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Ultrasound and pain management

Joseph J Kavolus, David Sia, Hollis G Potter, David E Attarian, Paul F Lachiewicz
BACKGROUND: Surgeon-performed periarticular injections and anesthesiologist-performed femoral nerve or adductor canal blocks with local anesthetic are in common use as part of multimodal pain management regimens for patients undergoing TKA. However, femoral nerve blocks risk causing quadriceps weakness and falls, and anesthesiologist-performed adductor canal blocks are costly in time and resources and may be unreliable. We investigated the feasibility of a surgeon-performed saphenous nerve ("adductor canal") block from within the knee at the time of TKA...
January 2018: Clinical Orthopaedics and related Research
Sudarshan Anandkumar, Murugavel Manivasagam
This case series describes three patients who presented with right medial elbow pain managed unsuccessfully with conservative treatment that included medication, massage, exercise therapy, ultrasound therapy, neurodynamic mobilization, and taping. Diagnosis of cubital tunnel syndrome was based on palpatory findings, a positive elbow flexion test, and a positive Tinel's sign. Conventionally, the intervention for this entrapment has been surgical decompression, with successful outcomes. This is potentially a first-time description of the successful management of cubital tunnel syndrome with dry needling (DN) using a recently published DN grading system...
March 12, 2018: Physiotherapy Theory and Practice
Yossra A Suliman, Suzanne Kafaja, John Fitzgerald, Ximena Wortsman, Jonathan Grotts, Marco Matucci-Cerrinic, Veena K Ranganath, Daniel E Furst
Skin ulcers in scleroderma (SSc) patients are considered a major challenge, both in clinical assessment and treatment decisions. The objective of our study is to assess ultrasonographic (US) morphology of skin ulcers in SSc patients and evaluate if US will be of value in enhancing our clinical information and influence our management plans. We examined a convenience sample of 21 skin ulcers reported in 10 SSc patients by US. We used a previously published US definition of normal skin and developed a preliminary US definition of skin ulcer...
March 10, 2018: Clinical Rheumatology
Anna Maria Ierardi, Valeria Savasi, Salvatore Alessio Angileri, Mario Petrillo, Sara Sbaraini, Antonio Pinto, Francesco Hanozet, Anna Maria Marconi, Gianpaolo Carrafiello
Uterine fibroids are the most common benign pelvic tumor of the female genital tract and tend to increase with age; they cause menorrhagia, dysmenorrhea, pelvic pressure symptoms, back pain, and subfertility. Currently, the management is based mainly on medical or surgical approaches. The nonsurgical and minimally invasive therapies are emerging approaches that to the state of the art include uterine artery embolization (UAE), image-guided thermal ablation techniques like magnetic resonance-guided focused ultrasound surgery (MRgFUS) or radiofrequency ablation (RF), and percutaneous microwave ablation (PMWA)...
2018: BioMed Research International
Michael Riverso, Michael Chang, Consuelo Soldevila-Pico, Jinping Lai, Xiuli Liu
Kratom is an herbal product derived from the leaves of Southeast Asian Mitragyna speciosa trees. It has traditionally been used by indigenous people to relieve fatigue and manage pain, diarrhea, or opioid withdrawal. The use of kratom has become more commonplace in the United States for similar purposes. Only rare reports of kratom liver toxicity exist in the literature but without histologic characterization. Herein, we report one case of kratom use-associated liver toxicity in a 38-year-old patient. The patient complained of dark colored urine and light colored stools after using kratom...
February 2018: Gastroenterology Research
Paolo Ceruti, Sara Lonni, Francesca Baglivo, Giampietro Marchetti
Malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) is an asbestos-related aggressive tumor, that requires proper diagnosis and management. Symptoms are nonspecific and chest computed tomography (CT) and chest ultrasound (US) are important radiological tools in the initial workup to identify early pathological signs. Performing a medical thoracoscopy (MT) is essential for a definitive diagnosis of MPM. The procedure, integrated with a prior US, allows a global evaluation of the pleural cavity and the execution of multiple targeted biopsies, with low risk of complications...
January 2018: Journal of Thoracic Disease
Karima Karam Khan, Robyna Irshad Khan
BACKGROUND: Pain after laparoscopic cholecystectomy is mild to moderate in intensity. Several modalities are employed for achieving safe and effective postoperative analgesia, the benefits of which adds to the early recovery of the patients. As a part of multimodal analgesia, various approaches of Transversus abdominis plane (TAP) block has been used for management of parietal and incisional components of pain after laparoscopic cholecystectomy. This study was designed to compare the analgesic efficacy of two different approaches of ultrasound guided TAP block, i...
