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Severe cast burn after bunionectomy in a patient who received peripheral nerve blocks for postoperative analgesia

Authors Boyle P, Badal J, Boeve J

Published 11 March 2011 Volume 2011:4 Pages 11—13


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Patrick K Boyle, John J Badal, Joelle W Boeve
Department of Anesthesiology, Arizona Health Sciences Center, Tucson, AZ, USA

Abstract: Although regional anesthesia offers advantages for intraoperative and postoperative pain relief, it is not possible without complications. A case of a significant burn injury after splint placement is described after a peripheral nerve block was performed for postoperative pain management. It is our hope that this case alerts physicians and others involved in the management of postoperative patients to the challenges of managing a blocked extremity after thermal cast placement and offers solutions that can be standardized.

Keywords: Peripheral nerve block, cast burn, postoperative complication

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