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Brachial plexus catheter

Andrew T Koogler, Michael Kushelev
A 76-year-old male presented for reverse total shoulder arthroplasty (TSA) in the beach chair position. A preoperative interscalene nerve catheter was placed under direct ultrasound-guidance utilizing a posterior in-plane approach. On POD 2, the catheter was removed. Three weeks postoperatively, the patient reported worsening dyspnea with a subsequent chest X-ray demonstrating an elevated right hemidiaphragm. Pulmonary function testing revealed worsening deficit from presurgical values consistent with phrenic nerve palsy...
2018: Case Reports in Anesthesiology
Jinguo Wang, Feng Liu, Shunshun Liu, Na Wang
BACKGROUND The complication rate of central venous catheterization ranges from 4% to 35%. Brachial plexus injury can occur, mostly on the same side as the catheterization, without affecting the contralateral brachial plexus. CASE REPORT A 71-year-old woman received placement of a vein hemodialysis catheter via right internal jugular vein. Five days after the cannulation, she complained of contralateral burning pain and numbness at the ulnar side of her left forearm. On the next day, the pain increased and extended to her left shoulder girdle and whole left arm, despite use of analgesics...
March 13, 2018: American Journal of Case Reports
Mohammad Thawabi, Rajiv Tayal, Zain Khakwani, Michael Sinclair, Marc Cohen, Najam Wasty
OBJECTIVE: To identify a fluoroscopic bony landmark for safe percutaneous axillary artery cannulation. BACKGROUND: No bony landmarks exist to guide safe percutaneous axillary artery cannulation, which is an important alternate access site for catheter-based procedures in selected patients. METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed 51 consecutive percutaneous axillary artery sheath angiograms and attempted to correlate a fixed bony landmark to the proximal end of the third part of the artery...
March 2018: Journal of Invasive Cardiology
Wang Xiu-Zhen, Ye-Ying Ge, Guang-Yao Ye, Jing-Wei Zhang, Wei-Hu Ma
OBJECTIVE: To study the effects of ultrasound guided inter-scalene brachial plexus block and patient-controlled infraclavicular brachial plexus block for postoperative pain and surgical efficacy in patients with terrible tyriad of the elbow. METHODS: From March 2015 to August 2016, 60 patients with terrible tyriad of the elbows were treated in Ningbo No.6 Hospital with ASA I to II internal fixation. There were 32 males and 28 females, ranging in age from 16 to 70 years old, with a mean age of (55...
November 25, 2017: Zhongguo Gu Shang, China Journal of Orthopaedics and Traumatology
Michaela B Quast, Hans P Sviggum, Andrew C Hanson, David E Stoike, David P Martin, Adam D Niesen
STUDY OBJECTIVES: Continuous brachial plexus catheters are often used to decrease pain following elbow surgery. This investigation aimed to assess the rate of early failure of infraclavicular (IC) and axillary (AX) nerve catheters following elbow surgery. DESIGN: Retrospective study. SETTING: Postoperative recovery unit and inpatient hospital floor. PATIENTS: 328 patients who received IC or AX nerve catheters and underwent elbow surgery were identified by retrospective query of our institution's database...
February 3, 2018: Journal of Clinical Anesthesia
Gregory D Schnepper, Benjamin I Kightlinger, Yunyun Jiang, Bethany J Wolf, Eric D Bolin, Sylvia H Wilson
Objective: Examination of the effectiveness of perineural dexamethasone administered in very low and low doses on ropivacaine brachial plexus block duration. Design: Retrospective evaluation of brachial plexus block duration in a large cohort of patients receiving peripheral nerve blocks with and without perineural dexamethasone in a prospectively collected quality assurance database. Setting: A single academic medical center. Methods: A total of 1,942 brachial plexus blocks placed over a 16-month period were reviewed...
