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Usha Gurunathan, Shakeel Meeran Kunju, Karen Elizabeth Hay, Sharyn van Alphen
BACKGROUND: Optimal patient positioning is perceived as an essential factor to increase the success of performing neuraxial blockade. The primary objective of this study was to evaluate the benefit of using a visual image in addition to verbal instructions in order to optimize positioning for spinal block. METHODS: This was a prospective randomized controlled trial on 85 adult patients undergoing lower limb joint replacements at a tertiary academic hospital. Group 1(n = 43) randomized to receive standardized verbal instructions; Group 2 (n = 42) received standardized verbal instructions in conjunction with visual aids to achieve positioning for spinal anesthesia...
January 20, 2018: BMC Anesthesiology
Liyan Zhao, Yonghai Zhang, Fan Yang, Di Zhu, Ningkang Li, Li Zhao, Na Li, Jianqiang Yu, Hanxiang Ma
Neuraxial anesthesia produces an anesthetic-sparing, sedative effect. The mechanism underlying this effect potentially involves decreased spinal afferent input. However, the neurochemical mechanisms at the spinal level remain unknown. The N‑methyl‑D‑aspartate receptor 2B subunit/calcium‑calmodulin‑dependent protein kinase II α/cAMP response element‑binding protein (NR2B/CaMKIIα/CREB) signaling pathway serves an important role in regulating the transmittance of peripheral noxious stimulation to supraspinal regions in the process of nociception...
January 17, 2018: Molecular Medicine Reports
Eralp Çevikkalp, Koray Erbüyün, Serpil Erbüyün, Gülay Ok
Pediatric regional anesthesia is widely used to relieve postoperative pain after abdominal surgery. Commonly used techniques of regional anesthesia include lumbar epidural and caudal block. However, the use of central neuraxial blockade has limitations. It is contraindicated in patients with clotting abnormalities, spinal dysraphism with tethered cord syndrome, meningomyelocele, and following spinal surgery with instrumentation. Ultrasound guided transversus abdominis plane block is a new method of regional anesthesia that can be used in settings where central neuraxial blockade is contraindicated...
January 2018: Saudi Medical Journal
L C de Morais, A M Sousa, G F Flora, T R Grigio, G M N Guimarães, H A Ashmawi
BACKGROUND: Post-operative nausea and vomiting (PONV) is one of the most important causes of patient discomfort after laparoscopic surgeries despite the use of a multimodal pharmacological approach. This study assessed whether the addition of aprepitant to a multimodal regimen would further decrease the incidence of PONV in high-risk patients. METHODS: Apfel-score three or four patients, scheduled for laparoscopic procedures to treat abdominal or pelvic cancer, were randomized to receive oral starch (control group) or 80 mg of oral aprepitant (treatment group) before induction of anaesthesia in a double-blind study...
January 7, 2018: Acta Anaesthesiologica Scandinavica
Marina Gitman, Michael J Barrington
This review summarizes presenting features, management, and outcomes of local anesthetic systemic toxicity (LAST) from published cases and those submitted to online registries capturing use of intravenous lipid emulsion (ILE) therapy. The results of single-center and multicenter registries and epidemiologic studies complement this information. Between March 2014 and November 2016, 47 separate cases of LAST were described in 35 peer-reviewed articles. Local anesthetic systemic toxicity events occurred as a result of penile blocks (23%), local infiltration (17%), and upper/lower extremity, torso, and neuraxial blockade...
January 5, 2018: Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine
Owais Mushtaq Shah, Kharat Mohammad Bhat
Introduction: The combined spinal epidural (CSE) technique involves intentional subarachnoid blockade and epidural catheter placement during the same procedure to combine their individual best features, to reduce the total drug dosage and avoid their respective disadvantages. The addition of opioids to local anesthetics (bupivacaine) for CSE anesthesia (CSEA) is increasingly common to enhance the block. Neuraxial fentanyl is more potent and has shorter duration of action than morphine which provides prolonged anesthesia and analgesia, however at the cost of increased incidence of adverse effects like delayed respiratory depression...
October 2017: Anesthesia, Essays and Researches
Lance M Relland, Joseph D Tobias, David Martin, Giorgio Veneziano, Ralph J Beltran, Christopher McKee, Tarun Bhalla
Background: Umbilical hernia repair is a common pediatric surgical procedure. While opioid analgesics are a feasible option and have long been a mainstay in the pharmacological intervention for pain, the effort to improve care and limit opioid-related adverse effects has led to the use of alternative techniques, including regional anesthesia. The current study prospectively compares the analgesic efficacy of three techniques, including caudal epidural blockade, peripheral nerve blockade, and local wound infiltration, in a double-blinded study...
