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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 18  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 86-88

Hoarseness of voice after supraclavicular ultrasound-guided subclavian perivascular brachial plexus block

Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care, Jaipur Golden Hospital, New Delhi, India

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Dr. Monika Gupta
Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care, Jaipur Golden Hospital, New Delhi - 110 085
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DOI: 10.4103/TheIAForum.TheIAForum_16_17

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Supraclavicular brachial plexus nerve block is ideal for surgical procedures at or distal to the elbow. Ultrasound (USG) continues to grow in popularity as a method of nerve localization, and for the supraclavicular block, it has the advantage of allowing real-time visualization of the plexus, pleura, and vessels along with the needle and local anesthetic spread, but it may conversely create a false sense of security. The incidence of the recurrent laryngeal nerve (RLN) block occurring with supraclavicular approach is 1.3% of patients.[10] Incidence of RLN block with USG-guided supraclavicular block is not known. In this case report, we discuss a rare complication of RLN block which occurred while performing a supraclavicular perivascular block performed under USG guidance.

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