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epidural anaesthesia

Miki Katzir, Svetlana Tov, Ayelet Eran, Gill E Sviri
Intracranial hypotension can be a complication of epidural anaesthesia. Pure clinical spinal hypotension manifesting as acute transient quadriplegia following epidural anaesthesia is a severe, life-threatening complication that have not been described before. This complication can be solved with an epidural blood patch; thus, it should be familiar to doctors across all specialities.
October 21, 2016: British Journal of Neurosurgery
R S Monteiro, D P Dob, M R Cauldwell, M A Gatzoulis
Women with a single ventricle circulation palliated with the Fontan operation require specialist multidisciplinary management. We report 14 such cases with successful pregnancies and detail the pathophysiology encountered. A combined obstetric and cardiac service between Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and Royal Brompton Hospital provides care for women with heart disease, and maintains a prospective database of referred women. We searched this database for women with a known Fontan circulation and reviewed the case notes and electronic patient records between January 1994 and December 2015...
September 7, 2016: International Journal of Obstetric Anesthesia
N S Abyshov, A G Abdullaev, E D Zakirdzhaev, R A Guliev, M B Akhmedov, G T Tagizade, G M Zeinalova, L D Mamedova
AIM: to evaluate the results of combined treatment of thromboangiitis obliterans with severe lower limb ischemia using prolonged epidural anaesthesia and autohemotherapy with ozone. MATERIAL AND METHODS: It was analyzed treatment of 125 patients with thromboangiitis obliterans and severe lower limb ischemia. Patients were divided into 2 groups. Control group consisted of 60 patients who underwent conventional perioperative therapy with anticoagulants, antiplatelet agents, dextrans, metabolic drugs, glucocorticoids, angioprotectors, narcotic and non-narcotic analgesics...
2016: Khirurgiia
H Virgin, E Oddby, J G Jakobsson
INTRODUCTION: Epidural analgesia is commonly used for management of pain during childbirth. Need for emergent Caesarean section e.g. because of signs of foetal distress or lack of progress is however not an uncommon event. In females having an established epidural; general anaesthesia, top-up of the epidural or putting a spinal are all possible options. Dosing of the spinal anaesthesia in females having epidural is a matter of discussion. PRESENTATION OF CASE: We describe a healthy 32 years, 0 para mother in gestation week 36 having labour epidural analgesia but due to foetal distress scheduled for an emergent Caesarean section category 2 that developed upper extremity weakness and respiratory depression after administration of standard dose high density bupivacaine/morphine/fentanyl intrathecal anaesthesia...
October 3, 2016: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
Manuel Villanueva, Álvaro Iborra, Guillermo Rodríguez, Pablo Sanz-Ruiz
BACKGROUND: Isolated gastrocnemius contracture is thought to lead to numerous conditions. Although many techniques have been described for gastrocnemius recession, potential anesthetic, cosmetic, and wound-related complications can lead to patient dissatisfaction. Open and endoscopic recession techniques require epidural anesthesia, lower limb ischemia, and stitches and may lead to damage of the sural nerve, which is not under the complete control of the surgeon at all stages of the procedure...
October 3, 2016: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
Yoon-Jung Shon, Jin Huh, Sung-Sik Kang, Seung-Kil Bae, Ryeong-Ah Kang, Duk-Kyung Kim
OBJECTIVE: To compare the effects of saddle, lumbar epidural and caudal blocks on anal sphincter tone using anorectal manometry. METHODS: Patients undergoing elective anorectal surgery with regional anaesthesia were divided randomly into three groups and received a saddle (SD), lumbar epidural (LE), or caudal (CD) block. Anorectal manometry was performed before and 30 min after each regional block. The degree of motor blockade of the anal sphincter was compared using the maximal resting pressure (MRP) and the maximal squeezing pressure (MSP)...
September 29, 2016: Journal of International Medical Research
Mareike Arnholz, Stephan Hungerbühler, Clarissa Weil, Alexandra F Schütter, Karl Rohn, Julia Tünsmeyer, Sabine B R Kästner
OBJECTIVE: Comparison of ultrasound-guided femoral and sciatic nerve block versus epidural anaesthesia with bupivacaine and morphine for orthopaedic surgery of the pelvic limb in dogs with respect to analgesic effectiveness, clinical utility and side effects. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The study included 22 dogs (American Society of Anesthesiologists, ASA grades I and II) undergoing orthopaedic surgery distal to the mid-femoral bone. The study was designed as a randomized, prospective, blinded clinical trial...
