Spinal anesthesia in infants

Alexander Paloma, Tetsu Uejima, Santhanam Suresh*

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Spinal anesthesia, although uncommonly performed in infants and children, may have a role in the premature infant predisposed to postoperative apnea and bradycardia. The duration of surgical anesthesia is often limited, which leads to the necessity of adjuvant anesthetics. This article will describe the anatomy and physiology of the subarachnoid space of infants and children as well as discuss the technique of performing a subarachnoid block in this population. Judicious dosing and use of local anesthetics and potential adverse effects of this technique are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)255-259
Number of pages5
JournalTechniques in Regional Anesthesia and Pain Management
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1 2007


  • Children
  • Premature infant
  • Spinal anesthesia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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