Trunk Block: Transversus Abdominis Plane Blocks

Jacob Hutchins, Brian Vaughan

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TAP blocks provide incisional analgesia for the abdominal wall and are indicated for procedures with midline or near midline abdominal incisions. Injection occurs in the plane between abdominal muscles depending on the type of block performed. Risks include toxicity, infection, and injury to visceral structures. TAP blocks provide similar analgesia with less risk and side effects when compared to epidural analgesia. Similar to other compartment blocks, TAP blocks are volume dependent and require bilateral injections if the incision is midline.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAnesthesiology In-Training Exam Review
Subtitle of host publicationRegional Anesthesia and Chronic Pain
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9783030872663
ISBN (Print)9783030872656
StatePublished - Jan 1 2022

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  • Acute pain
  • Interfascial plane
  • Regional anesthesia
  • Transversus abdominis plane
  • Ultrasound guidance


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