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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340085/prevalence-of-neuropathic-pain-in-patients-with-traumatic-brachial-plexus-injury-a-multicenter-prospective-hospital-based-study
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Palma Ciaramitaro, Luca Padua, Grazia Devigili, Eugenia Rota, Stefano Tamburin, Roberto Eleopra, Giorgio Cruccu, Andrea Truini
Objective. : Prevalence and clinical characteristics of neuropathic pain due to traumatic brachial plexus injury. Design. : Observational epidemiological study. Setting. : Hospital-based multicenter study. Subjects. : One hundred seven prospectively enrolled patients with brachial plexus injury. Methods. : All the patients underwent clinical examination and neurophysiological testing for a definitive diagnosis of the brachial plexus lesion...
March 3, 2017: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328862/postoperative-analgesia-comparing-levobupivacaine-and-ropivacaine-for-brachial-plexus-block-a-randomized-prospective-trial
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Kunitaro Watanabe, Joho Tokumine, Alan Kawarai Lefor, Kumi Moriyama, Hideaki Sakamoto, Tetsuo Inoue, Tomoko Yorozu
BACKGROUND: On a pharmacologic basis, levobupivacaine is expected to last longer than ropivacaine. However, most reports of these anesthetics for brachial plexus block do not suggest a difference in analgesic effect. The aim of this study is to compare the postoperative analgesic effects of levobupivacaine and ropivacaine when used for treating ultrasound-guided brachial plexus block. METHODS: A total of 62 patients undergoing orthopedic surgery procedures were prospectively enrolled and randomized to receive levobupivacaine (group L, N = 31) or ropivacaine (group R, N = 31)...
March 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325096/effects-of-elastic-therapeutic-taping-on-motor-function-in-children-with-motor-impairments-a-systematic-review
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Andréa Baraldi Cunha, Carolina Daniel de Lima-Alvarez, Ana Carolinne Portela Rocha, Eloisa Tudella
BACKGROUND: The elastic therapeutic taping has been considered a promising resource for disabled children. OBJECTIVE: To systematically review the evidence of the effects of elastic therapeutic taping on motor function in children with motor impairments. METHOD: Three independent evaluators conducted searches in electronic databases (MEDLINE/PubMed, Scopus, LILACS, BIREME/BVS, Science Direct, SciELO, and PEDro). Clinical studies design, published until 2016, involving elastic therapeutic taping and children aged 0-12 years with motor impairments were included...
March 22, 2017: Disability and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321484/rhabdomyolysis-resulting-in-concurrent-horner-s-syndrome-and-brachial-plexopathy-a-case-report
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Susan C Lee, Christian Geannette, Scott W Wolfe, Joseph H Feinberg, Darryl B Sneag
This case report describes a 29-year-old male who presented with immediate onset of Horner's syndrome and ipsilateral brachial plexopathy after sleeping with his arm dangling outside a car window for 8 h. Outside workup and imaging revealed rhabdomyolysis of the left neck musculature. Subsequent electrodiagnostic testing and high-resolution brachial plexus magnetic resonance imaging at the authors' institution attributed the Horner's syndrome and concurrent brachial plexopathy to rhabdomyolysis of the longus colli and scalene musculature, which had compressed-and consequently scar tethered-the cervical sympathetic trunk and brachial plexus...
March 20, 2017: Skeletal Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319883/the-influence-of-a-depressed-scapular-alignment-on-upper-limb-neural-tissue-mechanosensitivity-and-local-pressure-pain-sensitivity
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Patricia Martínez-Merinero, Enriqe Lluch, Tomas Gallezo-Izquierdo, Daniel Pecos-Martín, Gustavo Plaza-Manzano, Susana Nuñez-Nagy, Deborah Falla
BACKGROUND: A depressed scapular alignment could lead to prolonged and repetitive stress or compression of the brachial plexus, resulting in sensitization of neural tissue. However, no study has investigated the influence of alignment of the scapulae on sensitization of upper limb neural tissue in otherwise asymptomatic people. In this case-control study, we investigate the influence of a depressed scapular alignment on mechanosensitivity of the upper limb peripheral nervous system as well as pressure pain thresholds (PPT)...
