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Respiratory Arrest After Brachial Plexus Block
  1. A. R. Marsland, FFARACS
  1. From the Department of Anaesthetics, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Woolloongabba, Brisbane, Australia
  1. Address reprint requests to Dr. Marsland: Staff Specialist, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Ipswich Road, Woolloongabba, Brisbane 4102, Australia.


A case is described of respiratory arrest preceded by an altered state of consciousness after brachial plexus block with lidocaine and epinephrine by the subclavian perivascular approach. Possible mechanisms for these two phenomena are discussed.

  • Brachial plexus block
  • complications
  • altered consciousness
  • respiratory arrest
  • Case report

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