oa Southern African Journal of Anaesthesia and Analgesia - Neonatal caudal block revisited : can safety be improved? : 2006 Joint Travel Fellowship
Extracted from text ... Southern African Journal of Anaesthesia & Analgesia ? March 2006 36 TRAVEL FELLOWSHIP Introduction Ex premature infants less than 60 weeks conceptual age are at risk of apnoea following general anaesthesia. For this reason regional anaesthesia (spinal or caudal) has been advocated to reduce the incidence of apnoea following inguinal surgery in these high-risk infants. Spinal anaesthesia is technically difficult in these infants with a reported failure rate of up to 15%. Caudal block has a longer duration of action and has a higher success rate in experienced hands. However dural puncture, particularly in small infants, is a recognised ..
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