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Brown: Atlas of Regional Anesthesia, 3rd ed., Copyright © 2006 Saunders, An Imprint of Elsevier
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Chapter 29 – Superior Laryngeal Block


The superior laryngeal nerve block is useful as one of the methods that provide airway anesthesia. Block of the superior laryngeal nerve can provide anesthesia of the larynx from the epiglottis to the level of the vocal cords.

Patient Selection.

This block is appropriate for any patient requiring tracheal intubation before anesthetic induction.

Pharmacologic Choice.

Lidocaine (0.5%) is an appropriate local anesthetic for this block.

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