Updates on neurologic complications in pediatric regional anesthesia

Yeona Chun, Mitchell Phillips*, Santhanam Suresh

*Corresponding author for this work

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Regional anesthesia has grown in popularity as a multimodal approach to analgesia. However, some anesthesiologists are fearful of regional blocks in pediatric patients as most require general anesthesia. One of the most alarming complications is neurologic injury. While there are limited case reports regarding the devastating neurologic injuries in pediatric patients, review of large databases has shown a level of safety in pediatric regional anesthesia that is comparable to that in adult patients. This review aimed to provide an update on the relevant literature regarding neurologic complications and the safety of regional blocks in pediatric patients. These large data sets have confirmed that regional anesthesia is a useful and safe modality in pediatric patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)695-703
Number of pages9
JournalMinerva Anestesiologica
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2021


  • Adverse effects
  • Analgesia
  • Anesthesia
  • Epidural
  • Local
  • Nerve block
  • Patient safety
  • Toxicity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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