What is the role of anesthesia in the reduction of a radial head subluxation?

Updated: Apr 08, 2020
  • Author: Gretchen S Lent, MD; Chief Editor: Erik D Schraga, MD  more...
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Reduction of a radial head subluxation is generally a quick and easy procedure that requires no anesthesia. Acetaminophen or ibuprofen may be given to a child for pain relief. In special situations, procedural sedation may be used; however, in routine reductions, the risks of sedation usually outweigh the benefits.


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