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Difficult Insertion of Interscalene Brachial Plexus Catheter

Klein, Stephen M. MD; Greengrass, Roy A. MD; Nielsen, Karen MD; Steele, Susan M. MD

doi: 10.1097/00000539-200104000-00057
Letters To The Editor: Letters & Announcements

Department of Anesthesiology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC

In Response:

We thank Dr. Singelyn for pointing out the incorrect reference in our manuscript (1). The reader should refer rather to Table 4 of their article citing technical difficulties (2). This reference is not made to impugn one technique or draw a direct comparison between the equipment, as this was not the focus of the article or intention. Rather, our goal is to draw attention to the fact that improved equipment is still needed for this application.

Stephen M. Klein, MD

Roy A. Greengrass, MD

Karen Nielsen, MD

Susan M. Steele, MD

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1. Klein SM, Grant SA, Greengrass RA, et al. Interscalene brachial plexus block with a continuous catheter insertion system and a disposable infusion pump. Anesth Analg 2000; 91: 1473–8.
2. Singelyn FJ, Seguy S, Gouverneur JM. Interscalene brachial plexus analgesia after open shoulder surgery: continuous versus patient-controlled infusion. Anesth Analg 1999; 89: 1216–20.
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