Southern African Journal of Anaesthesia and Analgesia

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Unexpected sneezing after a peribulbar injection in a patient for elective cataract surgery

T Bansal, R Jaiswal, S Hooda


Sneezing or the sternutatory reflex, inborn in most animals, is a primitive neuromuscular physiological response to irritation. Sometimes, unusual sneezing occurs during and immediately after a peribulbar block, which is generally performed with a local anaesthetic in awake patients. We present a case report of an awake elderly male who experienced unexpected continuous sneezing immediately after the removal of the needle used for the peribulbar block, which was subsequently relieved with pheniramine maleate.

Keywords: peribulbar block, pheniramine maleate, sneezing
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