Use of ultrasound-guided supraclavicular brachial plexus block as an anesthesia technique in a patient with neurofibromatosis type 1: A case report

Agri. 2018 Apr;30(2):93-96. doi: 10.5505/agri.2016.36744.


Neurofibromatosis type 1 is an autosomal dominant condition characterized by cutaneous and/or plexiform neurofibromas and hyperpigmented café-au-lait spots. It affects multiple endocrine and visceral organs and can be associated with several difficulties such as potential airway (ventilation/intubation) problems, abnormal spinal anatomy, and peripheral neurofibromas. Therefore, anesthesia technique selection becomes more of an issue in terms of avoiding complications and decreasing morbidity and mortality. In the present case, we describe the use of ultrasound and the successful performance of supraclavicular brachial plexus block for surgery on the arm and forearm in a patient with neurofibromatosis type 1.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Arm
  • Brachial Plexus Block*
  • Cafe-au-Lait Spots / surgery*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Neurofibroma / surgery*
  • Neurofibromatosis 1*
  • Pain, Postoperative / prevention & control*
  • Skin Neoplasms / surgery*
  • Ultrasonography, Interventional
  • Young Adult