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Revista Brasileira de Anestesiologia
On-line version ISSN 1806-907X
TANAKA, Pedro Paulo and TANAKA, Maria Aparecida Almeida. Transient neurological symptoms after spinal anesthesia. Rev. Bras. Anestesiol. [online]. 2004, vol.54, n.1, pp. 108-113. ISSN 1806-907X. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0034-70942004000100015.
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Transient neurological symptoms have been described in patients submitted to spinal anesthesia without other complications, after total spinal block recovery. This study aimed at reviewing this subject. CONTENTS: Transient neurological symptoms history, incidence, possible etiologies, risk factors and treatment are presented. CONCLUSIONS: Spinal anesthesia is a very safe procedure with a low incidence of these symptoms, not justifying abandoning the technique as well as lidocaine.
Keywords : ANESTHETICS, Local [lidocaine]; ANESTHETIC TECHNIQUES; Regional [spinal block]; COMPLICATIONS [transient neurologic symptoms].