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Keywords:

  • Anaesthetic techniques: general, spinal, psoas block;
  • Analgesics local: cinchocaine, mepivacaine;
  • Surgery: orthopaedic

Summary

Sixty patients with fractured neck of femur and scheduled for surgical correction were randomly allocated to receive one of three anaesthetic techniques: general anaesthesia; spinal analgesia; psoas compartment block. The patients in the local anaesthetic groups also received a light general anaesthetic. There was little difference in the pre-, intra- and postoperative events, and no difference in postoperative mortality.