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Metaxia Bareka, Michael Hantes, Eleni Arnaoutoglou, George Vretzakis
PURPOSE: The purpose of this randomized controlled study is to compare and evaluate the intraoperative and post-operative outcome of PLPS nerve block and that of femoral, obturator and sciatic (FOS) nerve block as a method of anaesthesia, in performing ACL reconstruction. METHODS: Patients referred for elective arthroscopic ACL reconstruction using hamstring autograft were divided in two groups. The first group received combined femoral-obturator-sciatic nerve block (FOS Group) under dual guidance, whereas the second group received posterior lumbar plexus block under neurostimulation and sciatic nerve block (PLPS Group) under dual guidance...
March 18, 2017: Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy: Official Journal of the ESSKA
Brian M Ilfeld, Christopher A Gilmore, Stuart A Grant, Michael P Bolognesi, Daniel J Del Gaizo, Amorn Wongsarnpigoon, Joseph W Boggs
BACKGROUND: Peripheral nerve stimulation has been used for decades to treat chronic pain but has not been used for postoperative analgesia due to multiple limitations, beginning with invasive electrode placement. With the development of small-diameter/gauge leads enabling percutaneous insertion, ultrasound guidance for accurate introduction, and stimulators small enough to be adhered to the skin, neurostimulation may now be provided in a similar manner to continuous peripheral nerve blocks...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research
Dolores Rodrigo, Pilar Acin, Pedro Bermejo
BACKGROUND: Refractory chronic migraine affects approximately 4% of the population worldwide and results in severe pain, lifestyle limitations, and decreased quality of life. Occipital nerve stimulation (ONS) refers to the electric stimulation of the distal branches of greater and lesser occipital nerves; the surgical technique has previously been described and has demonstrated efficacy in the treatment of a wide variety of headache disorders. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study is to evaluate the long-term efficacy and tolerability of ONS for medically intractable chronic migraine...
January 2017: Pain Physician
M Ansó, L Veiga-Gil, J De Carlos, A Hualde, J Pérez-Cajaraville
We report the anesthetic management of a 16-year-old woman with Fowler's syndrome who became pregnant three years after sacral neuromodulation was initiated for treatment of the condition. Multidisciplinary consensus was to switch off the neurostimulator during pregnancy, and attempt vaginal delivery with a neuraxial block. When the patient was admitted for labor, an epidural catheter was placed successfully. The patient had a normal vaginal delivery. Sacral neuromodulation was restarted uneventfully in the early puerperium and the Fowler's syndrome remains well controlled...
December 5, 2016: International Journal of Obstetric Anesthesia
Berenice Carolina Hernández-Porras, Ricardo Plancarte-Sánchez, Silvia Alarcón-Barrios, Marcela Sámano-García
BACKGROUND: Complex regional pain syndrome is characterized by spontaneous or induced pain disproportionate in relation to the initial event and is accompanied by a variety of regional and motor disturbances, leading to a variety of clinical presentations. It is often associated with surgery and minor trauma. PATHOPHYSIOLOGY: Three mechanisms are postulated: changes secondary to post traumatic inflammation, peripheral vasomotor dysfunction and structural and functional changes of the central nervous system as a result of maladaptation...
December 19, 2016: Cirugia y Cirujanos
Shaylyn H Montgomery, Colleen M Shamji, Grace S Yi, Cynthia H Yarnold, Stephen J Head, Scott C Bell, Stephan K W Schwarz
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Ultrasound-guided subsartorial saphenous nerve block is commonly used to provide complete surgical anesthesia of the foot and ankle in combination with a popliteal sciatic nerve block. However, in part owing to its small caliber and absence of a prominent vascular landmark in the subsartorial plane distal to the adductor canal, the saphenous nerve is more difficult to reliably block than the sciatic nerve in the popliteal fossa. Although the saphenous nerve is a sensory nerve only, neurostimulation can be used to elicit a "tapping" sensation on the anteromedial aspect of the lower leg extending toward the medial malleolus...
