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Stephen Yu, John Dundon, Olga Solovyova, Joseph Bosco, Richard Iorio
BACKGROUND: TKA pain management protocols vary widely with no current consensus on a standardized pain management regimen. Multimodal TKA pain management protocols aim to address pain control, facilitate functional recovery, and maintain patient satisfaction. QUESTIONS/PURPOSES: (1) Did changes to our pain management protocol, specifically adding liposomal bupivacaine, eliminating patient-controlled analgesia (PCA), and discontinuing femoral nerve blocks (FNBs), affect narcotic consumption after TKA? (2) Did these changes to our pain management protocols affect patient-reported pain scores? (3) Does the use of an immediate postoperative PCA affect rapid rehabilitation and functional recovery? (4) How did changes to our pain management regimen affect discharge disposition and pain-related Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) scores? METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed an institutional arthroplasty database between September 2013 and September 2015 containing 1808 patients who underwent primary TKA...
January 2018: Clinical Orthopaedics and related Research
Johannes Erhardt, Erwin Fuhrer, Oliver G Gruschke, Jochen Leupold, Matthias C Wapler, Jurgen Hennig, Thomas Stieglitz, Jan G Korvink
Patients suffering from neuronal degenerative diseases are increasingly being equipped with neural implants to treat symptoms or restore functions and increase their quality of life. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) would be the modality of choice for diagnosis and compulsory post-operative monitoring of such patients. However, interactions between the MR environment and implants pose severe health risks to the patient. Nevertheless, neural implant recipients regularly underwent MRI examinations, and adverse events were reported rarely...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Neural Engineering
Qiang Liu, Lu-Lu Gao, Ya-Liang Dai, Yu Wang, Hai-Xia Wang, Xiang-Jiang Luo, Xiao-Min Chai, Guo-Xia Mu, Xiao-Yan Liang, Xi Zhang, Juan Liu, Jian-Qiang Yu, Yu-Xiang Li
Breakthrough pain is an extremely painful symptom that impairs quality of life in cancer patients. It negatively impacts their emotional wellbeing, physical function, and mental health. The aim of this study is to use a qualitative methodology to examine the perception of cancer patients with breakthrough pain in the Northwest of China. A semi-structured, face-to-face interview was conducted with nine cancer patients who experienced breakthrough pain; and a qualitative content analysis was performed. Five themes were generated: (1) sufferings from breakthrough cancer pain, (2) hopelessness and helplessness, (3) perception of breakthrough cancer pain and analgesia, (4) strong as a Chinese, and (5) support needed from health care system...
March 2, 2018: Pain Management Nursing: Official Journal of the American Society of Pain Management Nurses
Nathan R Blue, Cristina Murray-Krezan, Shana Drake-Lavelle, Daniel Weinberg, Bradley D Holbrook, Vivek R Katukuri, Lawrence Leeman, Ellen L Mozurkewich
BACKGROUND: Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug use has been shown to increase blood pressure in non-pregnant adults. Because of this, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists suggests avoiding their use in women with postpartum hypertension; however, evidence to support this recommendation is lacking. OBJECTIVES: Our goal was to test the hypothesis that non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen, adversely affect postpartum blood pressure control in women with preeclampsia with severe features...
March 2, 2018: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Sebastiano Mercadante
Breakthrough cancer pain (BTcP) is an episode of severe intensity in patients receiving an adequate treatment with opioids able to provide at least mild analgesia. BTcP is a heterogeneous condition as episodes vary between individuals. The aim of this article is to review the pharmacologic options for the management of BTcP. Areas covered: Recent reviews revealed that transmucosal preparations of fentanyl provided superior and more rapid pain relief as compared to placebo and oral morphine within the first 30 minutes after dosing...
February 26, 2018: Expert Review of Anticancer Therapy
Sebastiano Mercadante
The aim of this review is to present the way in which episodic breathlessness (EB) has been recognized over the years, with regard to definition, characteristics, and management of these acute episodes that have serious consequences for patients. EB is characterized by a sudden increase in intensity of dyspnea over a short duration of time, leading to high levels of anxiety. A significant aggravation of dyspnea may occur in patients with a background of dyspnea or intermittently even without basal breathlessness...
February 22, 2018: Drugs
Sebastiano Mercadante
BACKGROUND: Oral opioids or other pharmacological or non-pharmacological interventions are often suggested in the management of breakthrough cancer pain (BTcP). The aim of this systematic and critical review was to analyse and critically comment the evidence of any non-fentanyl therapies proposed for BTcP. METHODS: A systematic literature search was carried out to find studies providing clinical data on any treatment excluding fentanyl products. RESULTS: No data exist about the use of oral opioids...
