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Nancy E Epstein
Background: The risk of spinal cord injury (SCI) due to decreased cord perfusion following thoracic/thoracoabdominal aneurysm surgery (T/TL-AAA) and thoracic endovascular aneurysm repair (TEVAR) ranges up to 20%. For decades, therefore, many vascular surgeons have utilized cerebrospinal fluid drainage (CSFD) to decrease intraspinal pressure and increase blood flow to the spinal cord, thus reducing the risk of SCI/ischemia. Methods: Multiple studies previously recommend utilizing CSFD following T/TL-AAA/TEVAR surgery to treat SCI by increasing spinal cord blood flow...
2018: Surgical Neurology International
Daniela G L Terson de Paleville, Susan J Harkema, Claudia A Angeli
CONTEXT: Four individuals with motor complete SCI with an implanted epidural stimulator who were enrolled in another study were assessed for cardiovascular fitness, metabolic function and body composition at four time points before, during, and after task specific training. Following 80 locomotor training sessions, a 16-electrode array was surgically placed on the dura (L1-S1 cord segments) to allow for electrical stimulation. After implantation individuals received 160 sessions of task specific training with epidural stimulation (stand and step)...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine
Faris Shweikeh, Stephanie Zyck, Fadi Sweiss, Ajleeta Sangtani, Mohammed Shweikeh, Husam Issa, Michael P Steinmetz, Georges Z Markarian
Study design: In this review, we present a case of Aspergillus spinal epidural abscess (ASEA) and review the literature. Objectives: To provide further insight on a rare condition. Setting: A description of a patient with ASEA in a 58-year-old woman that was successfully treated with conservative management is presented. Methods: Following case presentation, a literature search (MedLine and PubMed) and assessment of epidemiology, presentation, diagnosis, treatments, and outcomes is performed...
2018: Spinal Cord Series and Cases
Robert M Van Haren, Reza J Mehran, Arlene M Correa, Mara B Antonoff, Carla M Baker, Ta Charra Woodard, Wayne L Hofstetter, Gabriel E Mena, Jack A Roth, Boris Sepesi, Stephen G Swisher, Ara A Vaporciyan, Garrett L Walsh, David C Rice
BACKGROUND: Enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) pathways aim to improve postoperative recovery through evidence-based practices including early ambulation, multimodal opioid-sparing analgesia, and reduction of surgical stress. The purpose of this study was to evaluate outcomes following implementation of ERAS in patients undergoing resection for pulmonary malignancy. METHODS: A retrospective review compared outcomes for patients undergoing pulmonary resection for primary lung cancer...
March 9, 2018: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Rikke Halberg, Kirsten Neckelmann
Flail chest is a common complication in patients with blunt chest wall traumas resulting in high mortality rates. In this case report a 43-year-old woman was stepped on by a horse, thereby receiving multiple rib fractures and pneumohaemothorax. She was not able to wean from epidural analgesia after ten days and maintained a "thoracic floating feeling". In opposition to the non-operative management previously preferred, a surgical stabilization was then performed in the patient, who was discharged only five days later...
February 19, 2018: Ugeskrift for Laeger
Silvia Duong, Daniela Bravo, Keith J Todd, Roderick J Finlayson, De Q Tran
PURPOSE: Although multiple treatments have been advocated for complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), the levels of supportive evidence are variable and sometimes limited. The purpose of this updated review is to provide a critical analysis of the evidence pertaining to the treatment of CRPS derived from recent randomized-controlled trials (RCTs). SOURCE: The MEDLINE, EMBASE, Psychinfo, and CINAHL databases were searched to identify relevant RCTs conducted on human subjects and published in English between 1 May 2009 and 24 August 2017...
February 28, 2018: Canadian Journal of Anaesthesia, Journal Canadien D'anesthésie
Dragana Radovanović, Zoran Radovanović, Svetlana Škorić-Jokić, Milanka Tatić, Aljoša Mandić, Tatjana Ivković-Kapicl
The aim of the study was to compare thoracic epidural analgesia (TEA) and intravenous patient-controlled analgesia (IV-PCA) after open colorectal cancer surgery. This prospective study included sixty patients scheduled for elective open colorectal surgery and randomized to either postoperative IV-PCA with morphine (n=30) or TEA with a mixture of levobupivacaine, fentanyl and adrenaline (n=30). Th e primary outcome was return of bowel function. The secondary outcome was quality of postoperative analgesia at rest, on coughing and during mobilization...
