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Lignocaine toxicity; a complication of local anaesthesia administered in the community
  1. M J Donald,
  2. S Derbyshire
  1. Department of Emergency Medicine, Manly Hospital, Sydney, Australia
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr M J Donald
 Balnakeil, 31a Strathkinness High Road, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9UA, UK;


Local anaesthetic agents are among the most commonly used drugs in the emergency department. A case is reported of a complication arising from systemic toxicity after the injection of lignocaine (lidocaine). Emergency practitioners should maintain a high level of vigilance for the symptoms of toxicity after local anaesthetic administration. Particular care should be taken when calculating the maximum safe dose for young children.

  • lidocaine
  • lignocaine
  • toxicity

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