February 2018: Critical Reviews in Oncology/hematology
A Schröder, F A Campbell, W A Farhat, J L Pippi Salle, D J Bägli, A J Lorenzo, M A Koyle
INTRODUCTION: There are limited data about pain patterns, analgesic requirements and factors predicting opioid requirements of children undergoing outpatient urologic surgery. This prospective study aimed to assess recovery profiles and pain medication requirements. METHODS: Patients between 6 months and 12 years of age were recruited prospectively between December 2013 and June 2014. Demographic and operative characteristics were collected. Following discharge home, the parents were asked to administer both acetaminophen and ibuprofen Q6H at a weight-adjusted dose, based on a schedule, until the end of postoperative day 2, and to administer the medication as required on postoperative day 3...
January 31, 2018: Journal of Pediatric Urology
Jae Heon Lee, Su Young Kim, Hwoe Gyeong Ok, Tae Kyun Kim, Kyung Hoon Kim
BACKGROUND: Extraspinal percutaneous osteoplasties (POPs) are novel techniques for the treatment of painful bony metastasis, which is often the cause of both persistent and incidental breakthrough pain. This retrospective study explored the efficacy and complications of extraspinal POPs. METHODS: The origin of the cancer metastasis, performed POP sites, necessity of adjacent joint injections, pain and Karnofsky Performance Scale (KPS) scores, complications related to the POPs, and life expectancy were evaluated from the medical records from 2009 to 2016...
February 19, 2018: Journal of Korean Medical Science
Yanxin Ju, Demin Tian, Yanqin Tan, Zhijian Fu
RATIONALE: Intrathecal therapy, with a low complication rate, has become an alternative to standard pain management for treatment of neuropathic cancer pain. PATIENT CONCERNS: Here, we reported a late-stage cancer patient with intractable neuropathic pain in his right neck, shoulder, and upper limb. DIAGNOSES: The pain started 2 years ago when the patient was diagnosed as squamous cell carcinoma with metastasis to right supraclavicular lymph nodes...
January 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
B L Sng, M Tan, C J Yeoh, N-L R Han, R Sultana, P N Assam, A T Sia
INTRODUCTION: Epidural re-siting is one of the significant events during labour epidural analgesia that may result in decreased patient satisfaction. The aim of our study was to investigate the incidence of and factors associated with epidural re-siting in parturients using epidural analgesia, with an emphasis on those with breakthrough pain. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study of 10170 parturients who received labour epidural analgesia. The primary outcome was the incidence of epidural re-siting (binary data)...
December 8, 2017: International Journal of Obstetric Anesthesia
Ben Corry
Nerve and muscle signalling is controlled by voltage-gated sodium (Nav) channels which are the targets of local anesthetics, anti-epileptics and anti-arrythmics. Current medications do not selectively target specific types of Nav found in the body, but compounds that do so have the potential to be breakthrough treatments for chronic pain, epilepsy and other neuronal disorders. We use long computer simulations totaling more than 26 μs to show how a promising lead compound can target one Nav implicated in pain perception and specific channels found in bacteria, and accurately predict the affinity of the compound to different channel types...
January 22, 2018: Scientific Reports
Elizabeth M S Lange, Cynthia A Wong, Paul C Fitzgerald, Wilmer F Davila, Suman Rao, Robert J McCarthy, Paloma Toledo
BACKGROUND: Programmed intermittent boluses of local anesthetic have been shown to be superior to continuous infusions for maintenance of labor analgesia. High-rate epidural boluses increase delivery pressure at the catheter orifice and may improve drug distribution in the epidural space. We hypothesized that high-rate drug delivery would improve labor analgesia and reduce the requirement for provider-administered supplemental boluses for breakthrough pain. METHODS: Nulliparous women with a singleton pregnancy at a cervical dilation of less than or equal to 5 cm at request for neuraxial analgesia were eligible for this superiority-design, double-blind, randomized controlled trial...
January 19, 2018: Anesthesiology
Paraskevi K Matsota, Kalliopi H Drachtidi, Chrysanthi Z Batistaki, Agathi V Karakosta, Ioanna C Koukopoulou, Eugenia I Koursoumi, Georgia G Kostopanagiotou
BACKGROUND: Patient-Controlled Epidural Analgesia (PCEA) is a common practice for labour pain relief. This study aimed to compare two different settings of a PCEA device using the same solution to obtain labour analgesia. METHODS: Fifty two parturients were randomly allocated to receive ropivacaine 0.15% and fentanyl 2γ/mL via a PCEA device either as a background infusion of 5mL/h plus 5mL demand bolus doses with 10 min lockout (group B/D, n=26) or as only demand bolus doses of 5mL with 10 min lockout (group D, n=26)...
