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Current Opinion in Anaesthesiology:
Review Article

Axillary and midhumeral approach for plexus block

Büttner, Johannes

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Many variations of the axillary approach for blocking of the brachial plexus have been described. The axillary approach tends to be the technique with the lowest risk of serious complications; in particular, there is no risk of pneumothorax. A fairly high failure rate and an onset time of 20-40 minutes is why this technique, first described by Hirschel in 1911, is still discussed. Ideally, axillary brachial plexus blockade would be achieved using a technique that was easy and quick to perform with a fast onset time, a 100% success rate and without any risk for the patient; but, as all studies show, this goal is still far away.

© 1998 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.


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