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Posterior Lumbar Plexus Block: Anatomy, Approaches, and Techniques
  1. Imad T. Awad, M.B., F.C.A.R.C.S.I. and
  2. Edel M. Duggan, M.B., F.C.A.R.C.S.I.
  1. Department of Anesthesia, Toronto Western Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  2. Department of Anesthesia and Intensive Care, St. James's Hospital, Dublin, Ireland
  1. Reprint requests: Imad T. Awad, M.B., F.C.A.R.C.S.I., Department of Anesthesia, Toronto Western Hospital, 399 Bathurst St., EC 2-046 Toronto, ON, Canada M5T 2S8. E-mail: imad1000{at}


Lumbar plexus is an effective but underused regional technique that was described nearly 3 decades ago. The original description has been modified several times based on advances in technology, localization, and imaging techniques. This review provides an overview of the history, anatomy, and techniques described to perform this block.

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