Spinal anaesthesia in paediatric patients

Franco Puncuh, Elisabetta Lampugnani, Hannu Kokki

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Purpose of review: Spinal anaesthesia has seldom been employed in paediatric patieint. Its use has been suggested mainly in former preterm-newborns and infant whore known to be exposed to high perioperative apnoea risk. There is currently some evidence that spinal anesthesia could be considered as an equal alternative to general anaesthesia as it is in adults. Recent findings: New drugs and adjuvants recently introduced in clinical practice, more-detailed khowledge of spead anaesthetic modalities and larger databases, now available, could today make paediatric spinal anaesthesia a more suitable technique for many anaesthetists. Summary: We will review recent literature focusing the latest techniques, drugs, dosages, and complications in, order to define the lemits and advantages of employing spinal anaesthesia in all paediatric ages, in routine and emergency sugery.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)299-305
Number of pages7
JournalCurrent Opinion in Anaesthesiology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2005


  • Anaesthesia
  • Children
  • Complications
  • Post-dural puncture headache
  • Regional
  • Spinal

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

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