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Spinal and epidural anesthesia

David Altschul, Andrew Kobets, Jonathan Nakhla, Ajit Jada, Rani Nasser, Merritt D Kinon, Reza Yassari, John Houten
OBJECTIVE Postoperative urinary retention (POUR) is a common problem leading to morbidity and an increased hospital stay. There are limited data regarding its baseline incidence in patients undergoing spinal surgery and the risk factors with which it may be associated. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the incidence of POUR in elective spine surgery patients and determine the factors associated with its occurrence. METHODS The authors retrospectively reviewed the records of patients who had undergone elective spine surgery and had been prospectively monitored for POUR during an 18-month period...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Neurosurgery. Spine
Chetna Shamshery, Ashish Kannaujia, Rajashree Madabushi, Dinesh Singh, Divya Srivastava, Shobhana Jafa
BACKGROUND: Central neuraxial blockade (CNB) is an established technique of providing anesthesia for surgeries of the lower limb and abdomen. Hypotension is the most common side effect of CNB. It was hypothesized that by supplementing the initial burst of vasopressin following hypovolemia, hypotension following combined spinal epidural anesthesia (CSEA) could be avoided. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 122 patients undergoing lower limb and abdomen surgeries were included in the study, with 61 patients randomized into two groups - I and II...
September 2016: Anesthesia, Essays and Researches
Ji Hee Hong, Jung Hue Oh, Ki Bum Park
BACKGROUND: Thoracic epidural anesthesia is frequently used to maintain intraoperative and postoperative analgesia. Frequently, 3 ml of local anesthetic is used as a test dose, or for intermittent epidural injection. We assessed the extent of the spread of 3 ml of contrast medium in the thoracic epidural space and attempted to identify any correlating factors affecting the epidurography. METHODS: A total of 70 patients were enrolled in the study, and thoracic epidural catheterizations were performed under fluoroscopic guidance...
October 2016: Korean Journal of Pain
Maciej Sobkowski, Zbigniew Celewicz, Jarosław Kalinka, Krzysztof Szymanowski, Marcin Serafin, Katarzyna Śmieja, Anna Grzymała-Figura, Kinga Pacocha, Izabela Pieniążek, Jacek Walczak, Agnieszka Żyła, Adam Bierut
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to compare the costs of using carbetocin in the prevention of uterine atony following delivery of the infant by Cesarean section (C-section) under epidural or spinal anesthesia with standard methods of prevention (SMP). MATERIAL AND METHODS: This retrospective multicenter study was based on data from three medical centers. A questionnaire was developed to gather patient records on consumption and costs of resources related to C-section, prevention of uterine atony and postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) treatment...
2016: Ginekologia Polska
Xiangdi Yu, Fangxiang Zhang
BACKGROUND: Pain during cesarean delivery is one of the more common reasons for a successful medicolegal claim. However, creating an extensive block area can result in hypotension, so determining the precise dose of local anesthetic is critical. OBJECTIVES: Investigate effects of parturient height on the median effective dose (ED50) of intrathecally-administered ropivacaine. DESIGN: Prospective cross-sectional analytic study. SETTING: Anesthesiology department in a provinicial hospital in China...
September 2016: Annals of Saudi Medicine
Hee Yong Kang, Sang Wook Lee, Eun Pyo Hong, Yeo Hae Sim, Su-Mi Lee, Sung Wook Park, Jong-Man Kang
Spinal myoclonus following neuraxial anesthesia is rare. This report describes a case of myoclonus-like involuntary movement that occurred during the recovery from epidural anesthesia for a cesarean delivery. The patient's symptom improved with the administration of benzodiazepine, and the patient recovered with no neurological sequelae. In conclusion, epidural anesthesia can cause spinal myoclonus, which can be treated with a benzodiazepine.
November 2016: Journal of Clinical Anesthesia
Young Ri Kim, Ji Won Choi, Woo Seog Sim, Chul Joong Lee, Choohoon Chang
STUDY OBJECTIVE: Elderly patients with degenerative knee disease may have accompanying degenerative spine conditions. There are no studies on lumbar epidural catheter withdrawal forces in these patients. The aim of this study was to investigate withdrawal forces and possible associated risk factors in patients undergoing total knee arthroplasty (TKA). DESIGN: Prospective randomized trial. SETTING: Operating room and ward in a university hospital...
