"Scalp block" during craniotomy: A classic technique revisited

Irene Osborn, Joseph Sebeo

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Abstract

Local anesthesia of the nerves of the scalp is referred to as "scalp block." This technique was originally introduced more than a century ago, but has undergone a modern rebirth in intraoperative and postoperative anesthetic management. Here, we review the use of "scalp block" during craniotomy with its anatomic basis, historical evolution, current technique, potential advantages, and pitfalls. We also address its current and potential future applications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)187-194
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Neurosurgical Anesthesiology
Volume22
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2010
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • craniotomy
  • infiltration
  • local anesthesia
  • scalp block
  • technique

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

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