June 2017: Acta Clinica Croatica
Allan F Simpao, Jorge A Gálvez, Elicia C Wartman, W Randall England, Lezhou Wu, Mohamed A Rehman, Thienkim V Ngo
BACKGROUND: The migration of pediatric thoracic epidural catheters via a thoracic insertion site has been described. We assessed the migration of caudally threaded thoracic epidural catheters in neonates and infants at our institution. METHODS: The anesthesia records and diagnostic imaging studies of neonates and infants who had caudal epidural catheters placed during a 26-month period at our hospital were analyzed. Imaging studies were reviewed for changes in epidural catheter tip position...
February 23, 2018: Anesthesia and Analgesia
M Lacour, V Gilard, F Marguet, S Curey, A Perez, S Derrey
BACKGROUND: Spinal angiolipomas are rare epidural tumours that are usually revealed by chronic symptoms of medullar irritation. We report a case of acute paraplegia caused by spontaneous bleeding revealing a thoracic angiolipoma. CASE DESCRIPTION: A 17-year-old male patient with no previous medical history was admitted for acute onset of paraplegia with bladder retention and loss of sensation in the lower limbs, preceded by dorsal pain during the three previous days...
February 19, 2018: Neuro-Chirurgie
S J Chapman, A Pericleous, C Downey, D G Jayne
BACKGROUND: Postoperative ileus (POI) is characterized by delayed gastrointestinal recovery following surgery. Current knowledge of pathophysiology, clinical interventions and methodological challenges was reviewed to inform modern practice and future research. METHODS: A systematic search of MEDLINE and Embase databases was performed using search terms related to ileus and colorectal surgery. All RCTs involving an intervention to prevent or reduce POI published between 1990 and 2016 were identified...
February 22, 2018: British Journal of Surgery
Stanley Sau Ching Wong, Qiu Qiu, Chi Wai Cheung
OBJECTIVE: Lumbar transforaminal epidural steroid injection is commonly used for treating lumbar radicular pain. We report a case of segmental spinal myoclonus that developed during lumbar transforaminal epidural injection with local anesthetic and steroid. CASE REPORT: A 58-year-old woman with failed back surgery syndrome presented with low back and right L3 and L4 radicular pain. As she had responded well previously to diagnostic selective nerve root injection with local anesthetic at the right L3 and L4 levels, lumbar transforaminal epidural steroid injection at the same levels was scheduled...
February 16, 2018: Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine
Tatsuya Kunigo, Takeshi Murouchi, Shuji Yamamoto, Michiaki Yamakage
Background: Serratus plane block is a thoracic truncal block that has been proposed as alternatives for analgesia such as epidural anesthesia and paravertebral block for the anterolateral chest wall. Previously, we performed the clinical study about optimal volume of the local anesthetic in serratus plane block. The primary aim of this study was to assess the pattern of distribution of dye into the serratus plane of cadavers after ultrasound-guided serratus plane injection. Findings: Ultrasound-guided serratus plane injection was performed at the level of the fourth rib on the mid-axillary line in nine adult Thiel-embalmed cadavers...
2018: JA Clin Rep
Susanth Subramanian, Gandham Edmond Jonathan, Bimal Patel, Krishna Prabhu
INTRODUCTION: Synovial sarcoma is a rare mesenchymal malignant neoplasm that accounts for less than 10% of soft tissue sarcomas. About 95% of the sarcomas occur in the extremities. Primary synovial sarcomas of the spine are a rare tumor arising from the paravertebral regions, paraspinal muscles or epidural spaces. PURPOSE: To report an atypical radiological presentation of synovial sarcoma of the thoracic spine mimicking a nerve sheath tumor in an elderly adult and describe the management with review of the literature...
February 15, 2018: British Journal of Neurosurgery
Nilesh H Pawar, Ealing Loke, Derrick C Aw
Spinal cord infarction (SCI) is a rare type of stroke. The initial magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is usually normal and can mimic the presentation of the acute transverse myelitis (ATM), acute inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy, and compressive myelopathies from neoplasm, epidural or subdural hematoma, or abscess. The aim of this report is to describe and discuss the case of a patient with SCI presenting as a diagnostic confusion with acute transverse myelitis. A 64-year-old male with a medical history of hypertension presented with an acute onset of urinary retention with lower limb weakness...
