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Ultrasound guided regional anesthesia

Erik Smistad, Daniel Høyer Iversen, Linda Leidig, Janne Beate Lervik Bakeng, Kaj Fredrik Johansen, Frank Lindseth
Ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia can be challenging, especially for inexperienced physicians. The goal of the proposed methods is to create a system that can assist a user in performing ultrasound-guided femoral nerve blocks. The system indicates in which direction the user should move the ultrasound probe to investigate the region of interest and to reach the target site for needle insertion. Additionally, the system provides automatic real-time segmentation of the femoral artery, the femoral nerve and the two layers fascia lata and fascia iliaca...
October 7, 2016: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
Katherine H Dobie, Yaping Shi, Matthew S Shotwell, Warren S Sandberg
STUDY OBJECTIVE: Regional anesthesia and analgesia for shoulder surgery is most commonly performed via interscalene nerve block. We developed an ultrasound-guided technique that specifically targets the C5 nerve root proximal to the traditional interscalene block and assessed its efficacy for shoulder analgesia. DESIGN: Prospective case series. SETTING: Vanderbilt Bone and Joint Surgery Center. PATIENTS: Patients undergoing shoulder arthroscopy at an ambulatory surgery center...
November 2016: Journal of Clinical Anesthesia
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
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
Dragan Marinković, Jovana M Simin, Biljana Drasković, Ivana M Kvrgić, Marina Pandurov
INTRODUCTION: Ultrasound guided lower limb peripheral nerve blocks are efficient for perioperative pain treatment in children. The aim was to see if lower limb peripheral nerve blocks reduced the amount of propofol and opioid analgesics used intraoperatively, as well as the level of pain and consumption of systemic analgesics postoperatively. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A randomized, prospective clinical trial was carried out. It included 60 children between 11 and 18 years of age scheduled for elective knee arthroscopy...
January 2016: Medicinski Pregled
Jens Kessler, Jessica T Wegener, Markus W Hollmann, Markus F Stevens
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia is a challenging, complex skill and requires competence in teaching. The aim of this study was to review current literature on identification of education and learning of ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia and to summarize recent findings on teaching concepts. RECENT FINDINGS: Several teaching programs have been described and implemented into daily routine. Factors relevant to current practice are the knowledge of sonoanatomy, the acquisition of manual skills, the teaching ability, and the feedback given to the trainee...
October 2016: Current Opinion in Anaesthesiology
Sung Hye Byun, Jonghoon Lee, Jong Hae Kim
BACKGROUND: Patients on antiplatelet therapy following percutaneous coronary intervention can become coagulopathic due to infection. Performing regional anesthesia for bilateral surgery in such cases is challenging. We report a case of successful combined inguinal femoral and subgluteal sciatic nerve blocks (CFSNBs) for simultaneous bilateral below-knee amputations in a coagulopathic patient on antiplatelet therapy. METHODS: A 70-year-old male patient presented with pain in both feet due to diabetic foot syndrome...
July 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Andrijan Kartalov, Nikola Jankulovski, Biljana Kuzmanovska, Milka Zdravkovska, Mirjana Shosholcheva, Tatjana Spirovska, Aleksandra Panovska Petrusheva, Marija Tolevska, Marija Srceva, Vesna Durnev, Gjorgji Jota, Redzep Selmani, Atanas Sivevski
BACKGROUND: The transverses abdominals plane block (TAP) is a regional anesthesia technique that provided analgesia to the parietal peritoneum, skin and muscles of the anterior abdominal wall. The aim of this randomized double-blind study was to evaluate postoperative analgesia on patients undergoing open inguinal hernia repair under general anesthesia (GA), (GA + TAP) block preformed with ropivacaine and (GA + TAP-D) block preformed with ropivacaine and 4 mg dexamethasone. METHODS: 90 (ASA I-II) adult patients for unilateral open inguinal hernia repair were included in this study...
2015: Prilozi (Makedonska Akademija Na Naukite i Umetnostite. Oddelenie za Medicinski Nauki)
Maya Keplinger, Peter Marhofer, Wolfgang Klug, Birgit Reiter, Thomas Stimpfl, Stephan C Kettner, Lena Korf, Markus Zeitlinger, Daniela Marhofer, Lydia Triffterer
BACKGROUND: Caudal blockade, although an important technique of pediatric regional anesthesia, is rarely used in children heavier than 30 kg. This reservation is due to anatomical concerns and lack of pharmacokinetic data. We therefore set out to evaluate, in pediatric patients weighing 30-50 kg, the feasibility of ultrasound-guided caudal blockade and the pharmacokinetics of caudally administered ropivacaine. METHODS: Twenty consecutive children were included. General anesthesia was used to ensure a secured airway...
November 2016: Paediatric Anaesthesia
M A Corvetto, J Carmona, M I Vásquez, C Salgueiro, J Crostón, R Sosa, V Folle, F R Altermatt
OBJECTIVE: A survey was conducted in order to obtain a profile of the practice of regional anesthesia in South America, and determine the limitations of its use. METHODS: After institutional ethics committee approval, a link to an online questionnaire was sent by e-mail to anaesthesiologists in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, and Uruguay. The questionnaire was processed anonymously. RESULTS: A total of 1,260 completed questionnaires were received...
July 1, 2016: Revista Española de Anestesiología y Reanimación
R Fuzier, S Lammens, L Becuwe, B Bataille, J C Sleth, D Jochum, E Boselli
A cross-sectional survey study on French practice in ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia was carried out. A questionnaire (demographic data, assessment of the likely benefits of ultrasonography, and its use in daily practice: blocks and hygiene) was emailed to all members of the French-speaking association of anesthesiologists involved in regional anesthesia. The questionnaire was filled out and returned by 634 experienced anesthesiologists. An ultrasound machine was available in 94% of cases. Ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia has become the gold standard technique for three-quarters of responders...
