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Ultrasonographic guided block of the median nerve

Abstract

Median nerve anaesthesia is sometimes indicated in the diagnosis of forelimb lameness in the horse in conjunction with the ulnar nerve block, but the localisation of the nerve to perform a precise deposition of the anaesthetic solution around and close to the nerve is difficult to achieve using the conventional blind technique. The objectives of this paper are to describe the ultrasonographic anatomy of the median nerve and the technique for performing an ultrasound-guided anaesthetic block of the nerve. The median nerve is imaged using a microconvex (or linear) probe in transverse section performed proximally to the chestnut on the medial aspect of the forearm. Distribution of the anaesthetic solution around the nerve is done by initially inserting the needle caudally and then cranially to the nerve and injecting 4-6 mL at each site. Control of the needle penetration avoids erroneous intravascular or intramuscular injections or sudden horse reaction. Ultrasound-guided injection has the potential to safely and accurately block the median nerve.
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hal-03988952 , version 1 (14-02-2023)

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A. Beaumont, L. Bertoni, Jean-Marie Denoix. Ultrasonographic guided block of the median nerve. Equine Veterinary Education, 2021, 33 (4), pp.208-214. ⟨10.1111/eve.13287⟩. ⟨hal-03988952⟩

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