is associated with debilitating pain that requires careful analgesic management to avoid the transition to a chronic pain state. Recently, there has been an increased effort to incorporate regional anaesthetic techniques whenever possible, both for perioperative analgesia management and for prevention of chronic pain. A novel regional anaesthetic technique named retrolaminar block is a fascial plane block where the local anaesthetic is injected directly on top of the dorsal aspect of the vertebral lamina, in the fascial plane between the lamina and the epaxial muscles. The technique was recently described in humans and it is claimed to provide analgesia in patients undergoing thoracic and lumbar procedures. To the authors' knowledge, the retrolaminar block has not been previously reported in live dogs.