September 27, 2016: Tierärztliche Praxis. Ausgabe K, Kleintiere/Heimtiere
S H Lee, H J Ahn, S M Yeon, M Yang, J A Kim, D M Jung, J H Park
Atrial fibrillation is the most frequent arrhythmia after thoracic surgery and is associated with increased hospital costs, morbidity and mortality. In this study, we aimed to identify potentially modifiable risk factors for postoperative atrial fibrillation following lung resection surgery and to suggest possible measures to reduce risk. We retrospectively reviewed the medical records of 4731 patients who underwent lobectomy or more major lung resection over a 6-year period. Patients who developed atrial fibrillation postoperatively and required treatment were included in the postoperative atrial fibrillation group, while the remaining patients were assigned to the non-postoperative atrial fibrillation group...
September 26, 2016: Anaesthesia
Antonio Siniscalchi, Lorenzo Gamberini, Tommaso Bardi, Cristiana Laici, Elisa Gamberini, Letizia Francorsi, Stefano Faenza
AIM: To evaluate the potential benefits and risks of the use of epidural anaesthesia within an enhanced recovery protocol in this specific subpopulation. METHODS: A retrospective review was conducted, including all cirrhotic patients who underwent open liver resection between January 2013 and December 2015 at Bologna University Hospital. Patients with an abnormal coagulation profile contraindicating the placement of an epidural catheter were excluded from the analysis...
September 18, 2016: World Journal of Hepatology
Shardul Soman, G D Tharadara, Naitik Chhatrala, Shubham Jain
INTRODUCTION: Extramedullary hematopoeisis (EMH) is defined as formation of blood cells outside the bone marrow. It occurs most commonly in the liver and spleen in patients having disorders that lead to chronic anaemia. EMH in spinal canal is a very rare site and cauda equina syndrome due to EMH has very few cases presented in literature. CASE PRESENTATION: A 28 year old male patient presented with complain of incontinenance of bladder and bowel along with saddle anaesthesia from 10 days...
2016: International Journal of Spine Surgery
V A Eley, L K Callaway, A A J van Zundert, J Lipman, C Gallois
Caring for obese pregnant women presents challenges for all medical professionals. Despite a lack of supporting evidence, expert opinion and international guidelines suggest early labour epidural insertion for obese women. Anecdotally this is not supported by all anaesthetists. This qualitative study explored the experiences of anaesthetists regarding early epidural analgesia in obese parturients, to answer the research question: Are anaesthetists consistent in how they apply early epidural analgesia in obese parturients? Personal in-depth interviews with 42 specialist anaesthetists working in south-east Queensland, Australia, were completed between February and April, 2015...
September 2016: Anaesthesia and Intensive Care
A M-H Ho, M K Karmakar, S K Ng, S Wan, C S H Ng, R H L Wong, S K C Chan, G M Joynt
We conducted a small pilot observational study of the effects of bilateral thoracic paravertebral block (BTPB) as an adjunct to perioperative analgesia in coronary artery bypass surgery patients. The initial ropivacaine dose prior to induction of general anaesthesia was 3 mg/kg, which was followed at the end of the surgery by infusion of ropivacaine 0.25% 0.1 ml/kg/hour on each side (e.g. total 35 mg/hour for a 70 kg person). The BTPB did not eliminate the need for supplemental opioids after CABG in the eight patients studied...
September 2016: Anaesthesia and Intensive Care
V A Eley, A A J van Zundert, J Lipman, L K Callaway
Increasing rates of obesity in western populations present management difficulties for clinicians caring for obese pregnant women. Various governing bodies have published clinical guidelines for the care of obese parturients. These guidelines refer to two components of anaesthetic care: anaesthetic consultation in the antenatal period for women with a body mass index (BMI) ≥ 40 kg/m(2) and the provision of early epidural analgesia in labour. These recommendations are based on the increased incidence of obstetric complications and the predicted risks and difficulties in providing anaesthetic care...
September 2016: Anaesthesia and Intensive Care
Clare Newton Dunn, Qianpian Zhang, Josh Tjunrong Sia, Pryseley Nkouibert Assam, Shephali Tagore, Ban Leong Sng
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: A decision-to-delivery interval (DDI) of 30 min for category-one caesarean section (CS) deliveries is the standard of practice recommended by clinical guidelines. Our institution established a protocol for category-one ('crash') CS to expedite deliveries. The aim of this study is to evaluate DDI, factors that affect DDI and the mode of anaesthesia for category-one CS. METHODS: This retrospective cohort study evaluated 390 women who underwent category-one CS in a tertiary obstetric centre...
