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

Authors Patrick K Boyle, John J Badal, Joelle W Boeve

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

DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.2147/LRA.S14073

Published 11 March 2011

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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