Regional Anesthesia With Noninvasive Ventilation for Shoulder Surgery in a Patient With Severe Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: A Case Report

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Abstract

Interscalene block (ISB) impairs ipsilateral lung function and generally is not used for patients with respiratory insufficiency. We present a 49-year-old man with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease scheduled for shoulder surgery. He was given a regional technique with an ISB (short-acting local anesthetic to minimize duration of diaphragmatic dysfunction) and suprascapular and axillary nerves blocks (long-acting local anesthetic). He was supported with noninvasive ventilation during the time of hemidiaphragmatic paralysis as documented by serial ultrasound examination. A discussion about ISB and its alternatives (general anesthesia versus brachial plexus block versus selective peripheral nerve blocks) always should occur for patients at risk for pulmonary complications.

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