2017: Journal of Pain Research
Bryan Anderson
Pain control in parturients can be particularly challenging for the hospital staff. To achieve optimal outcomes in anesthesia patients, it is important to consider multiple options for pain control, especially when traditional options pose a problem or are not options. In particular, there are parturient clients for whom the use of neuraxial anesthesia (epidural and spinal blockade) is not an option. One option that warrants consideration for patient centered anesthesia practice is the use of remifentanil.
December 2017: Critical Care Nursing Clinics of North America
T Volk, C Kubulus
Regional anesthesia has undergone many changes over the years and the increasing use of ultrasound has certainly played an important role in this. Apart from individual case reports in the literature of very different blocking options, some new procedures seem to have become established and can be broadly applied. Among these are blockades, by which ultrasound-guided injection of local anesthetics is carried out in fascial or muscular layers rather than around target nerves (e.g. cervical plexus blocks and truncal blocks)...
December 2017: Der Anaesthesist
Miguel Angel Reina, Anna Puigdellívol-Sánchez, Stephen P Gatt, José De Andrés, Alberto Prats-Galino, André van Zundert
BACKGROUND: It has been customary to attribute postdural puncture headache (PDPH) incidence and severity to size and nature of the dural hole produced during major neuraxial blockade or diagnostic dural puncture. Needle orientation in relation to the direction of dural fibers was thought to be of importance because of the propensity for horizontal bevel placement to cause cutting rather than splitting of the dural fibers. METHODS: In vitro punctures of stringently quality-controlled human dural sac specimens were obtained with 27-gauge (27G) Whitacre needle (n = 33), with 29G Quincke used parallel to the spinal axis (n = 30), and with 29G Quincke in perpendicular approach (n = 40)...
November 2017: Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine
Mauricio Forero, Manikandan Rajarathinam, Sanjib Adhikary, Ki Jinn Chin
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Post thoracotomy pain syndrome (PTPS) remains a common complication of thoracic surgery with significant impact on patients' quality of life. Management usually involves a multidisciplinary approach that includes oral and topical analgesics, performing appropriate interventional techniques, and coordinating additional care such as physiotherapy, psychotherapy and rehabilitation. A variety of interventional procedures have been described to treat PTPS that is inadequately managed with systemic or topical analgesics...
October 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Pain
Mark Vogt, Dennis J van Gerwen, Wouter Lubbers, John J van den Dobbelsteen, Martin Hagenaars
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Neuraxial blockade using a midline approach can be challenging. Part of this challenge lies in finding the optimal approach of the needle to its target. The present study aimed at finding (1) the optimal point of insertion of the needle between the tips of 2 adjacent spinous processes and (2) the optimal angle relative to the skin at which the needle should approach the epidural or subarachnoid space. METHODS: A computer algorithm systematically analyzed computed tomography scans of vertebral columns of a cohort of 52 patients...
September 2017: Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine
Jinghua Jiao, Yuheng Wang, Xiaofeng Sun, Xiaojing Jiang
With its high worldwide mortality and morbidity, cancer has gained increasing attention and novel anticancer drugs have become the focus for cancer research. Recently, studies have shown that most anesthetic agents can influence the activity of tumor cells. Midazolam is a γ-aminobutyric acid A (GABAA) receptor agonist, used widely for preoperative sedation and as an adjuvant during neuraxial blockade. Some studies have indicated the potential for midazolam as a novel therapeutic cancer drug; however, the mechanism by which midazolam affects cancer cells needs to be clarified...
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
Keshav Govind Rao, Shilpi Misra, Aparna Shukla
CONTEXT: Regional anesthesia has emerged as one of the preferred and convenient modes for intra- and post-operative management owing to its advantage of not interfering with the metabolic functions, better tolerability, and decrease in reflex activity. In recent years, ropivacaine has increasingly replaced bupivacaine as a preferred local anesthetic because of its similar analgesic properties, lesser motor blockade, and decreased propensity of cardiotoxicity. Neuraxial adjuvant such as clonidine used in epidural anesthesia offers advantage by augmenting the local anesthetic effect and reducing the anesthetic and analgesic requirement...
