Erector spinae plane block for inguinal hernia repair in preterm infants

Paediatr Anaesth. 2018 Mar;28(3):298-299. doi: 10.1111/pan.13325. Epub 2018 Jan 17.


Neuro-axial anesthesia has been the preferred technique for inguinal hernia repair when attempting to avoid general anesthesia in neonates and preterm infants. We present a case where an erector spinae plane block was used successfully for this surgery. Hemodynamic stability, minimal anesthetic requirements, and excellent pain control were documented. This block promises to be a valuable and safe alternative for inguinal hernia repair, accompanying the path of neuroprotective anesthesia.

Keywords: anesthesia; local anesthetics; neonate; regional.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Anesthesia, Spinal / adverse effects
  • Anesthesia, Spinal / methods*
  • Hernia, Inguinal / surgery*
  • Herniorrhaphy / methods*
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant, Premature
  • Male
  • Muscle, Skeletal
  • Nerve Block / adverse effects
  • Nerve Block / methods*