August 2016: Indian Journal of Anaesthesia
D A McDonald, A H Deakin, B M Ellis, Y Robb, T E Howe, A W G Kinninmonth, N B Scott
AIMS: This non-blinded randomised controlled trial compared the effect of patient-controlled epidural analgesia (PCEA) versus local infiltration analgesia (LIA) within an established enhanced recovery programme on the attainment of discharge criteria and recovery one year after total knee arthroplasty (TKA). The hypothesis was that LIA would increase the proportion of patients discharged from rehabilitation by the fourth post-operative day but would not affect outcomes at one year. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A total of 242 patients were randomised; 20 were excluded due to failure of spinal anaesthesia leaving 109 patients in the PCEA group and 113 in the LIA group...
September 2016: Bone & Joint Journal
Lorenzo Ball, Giulia Pellerano, Laura Corsi, Nadia Giudici, Anna Pellegrino, Daniela Cannata, Gregorio Santori, Domenico Palombo, Paolo Pelosi, Angelo Gratarola
BACKGROUND: We compared a bundle of interventions including wound infiltration and continuous infusion with local anaesthetics plus a single morphine bolus (CWI-M) with continuous epidural infusion (CEI) as postoperative analgesia. METHODS: Fifty-one adults undergoing open abdominal aortic aneurysm repair were randomised in this non-inferiority open-label trial. In the CEI group, patients received thoracic epidural levobupivacaine 0.12% plus sufentanil 0.4 g·ml-1 infusion for 48h...
August 30, 2016: Minerva Anestesiologica
Q Tang, X Li, L Yu, Y Hao, G Lu
PURPOSE: To compare the analgesic effect of preoperative ropivacaine with or without tramadol for femoral nerve block in total knee arthroplasty (TKA). METHODS: 14 men and 46 women aged 59 to 80 years who were American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) grade I or II and were scheduled for TKA were randomised to receive preoperative femoral nerve block with 20 ml of 0.375% ropivacaine plus tramadol 0 mg (n=15), 50 mg (n=15), or 100 mg (n=15), or no preoperative femoral nerve block (control) [n=15]...
August 2016: Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery
Wan Muhd Shukeri Wan Fadzlina, Wan Hassan Wan Mohd Nazaruddin, Mohamad Zaini Rhendra Hardy
BACKGROUND: Inadvertent perioperative hypothermia (IPH) is a common problem, despite advancements in a variety of warming systems. The use of a resistive heating blanket (RHB) is a common but costly approach to patient warming. We have introduced the use of a heat-band in our centre as a cost-effective alternative to the RHB for patient warming. The efficacy of the heat-band in preventing IPH during laparotomy for gynaecological surgeries was compared with that of the RHB. METHODS: Thirty-two patients undergoing surgeries under combined general-epidural anaesthesia, with an expected duration of surgery of 2-4 h, were randomised to receive either the heat-band or RHB...
March 2016: Malaysian Journal of Medical Sciences: MJMS
K El-Boghdadly, C Madjdpour, K J Chin
Thoracic paravertebral blocks (TPVBs) have an extensive evidence base as part of a multimodal analgesic strategy for thoracic and breast surgery and have gained popularity with the advent of ultrasound guidance. However, this role is poorly defined in the context of abdominal surgery. We performed a systematic review of randomized controlled trials, to clarify the impact of TPVB on perioperative analgesic outcomes in adult abdominal surgery. We identified 20 published trials involving a total of 1044 patients that met inclusion criteria; however there was significant heterogeneity in terms of type of surgery, TPVB technique, comparator groups and study quality...
September 2016: British Journal of Anaesthesia
Anjana Sahu, Indirani H Kumar
A 70-year-old female patient, known case of hypertension and incomplete Left bundle branch block (LBBB), posted for bipolar hemiarthroplasty. A geriatric patient with LBBB and systemic hypertension is a fatal combination; it may precipitate into complete AV dissociation during anaesthesia and surgical stress. We are reporting this interesting case as our patient had developed complete Atrioventricular (AV) dissociation when scheduled earlier for surgery and got postponed. We had given combined spinal epidural anaesthesia and managed successfully without any complication...
June 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
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