September 23, 2017: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
V K Mohan, Neisevilie Nisa
A 15-year-old boy with neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) was referred to us for central venous catheter insertion, and on ultrasound of the neck, he was found to have extensive involvement of the brachial plexus due to the nerve sheath tumour. Multiple hypoechogenic lesions resembling the internal jugular vein and internal carotid artery were visualised and could be differentiated from the vessels by Doppler ultrasound. The importance of analyzing sonographic images of nerve sheath tumours, which can mimic blood vessels, and the importance of Doppler ultrasound for guiding central venous catheters in such patients to avoid nerve injury are discussed in this case report...
June 2017: Turkish Journal of Anaesthesiology and Reanimation
P N Chalmers, D Salazar, M E Fingerman, J D Keener, A Chamberlain
BACKGROUND: Catheter-delivered continuous interscalene anesthesia has demonstrated improved pain control in randomized clinical trials. The purpose of this study is to determine whether the introduction of continuous catheter anesthesia was associated with a change in length of stay (LOS), readmission, rates of discharge home without home health or nursing services, or opioid administration. We hypothesized that the introduction of continuous catheter anesthesia would be associated with a decrease in LOS, readmission, non-home discharge, and opioid administration...
July 6, 2017: Orthopaedics & Traumatology, Surgery & Research: OTSR
G Veiga Ruiz, J García Cayuela, J Orozco Montes, M Parreño Caparrós, B García Rojo, J L Aguayo Albasini
OBJECTIVE: The overall objective of the study is to determine the ability of TOF-Cuff device (blood-pressure modified cuff, including stimulation electrodes) to monitor with the same device the non-invasive blood pressure (NIBP) and the depth of a neuromuscular blockade (NMB) induced pharmacologically, by stimulation of the brachial plexus at the humeral level and recording evoked changes in arterial pressure. MATERIAL AND METHOD: Clinical, single-centre, open-controlled study with 32 adult patients ASA I-III for scheduled elective surgery under general anaesthesia in supine position, for the validation of neuromuscular monitoring, comparing the values obtained from neuromuscular relaxation TOF-Cuff with those obtained by mechanomyography (MMG) (control method) during the recovery phase of NMB, when a TOF ratio>0...
December 2017: Revista Española de Anestesiología y Reanimación
Ezgi Gozubuyuk, Mehmet I Buget, Turgut Akgul, Demet Altun, Suleyman Kuçukay
We documented brachial plexus injury by electromyography and magnetic resonance imaging secondary to needle sticks for central line insertion. This type of complication is rare in the literature, as few case reports exist. Brachial plexus injury can happen because of anatomic variations. Nevertheless, multiple attempts or introducer needle rotations should be avoided during subclavian vein catheterization. Pain that emerges in the ipsilateral arm after subclavian catheter placement should be taken into serious consideration...
October 1, 2017: A & A Case Reports
John J Finneran, Brian M Ilfeld, Jacklynn F Sztain
We present the case of a 38-year-old man undergoing surgical repair of his pectoralis major tendon. An interscalene catheter was placed between the middle and lower trunks of the brachial plexus. Postoperatively, ropivacaine 0.2% was infused through postoperative day 3. The patient had excellent pain control requiring minimal opioid analgesics. A catheter between the middle and lower trunks of the brachial plexus provided excellent postoperative analgesia after pectoralis major tendon reinsertion. Additionally, the block likely protected the surgical repair during emergence from anesthesia and in the early postoperative period by providing a motor block of the pectoralis major muscle...
September 15, 2017: A & A Case Reports
E Albrecht, I Bathory, N Fournier, A Jacot-Guillarmod, A Farron, R Brull
Background.: The incidence of hemidiaphragmatic paresis with continuous interscalene brachial plexus block (CISB) can approach 100%. We tested the hypothesis that extrafascial placement of the catheter tip reduces the rate of hemidiaphragmatic paresis compared with intrafascial tip placement for CISB while providing effective analgesia. Methods.: Seventy patients undergoing elective major shoulder surgery under general anaesthesia were randomized to receive an ultrasound-guided CISB plexus block for analgesia with the catheter tip placed either within (intrafascial group) or immediately outside (extrafascial group) the brachial plexus sheath midway between the levels of C5 and C6...
