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CASE REPORT
Year : 2017  |  Volume : 61  |  Issue : 10  |  Page : 840-842

Quadratus lumborum block for post-operative pain relief in patient with Prune belly syndrome


Department of Anaesthesia and Critical Care, Medanta - The Medicity Hospital, Gurugram, Haryana, India

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Chitra Garg
Department of Anaesthesia and Critical Care, Medanta - The Medicity Hospital, Sector - 38 Gurugram - 122 001, Haryana
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/ija.IJA_246_17

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Abdominal field blocks are commonly used as part of multimodal analgesia for post-operative pain relief in patients undergoing abdominal surgery. Conventionally, transversus abdominis plane block is used, but has the disadvantage of limited spread only to T10–T12 segments, providing only partial pain relief. The new quadratus lumborum (QL) block has the advantage of providing wider sensory block from T6 to L1 and thus has an evolving role in opioid-free anaesthesia. Opioid-induced cough depression, urinary retention, and drowsiness can be problematic in patients with Prune belly syndrome, who have deficient abdominal muscles and myriad of genitourinary problems. We report a case of a young male with Prune belly syndrome, who had a pain-free post-operative period after high inguinal orchidectomy with unilateral QL block.


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