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neuraxial blockade

Chetna Shamshery, Ashish Kannaujia, Rajashree Madabushi, Dinesh Singh, Divya Srivastava, Shobhana Jafa
BACKGROUND: Central neuraxial blockade (CNB) is an established technique of providing anesthesia for surgeries of the lower limb and abdomen. Hypotension is the most common side effect of CNB. It was hypothesized that by supplementing the initial burst of vasopressin following hypovolemia, hypotension following combined spinal epidural anesthesia (CSEA) could be avoided. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 122 patients undergoing lower limb and abdomen surgeries were included in the study, with 61 patients randomized into two groups - I and II...
September 2016: Anesthesia, Essays and Researches
Srivishnu Vardhan Yallapragada, Nagendra Nath Vemuri, Mastan Saheb Shaik
CONTEXT: The purpose of adding an adjuvant to local anesthetic in a central neuraxial blockade is to augment the desirable pharmacological actions of the agent and/or to minimize its undesirable pharmacological effects. Clonidine is an alfa-2 receptor agonist which has gained popularity in recent times as an adjuvant in spinal anesthesia. AIMS: To evaluate the influence of clonidine on the hemodynamic stability and the duration of anesthesia when added to intrathecal hyperbaric bupivacaine...
September 2016: Anesthesia, Essays and Researches
Lipsy Bansal, Joginder Pal Attri, Pawan Verma
INTRODUCTION: Peripheral nerve blocks are gaining popularity for many infraumblical surgeries with the development of new techniques such as ultrasound and peripheral nerve stimulator. It provides stable hemodynamic, better, and prolonged postoperative analgesia. This study was carried out to see the effectiveness of combined femoral and sciatic nerve block with ropivacaine alone and by adding fentanyl. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The study was carried out on 100 patients scheduled for lower limb surgeries and were randomly divided into two groups of 50 each...
September 2016: Anesthesia, Essays and Researches
Carolyn F Weiniger, Pervez Sultan, Ashley Dunn, Brendan Carvalho
STUDY OBJECTIVE: Neuraxial blockade may increase external cephalic version (ECV) success rates. This survey aimed to assess the frequency and characteristics of neuraxial blockade used to facilitate ECV. SETTING AND DESIGN: We surveyed Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology members regarding ECV practice using a 15-item survey developed by 3 obstetric anesthesiologists and tested for face validity. The survey was e-mailed in January 2015 and again in February 2015 to the 1056 Society of Obstetric Anesthesiology and Perinatology members...
November 2016: Journal of Clinical Anesthesia
Yeon-Dong Kim, Seon-Jeong Park, Junho Shim, Hyungtae Kim
The recently introduced pectoral nerve (Pecs) block is a simple alterative to the conventional thoracic paravertebral block or epidural block for breast surgery. It produces excellent analgesia and can be used to provide balanced anesthesia and as a rescue block in cases where performing a neuraxial blockade is not possible. In the thoracic region, a neuraxial blockade is often used to manage zoster-associated pain. However, this can be challenging for physicians due to the increased risk of hemodynamic instability in the upper thoracic level, and comorbid and contraindicated medical conditions such as coagulopathy...
September 20, 2016: Journal of Anesthesia
M Creaney, D Mullane, C Casby, T Tan
BACKGROUND: Ultrasound can facilitate neuraxial blockade in patients with poorly defined anatomical surface landmarks, but there are no studies comparing an ultrasound-guided technique with landmark palpation for spinal anaesthesia. The objective of this study was to compare pre-procedural lumbar ultrasonography with landmark palpation to locate the needle insertion point in women with impalpable lumbar spinous processes presenting for caesarean delivery. METHODS: After institutional ethics committee approval, 20 women with impalpable lumbar spinous processes presenting for elective caesarean delivery were recruited...
July 20, 2016: International Journal of Obstetric Anesthesia
Mark Vogt, Dennis J van Gerwen, John J van den Dobbelsteen, Martin Hagenaars
Performance of neuraxial blockade using a midline approach can be technically difficult. It is therefore important to optimize factors that are under the influence of the clinician performing the procedure. One of these factors might be the chosen point of insertion of the needle. Surprisingly few data exist on where between the tips of two adjacent spinous processes the needle should be introduced. A geometrical model was adopted to gain more insight into this issue. Spinous processes were represented by parallelograms...