March 10, 2017: Musculoskelet Sci Pract
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318741/neonatal-magnetic-resonance-imaging-without-sedation-correlates-with-injury-severity-in-brachial-plexus-birth-palsy
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Andrea S Bauer, Peter Y Shen, Anna E Nidecker, Paul S Lee, Michelle A James
PURPOSE: Which infants with brachial plexus birth palsy (BPBP) should undergo microsurgical plexus reconstruction remains controversial. The current gold standard for the decision for plexus reconstruction is serial clinical examinations, but this approach obviates the possibility of early surgical treatment. We hypothesize that a new technique using 3-dimensional volumetric proton density magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) without sedation can evaluate the severity of BPBP injury earlier than serial clinical examinations...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Hand Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316590/rehabilitation-using-guided-cerebral-plasticity-of-a-brachial-plexus-injury-treated-with-intercostal-and-phrenic-nerve-transfers
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Lars B Dahlin, Gert Andersson, Clas Backman, Hampus Svensson, Anders Björkman
Recovery after surgical reconstruction of a brachial plexus injury using nerve grafting and nerve transfer procedures is a function of peripheral nerve regeneration and cerebral reorganization. A 15-year-old boy, with traumatic avulsion of nerve roots C5-C7 and a non-rupture of C8-T1, was operated 3 weeks after the injury with nerve transfers: (a) terminal part of the accessory nerve to the suprascapular nerve, (b) the second and third intercostal nerves to the axillary nerve, and (c) the fourth to sixth intercostal nerves to the musculocutaneous nerve...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303912/new-technologies-for-the-assessment-of-neuropathies
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Roberto Gasparotti, Luca Padua, Chiara Briani, Giuseppe Lauria
Technical advances are rapidly changing the clinical and instrumental approach to peripheral nerve diseases. Magnetic resonance neurography, diffusion tensor imaging and nerve ultrasonography are increasingly entering the diagnostic workup of peripheral neuropathies as tools that complement neurophysiology and enable investigation of proximal structures, such as plexuses and roots. Progress in the design of magnetic resonance scanners and sequences, and the development of high-frequency ultrasound probes mean that high-resolution peripheral nerve imaging is possible, enabling detailed examination of nerve size, morphology and internal fascicular structure that can integrate nerve conduction studies into clinical practice...
March 17, 2017: Nature Reviews. Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298785/the-effect-of-intravenous-dexmedetomidine-compared-to-propofol-on-patients-hemodynamics-as-a-sedative-in-brachial-plexus-block-a-comparative-study
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Amarjeet Kumar, Chandni Sinha, Ajeet Kumar, Poonam Kumari
BACKGROUND: The quest for an ideal sedative during regional anesthesia is on. Although propofol has been accepted as a sedative intraoperatively, it can be associated with troublesome hemodynamic changes. Dexmedetomidine is a new alpha 2 agonist used widely for sedation. AIMS: In this study, we tried to compare equivalent doses of dexmedetomidine infusion with propofol with emphasis on their effect on the hemodynamics. SETTINGS AND DESIGN: Prospective, single-blinded randomized controlled trial...
January 2017: Anesthesia, Essays and Researches
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298773/comparison-of-nerve-stimulation-guided-axillary-brachial-plexus-block-single-injection-versus-four-injections-a-prospective-randomized-double-blind-study
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Santoshi V Badiger, Sameer N Desai
BACKGROUND: A variety of techniques have been described for the axillary block using nerve stimulator, either with single injection, two, three, or four separate injections. Identification of all the four nerves is more difficult and time-consuming than other methods. AIMS: Aim of the present study is to compare success rate, onset, and duration of sensory and motor anesthesia of axillary block using nerve stimulator, either with single injection after identification of any one of the four nerves or four separate injections following identification of each of nerve...
