Management of severe local anesthetic toxicity

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An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure: Follow the guidelines for prevention of Local Anesthetic toxicity. Cardiac toxicity from local anesthetics is often irreversible. Prolonged circulatory arrest can cause brain damage even if resuscitation is successful. Some authors recommend the use of Intralipid infusion at the first sign of cardiovascular toxicity -rather than waiting for cardiac arrest. Selection of local anesthetic type, concentration and dose must be made on an individual basis after considering patient factors. Constant vigilance, early detection and treatment are key.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)74-79
Number of pages6
JournalUpdate in Anaesthesia
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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