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Brachial Plexus block

Arvinder Pal Singh, Malika Mahindra, Ruchi Gupta, Sukhminder Jit Singh Bajwa
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: Supplementation of dexmedetomidine produces a dose-dependent sedation, anxiolysis and analgesia without respiratory depression. This study was conducted to evaluate the possible effect of dexmedetomidine as an adjuvant to levobupivacaine for supraclavicular brachial plexus block in upper limb surgery. SETTINGS AND DESIGN: Tertiary care institute, Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care, a placebo-controlled study. MATERIALS AND METHODS: After obtaining Ethical Committee approval, a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study was conducted on sixty American Society of Anesthesiologists physical status I and II patients in the age group of 18-60 years, divided randomly into two groups, Group I received 30 ml of 0...
September 2016: Anesthesia, Essays and Researches
Kunitaro Watanabe, Joho Tokumine, Tomoko Yorozu, Kumi Moriyama, Hideaki Sakamoto, Tetsuo Inoue
BACKGROUND: Dexamethasone added to local anesthetic for brachial plexus block improves postoperative pain after arthroscopic rotator cuff repair, as compared with the use of local anesthetic alone. Dexamethasone is present in non-particulate form in local anesthetic solution, while betamethasone is partially present in particulate form. The particulate betamethasone gradually decays and is expected to cause its longer-lasting effect. This study investigated the postoperative analgesic effect of betamethasone added to ropivacaine for brachial plexus block in patients who underwent arthroscopic rotator cuff repair...
October 4, 2016: BMC Anesthesiology
Wenwen Zhai, Xuedong Wang, Yulan Rong, Min Li, Hong Wang
BACKGROUND: Ultrasound guidance has reduced the amount of local anesthetics to achieve a successful block. Previous studies of the relationship between the volume or concentration of local anesthetics and the effects of the block were based on relatively high doses of local anesthetics. We tested the hypothesis that providing low dose of ropivacaine at three combinations of volumes and concentrations for ultrasound-guided interscalene brachial plexus block would produce different effects in the aspect of onset time, pain control and the incidence of side effects...
September 30, 2016: BMC Anesthesiology
Michael J Barrington, Laura P Viero, Roman Kluger, Alexander L Clarke, Jason J Ivanusic, Daniel M Wong
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: The objectives of this study were to determine the learning curve for capturing sonograms and identifying anatomical structures relevant to ultrasound-guided axillary brachial plexus block and to determine if massed was superior to distributed practice for this core sonographic skill. METHODS: Ten University of Melbourne, third- or fourth-year Doctor of Medicine students were randomized to massed or distributed practice. Participants performed 15 supervised learning sessions comprising scanning followed by feedback...
September 28, 2016: Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine
Michael J Barrington, Samuel R Gledhill, Roman Kluger, Alexander L Clarke, Daniel M Wong, Henry Davidson, Rowan Thomas
BACKGROUND: Ultrasound-guided techniques improve outcomes in regional anesthesia when compared with traditional techniques; however, this assertion has not been studied with novices. The primary objective of this study was to compare sensory and motor block after axillary brachial plexus block when performed by novice trainees allocated to an ultrasound- or nerve-stimulator-guided group. A secondary objective was to compare the rates of skill acquisition between the 2 groups. METHODS: This study was a prospective, randomized, observer-blinded, 2-arm controlled trial...
September 28, 2016: Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine
Julian Aliste, Prangmalee Leurcharusmee, Phatthanaphol Engsusophon, Aida Gordon, Giuliano Michelagnoli, Chonticha Sriparkdee, Worakamol Tiyaprasertkul, Dana Q Tran, Tom C R V Van Zundert, Roderick J Finlayson, De Q H Tran
BACKGROUND: This randomized double-blinded trial compared the effect of intravenous and perineural dexamethasone (8 mg) on the duration of motor block for ultrasound (US)-guided axillary brachial plexus block (AXB). METHODS: Patients undergoing upper limb surgery with US-guided AXB were randomly allocated to receive preservative-free dexamethasone (8 mg) via intravenous (n = 75) or perineural (n = 75) administration. The local anesthetic agent, 1% lidocaine -0...