January 2017: Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine
Brian M Ilfeld, Stuart A Grant
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 2016: Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine
Ki Jinn Chin, Javier E Cubillos, Husni Alakkad
BACKGROUND: Regional anaesthesia comprising axillary block of the brachial plexus is a common anaesthetic technique for distal upper limb surgery. This is an update of a review first published in 2006 and previously updated in 2011 and 2013. OBJECTIVES: To compare the relative effects (benefits and harms) of three injection techniques (single, double and multiple) of axillary block of the brachial plexus for distal upper extremity surgery. We considered these effects primarily in terms of anaesthetic effectiveness; the complication rate (neurological and vascular); and pain and discomfort caused by performance of the block...
September 2, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Serbülent Gökhan Beyaz, Hande Özocak, Tolga Ergönenç, Ali Fuat Erdem, Onur Palabıyık
Thoracic paravertebral block (TPVB) can be performed with or without general anaesthesia for various surgical procedures. TPVB is a popular anaesthetic technique due to its low side effect profile and high analgesic potency. We used 20 mL of 0.5% levobupivacaine for a single injection of unilateral TPVB at the T7 level with neurostimulator in a 63 year old patient with co-morbid disease who underwent cholecystectomy. Following the application patient lost consciousness, and was intubated. Haemodynamic instability was normalised with rapid volume replacement and vasopressors...
February 2014: Turkish Journal of Anaesthesiology and Reanimation
Huaijiang Wang, Liandi Li, Chengshi Xu, Xiangdong Qu, Zhijun Qu, Geng Wang
PURPOSE: This study was designed to investigate the risk of local anesthetic toxicity and efficacy of simultaneous bilateral axillary brachial plexus block performed under the guidance of ultrasound or a neurostimulator. METHODS: One hundred and twenty patients who were anesthetized with bilateral axillary plexus block simultaneously between February 2012 and March 2014 were enrolled in the study. The patients were anesthetized under the guidance of a neurostimulator (group N, n = 60) or ultrasound (group U, n = 60)...
August 2016: Journal of Anesthesia
Diana Chieira, Luis Conceição, Edgar Semedo, Valentina Almeida
Osler-Weber-Rendu syndrome, or hereditary haemorrhagic telangiectasia (HHT), is an autosomal dominant vascular dysplasia characterised by mucocutaneous telangiectases and arteriovenous malformations (AVMs). Diagnosis is clinical and treatment is supportive. The authors demonstrate a safe anaesthetic approach for a patient with HHT. A 53-year-old woman with a left trochanteric fracture was scheduled for urgent orthopaedic surgery. She was diagnosed as having HHT and presented with recurrent epistaxis, telangiectases and gastrointestinal AVMs...
April 28, 2016: BMJ Case Reports
Anatoli Stav, Leonid Reytman, Michael-Yohay Stav, Isaak Portnoy, Alexander Kantarovsky, Offer Galili, Shmuel Luboshitz, Roger Sevi, Ahud Sternberg
OBJECTIVE: We hypothesized that ultrasound (US)-guided technique of the supra- and infraclavicular and axillary approaches of brachial plexus block (BPB) will produce a high quality of surgical anesthesia for operations below the shoulder independently of the approach and body mass index (BMI). Intercostobrachial and medial brachial cutaneous nerves will be blocked separately because they are not a part of the brachial plexus. METHODS: This is a prospective randomized observer-blinded study...
April 19, 2016: Rambam Maimonides Medical Journal
De Q H Tran, Tom C R V Van Zundert, Julian Aliste, Phatthanaphol Engsusophon, Roderick J Finlayson
In teaching centers, primary failure of thoracic epidural analgesia can be due to multiple etiologies. In addition to the difficult anatomy of the thoracic spine, the conventional end point-loss-of-resistance-lacks specificity. Furthermore, insufficient training compounds the problem: learning curves are nonexistent, pedagogical requirements are often inadequate, supervisors may be inexperienced, and exposure during residency is decreasing. Any viable solution needs to be multifaceted. Learning curves should be explored to determine the minimal number of blocks required for proficiency...
