Ultrasound-Guided Continuous Thoracic Paravertebral Block for Outpatient Acute Pain Management of Multilevel Unilateral Rib Fractures

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Murata H., Salviz E. A., Chen S., Vandepitte C., Hadzic A.

ANESTHESIA AND ANALGESIA, vol.116, no.1, pp.255-257, 2013 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 116 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Doi Number: 10.1213/ane.0b013e31826f5e25
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.255-257
  • Istanbul University Affiliated: No


A 61-year-old man with multiple unilateral rib fractures (T3-T8) gained the ability to breathe deeply and to ambulate after ultrasound-guided continuous thoracic paravertebral block and was discharged home after being observed for 15 hours after the block. The ultrasound guidance was helpful in determining the site of rib fractures and the optimal level for catheter placement. This report also discusses the management of analgesia using continuous paravertebral block in an outpatient with trauma. (Anesth Analg 2013;116:255-7)