September 23, 2016: Canadian Journal of Anaesthesia, Journal Canadien D'anesthésie
O M A Ahmed, B D O'Donnell, A G Gallagher, D S Breslin, C M Nix, G D Shorten
The purpose of this study was to examine the construct validity and reliability of a novel metrics-based assessment tool, previously developed for ultrasound-guided axillary brachial plexus block. Five expert and eight novice anaesthetists performed a total of 18 ultrasound-guided axillary brachial plexus blocks on the same number of patients. A trained investigator video-taped procedures according to a pre-defined protocol. Two trained consultant anaesthetists independently scored the videos using the assessment tool...
November 2016: Anaesthesia
Hyun-Jung Shin, Hyo-Seok Na, Ah-Young Oh, Jung-Won Hwang, Byung-Gun Kim, Hee-Pyoung Park, Young-Tae Jeon, Seong-Won Min, Jung-Hee Ryu
BACKGROUND: The shoulder area is mainly innervated with the C5 and C6 nerve roots, and interscalene brachial plexus block (ISB) is widely used for postoperative analgesia after shoulder surgery. However, it is associated with adverse effects, such as numbness and weakness in the blocked arm due to an unwanted block of the lower brachial plexus (C7-T1). We hypothesized that the C5 approach during ISB would provide postoperative analgesia while minimizing adverse events after arthroscopic shoulder surgery...
September 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Archana Tripathi, Khushboo Sharma, Mukesh Somvanshi, Rajib Lochan Samal
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Various additives are mixed with local anesthetic agents to increase the quality of block in regional anesthesia. We compared clonidine and dexmedetomidine as an adjunct to bupivacaine in supraclavicular brachial plexus block with respect to the onset and duration of sensory and motor block and duration of analgesia. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Sixty American Society of Anesthesiologists Grades I and II patients scheduled for various orthopedic surgeries of the upper limb under supraclavicular brachial plexus block were divided into two equal groups in a randomized, double-blind manner...
July 2016: Journal of Anaesthesiology, Clinical Pharmacology
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
Brian G Webb, Peter I Sallay, Sherman D McMurray, Gary W Misamore
This prospective comparative clinical study was performed to evaluate the effect of triamcinolone when added to bupivacaine during brachial plexus blockade in patients undergoing shoulder surgery. Interscalene brachial plexus blocks were performed on 910 patients before shoulder surgery. Of the patients, 574 were randomly allocated to receive steroids added to the injected local anesthetic and 336 patients received local anesthetic without steroids. All patients were followed prospectively to evaluate the rate of successful anesthesia, duration of anesthesia, side effects of the block, adverse events, and persistent neurologic complications associated with interscalene brachial plexus block...
August 30, 2016: Orthopedics
Francisco Ferrero-Manzanal, Raquel Lax-Pérez, Roberto López-Bernabé, José Ramiro Betancourt-Bastidas, Alvaro Iñiguez de Onzoño-Pérez
INTRODUCTION: Shoulder surgery is often performed with the patient in the so called "beach-chair position" with elevation of the upper part of the body. The anesthetic procedure can be general anesthesia and/or regional block, usually interscalenic brachial plexus block. We present a case of brachial plexus palsy with a possible mechanism of traction based on the electromyographic and clinical findings, although a possible contribution of nerve block cannot be excluded. PRESENTATION OF THE CASE: We present a case of a 62 year-old female, that suffered from shoulder fracture-dislocation...
2016: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
Sébastien Bloc, Luc Mercadal, Thierry Garnier, Davy Huynh, Bernard Komly, Pascal Leclerc, Bertrand Morel, Claude Ecoffey, Gilles Dhonneur
In the axillary fossa, the musculocutaneous nerve (MC) is generally distant from the axillary artery and from the other brachial plexus nerves. In that way, MC requires a specific block. We observed that the location of MC is influenced by the position of the patient's arm and shoulder. Abduction of the shoulder significantly reduced the distance between the MC and the axillary artery. This change in the location of the MC is probably due to the moving of the nerve because of muscle rearrangements and the ability to achieve better proximity of the probe in the axillary fossae...
