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Interfascial Plane Blocks

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Elsharkawy, H.; Pawa, A.; Mariano, E.R.

doi: 10.1097/01.aoa.0000552928.96744.71
Anesthesia and Analgesia: Postoperative Analgesia
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(Reg Anesth Pain Med. 2018;43:341–346)

Interfascial plane blocks have been a rapidly growing set of regional anesthesia techniques since the introduction of ultrasound use. The first interfascial plane block was the transversus abdominus plane block and the number of blocks has increased with varied locations. There are uncertainties around newer interfascial plane blocks, including the exact targets of the blocks and their role in safe opioid-free pain management. This article aimed to clarify the function and anatomy of the fascia, explain the uses and limitations of the interfascial plane blocks and clarify their role in a contemporary clinical context.

Staff Departments of General Anesthesia and Pain Management, Outcomes Research, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH

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