2016: Local and Regional Anesthesia
John C Coffman, Kasey Fiorini, Meghan Cook, Robert H Small
High neuraxial blockade is a serious complication in obstetric patients and requires prompt recognition and management in order to optimize patient outcomes. In cases of high neuroblockade, patients may present with significant hypotension, dyspnea, agitation, difficulty speaking or inability to speak, or even loss of consciousness. We report the unusual presentation of an obstetric patient that remained hemodynamically stable and had the preserved ability to initiate breaths despite sensory blockade up to C2...
2016: Case Reports in Anesthesiology
Henriette Berg Ammundsen, Kim Ekelund, Arash Afshari, Charlotte Krebs Albrechtsen
Brugada syndrome (BS) is an inherited cardiac disease with increased risk of ventricular tachyarrythmias, cardiac arrest and sudden death. BS is diagnosed on various criteria including specific electrocardiographic abnormalities in a structurally normal heart. Many drugs have been reported to induce fatal arrhythmias in patients with BS and in particular sodium channel blockers i.e. local anaesthetics such as bupivacaine. We report the anaesthetic management of two women with BS during caesarean section and provide a general discussion on the use of bupivacain for neuraxial blockade for patients with BS...
July 18, 2016: Ugeskrift for Laeger
Cécilia Menacé, Olivier Choquet, Bertrand Abbal, Sophie Bringuier, Xavier Capdevila
BACKGROUND: The real-time ultrasound-guided paramedian sagittal oblique approach for neuraxial blockade is technically demanding. Innovative technologies have been developed to improve nerve identification and the accuracy of needle placement. The aim of this study was to evaluate three types of ultrasound scans during ultrasound-guided epidural lumbar punctures in a spine phantom. METHODS: Eleven sets of 20 ultrasound-guided epidural punctures were performed with 2D, GPS, and multiplanar ultrasound machines (660 punctures) on a spine phantom using an in-plane approach...
July 17, 2016: Anaesthesia, Critical Care & Pain Medicine
Sreyashi Sen, Sourav Chatterjee, Pinaki Mazumder, Sudakshina Mukherji
Rheumatic heart disease is the most common cardiac disease complicating pregnancy in developing countries. Heart disease accounts for 15% pregnancy-related mortality. In the presence of maternal heart disease, the circulatory changes of pregnancy may result in exacerbation of the hemodynamic perturbations due to complex cardiac valvular lesions leading to decompensation or death of mother or fetus. Determining the ideal anesthetic technique for cesarean section in the presence of complex cardiac conditions remains a much debated topic...
July 2016: Journal of Natural Science, Biology, and Medicine
Enrique A Goytizolo, Ottokar Stundner, Sandra Hurtado Rúa, Dorothy Marcello, Valeria Buschiazzo, Ansara M Vaz, Stavros G Memtsoudis
BACKGROUND: While it is assumed that neuraxial analgesia and pain management may beneficially influence perioperative hemodynamics, few studies provided data quantifying such effects and none have assessed the potential contribution of the addition of a nerve block. QUESTIONS/PURPOSES: This clinical trial compared the visual analog scale (VAS) scores and measurement of arterial tone using augmentation index of patients who received combined spinal-epidural (CSE) only to patients who received both CSE and lumbar plexus block...
July 2016: HSS Journal: the Musculoskeletal Journal of Hospital for Special Surgery
Ajay R Vellore, Christopher B Robards, Steven R Clendenen
Spinal stenosis is a potentially serious condition that can lead to myelopathies and autonomic instability, both of which, as a result, may complicate anesthetic management. Additionally, neuraxial anesthesia appears to increase the risk of worsened neurological outcomes in this population. A 56-year-old female with spinal stenosis, autonomic dysfunction, and known difficult airway who required anesthesia for repair of a femur fracture is presented. After pre-operative arterial line and femoral block placement, an ultrasound guided subarachnoid block was safely placed...
