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A Journal on Dentistry and Maxillofacial Surgery

Official Journal of the Italian Society of Odontostomatology and Maxillofacial Surgery
Indexed/Abstracted in: CAB, EMBASE, Index to Dental Literature, PubMed/MEDLINE, Scopus, Emerging Sources Citation Index

Frequency: Bi-Monthly

ISSN 0926-4970

Online ISSN 1827-174X


Minerva Stomatologica 2012 July-August;61(7-8):337-40


Local anesthesia needle breakage in a 5-year-old child during inferior alveolar nerve block with the Vazirani-Akinosi technique

Bacci C. 1, Mariuzzi M. L. 2, Ghirotto C. 3, Fusetti S. 3

1 Unit of Oral Surgery, Department of Neurosciences, University of Padua, Padua, Italy;
2 Unit of Pediatric Dentistry, Department of Medical-Surgical Specialities, University of Padua, Padua, Italy;
3 Unit of Pediatric Maxillofacial Surgery Department of Neurosciences, University of Padua, Padua, Italy

Breakage of a local anesthetic needle in dentistry is a rare but potentially serious event.
Here we describe a case of breakage of a hypodermic needle during administration of local anesthesia with a Vazirani-Akinosi mandibular nerve block in a 5-year-old uncooperative patient under moderate sedation with midazolam. The needle was localized using a fluoroscopy device and then removed under general anaesthesia. The postoperative course was unremarkable, without any neurological or vascular deficits

language: English, Italian


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