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Local anaesthetics for the GP

Local anaesthetics are used to provide a reversible loss of sensation in a limited area of skin, allowing cutaneous surgery to be performed with minimal risk and discomfort to the patient. Local anaesthetics act by preventing the initiation and propagation of the nerve action potential. This article describes the essential practical aspects of local anaesthetics used in cutaneous surgery.
Dermatology in practice 2006; 13(5): 14–18
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