Ultrasound-guided greater auricular nerve block for surgical anesthesia of the external ear

Agri. 2024 Jan;36(1):75-76. doi: 10.14744/agri.2022.93798.


The Greater Auricular Nerve (GAN), a branch of the cervical plexus, is used to provide anesthesia or pain relief in the ear and neck region. This case report details the use of a GAN block in a 71-year-old male patient with basal cell carcinoma on his right auricular helix. Due to multiple comorbidities (myocardial infarction resulting in a cardiac stent, hypertension), regional anesthesia was preferred. We aim to share our experience with the GAN block for ear surgery.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Anesthesia, Conduction*
  • Ear, External / innervation
  • Ear, External / surgery
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Nerve Block*
  • Ultrasonography
  • Ultrasonography, Interventional / methods