November 2016: Journal of Clinical Anesthesia
JiHee Hong, Sung Won Jung
BACKGROUND: Thoracic epidural anesthesia (TEA) is frequently used to maintain intraoperative analgesia. After injecting the initial bolus dose of epidural local anesthetics (LA), intermittent injection of LA through an epidural catheter is required to maintain the intraoperative analgesia. For intermittent epidural administration, usually 2 - 5 mL of LA has been used. However, no studies have suggested an optimal volume of LA of TEA for intermittent epidural administration of TEA. OBJECTIVE: We focused on identifying an optimal volume of LA of TEA using epidurography of the thoracic level with 2 different volumes of contrast dye...
September 2016: Pain Physician
Chukwudi O Chiaghana, Justin M Bremer, Joshua W Sappenfield, Adam L Wendling
OBJECTIVE: Neuraxial hematoma is a rare complication of spinal or epidural anesthesia. However, variable coagulation factor defects are relatively common in patients with Fontan circulation, and may predispose such patients to either increased risk of thrombosis or coagulopathy. These defects may indirectly increase their risk of neuraxial hematoma. CASE REPORT: We report a case of delayed neuraxial hematoma after the start of full-dose anticoagulation for pulmonary embolus on a postpartum patient with Fontan physiology who had continuous spinal anesthesia for cesarean delivery 4 days earlier...
September 22, 2016: Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine
Merja Kokki, Marja Heikkinen, Elina Kumpulainen, Aura Vähäoja, Hannu Kokki
BACKGROUND: Several factors are thought to affect the spread and duration of spinal anesthesia (SA) in adults. These include the volume of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in the lumbar spinal canal, which has a negative correlation with both the spread and duration of the sensory block. OBJECTIVES: We evaluated whether CSF aspiration before an injection of levobupivacaine affected the spread or duration of SA in children. PATIENTS AND METHODS: SA was induced by levobupivacaine (5 mg/mL, 0...
June 2016: Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
Issam Mouchrif, Adnane Berdaii, Ismail Labib, Moustapha Harrandou
Meningitis is a rare but serious complication of epidural and spinal anesthesia. Bacterial meningitis is mainly caused by Gram-positive cocci, implying an exogenous contamination which suggests a lack of asepsis. The evolution is usually favorable after treatment, but at the expense of increased health care costs and, sometimes, of significant neurological sequelae. We report a case of bacterial meningitis after spinal anesthesia for caesarean section.
2016: Pan African Medical Journal
Wei-Feng Liu, Hai-Hua Shu, Guo-Dong Zhao, Shu-Ling Peng, Jin-Fang Xiao, Guan-Rong Zhang, Ke-Xuan Liu, Wen-Qi Huang
OBJECTIVE: This multicenter, randomized, placebo-controlled study evaluated the efficacy and side effects of parecoxib during patient-controlled epidural analgesia (PCEA) after abdominal hysterectomy. METHODS: A total of 240 patients who were scheduled for elective abdominal hysterectomy under combined spinal-epidural anesthesia received PCEA plus postoperative intravenous parecoxib 40 mg or saline every 12 h for 48 h after an initial preoperative dose of parecoxib 40 mg or saline...
2016: PloS One
Qian Chen, Chun Huang, Ya-Jun Zhang
The aim of the study was to assess the effect of commonly used intravertebral anesthesia on bone cement implantation syndrome (BCIS) in aged patients undergoing hemiarthroplasty.The medical records of 1210 aged patients receiving hemiarthroplasty under intravertebral anesthesia were retrospectively reviewed. Anesthesia charts for all patients were reviewed for central venous pressure, mean arterial pressure, arterial oxygen saturation, and heart rate before, during, and after cementation. Each patient was classified into no BCIS (grade 0) or BCIS grade 1, 2, or 3 according to the degree of hypotension, arterial desaturation, or loss of consciousness around cementation...
