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2022 Jul-Dec

Anaesth Rep



Peripheral nerve stimulation through a ‘dry’ peripheral nerve catheter for shoulder analgesia: a case report.


Sondekoppam RV, Jindal A, Ip V, Tsui BCH
Anaesth Rep. 2022 Jul-Dec; 10(2):e12185.
PMID: 35983242.


Revision shoulder surgery can pose significant analgesic challenges as locoregional blocks are often avoided to enable early recognition of iatrogenic nerve injuries. Our case describes the utilisation of pre-operative and intra-operative low-frequency percutaneous peripheral nerve stimulation via a 'dry' interscalene catheter, inserted pre-operatively for a patient presenting for revision total shoulder arthroplasty who was experiencing significant shoulder joint pain despite a prior total shoulder arthroplasty. The clinical considerations and safety aspects are discussed further.