Neuraxial blockade in children

Amod Sawardekar*, Santhanam Suresh

*Corresponding author for this work

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Neuraxial anaesthesia is a valuable tool in the practice of paediatric anaesthesia. Spinal and epidural blockade are used for a variety of surgical cases as the sole anaesthetic or as an adjunct to general anaesthesia, and confer significant postoperative analgesia. Caudal epidural anaesthesia is used extensively for lower abdominal, urological, and orthopaedic procedures in the setting of outpatient surgery. Lumbar and thoracic epidural infusions via a catheter can provide analgesia for chest and upper abdominal procedures. Although there are complications associated with neuraxial anaesthesia, they can be minimized by prudent technique and careful management.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)229-231
Number of pages3
JournalAnaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2010


  • Caudal blockade
  • neuraxial blockade
  • paediatric thoracic epidural anaesthesia
  • postoperative analgesia
  • spinal anaesthesia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine
  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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