Ultrasonographic study of the spread of local anaesthetic during axillary brachial plexus block

Br J Anaesth. 1989 Sep;63(3):326-9. doi: 10.1093/bja/63.3.326.


Ultrasonography has been used to demonstrate the anatomy of the axilla, to confirm the placement of a cannula and to visualize the spread of a local anaesthetic solution in the axillary sheath of 10 patients (aged 17-70 yr) for surgery of the forearm and hand. The block was successful in all subjects.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Axilla / anatomy & histology*
  • Brachial Plexus*
  • Humans
  • Lidocaine / pharmacokinetics*
  • Middle Aged
  • Nerve Block*
  • Ultrasonography*


  • Lidocaine