Ultrasound-guided suprascapular nerve block, description of a novel supraclavicular approach

Siegenthaler, Andreas; Moriggl, Bernhard; Mlekusch, Sabine; Schliessbach, Juerg; Haug, Matthias; Curatolo, Michele; Eichenberger, Urs (2012). Ultrasound-guided suprascapular nerve block, description of a novel supraclavicular approach. Regional anesthesia and pain medicine, 37(3), pp. 325-8. Hagerstown, Md.: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins 10.1097/AAP.0b013e3182409168

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The suprascapular nerve (SSN) block is frequently performed for different shoulder pain conditions and for perioperative and postoperative pain control after shoulder surgery. Blind and image-guided techniques have been described, all of which target the nerve within the supraspinous fossa or at the suprascapular notch. This classic target point is not always ideal when ultrasound (US) is used because it is located deep under the muscles, and hence the nerve is not always visible. Blocking the nerve in the supraclavicular region, where it passes underneath the omohyoid muscle, could be an attractive alternative.

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04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Intensive Care, Emergency Medicine and Anaesthesiology (DINA) > Clinic and Policlinic for Anaesthesiology and Pain Therapy

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Siegenthaler, Andreas; Mlekusch, Sabine and Curatolo, Michele




Lippincott Williams & Wilkins




Jeannie Wurz

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04 Oct 2013 14:33

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23 Jan 2018 12:16

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https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/12990 (FactScience: 219490)

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