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Phrenic Nerve Block Associated with Interscalene Brachial Plexus Block
  1. Stephen B. Schuster, MD,
  2. Enid R. Kafer, MD, FRACP, FFARCS and
  3. Stanley Mandel, MD
  1. From the Departments of Anesthesiology, Physiology, and Surgery, School of Medicine, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Abstract

A case is described in which unilateral phrenic nerve blockade associated with an interscalene brachial plexus block resulted in severe respiratory distress and cancellation of surgery.

  • Analgesia
  • Arm surgery
  • Interscalene brachial plexus block
  • Phrenic nerve
  • Complications
  • respiratory insufficiency

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Footnotes

  • Address reprint requests to Dr. Kafer: 225 Burnett‐Womack Bldg. 229H, School of Medicine, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC 27514.

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