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2022 Dec 26

Healthcare (Basel)



Parameters of Iliopsoas Plane Immediately Caudal to the Indirect Tendon of Rectus Femoris in Axial Plane Measured on Magnetic Resonance Images in an Adult Eastern Asian Population.



The iliopsoas plane (IP) is a fascial plane deep to the iliopsoas complex and is the target of several novel ultrasound-guided analgesic interventions for hip. Currently, limited information is known about its parameters. From the pelvic magnetic resonance (MR) images of an adult Eastern Asian population (n = 49), the IP width, depth, and needle-beam angle in the axial plane immediately caudal to the level of indirect tendon of rectus femoris (RF) were found to be 10.7 ± 1.6 mm, 48.5 ± 15.5 mm, and 84.2 ± 8.2 degrees, respectively. There was a statistically significant difference in the age categories for IP width, and older patients seemed to have wider IP. Our data may provide applications for the technical modification of ultrasound-guided iliopsoas plane block (IPB) in acute hip pain management and the future development of ultrasound-guided single-needle-entry radiofrequency neuroablation in chronic hip pain management.