January 2018: Journal of Ayub Medical College, Abbottabad: JAMC
C Chauffour, J-L Pouly, A-S Gremeau
Could the presence of an endometrioma change the management of Assisted Reproductive Technology? The presence of an endometrioma (<6cm) at the time of stimulation or an endometrioma operated prior to stimulation have no impact on the quality of the embryos and the final results of IVF about the pregnancy and live birth rates despite a possible decrease in the number of oocytes retrieved and potentially higher doses of gonadotropins used. The discovery of an endometrioma during IVF stimulation should not lead to an interruption of the attempt...
March 1, 2018: Gynecologie, Obstetrique, Fertilite & Senologie
Ashraf Talaat Youssef
INTRODUCTION: Many uncommon obstetric and gynecologic problems associated with pregnancy and the early postpartum period can lead to severe abdominal pain and be life-threatening. The patient will be in urgent need of a quick and accurate decision. The means of management will depend on the ability to differentiate between these problems to achieve an optimal diagnosis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: 30 pregnant females attended a private obstetric ultrasound clinic with clinical picture of acute abdomen with pregnancy...
March 3, 2018: Journal of Ultrasound
Nikolaos Mamas, Konstantinos Andreanos, Dimitrios Brouzas, Andreas Diagourtas, Andreas Droulias, Ilias Georgalas, Dimitrios Papaconstantinou
PURPOSE: To report the case of a 65-year-old metalworker with no known history of ocular trauma, who suffered from intense ocular pain during magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the brain, due to a retained intraocular metallic foreign body (IOFB). CASE REPORT: Meticulous ophthalmological examination was inconclusive. An IOFB was confirmed with X-ray scan, whereas its exact localization was enabled by means of ultrasonography and ultrasound biomicroscopy (UBM). CONCLUSIONS: Despite appropriate screening protocols, MRI-related ocular complications might occur in the presence of a hidden metallic IOFB...
March 2, 2018: Journal of Ultrasound
Annefleur Machteld de Bruijn, Paul Nm Lohle, Judith Af Huirne, Jolanda de Vries, Moniek Twisk, Wouter Jk Hehenkamp
BACKGROUND: Adenomyosis is a benign uterine disease characterized by invasion of endometrium into the myometrium resulting in heavy menstrual bleeding and pain (dysmenorrhea). Hysterectomy is established as the final treatment option when conservative treatment fails. Uterine artery embolization (UAE) in patients with symptomatic adenomyosis has demonstrated to reduce symptoms and improve quality of life. However, randomized controlled trials are lacking. OBJECTIVE: With this study, we aim to evaluate the impact of UAE on Health-Related Quality of Life (HRQOL) in a randomized comparison to hysterectomy in patients with symptomatic adenomyosis...
March 1, 2018: JMIR Research Protocols
Kristina R Asdahl, Lene Hedelund, Johnny Keller, Thomas Baad-Hansen, Tine Damsgaard
OBJECTIVE: Sclerotherapy has become an important treatment option in the management of vascular malformations. However, little is known about success rate for treatment of venous malformations. This systematic review assesses the available published literature on outcome measures of sclerotherapy for venous malformations. DATA SOURCE: PubMed and EMBASE. REVIEW METHOD: A systematic search was conducted, and studies from March 2008 to October 2016 were included...
February 28, 2018: Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology
Aisha Hasan, Nadeem Iqbal, Muhammad Athar Khawaja, Arzu Yousuf, Afifa Masood, Yashfeen Malik
Adrenal cysts are not common and are most often non-functional and asymptomatic. Most of these cysts are found incidentally. These lesions exhibit a broad histomorphologic spectrum and may vary from benign cysts to malignant cystic neoplasms. Our patient was a 21-year male who presented with abdominal discomfort and epigastric pain and was diagnosed with left adrenal cyst on ultrasound, which was later confirmed by CT scan.
March 2018: Journal of the College of Physicians and Surgeons—Pakistan: JCPSP
Ahmad Awan, Fasil Tiruneh, Hasan Iftikhar, Gbeminyi Samuel, Ahmed Awan
Gastric duplication cyst is an uncommon anomaly typically found in the greater curvature of the stomach. It is usually diagnosed in children and quite difficult to diagnose in adult because of variable presentation. We present a 76-year woman who was admitted for abdominal pain of few weeks' duration. Her X-ray showed calcification in the region of left kidney, and she was subsequently managed with a presumptive diagnosis of staghorn calculus. Computerized Tomography (CT) scan of her abdomen disclosed calcification in the gastric wall for which an endoscopic ultrasound and biopsy was done...
