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I AM writing to report a complication following administration of a brachial plexus block in a dobermann, so that colleagues are aware of the potential for complication and to ask whether others have experienced the same.
The patient was a seven-year-old, female, spayed dobermann, admitted for a left pancarpal arthrodesis (PCA). Apart from bilateral carpal varus for which it was being treated, the patient was otherwise fit and well, and a previous buccal bleeding time was within a normal range.
Under general anaesthesia, the patient was aseptically prepared for surgery including a brachial plexus block, which was administered routinely using a 3.5 inch, 20 gauge spinal needle as described by Grint (2013) …
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