Anesthesiology/nerve blocks

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What would happen if lidocaine was injected directly into a nerve? And is anesthesia occur only distal to the injection site.

Answer
There is some recent evidence that suggests that injecting into the eve is common does not result in nerve damage.   However, an injection directly into the nerve can cause severe nerve damage if the injection disrupts the nerve fascicles.

All nerve injections with local anesthetic a result in anesthesia distal to the injection site.

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Rex Russell

Expertise

Any question dealing with general anesthesia issues. With particular emphasis on regional anesthesia.

Experience

I am a board certified anesthesiologist, graduated from residency in 2004 from Johns Hopkins Hospital. I have since worked as an anesthesiologist first in the Air Force for three years and then most recently in Texas in Private Practice.

Organizations
Texas Medical Association Texas society of Anesthesiologists American Society of Anesthesiologists

Education/Credentials
BS, BYU MD, U of Texas, Galveston Intern-St. Joe's Hospital, Phx, AZ Internal Medicine Residency-Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD

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