April 2017: Anesthesia, Essays and Researches
Filipe Nadir Caparica Santos, Angélica de Fátima de Assunção Braga, Fernando Eduardo Feres Junqueira, Rafaela Menezes Bezerra, Felipe Ferreira de Almeida, Franklin Sarmento da Silva Braga, Vanessa Henriques Carvalho
This research aimed to assess the use of neuromuscular blockers (NMB) and its reversal, associated or not with neuraxial blockade, after general anesthesia.This retrospective study analyzed 1295 patients that underwent surgery with general anesthesia at Prof. Dr. José Aristodemo Pinotti Hospital in 2013. The study included patients aged >1 year, with complete, readable medical charts and anesthetic records.Rocuronium (ROC) was the most used NMB (96.7%), with an initial dose of 0.60 (0.52-0.74) mg/kg and total dose of 0...
June 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
Lisa R Leffert, Heloise M Dubois, Alexander J Butwick, Brendan Carvalho, Timothy T Houle, Ruth Landau
Venous thromboembolism remains a major source of morbidity and mortality in obstetrics with an incidence of 29.8/100,000 vaginal delivery hospitalizations; cesarean delivery confers a 4-fold increased risk of thromboembolism when compared with vaginal delivery. Revised national guidelines now stipulate that the majority of women delivering via cesarean and women at risk for ante- or postpartum venous thromboembolism receive mechanical or pharmacological thromboprophylaxis. This practice change has important implications for obstetric anesthesiologists concerned about the risk of spinal epidural hematoma (SEH) among anticoagulated women receiving neuraxial anesthesia...
July 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
Caitlin D Sutton, Alexander J Butwick, Edward T Riley, Brendan Carvalho
STUDY OBJECTIVE: We examined the characteristics of women who choose nitrous oxide for labor analgesia and identified factors that predict conversion from nitrous oxide to labor neuraxial analgesia. DESIGN: Retrospective descriptive study. SETTING: Labor and Delivery Ward. PATIENTS: 146 pregnant women who used nitrous oxide for analgesia during labor and delivery between September 2014 and September 2015. INTERVENTIONS: Chart review only...
August 2017: Journal of Clinical Anesthesia
Elham Memary, Alireza Mirkheshti, Ali Dabbagh, Mehrdad Taheri, Aida Khadempour, Sadegh Shirian
Dexmedetomidine is a selective α-2 adrenoceptor agonist with anxiolytic, sedative, and analgesic properties that prolongs analgesia and decreases opioid-related side effects when used in neuraxial and perineural areas as a local anesthetics adjuvant. The current study was designed to evaluate the effects of a single perineural administration of dexmedetomidine without local anesthetics on narcotic consumption and pain intensity in patients with femoral shaft fractures undergoing surgery. This prospective randomized single-blind clinical trial was conducted in patients undergoing femoral fracture shaft surgery...
May 2017: Chonnam Medical Journal
Betul Kozanhan
The current case report describes two cases of alkaptonuric ochronosis for anesthetic management. Alkaptonuria is a rare genetic orphan disease of tyrosine metabolism characterized by an accumulation of homogentisic acid in cartilage and connective tissues. Patients present most commonly for orthopedic joint surgery due to progressive arthropathy that can be misdiagnosed many a times. However respiratory, airway, cardiovascular and genitourinary systems complications can occur with age progressing. Restricted range of motion of cervical spine may lead to difficulty with airway management...
May 20, 2017: Revista Brasileira de Anestesiologia
Mashio Nakamura, Masataka Kamei, Seiji Bito, Kiyoshi Migita, Shigeki Miyata, Kenji Kumagai, Isao Abe, Yasuaki Nakagawa, Yuichiro Nakayama, Masanobu Saito, Takaaki Tanaka, Satoru Motokawa
Clinical guidance on the choice of anesthetic modality vis-à-vis the risk of perioperative venous thromboembolism (VTE) is largely lacking because of a paucity of recent evidence. A comparative effect of general anesthesia and neuraxial blockade on the perioperative incidence of VTE has not been well-investigated.We compared the effects of different types of anesthetic modalities on the risk of VTE after total hip arthroplasty (THA) and total knee arthroplasty (TKA).This is a secondary analysis of the Japanese Study of Prevention and Actual Situation of Venous Thromboembolism after Total Arthroplasty (J-PSVT)...
May 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
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