Nerve block: Auricular

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Background

  • External ear innervated by four sensory nerves
    • Greater auricular nerve
    • Lesser occipital nerve
    • Auricular branch of vagus nerve
    • Auriculotemporal nerve
  • Provides anesthesia to the entire ear without distorting anatomy

Indications

  • Repair of lacerations
  • I+D of hematoma or abscess, or other painful procedures involving the external ear