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Low Concentration Epidural Anesthesia Combined with Transversus Abdominis Plane Block -- A Case Report in A High-risk Colostomy Operation

  • Tzu-Chun Wang1
  • Chia-Hsiang Huang1

1Department of Anesthesiology, Taitung Mackay memorial hospital, Taitung, Taiwan

DOI: 10.22514/sv.2020.16.0061 Vol.17,Issue 1,January 2021 pp.205-208

Published: 08 January 2021

*Corresponding Author(s): Tzu-Chun Wang E-mail:


We report a high-risk cachexia patient receiving special regional anesthesia in a colostomy operation. Because of multiple underlying diseases and severe malnutrition status, we combined epidural anesthesia (EA) with transversus abdominis plane (TAP) block. Low concentration EA (Lidocaine 1% as test dose and rescue dose; Bupivacaine 0.2% as loading and maintenance dose) aimed for visceral pain; subcostal TAP block (Bupivacaine 0.25%) focused on the skin incision. The colostomy was done completely without any complication. Our case showed that low concentration EA combined with TAP block provided stable and sufficient anesthesia and could be a sole anesthesia technique in a colostomy.


Epidural anesthesia, Truncal blocks, Transversus abdominis plane block, Critical Care

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Tzu-Chun Wang,Chia-Hsiang Huang. Low Concentration Epidural Anesthesia Combined with Transversus Abdominis Plane Block -- A Case Report in A High-risk Colostomy Operation. Signa Vitae. 2021. 17(1);205-208.


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