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Thoracic anesthesia

Simon A Filson, Danielle Yarhi, Yitzhak Ramon
: The authors present 25 cases and an in-depth 4-minute video of fully awake aesthetic breast reduction, which was made possible by thoracic epidural anesthesia. There are obvious and important advantages to this technique. Not only does this allow for intraoperative patient cooperation (i.e., patient self-positioning and opinion for comparison of breasts), meaning a shorter and more efficient intraoperative time, there also is a reduction in postoperative pain, complications, recovery, and discharge times...
November 2016: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Chris Durkin, Travis Schisler, Jens Lohser
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Despite marked improvements in perioperative outcomes, esophagectomy continues to be a high-risk operation associated with significant morbidity and mortality. Progress has been achieved through evidence-based changes in preoperative optimization, intraoperative ventilation strategies, fluid therapy, and analgesia, as well as expedited postoperative recovery pathways. This review will summarize the recent literature on the anesthetic management of patients undergoing esophageal resection...
October 18, 2016: Current Opinion in Anaesthesiology
Chang Amber Liu, Jinghu Sui, Charles J Coté, Thomas A Anderson
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Caudal anesthesia is a common and effective regional anesthesia technique in pediatric patients. The addition of epinephrine to local anesthetics in caudal anesthesia is a frequent practice; however, changes in hemodynamic and cardiac parameters produced by epinephrine in caudal anesthesia are not well studied. Using data collected with the ICON noninvasive cardiac output monitor, we examined the hemodynamic changes associated with the administration of epinephrine containing local anesthetics during caudal anesthesia in children...
October 11, 2016: Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine
Ashutosh Sahu, Rajnish Kumar, Mumtaz Hussain, Ajit Gupta, K H Raghwendra
BACKGROUND: Regional anesthesia using paravertebral block has been suggested as an ideal adjunct to general anesthesia for modified radical mastectomy. Paravertebral block is an effective management of peri-operative pain for Modified radical mastectomy, however, there are no established guidelines regarding what is the most suitable strategy when varying drugs and dosages between different groups. AIM: To evaluate the effectiveness of paravertebral block comparing the most frequently employed drugs in this procedure (bupivacaine vs ropivacaine)...
September 2016: Anesthesia, Essays and Researches
S Parthasarathy, R Sripriya, N Krishnaveni
Intestinal obstruction is associated with significant morbidity and mortality. Scientific assessment of the cause, site of obstruction, appropriate correction of the fluid deficit and electrolyte imbalance with preoperative stabilization of blood gases is ideal as a preoperative workup. Placement of a preoperative epidural catheter especially in the thoracic interspace takes care of perioperative pain and stress reduction. Intraoperative management by controlled general anesthesia administering a relative high inspired fraction of oxygen with invasive monitoring in selected sick cases is mandatory...
September 2016: Anesthesia, Essays and Researches
Marcello Migliore, Francesco Borrata, Marco Nardini, Alessandra Criscione, Damiano Calvo, Mariapia Gangemi, Francesco Scalieri
Since 1998, we started a clinical program for awake video-assisted thoracic surgery in our unit using four-step local anesthesia and sedation. Throughout the years, we experienced several difficult cases, three of them had complications postpneumonectomy. The aim of this paper is to report these three cases.
October 17, 2016: Future Oncology
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
Mineto Kamata, Corey Stiver, Aymen Naguib, Dmitry Tumin, Joseph D Tobias
OBJECTIVES: The objectives of this study were to evaluate the effect of ventricular morphology on perioperative outcomes during Fontan surgery. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study. SETTING: Single standing, not-for-profit pediatric hospital. PARTICIPANTS: A total of 72 patients who underwent Fontan surgery using cardiopulmonary bypass without aortic cross-clamp between January 1, 2009 and December 31, 2014. INTERVENTIONS: None...
July 19, 2016: Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
Rikard Ambrus, Rune B Strandby, Niels H Secher, Kim Rünitz, Morten B S Svendsen, Lonnie G Petersen, Michael P Achiam, Lars B Svendsen
BACKGROUND: Thoracic epidural analgesia (TEA) is used for pain relief during and after abdominal surgery, but the effect of TEA on the splanchnic microcirculation remains debated. We evaluated whether TEA affects splanchnic microcirculation in the pig. METHODS: Splanchnic microcirculation was assessed in nine pigs prior to and 15 and 30 min after induction of TEA. Regional blood flow was assessed by neutron activated microspheres and changes in microcirculation by laser speckle contrast imaging (LSCI)...
October 6, 2016: BMC Anesthesiology
Joanne F Irons, Lachlan F Miles, Kaustuv R Joshi, Andrew A Klein, Marco Scarci, Piergiorgio Solli, Guillermo Martinez
OBJECTIVE: General anesthesia with endobronchial intubation and one-lung positive-pressure ventilation always has been considered mandatory for thoracic surgery. Recently, there has been interest in nonintubated techniques for video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) in awake and sedated patients. The authors' center developed a nonintubated technique with spontaneous ventilation with the patient under general anesthesia using a supraglottic airway device. The authors believe that this was the first study to compare a nonintubated general anesthetic technique with an intubated general anesthetic technique for VATS...
July 7, 2016: Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
Marcus Hards, Arisa Harada, Isobel Neville, Sheelagh Harwell, Mahwash Babar, Abdulsatar Ravalia, Giles Davies
STUDY OBJECTIVES: To determine the effectiveness of serratus plane block performed under direct vision on postoperative pain after mastectomy. DESIGN: We performed a retrospective study of elective breast surgery patients undergoing mastectomy over 6 months. We collected data on the outcomes for the pain score and use of analgesia in recovery, the use of analgesia and antiemetics overnight, and the pain score and mobilization status of the patient 1 day after the operation...
