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Could lidocaine cause permanent nerve damage?

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Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry 22 years experience
Unlikely: The needle form the injection can cause temporary or permanent damage, but that is not very common.
Dr. Dave Burns
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Unlikely: The anesthetic will wear off and normal sensation will return in a few hours. Sometimes the nerve can be nicked during administrating the Lidocaine however rare.
Dr. Karen Sibert
Anesthesiology 39 years experience
Rare but possible: Lidocaine is one type of local anesthetic or "numbing medicine". It is used for numbing skin, in nerve blocks, and in epidurals. It should not be directly injected into a large nerve because the nerve could be damaged. This is why ultrasound is often used to place nerve blocks, so that the local anesthetic is injected near, not in, the nerve.

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A 38-year-old member asked:

How permanent can nerve damage be?

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Dr. Ronald Krauser
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Very permanent: Your question is not open to an answer because you offer no specifics. What nerve? How severe is the involvement?
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A 32-year-old female asked:

Why TMJ can cause nerve damage?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Not so: TMJ may cause nerve damage but that is not a usual manifestation of this disorder. Surgery for TMJ can result in nerve injury.

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