Regional anesthesia in neonates and infants

Adrian Bosenberg, Randall P. Flick

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Optimal pain management can significantly impact the surgical outcome and length of stay in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Regional anesthesia is an effective alternative that can be used in both term and preterm neonates. A variety of neuraxial and peripheral nerve blocks have been used for specific surgical and NICU procedures. Ultrasound guidance has increased the feasibility of using these techniques in neonates. Education and training staff in the use of continuous epidural infusions are important prerequisites for successful implementation of regional anesthesia in NICU management protocols.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)525-538
Number of pages14
JournalClinics in Perinatology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2013


  • Brachial plexus blockade
  • Caudal block
  • Epidural anesthesia
  • Femoral nerve blockade
  • Neonatal care
  • Regional anesthesia
  • Sciatic nerve blockade
  • Ultrasound

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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