January 16, 2018: Minerva Anestesiologica
Vladimir Vrsajkov, Nedjica Mančić, Dunja Mihajlović, Suzana Tonković Milićević, Arsen Uvelin, Jelena Pantić Vrsajkov
BACKGROUND AND GOAL OF STUDY: After laparoscopic cholecystectomy, patients have moderate pain in the early postoperative period. Some studies shown beneficial effects of subcostal transversus abdominis plane block on reducing this pain. Our goal was to investigate influence of subcostal transversus abdominis plane block on postoperative pain scores and opioid consumption. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We have randomized 76 patients undergoing laparoscopic cholecystectomy to receive either subcostal transversus abdominis plane block (n=38) or standard postoperative analgesia (n=38)...
December 22, 2017: Revista Brasileira de Anestesiologia
Senir Turan, Scot Walker
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a disease where the immune system attacks the linings of the joints, resulting in joint pain, stiffness, swelling, and destruction. Although many products are available for the treatment of RA, limitations such as adverse reactions and tolerance greatly affect adherence. Many of the current biologic disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs on the market are injectables, leaving a void to be filled for a product that can be taken orally. The most advanced of these approaches, the Janus kinase (JAK) inhibitors, are oral drugs that have not only made a breakthrough in RA, but also other skin conditions...
November 2017: Hospital Pharmacy
Lucy Coombes, Kimberley Burke, Anna-Karenia Anderson
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: No published studies have looked at the dosing and use of rapid onset fentanyl preparations in children. The primary aim of this study was to assess whether there is a correlation between effective dose of rapid onset fentanyl and background oral morphine equivalent analgesia in children less than 18 years old. Secondary objectives included establishing whether there is a correlation between effective dose of rapid onset fentanyl and age and weight. Reported side effects were also reviewed...
October 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Pain
Q Liu, L-L Gao, Y-L Dai, Y-X Li, Y Wang, C-F Bai, G-X Mu, X-M Chai, W-J Han, L-J Zhou, Y-J Zhang, L Tang, J Liu, J-Q Yu
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to assess the efficacy of a fixed nitrous oxide/oxygen mixture for the management of breakthrough cancer pain. METHODS/DESIGN: A double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized clinical trial was undertaken in the Medical ward of Tumor Hospital of General Hospital of Ningxia Medical University. 240 cancer patients with breakthrough pain were recruited and randomly received a standard pain treatment (morphine sulphate immediate release) plus a pre-prepared nitrous oxide/oxygen mixture, or the standard pain treatment plus oxygen...
March 2018: European Journal of Pain: EJP
Omar Toumi, Houssem Ammar, Abdessalem Ghdira, Amine Chhaidar, Wided Trimech, Rahul Gupta, Randa Salem, Jamel Saad, Ibtissem Korbi, Mohamed Nasr, Faouzi Noomen, Mondher Golli, Khadija Zouari
INTRODUCTION: Intrauterine devices (IUDs) are commonly used as a contraceptive method. However, they may cause rare but potentially serious complications such as migration through the uterine wall and gastrointestinal perforation. PRESENTATION OF CASE: We report a case of a 26-year woman, carrying an IUD for 2 years, who presented to the emergency with pelvic pain with breakthrough bleeding. Abdominal imaging revealed the presence of two devices the first of which was located in the uterine cavity and the other in the wall of the sigmoid colon associated with a 5-centimeter pelvic collection...
2018: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
Oscar Corli, Anna Roberto, Michael I Bennett, Francesca Galli, Nicole Corsi, Eliana Rulli, Raffaella Antonione
BACKGROUND: The response to opioids is not always positive in cancer patients. A considerable proportion of patients do not respond (nonresponders [NRs]) or experience severe toxicity. The aim of this analysis was to assess the role of demographic characteristics, pain features, comorbidities, and ongoing therapy on the lack of efficacy and on the occurrence of severe adverse drug reactions (ADRs). METHODS: This is a post-hoc analysis of a randomized controlled trial that involved 520 patients and aimed to evaluate the efficacy and safety of 4 strong opioids...
December 8, 2017: Pain Practice: the Official Journal of World Institute of Pain
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