March 2018: Journal of the College of Physicians and Surgeons—Pakistan: JCPSP
Antonia Rizzuto, Salomone Di Saverio
BACKGROUND: Wandering spleen and accessory spleen are uncommon entity occurring during embryonic development. Wandering spleen results in an excessive mobility and migration of the spleen from its normal position in the left hypochondrium while accessory spleen is characterized by ectopic splenic masses or tissue disjointed from the main body of spleen. Due to the nonspecific and multiple symptoms the clinical diagnosis of both conditions is uncertain even with imaging techniques, such as CT and MRI...
February 9, 2018: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
Wei Song, Yongjie Zhang, Hongming Chen, Cheng Du
RATIONALE: To report a case of 44-year-old man with delayed suprachoroidal hemorrhage (DSCH) 2 days after cataract surgery. PATIENT CONCERNS: The patient developed sudden onset of ocular pain and reduction of visual acuity on his left eye 2 days after receiving conventional cataract operation. DIAGNOSES: The ocular conditions were accessed by best-corrected visual acuity, intraocular pressure, slit lamp examination, fundus photography, and B-scan ultrasound...
January 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Bryan Brimhall, Samuel Han, Philip D Tatman, Toshimasa J Clark, Sachin Wani, Brian Brauer, Steven Edmundowicz, Mihir S Wagh, Augustin Attwell, Hazem Hammad, Raj J Shah
BACKGROUND & AIMS: There have been few studies that compared the effects of lumen-apposing metal stents (LAMS) and double pigtail plastic stents (DPS) in patients with peri-pancreatic fluid collections from pancreatitis. We aimed to compare technical and clinical success and adverse events in patients who received LAMS vs DPS for pancreatic pseudocysts and walled-off necrosis. METHODS: We performed a retrospective study of endoscopic ultrasound-mediated drainage in 149 patients (65% male; mean age, 47 years) with pancreatic pseudocysts or walled-off necrosis (97 received LAMS and 152 received DPS), from January 2011 through September 2016 at a single center...
February 20, 2018: Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Salvatore Butticè, Antonio Simone Laganà, Salvatore Giovanni Vitale, Christopher Netsch, Yiloren Tanidir, Francesco Cantiello, Laurian Dragos, Michele Talso, Esteban Emiliani, Rosa Pappalardo, Tarik Emre Sener
OBJECTIVE: Clinical presentation of ureteral stones during pregnancy is generally with renal colic pain. The aim of this study is to present our experience in the management of renal colic during pregnancy in emergency settings. MATERIALS AND METHODS: 208 pregnant patients who presented to emergency department with renal colic pain and underwent ureteroscopy (URS) due to failed conservative therapy were enrolled in the study. Urinary tract stones were diagnosed either with ultrasound (US) examination or during URS...
December 31, 2017: Archivio Italiano di Urologia, Andrologia
Kevin G Buell, Alexandra Burke-Smith, Vishal Patel, Josef Watfah
A 58-year-old female presented to the emergency department with intermittent right upper quadrant pain and nausea. On examination, the patient was tender and Murphy's sign was elicited. A presumptive diagnosis of acute cholecystitis was made but an ultrasound of the abdomen revealed a thin-walled gallbladder without calculi. A computed tomography (CT) scan of the abdomen and pelvis demonstrated fat stranding involving the greater omentum and the right paracolic gutter. The patient was diagnosed with a focal omental infarction and underwent emergency laparoscopic surgery...
December 13, 2017: Curēus
Cristina Oana Mărginean, Lorena Elena Meliţ, Emoke Horvath, Horea Gozar, Mihaela Ioana Chinceşan
RATIONALE: Non-Hodgkin lymphoma remains an unpredictable condition in pediatric patients. PATIENT CONCERNS: Our first case describes an 8-year-old boy with a history of iron deficiency anemia, admitted in our clinic for recurrent abdominal pain, weight loss, loss of appetite, diarrheic stools, and fever. The second case also describes an 8-year-old boy admitted for abdominal pain and vomiting. The 3rd case refers to a 4 years and 10 months old boy admitted in our clinic with abdominal pain and loss of appetite, who was initially admitted in the Pediatrics Surgery Clinic with the suspicion of appendicitis...
February 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
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