Erector spinae plane block in the pediatric population: a case series


Erector spinae plane block; paravertebral block; pediatric population

Published online: Apr 20 2022

J. B. GlIssenaar (*), J. M. K. de FIlette (**), T. Opsomer (*), D. Vanhonacker (*), J. Poelaert (*)

(*) Department of Anesthesiology, Universitair Ziekenhuis Brussel, B-1090 Brussels
(**) Department of Endocrinology, Universitair Ziekenhuis Brussel, B-1090 Brussels


The erector spinae plane block (ESPB) is a novel locoregional block where local anesthetic is injected between the erector spinae muscle and the underlying transverse process. Due to the novelty of this technique, only few reports of ESPB in the pediatric population currently exist. We report three pediatric patients who successfully received a (continuous) ESP- block for peri- and postoperative pain during thoraco- scopy and -tomy. The block itself is easy to learn and has fewer complications than a thoracal epidural catheter. A randomized controlled trial is needed to verify our findings.