February 2016: Middle East Journal of Anesthesiology
Francis Codero, Mung'ayi Vitalis, Sharif Thikra
BACKGROUND: Intrathecal adjuvants are added to local anaesthetics to improve the quality of neuraxial blockade and prolong the duration of analgesia during spinal anaesthesia. Used intrathecally, fentanyl improves the quality of spinal blockade as compared to plain bupivacaine and confers a short duration of post-operative analgesia. Intrathecal midazolam as an adjuvant has been used and shown to improve the quality of spinal anaesthesia and prolong the duration of post-operative analgesia...
March 2016: African Health Sciences
Joanne Guay, Santhanam Suresh, Sandra Kopp
BACKGROUND: Objectives were to determine whether the use of ultrasound guidance offers any clinical advantage in the performance of neuraxial or peripheral nerve blocks in children in terms of increasing the success rate or decreasing the rate of complications. METHODS: We searched the following databases to March 2015: Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL), MEDLINE (OvidSP), EMBASE (OvidSP), and Scopus (to January 2015). We included all parallel randomized controlled trials that evaluated the effect of ultrasound guidance to perform a regional blockade technique in children...
June 15, 2016: Anesthesia and Analgesia
Nafisseh S Warner, Susan M Moeschler, Matthew A Warner, Bryan C Hoelzer, Jason S Eldrige, Markus A Bendel, William D Mauck, James C Watson, Halena M Gazelka, Tim J Lamer, Daryl J Kor, William Michael Hooten
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Celiac plexus blockade has known risks including bleeding and neurologic injury because of the close proximity of vascular and neuraxial structures. The aim of this study was to determine the incidence of bleeding complications in patients undergoing celiac plexus block (CPB), with an emphasis on preprocedural antiplatelet medication use and coagulation status. METHODS: This is a retrospective study from 2005 to 2014 of adult patients undergoing CPB by the pain medicine division at a tertiary care center...
July 2016: Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine
Tingting Huo, Li Sun, Su Min, Wenzhi Li, Xinhua Heng, Lijun Tang, Shengmei Zhu, Hailong Dong, Qiang Wang, Lize Xiong
STUDY OBJECTIVE: To determine the incidence of major complications in patients undergoing regional anesthesia (RA) in China. DESIGN: Multicenter prospective survey. SETTING: Eleven teaching hospitals in China. PATIENTS AND INTERVENTIONS: A total of 106,569 patients undergoing RA from April 1, 2009, to April 30, 2011, were involved. MEASUREMENT: Information on patients, types of surgery, and RA techniques was collected with a standardized chart...
June 2016: Journal of Clinical Anesthesia
Elizabeth M S Lange, Paloma Toledo, Jillian Stariha, Heather C Nixon
PURPOSE: The literature on the anesthetic management of parturients with dwarfism is sparse and limited to isolated case reports. Pregnancy complications associated with dwarfism include an increased risk of respiratory compromise, an increased risk of Cesarean delivery, and an unpredictable degree of anesthesia with neuraxial techniques. Therefore, we conducted this retrospective review to evaluate the anesthetic management of parturients with a diagnosis of dwarfism. METHODS: We used a query of billing data to identify short statured women who underwent a Cesarean delivery during May 1, 2008 to May 1, 2013...
August 2016: Canadian Journal of Anaesthesia, Journal Canadien D'anesthésie
Ruchir Gupta, Shivam Shodhan, Amr Hosny
Pain caused by tumor infiltration of the sacral area remains a major clinical challenge. Patients with poor pain control despite comprehensive medical management may be treated with neuraxial techniques such as continuous epidural or spinal anesthetic. We report a case in which a patient with metastatic breast cancer experienced inadequate pain relief after multiple intravenous pain management regimens as well as intrathecal (IT) drug delivery. The concentration of local anesthetics delivered via the IT catheter was limited due to the patient's baseline motor weakness which would be exacerbated with higher concentrations of local anesthetics...
April 2016: Indian Journal of Palliative Care
H Kako, M Hakim, A Kundu, T D Tobias
Neuraxial anesthesia combined with general anesthesia has become a widely accepted method of providing effective postoperative analgesia and decreasing intraoperative anesthetic needs in the pediatric population. In clinical practice, there still appears to be hesitancy for the use of a neuraxial technique (spinal or epidural) in patients at risk for bacteremia or with an on-going systemic infection. However, evidence-based medicine lacks any data to support an increase in the risk of infectious complications following neuraxial anesthesia...
April 2016: Saudi Journal of Anaesthesia
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