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
Youn Joung Cho, Jungil Bae, Tae Kyong Kim, Deok Man Hong, Jeong-Hwa Seo, Jae-Hyon Bahk, Yunseok Jeon
General anesthesia can affect microcirculatory properties. However, differential effects on the microcirculation according to the anesthetic technique used during thoracoscopic surgery have not been well documented. We conducted a randomized clinical trial in which the effects of desflurane and propofol, both with remifentanil, on systemic arterial oxygenation during one-lung ventilation were compared in patients undergoing thoracoscopic surgery. As a subgroup analysis, we compared the effects of two commonly used anesthetic techniques, desflurane-remifentanil (n = 52) and propofol-remifentanil (n = 48), on tissue oxygen saturation using a vascular occlusion test in patients undergoing thoracoscopic surgery...
September 26, 2016: Journal of Clinical Monitoring and Computing
Sandra Kampe, Bianca Geismann, Gerhard Weinreich, Georgios Stamatis, Uwe Ebmeyer, Hans J Gerbershagen
BACKGROUND:  Chronic post-thoracotomy pain (CPP) has a high incidence. However, less is known about risk factors and the influence of different analgesia therapies. METHODS:  In this prospective cohort study, patients either received standardized epidural analgesia or began an oral analgesic protocol with controlled-release oxycodone immediately postoperatively. Patients answered a baseline questionnaire on the day before surgery and a follow-up questionnaire six months postoperatively...
September 20, 2016: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of 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
Kimberly J Dunham-Snary, Danchen Wu, Edward A Sykes, Amar Thakrar, Leah Rg Parlow, Jeffrey D Mewburn, Joel L Parlow, Stephen L Archer
Hypoxic pulmonary vasoconstriction (HPV) is a homeostatic mechanism that is intrinsic to the pulmonary vasculature. Intrapulmonary arteries constrict in response to alveolar hypoxia, diverting blood to better-oxygenated lung segments, thereby optimizing ventilation-perfusion matching and systemic oxygen delivery. In response to alveolar hypoxia, a mitochondrial sensor dynamically changes reactive oxygen species and redox couples in PASMC. This inhibits potassium channels, depolarizes PASMC, activates voltage-gated calcium channels, and increases cytosolic calcium, causing vasoconstriction...
September 16, 2016: Chest
Mikolaj Wojtaszek, Emilia Wnuk, Rafal Maciag, Krzysztof Lamparski, Krzysztof Korzeniowski, Olgierd Rowinski
PURPOSE: To evaluate the efficacy and clinical outcomes of ancillary endovascular procedures in promoting false-lumen (FL) thrombosis (FLT) and preventing aortic expansion in patients after thoracic endografting for type B dissections. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This retrospective review included 15 patients (12 men and 3 women; mean age, 59.6 y). Mean aortic diameter at the time of ancillary treatment was 47.4 mm. Different techniques were used as single procedures or sequentially: covered stent occlusion of detached visceral artery entry tears, occlusion of single entry tears with vascular plugs, or aortic endograft occlusion of multiple FL entry tears...
September 16, 2016: Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology: JVIR
Xin Yu, Zhenping Zhai, Yongfeng Zhao, Zhiming Zhu, Jianbin Tong, Jianqin Yan, Wen Ouyang
The aim of this prospective observational study was to evaluate the performance of lung ultrasound (LUS) in detecting post-operative atelectasis in adult patients under general anesthesia. Forty-six patients without pulmonary comorbidities who were scheduled for elective neurosurgery were enrolled in the study. A total of 552 pairs of LUS clips and thoracic computed tomography (CT) images were ultimately analyzed to determine the presence of atelectasis in 12 prescribed lung regions. The accuracy of LUS in detecting peri-operative atelectasis was evaluated with thoracic CT as gold standard...
September 14, 2016: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
Jeroen Wink, Rob B P de Wilde, Patrick F Wouters, Eveline L A van Dorp, Bernadette Th Veering, Michel I M Versteegh, Leon P H J Aarts, Paul Steendijk
BACKGROUND: Blockade of cardiac sympathetic fibers by thoracic epidural anesthesia may affect right ventricular function and interfere with the coupling between right ventricular function and right ventricular afterload. Our main objectives were to study the effects of thoracic epidural anesthesia on right ventricular function and ventricular-pulmonary coupling. METHODS: In 10 patients scheduled for lung resection, right ventricular function and its response to increased afterload, induced by temporary, unilateral clamping of the pulmonary artery, was tested before and after induction of thoracic epidural anesthesia using combined pressure-conductance catheters...
October 18, 2016: Circulation
Mingxiang Feng, Miao Lin, Yaxin Shen, Hao Wang
A 62-year-old female was admitted to our hospital after computed tomography (CT) revealed a 2.5 cm × 2.1 cm mass in the left upper lobe. PET/CT scan diagnosed as malignant lesion with no signs of metastasis. Under general anesthesia, the patient was placed in right lateral decubitus position. A 4cm incision was made in the 4th intercostal space with plastic protector. The camera was placed in the upper part of the incision and the instruments were inserted below the camera. Left upper lobectomy along with systematic lymphadenectomy was performed...
August 2016: Journal of Thoracic Disease
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