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Notifiable diseases
Complication following a brachial plexus block
  1. Patrick Ridge
  1. Ridge Referrals, Jubilee Barn, Dawlish Water, Dawlish, Devon
    EX7 0QW
  1. e-mail: surgery{at}

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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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