January 2017: Anesthesia, Essays and Researches
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298772/effect-of-dexmedetomidine-as-an-adjuvant-to-0-75-ropivacaine-in-interscalene-brachial-plexus-block-using-nerve-stimulator-a-prospective-randomized-double-blind-study
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H D Rashmi, H K Komala
BACKGROUND: Ropivacaine, a newer local anesthetic (LA), has been increasingly used nowadays in different concentrations for peripheral nerve blocks. It has lesser cardiac toxicity and higher safety margin when compared to bupivacaine. Dexmedetomidine, a novel α2 agonist, is widely used as adjuvant to LA in peripheral nerve blocks to decrease the time of onset and increase the duration of the block. In this study, we evaluated the effect of dexmedetomidine as an adjuvant with 0.75% ropivacaine for interscalene brachial plexus block using nerve stimulator...
January 2017: Anesthesia, Essays and Researches
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298769/effect-of-addition-of-fentanyl-to-xylocaine-hydrochloride-in-brachial-plexus-block-by-supraclavicular-approach
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Venkata Raghavendra Paluvadi, Venkata Sesha Sai Krishna Manne
AIM: This study was designed to quantitatively compare the effects of 1.5% xylocaine with 1.5% xylocaine and fentanyl (1 μg/kg) mixture for supraclavicular brachial plexus block. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Sixty patients between the age group of 20-60 and scheduled for upper limb surgery were divided into two groups (xylocaine group and xylocaine plus fentanyl group). After performing supraclavicular brachial plexus block, an assessment was made for onset of analgesia, duration and degree of analgesia, block intensity, and for any other side effects...
January 2017: Anesthesia, Essays and Researches
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298754/perineural-nalbuphine-in-ambulatory-upper-limb-surgery-a-comparison-of-effects-of-levobupivacaine-with-and-without-nalbuphine-as-adjuvant-in-supraclavicular-brachial-plexus-block-a-prospective-double-blinded-randomized-controlled-study
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Anjan Das, Sandip RoyBasunia, Anindya Mukherjee, Hirak Biswas, Rajasree Biswas, Tapobrata Mitra, Surajit Chattopadhyay, Subrata Kumar Mandal
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Various opioid additives have been trialed to prolong brachial plexus block. We evaluated the effect of adding nalbuphine hydrochloride to levobupivacaine for supraclavicular brachial plexus blockade. The primary end-points were the onset and duration of sensory and motor blocks and duration of analgesia. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Seventy-eight patients (aged 25-45 years) posted for ambulatory forearm and hand surgery under supraclavicular brachial plexus block were divided into two equal groups (Groups LN and LC) in a randomized, double-blind fashion...
January 2017: Anesthesia, Essays and Researches
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297053/general-regional-or-local-anesthesia-for-successful-radial-cephalic-arteriovenous-fistula
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David Shemesh, Yefim Raikhinstein, Ilya Goldin, Oded Olsha
Autogenous fistulas and in particular radiocephalic fistulas are recommended as the first vascular access for hemodialysis. Unfortunately, the rates of early failure and non-maturation are very high. For more than a decade, brachial plexus block has been proposed as the anesthesia of choice for fistula creation due to its beneficial sympathectomy-like effect, causing vasodilation and attenuation of spasm. Until recently, there was not a single randomized clinical study supporting this proposition. Because performing regional anesthesia is time-consuming and requires expertise, many surgeons prefer local or general anesthesia for vascular access surgery...
March 6, 2017: Journal of Vascular Access
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293499/proximal-versus-distal-nerve-transfer-for-biceps-reinnervation-a-comparative-study-in-a-rat-s-brachial-plexus-injury-model
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Aleksandra M McGrath, Johnny Chuieng-Yi Lu, Tommy Naj-Jen Chang, Frank Fang, David Chwei-Chin Chuang
BACKGROUND: The exact role of proximal and distal nerve transfers in reconstruction strategies of brachial plexus injury remains controversial. We compared proximal with distal nerve reconstruction strategies in a rat model of brachial plexus injury. METHODS: In rats, the C6 spinal nerve with a nerve graft (proximal nerve transfer model, n = 30, group A) and 50% of ulnar nerve (distal nerve transfer model, n = 30, group B) were used as the donor nerves. The targets were the musculocutaneous nerve and the biceps muscle...