2016: Acta Anaesthesiologica Belgica
Atsushi Sawada, Yukitoshi Niiyama, Michiaki Yamakage
BACKGROUND: We investigated the efficacy of ultrasound (US)-guided caudal epidural block for transrectal ultrasound (TRUS)-guided prostate biopsy. METHODS: Sixty adult patients (ASA I or II) were enrolled in this study and randomized into two groups: group S receiving spinal block (n = 30) and group C receiving US-guided caudal epidural block (n = 30). We measured systolic blood pressure (SBP), heart rate (HR), and degrees of sensory and motor blockade. Procedural time for regional anesthesia was recorded...
May 2016: Masui. the Japanese Journal of Anesthesiology
Nicholas C K Lam, Elizabeth B Baker, Steven J Fishburn, Angie R Hammer, Timothy R Petersen, Edward R Mariano
OBJECTIVES: Learning ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia skills, especially needle/ beam alignment, can be especially difficulty for trainees, who can often become frustrated. We hypothesized that teaching novices to orient the transducer and needle perpendicular to their shoulders will improve performance on a standardized task, compared to holding the transducer and needle parallel to the shoulders. METHODS: This study compared the effects of transducer orientation on trainees' ability to complete a standardized ultrasound-guided nerve block simulation...
July 2016: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
David Arsanious, Spiro Khoury, Edgar Martinez, Ali Nawras, Gregory Filatoff, Hossam Ajabnoor, Umar Darr, Joseph Atallah
UNLABELLED: Hiccups are actions consisting of sudden contractions of the diaphragm and intercostals followed by a sudden inspiration and transient closure of the vocal cords. They are generally short lived and benign; however, in extreme and rare cases, such as esophageal carcinoma, they can become persistent or intractable, up to and involving significant pain, dramatically impacting the patient's quality of life. This case involves a 60-year-old man with a known history of squamous cell carcinoma of the esophagus...
May 2016: Pain Physician
Taylan Akkaya, Alp Alptekin, Derya Özkan
Henceforth, ultrasonography (US) is an indispensible imaging technique in regional anesthesia practice. With the guidance of US, various invasive interventions in chronic pain pathologies of the musculoskeletal system, peripheral and neuroaxial pathologies has become possible. The management includes diagnostic blocks as weel as radiofrequency ablation and institution of neurolythic agents. During these algologic interventions we are able to see the target tissue, the dispersion of the drug and all nearby vascular structures...
April 2016: Aǧrı: Ağrı (Algoloji) Derneği'nin Yayın Organıdır, the Journal of the Turkish Society of Algology
Taylan Akkaya, Alp Alptekin, Derya Özkan
Recently, ultrasonography (US) is an indispensible imaging technique in regional anesthesia practice. With the guidance of US, various invasive interventions in chronic pain pathologies of the musculoskeletal system, peripheral and neuroaxial pathologies has become possible. The management includes diagnostic blocks as weel as radiofrequency ablation and institution of neurolythic agents. During these algologic interventions we are able to see the target tissue, the dispersion of the drug and all nearby vascular structures...
January 2016: Aǧrı: Ağrı (Algoloji) Derneği'nin Yayın Organıdır, the Journal of the Turkish Society of Algology
Medhat M Messeha
BACKGROUND: Lumbar plexus block, combined with a sciatic nerve block, is an effective locoregional anesthetic technique for analgesia and anesthesia of the lower extremity. The aim of this study was to compare the clinical results outcome of the adductor canal block versus the psoas compartment block combined with sciatic nerve block using real time ultrasound guidance in patients undergoing elective laparoscopic knee surgeries. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Ninety patients who were undergoing elective laparoscopic knee surgeries were randomly allocated to receive a sciatic nerve block in addition to lumbar plexus block using either an adductor canal block (ACB) or a posterior psoas compartment approach (PCB) using 25 ml of bupivacine 0...
May 2016: Anesthesia, Essays and Researches
Juan A Juanes, Pablo Alonso, Felipe Hernández, Pablo Ruisoto, Clemente Muriel
INTRODUCTION: Regions considered optimal for performing peripheral nerve blocking have been well documented. However identify and perform regional anesthesia in those regions from ultrasound images remains a challenge. AIM: This study aims to develop a virtual environment for the simulation of ultrasound exploration of the neck nerves and both the upper and lower limbs for regional anesthesia. METHOD: Cross-sectional images were obtained from Magnetic Resonance Imaging for puncture regions involved in ultrasound-guided nerve block...
July 2016: Journal of Medical Systems
Daryl S Henshaw, Sarah L Kittner, Jonathan D Jaffe
Although there are many potentially effective therapeutic options for complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), no definitive treatment exists. Therefore, patients often exhaust both medical and surgical treatment options attempting to find relief for their symptoms. As pain control and restoration of physical movement are primary treatment goals, strategies that include regional anesthesia techniques are commonly employed, but potentially underutilized, treatment modalities. The authors present a patient with refractory CRPS that had significant improvement in both pain control and the ability to tolerate intensive physical therapy following the placement of a superficial radial nerve catheter and an infusion of local anesthetic for 6 days as part of a multimodal analgesic regimen...
June 2016: Journal of Pain & Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy
P Marhofer, K Schebesta, D Marhofer
BACKGROUND: Sterile and clean working conditions are one of the keystones of medical practice and this is also true for ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia. The routine clinical practice in ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia does not always comply with the principles of sterile and clean working conditions in medicine: therefore, patients are exposed to potential hazards regarding the transmission of pathogens via the ultrasound equipment. OBJECTIVE: This article deals with the question of whether sterile working conditions in ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia are a relevant topic with medical and economic implications...
July 2016: Der Anaesthesist
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