Head and neck blocks in children: An anatomical and procedural review

Santhanam Suresh*, Polina Voronov

*Corresponding author for this work

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Children undergo a variety of neurosurgical, otorhinolaryngology and plastic surgery procedures to the head and neck. Although opioids are utilized for pain control, they are associated with adverse side effects including postoperative nausea and vomiting, respiratory depression, somnolence and itching. The utilization of peripheral nerve blocks provides analgesia while reducing the need for opioids. This review will provide a summary of a variety of commonly used head and neck nerve blocks in children with a brief anatomical and technical summary.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)910-918
Number of pages9
JournalPaediatric Anaesthesia
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1 2006


  • Bupivacaine
  • Cervical plexus
  • Head
  • Neck
  • Pediatrics
  • Regional anesthesia
  • Trigeminal nerve

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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