December 2016: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Global Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293330/functional-latissimus-dorsi-transfer-for-upper-extremity-reconstruction-a-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
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Aditya Sood, Paul J Therattil, Gerardo Russo, Edward S Lee
Objective: The latissimus dorsi flap is a workhorse for plastic surgeons, being used for many years for soft-tissue coverage of the upper extremity as well as for functional reconstruction to restore motion to the elbow and shoulder. The authors present a case of functional latissimus dorsi transfer for restoration of elbow flexion and review the literature on technique and outcomes. Methods: A literature review was performed using MEDLINE and the Cochrane Collaboration Library for primary research articles on functional latissimus dorsi flap transfer...
2017: Eplasty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291025/evaluation-of-reproducibility-of-diffusion-tensor-imaging-in-the-brachial-plexus-at-3-0-t
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Michael J Ho, Andrei Manoliu, Felix Pierre Kuhn, Bram Stieltjes, Markus Klarhöfer, Thorsten Feiweier, Magda Marcon, Gustav Andreisek
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the reproducibility of 3 T magnetic resonance imaging diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) of the brachial plexus in healthy subjects. METHODS: Ten healthy volunteers were included, and morphological and DTI sequences of the nerve roots of the brachial plexus from C5 to T1 of both sides were repeatedly acquired on a 3 T magnetic resonance system (MAGNETOM Skyra; Siemens Healthcare, Erlangen, Germany). A prototype diffusion-weighted single-shot echo-planar imaging sequence-enabling slice-specific shim adjustments was performed with b-values of 0 and 800 s/mm in 30 gradient directions, resulting in an acquisition time of about 6 minutes each in axial orientation...
March 13, 2017: Investigative Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28280382/retention-of-finger-blood-flow-against-postural-change-as-an-indicator-of-successful-sympathetic-block-in-the-upper-limb
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Toshihiko Nakatani, Tatsuya Hashimoto, Ichiro Sutou, Yoji Saito
BACKGROUND: Sympathetic block in the upper limb has diagnostic, therapeutic and prognostic utility for disorders in the upper extremity that are associated with sympathetic disturbances. Increased skin temperature and decreased sweating are used to identify the adequacy of sympathetic block in the upper limb after stellate ganglion block (SGB). Baroreflexes elicited by postural change induce a reduction in peripheral blood flow by causing sympathetic vasoconstriction. We hypothesized that sympathetic block in the upper limb reduces the decrease in finger blood flow caused by baroreflexes stimulated by postural change from the supine to long sitting position...
2017: Journal of Pain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28277420/regional-to-the-rescue-axillary-brachial-plexus-nerve-block-facilitates-removal-of-entrapped-transradial-catheter-placed-for-cardiac-catheterization
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Brian M Fitzgerald, Lee A Babbel, Ferdinand K Bacomo, Sandeep T Dhanjal
OBJECTIVE: Our objective was to describe the first reported use of an axillary brachial plexus block to treat the entrapment of a transradial artery catheter due to vasospasm. CASE REPORT: A 42-year-old man undergoing transradial arterial cardiac catheterization suffered arterial vasospasm causing the catheter to become entrapped and refractory to conservative (warm compresses) and standard pharmacologic interventions (intracatheter verapamil, intravenous infusions of nitroglycerin and nicardipine, and subcutaneous lidocaine and topical nitroglycerin)...
March 8, 2017: Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28277258/continuous-versus-single-shot-brachial-plexus-block-and-their-relationship-to-discharge-barriers-and-length-of-stay
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Matthew Thompson, Robert Simonds, Bryce Clinger, Kristen Kobulnicky, Adam P Sima, Laura Lahaye, N Douglas Boardman
BACKGROUND: Brachial plexus block has been associated with improved pain control and decreased length of stay in patients undergoing upper extremity arthroplasty. Continuous delivery is associated with a shorter length of stay; however, comparisons to single-shot delivery in this setting are scarce. As the paradigm shifts to outpatient arthroplasty in the era of bundled payments, there exists a strong impetus to identify the most effective mode of analgesia associated with the least risk to patients...
October 26, 2016: Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery
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