Peripheral nerve injuries associated with anaesthesia

Anaesthesia. 2000 Oct;55(10):980-91. doi: 10.1046/j.1365-2044.2000.01614.x.


Peripheral nerve injuries can occur at any time during the peri-operative period. The long-term disability that results may have serious consequences for a patient. The incidence of peri-operative nerve injuries can be reduced by anaesthetists being aware of their causes and pathophysiology. This review article aims to explain the incidence, pathophysiology and medicolegal implications of peri-operative nerve injury and provides suggestions as to how they may best be avoided.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Anesthesia / adverse effects*
  • Electromyography
  • Humans
  • Malpractice / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Neural Conduction / physiology
  • Peripheral Nerve Injuries*
  • Postoperative Complications* / prevention & control
  • Risk Factors