December 6, 2017: Curēus
Bassel M Elfokery, Sahar A Tawfic, Abdelrahman M Abdelrahman, Dina N Abbas, Ikramy M Abdelghaffar
INTRODUCTION: Acute ipsilateral shoulder pain (ISP) is a common complaint in patients after thoracotomy. The incidence ranges from 21% to 97%. Unfortunately, clinical studies did not put enough focus on ISP post thoracic surgery. AIM OF THE WORK: This study was designed to compare the effectiveness of suprascapular nerve block (SNB) and phrenic nerve infiltration (PNI) for controlling ISP. PATIENTS AND METHODS: One hundred and thirty-five lung cancer patients (135) scheduled for open-lung surgery were randomly allocated into three equal groups; control group: received thoracic epidural with general anesthesia, suprascapular group: (SNB) one hour before the operation with 10 ml bupivacaine plus thoracic epidural with general anesthesia and phrenic nerve group: (PNI) was performed by the operating surgeon with 10 ml bupivacaine plus thoracic epidural with general anesthesia...
February 7, 2018: Journal of the Egyptian National Cancer Institute
Sanjib Das Adhikary, Ashlee Pruett, Mauricio Forero, Venkatesan Thiruvenkatarajan
Post-operative pain after minimally invasive video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) in adults is commonly managed with oral and parenteral opioids and invasive regional techniques such as thoracic epidural blockade. Emerging research has shown that the novel erector spinae plane (ESP) block, can be employed as a simple and safe alternative analgesic technique for acute post-surgical, post-traumatic and chronic neuropathic thoracic pain in adults. We illustrate this by presenting a paediatric case of VATS, in which an ESP block provided better analgesia, due to greater dermatomal coverage, as well as reduced side-effects when compared with a thoracic epidural that had previously been employed on the same patient for a similar procedure on the opposite side...
January 2018: Indian Journal of Anaesthesia
Tariq Wani, Ralph Beltran, Giorgio Veneziano, Faris AlGhamdi, Hatem Azzam, Nahida Akhtar, Dmitry Tumin, Yasser Majid, Joseph D Tobias
BACKGROUND: The distance from the dura to spinal cord is not uniform at different vertebral levels. The dura to spinal cord distance may be a critical factor in avoiding the potential for neurological injury caused by needle trauma after a dural puncture. Typically, the greater the dura to spinal cord distance, the larger the potential safety margin. The objective of our study is to measure dura to spinal cord distance at two thoracic levels T6 -7 , T9 -10 , and one lumbar level L1 -2 using MRI images...
February 6, 2018: Paediatric Anaesthesia
Katelynn Campbell, Asangi R Kumarapeli, Neriman Gokden, Roni Michele Cox, Laura Hutchins, Jerad M Gardner
Melanoma may undergo dedifferentiation and sarcomatous transformation with loss of melanocytic markers. Dedifferentiated melanoma rarely forms true rhabdomyoblasts with skeletal muscle immunophenotype (rhabdomyosarcomatous heterologous component). A 52 year-old woman was diagnosed with invasive melanoma (Breslow depth 0.83 mm) of the upper back in 2012, treated by wide local excision only. In 2013, an axillary mass was excised to show metastatic melanoma with two morphologies: an epithelioid morphology expressing S100 and MART-1 and a spindled morphology with loss of melanocytic markers but strong expression of desmin...
February 5, 2018: Journal of Cutaneous Pathology
Lucas W Thornblade, Yongwoo D Seo, Tracy Kwan, Jane H Cardoso, Eric Pan, Gregory Dembo, Raymond S W Yeung, James O Park
BACKGROUND: Enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) protocols are now commonplace in many fields of surgery, but only limited data exists for their use in hepatobiliary surgery. We implemented standardized ERAS protocols for all open hepatectomies and replaced thoracic epidurals with a transversus abdominis plane (TAP) block. METHODS: We performed a retrospective cohort study of all patients undergoing open hepatectomy during the 14 months before and 19 months after implementation of an ERAS protocol at our institution (January 2014-September 2016)...
February 5, 2018: Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery: Official Journal of the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract
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