May 2016: Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine
Anna Ambrosini, Jean Schoenen
BACKGROUND: In many patients suffering from primary headaches, the available pharmacological and behavioural treatments are not satisfactory. This is a review of (minimally) invasive interventions targeting pericranial nerves that could be effective in refractory patients. METHODS: The interventions we will cover have in common pericranial nerves as targets, but are distinct according to their rationale, modality and invasiveness. They range from nerve blocks/infiltrations to the percutaneous implantation of neurostimulators and surgical decompression procedures...
March 22, 2016: Cephalalgia: An International Journal of Headache
Adam Wallace, Elaine Wirrell, Daniel L Kenney-Jung
Dravet syndrome (DS) is an intractable pediatric epilepsy syndrome, starting in early childhood. This disorder typically manifests with febrile status epilepticus, and progresses to a multifocal epilepsy with febrile and non-febrile seizures with encephalopathy. Most cases are due to a mutation in the SCN1A gene. This article reviews treatments for DS, with an emphasis on pharmacotherapy. While many medications are used in treating the seizures associated with DS, these patients typically have medically refractory epilepsy, and polytherapy is often required...
June 2016: Paediatric Drugs
Paolo Martelletti, Maria Adele Giamberardino, Dimos-Dimitrios Mitsikostas
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
August 2016: Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics
Erkan Kurt, Tess van Eijk, Dylan Henssen, Inge Arnts, Monique Steegers
Chronic intractable shoulder pain (CISP) is defined as shoulder pain which is present for longer than 6 months and does not respond to standard treatments like medication, physical therapy, rehabilitation, selective nerve blocks and local infiltrations, or orthopedic procedures. The etiology of CISP may be very diverse, varying from many orthopedic conditions to non-orthopedic conditions. The fact that the suprascapular nerve is one of the most important nerves supplying the shoulder region makes this nerve an interesting target in treating patients suffering shoulder pain...
January 2016: Pain Physician
Lisa K Mouzi, Olivia Adams, Germaine Cuff, Elaan Lukasiewicz, Elise Champeil, Arthur Atchabahian
OBJECTIVE: Our aim was to establish a plasma concentration curve for ropivacaine following femoral nerve blockade and to ascertain whether the resulting plasma concentrations differ significantly depending on whether neurostimulation (NS) or ultrasound (US) guidance was used. METHODS: Sixteen male and female subjects aged 18 to 80 who were scheduled to undergo unilateral total knee replacement or anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction under general or spinal anaesthesia, and for whom a femoral nerve block was indicated for postoperative analgesia, were enrolled in this prospective, randomised study...
February 2016: Anaesthesia, Critical Care & Pain Medicine
Matthew S Robbins, Carrie E Robertson, Eugene Kaplan, Jessica Ailani, Larry Charleston, Deena Kuruvilla, Andrew Blumenfeld, Randall Berliner, Noah L Rosen, Robert Duarte, Jaskiran Vidwan, Rashmi B Halker, Nicole Gill, Avi Ashkenazi
The sphenopalatine ganglion (SPG) has attracted the interest of practitioners treating head and face pain for over a century because of its anatomical connections and role in the trigemino-autonomic reflex. In this review, we discuss the anatomy of the SPG, as well as what is known about its role in the pathophysiology of headache disorders, including cluster headache and migraine. We then address various therapies that target the SPG, including intranasal medication delivery, new SPG blocking catheter devices, neurostimulation, chemical neurolysis, and ablation procedures...
February 2016: Headache
Heather Smith, Youngwon Youn, Ryan C Guay, Andras Laufer, Julie G Pilitsis
Invasive analgesic therapies provide an alternative to medical management of chronic pain. With the increasing incidence of chronic pain not only in the United States but worldwide, more therapies have evolved to address the growing need for pain relief options. These therapies include spinal injections, nerve blocks, radiofrequency ablation, neurostimulation, and intrathecal drug delivery.
January 2016: Medical Clinics of North America
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