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Indian Journal of Clinical Anaesthesia

Immediate Onset Pneumothorax after Classical Approach to Supraclavicular Brachial Plexus Block- A Case Report

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Author Details: Umar Qadir Bacha, Hina Bashir, Rafia Hassan, Khawer Muneer, Masarat Ara

Volume : 2

Issue : 3

Online ISSN : 2394-4994

Print ISSN : 2394-4781

Article First Page : 184

Article End Page : 187


Pneumothorax is the commonest complication of brachial plexus block using the supraclavicular approach. The onset of pneumothorax is usually delayed. In this case, we report the immediate onset of pneumothorax after an attempted supraclavicular block using the ‘Classical’ technique. This report highlights the importance of maintaining a high index of suspicion of pneumothorax even in the immediate post block period.

Keywords: brachial plexus, supraclavicular block, pneumothorax