September 2016: Journal of Clinical Anesthesia
Nahel N Saied, Rajnish K Gupta, Lina Saffour, Mohammad A Helwani
OBJECTIVE: The primary aim of this study is to determine the effect of adding dexamethasone, clonidine or both with and without epinephrine to ropivacaine and bupivacaine brachial plexus blocks. DESIGN: Observational study of prospectively collected data SETTING: Single academic outpatient surgery center METHODS: We evaluated 5,515 patient entries who received brachial plexus block (BPB). Multiple, rescue, unsuccessful, and distal nerve blocks of the upper extremity were excluded...
August 22, 2016: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
Gloria S Cheng, Brian M Ilfeld
OBJECTIVE: To review the published evidence regarding perioperative analgesic techniques for breast cancer-related surgery. DESIGN: Topical review. METHODS: Randomized, controlled trials (RCTs) were selected for inclusion in the review. Also included were large prospective series providing estimates of potential risks and technical reports and small case series demonstrating a new technique or approaches of interest to clinicians. RESULTS: A total of 514 abstracts were reviewed, with 284 studies meeting criteria for full review...
August 22, 2016: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
Darcy J Price
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September 2016: Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine
José R Soberón, Joseph W Crookshank, Bobby D Nossaman, Clint E Elliott, Leslie E Sisco-Wise, Scott F Duncan
PURPOSE: Limited data exist regarding the role of perineural blockade of the distal median, ulnar, and radial nerves as a primary anesthetic in patients undergoing hand surgery. We conducted a prospective and randomized pilot study to compare these techniques to brachial plexus blocks as a primary anesthetic in this patient population. METHODS: Sixty patients scheduled for hand surgery were randomized to receive either an ultrasound-guided supraclavicular, infraclavicular, or axillary nerve block (brachial plexus blocks) or ultrasound-guided median, ulnar, and radial nerve blocks performed at the level of the mid to proximal forearm (forearm blocks)...
October 2016: Journal of Hand Surgery
Horst Claassen, Oliver Schmitt, Andreas Wree, Marko Schulze
INTRODUCTION: Variations in the brachial plexus are the rule rather than the exception. This fact is of special interest for the anesthetist when planning axillary block of brachial plexus. MATERIAL AND METHODS: 167 cadaver arms were evaluated for variations in brachial plexus, with focus on the cords of the plexus, the loop of the median nerve, and the course of the median, musculocutaneous, ulnar, axillary and radial nerves. In addition, concomitant arterial variations were recorded...
August 6, 2016: Annals of Anatomy, Anatomischer Anzeiger: Official Organ of the Anatomische Gesellschaft
Ritu Baloda, Jatinder Paul Singh Bhupal, Parmod Kumar, Gurjit Singh Gandhi
INTRODUCTION: Brachial plexus block is an excellent method for attaining optimal operating conditions by producing complete muscular relaxation, maintaining stable intraoperative haemodynamics and the associated sympathetic block. In addition, they provide extended postoperative analgesia with minimal side effects. Different adjuvants have been described in literature to hasten the onset and prolong the duration of block. The present study was conducted to study the effect of adding dexamethasone to levobupivacaine in supraclavicular brachial plexus block...
June 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
George Paraskevas, Konstantinos Koutsouflianiotis, Kalliopi Iliou, Theodosios Bitsis, Panagiotis Kitsoulis
A double upper subscapular nerve on the right side was detected in a male cadaver, with the proximal one arising from the suprascapular nerve and the distal one from the posterior division of the upper trunk of the brachial plexus. Both of them penetrated and supplied the uppermost portion of the right subscapularis muscle. That anatomic variation was associated with a median nerve formed by two lateral roots. The origin and pattern of the upper subscapular nerve displays high variability, however the presented combination of the variable origin of a double upper subscapular nerve has rarely been described in the literature...
June 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
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