Identification of the lumbar intervertebral level using ultrasound imaging in a post-laminectomy patient

Masanori Yamauchi, Eiji Honma, Mitsuko Mimura, Hiroki Yamamoto, Emi Takahashi, Akiyoshi Namiki

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Abstract

A spinal block was performed in a post-laminectomy patient, using both ultrasound imaging and X-ray imaging. Ultrasound imaging clearly identified the L3/4 intervertebral level, the spinal canal, the corpus vertebrae, and the dura mater. Using ultrasound imaging, we measured the distance from the skin surface to the dura mater (39mm). A 25-G needle for the spinal block was accurately advanced into the spinal canal with the use of X-ray imaging (43mm from the skin to the subarachnoid space). We report here that ultrasound imaging was useful for performing a spinal block in a post-laminectomy patient in whom there was anatomical change around the spine.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)231-233
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Anesthesia
Volume20
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Aug 1
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • FF bypass
  • Laminectomy
  • Spinal block
  • Ultrasound
  • X-ray

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

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