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Current Opinion in Anaesthesiology:
doi: 10.1097/ACO.0000000000000119
REGIONAL ANESTHESIA: Edited by Jacques E. Chelly

Use of ultrasound for lower extremity

Ghisi, Danielaa; Delaunay, Laurentb; Fanelli, Andreac

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Abstract

Purpose of review

To explore the recent advances in the use of ultrasound for lower extremity blocks, including approaches to the lumbar and sacral plexus blocks.

Recent findings

Procedures of the lower extremity often require blocks of the lumbar and sacral plexuses. The use of ultrasound offers some advantages, including the possibility to directly visualize the distribution of local anesthetics.

Summary

Lower extremity blocks under ultrasound guidance often require advanced skills because of the depth of target nerves. This review summarizes the recent advances in the use of ultrasound guidance over traditional techniques.

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