April 1, 2017: British Journal of Anaesthesia
Hee-Sun Park, Ha-Jung Kim, Young-Jin Ro, Hong-Seuk Yang, Won-Uk Koh
RATIONALE: Recurrent laryngeal nerve block is an uncommon complication that can occur after an interscalene brachial plexus block (ISB), which may lead to vocal cord palsy or paresis. However, if the recurrent laryngeal nerve is blocked in patients with a preexisting contralateral vocal cord palsy following neck surgery, this may lead to devastating acute respiratory failure. Thus, ISB is contraindicated in patients with contralateral vocal cord lesion. To the best of our knowledge, there are no reports of bilateral vocal cord paresis, which occurred after a continuous ISB and endotracheal intubation in a patient with no history of vocal cord injury or surgery of the neck...
April 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
Eric Kamenetsky, Rahul Reddy, Mark C Kendall, Antoun Nader, Jessica J Weeks
Continuous brachial plexus nerve block catheters are commonly inserted for postoperative analgesia after upper extremity surgery. Modifications of the insertion technique have been described to improve the safety of placing an infraclavicular brachial plexus catheter. Rarely, these catheters may become damaged or entrapped, complicating their removal. We describe a case of infraclavicular brachial plexus catheter entrapment related to differences in arm positioning during catheter placement and removal. Written authorization to obtain, use, and disclose information and images was obtained from the patient...
2017: Case Reports in Anesthesiology
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)...
July 2017: Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine
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...
April 2017: Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery
David B Auyong, Stanley C Yuan, Daniel S Choi, Joshuel A Pahang, April E Slee, Neil A Hanson
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Continuous brachial plexus blocks at the interscalene level are associated with known diaphragm dysfunction from phrenic nerve paresis. More distal blocks along the brachial plexus may provide postsurgical analgesia while potentially having less effect on diaphragm function. Continuous interscalene, continuous supraclavicular, and continuous suprascapular nerve blocks were evaluated for respiratory function and analgesia after total shoulder arthroplasty. METHODS: After ethics board approval, subjects presenting for total shoulder arthroplasty were planned for randomization in a 1:1:1 ratio of a continuous interscalene, supraclavicular, or suprascapular block...
May 2017: Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine
S D El Jaouhari, O Mamane Nassirou, M Meziane, M Bensghir, C Haimeur
Intraoperative pneumothorax is a rare complication with a high risk of cardiorespiratory arrest by gas tamponade especially on a single lung. We report the case of a female patient aged 53 years who benefited from a left pneumonectomy on pulmonary tuberculosis sequelae. The patient presented early postoperative anemia with a left hemothorax requiring an emergency thoracotomy. In perioperative, the patient had a gas tamponade following a pneumothorax of the remaining lung, and the fate has been avoided by an exsufflation...
April 2017: Revue de Pneumologie Clinique
Hyun-Jung Shin, Hyo-Seok Na, Ah-Young Oh, Jung-Won Hwang, Byung-Gun Kim, Hee-Pyoung Park, Young-Tae Jeon, Seong-Won Min, Jung-Hee Ryu
BACKGROUND: The shoulder area is mainly innervated with the C5 and C6 nerve roots, and interscalene brachial plexus block (ISB) is widely used for postoperative analgesia after shoulder surgery. However, it is associated with adverse effects, such as numbness and weakness in the blocked arm due to an unwanted block of the lower brachial plexus (C7-T1). We hypothesized that the C5 approach during ISB would provide postoperative analgesia while minimizing adverse events after arthroscopic shoulder surgery...
September 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Adam W Meier, Shin-E Lin, Neil A Hanson, David B Auyong
A 53-year-old woman with extreme obesity (body mass index = 82 kg/m) presented for an open reduction and internal fixation of the proximal humerus. This report describes the novel management of her continuous brachial plexus catheter in the setting of her comorbidities. Phrenic nerve paralysis from brachial plexus blocks can cause clinically significant dyspnea in obese patients. Brachial plexus catheters can be used effectively for these patients with some modification to routine management. We detail our use of a short-acting chloroprocaine test dose for phrenic paralysis and demand-only dosing to provide effective analgesia while avoiding respiratory complications associated with these blocks...
September 15, 2016: A & A Case Reports
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