September 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Amit Bardia, Akshay Sood, Feroze Mahmood, Vwaire Orhurhu, Ariel Mueller, Mario Montealegre-Gallegos, Marc R Shnider, Klaas H J Ultee, Marc L Schermerhorn, Robina Matyal
Importance: Epidural analgesia (EA) is used as an adjunct procedure for postoperative pain control during elective abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) surgery. In addition to analgesia, modulatory effects of EA on spinal sympathetic outflow result in improved organ perfusion with reduced complications. Reductions in postoperative complications lead to shorter convalescence and possibly improved 30-day survival. However, the effect of EA on long-term survival when used as an adjunct to general anesthesia (GA) during elective AAA surgery is unknown...
September 7, 2016: JAMA Surgery
Alexander Seitel, Samira Sojoudi, Jill Osborn, Abtin Rasoulian, Saman Nouranian, Victoria A Lessoway, Robert N Rohling, Purang Abolmaesumi
Spinal needle injections are guided by fluoroscopy or palpation, resulting in radiation exposure and/or multiple needle re-insertions. Consequently, guiding these procedures with live ultrasound has become more popular, but images are still challenging to interpret. We introduce a guidance system based on augmentation of ultrasound images with a patient-specific 3-D surface model of the lumbar spine. We assessed the feasibility of the system in a study on 12 patients. The system could accurately provide augmentations of the epidural space and the facet joint for all subjects...
September 1, 2016: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
Esra Uyar Türkyilmaz, Nuray Camgöz Eryilmaz, Nihan Aydin Güzey, Özlem Moraloğlu
BACKGROUND: Post-dural puncture headache (PDPH) is an important complication of neuroaxial anesthesia and more frequently noted in pregnant women. The pain is described as severe, disturbing and its location is usually fronto-occipital. The conservative treatment of PDPH consists of bed rest, fluid theraphy, analgesics and caffeine. Epidural blood patch is gold standard theraphy but it is an invasive method. The greater occipital nerve (GON) is formed of sensory fibers that originate in the C2 and C3 segments of the spinal cord and it is the main sensory nerve of the occipital region...
September 2016: Brazilian Journal of Anesthesiology
Mark J Lenart, Jeffrey M Carness
A 23-year-old woman at 41 weeks and 6 days estimated gestational age underwent continuous spinal analgesia for labor after a recognized, unintended dural puncture. Excellent analgesia was maintained throughout labor and vaginal delivery, the intrathecal catheter was left in situ for 24 hours postpartum, and the catheter was subsequently removed without apparent complication. On physical examination during her anesthesia postoperative visit, clear fluid was noted to be slowly draining from the catheter insertion site...
September 1, 2016: A & A Case Reports
Agnes M Lamon, Ashraf S Habib
Obesity is a worldwide epidemic. It is associated with increased comorbidities and increased maternal, fetal, and neonatal complications. The risk of cesarean delivery is also increased in obese parturients. Anesthetic management of the obese parturient is challenging and requires adequate planning. Therefore, those patients should be referred to antenatal anesthetic consultation. Anesthesia-related complications and maternal mortality are increased in this patient population. The risk of difficult intubation is increased in obese patients...
2016: Local and Regional Anesthesia
Zhongheng Zhang, Xiao Xu, Hongying Ni
We here presented a 65-year-old woman with disseminated Staphylococcus aureus infection following spinal anesthesia. The patient underwent spinal anesthesia for great saphenous vein stripping. Twenty days after the procedure, the patient developed hydrocephalus, pulmonary infection, and epidural abscess. Microbiological culture of the pus showed infection by S aureus. Appropriate antibiotic therapy and prompt surgical abscess drainage were associated with good outcome. Hydrocephalus is thought to be associated with arachnoiditis caused by S aureus infection, which provides new insights into the pathophysiology of arachnoiditis...
September 2016: Journal of Clinical Anesthesia
J Geng, M Li
A patient with previous L3-4 posterior lumbar interbody fusion, pedicle screws instrumentation and L3-4 decompression, was scheduled for left total hip arthroplasty. Two years ago, due to poor landmarks palpation, the patient experienced a failed lumbar puncture after multiple attempts before herniorrhaphy. His plain radiography showed bilateral partial laminectomy at L3-4 level, and between L3 and L4, two posterior pedicle screws connected by metal rods on both sides. This time, we used ultrasound to locate L4-5 interlaminar space in paramedian sagittal oblique view and identified the spine midline by transverse interlaminar view before puncture...
February 18, 2016: Beijing da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Peking University. Health Sciences
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