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neuraxial analgesia

Mitko Kocarev, Fouzia Khalid, Fatima Khatoon, Roshan Fernando
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Neuraxial labor analgesia remains the most effective and one of the most commonly utilized methods for pain relief during labor. This narrative review article is a summary of the literature published in 2017 on neuraxial analgesia for labor. RECENT FINDINGS: From a total of 41 identified articles, 13 were included in the review. The topics have been structured into three categories: initiation of neuraxial analgesia, maintenance of neuraxial analgesia, and neuraxial analgesia and obstetric outcomes...
March 14, 2018: Current Opinion in Anaesthesiology
J Ch Fan
INTRODUCTION: Data from a local report revealed the superior outcome of regional anaesthesia and analgesia compared with general anaesthesia and intravenous patient-controlled analgesia in total knee arthroplasty. This retrospective study aimed to assess the efficacy of intra-operative periarticular multimodal injection in improving postoperative pain and reducing morphine consumption with patient-controlled analgesia after total knee arthroplasty in patients with knee osteoarthritis...
March 14, 2018: Hong Kong Medical Journal, Xianggang Yi Xue za Zhi
Caterina Pizzicaroli, Carlotta Montagnoli, Ilaria Simonelli, Maria Grazia Frigo, Herbert Valensise, Mario Filippo Segatore, Giovanni Larciprete
PURPOSE: The aim of the study was to evaluate the progression and rotation of the fetal head during the second stage of labor using translabial ultrasound and to compare ultrasonographic data obtained in nulliparous women both receiving and not receiving neuraxial analgesia. METHODS: The 49 patients enrolled in the study were divided into two groups according to receiving or not receiving neuraxial analgesia. Every half hour from full dilation to delivery, the ultrasonographic translabial parameters of Angle of Progression, Head Symphysis Distance, and Midline Angle were obtained and recorded by a single operator...
February 28, 2018: Journal of Ultrasound
Axel Semmelmann, Heike Kaltofen, Torsten Loop
Providing anesthesia in children with thoracic disease is a challenging task. The effects of the underlying disease, the surgical interventions, and preexisting condition of the patient need to be considered when planning perioperative care. The perioperative care for children undergoing thoracic surgery requires specific techniques adapted to the pediatric physiology and anatomy. This review is focused on anesthetic strategies for thoracic surgery with an emphasis on perioperative analgesia including neuraxial techniques...
February 26, 2018: Paediatric Anaesthesia
Yumiko Nishio, Teruyuki Hiraki, Hiroko Taniguchi, Kazuo Ushijima
Background: Cleidocranial dysplasia is a type of skeletal dysplasia, which is primarily characterized by delayed ossification of skeletal structures. It causes facial and oral abnormalities, resulting in difficult airway management and neuraxial anesthesia. Case presentation: The patient was a 24-year-old primipara (height 138 cm, weight 42 kg) with a hypoplastic right clavicle, patent fontanelles, dental malalignment, and a high palate. She was diagnosed with cleidocranial dysplasia at birth, although gene examination has not been performed...
2018: JA Clin Rep
Jonathan W Cheah, David C Sing, Erik N Hansen, Pedram Aleshi, Thomas P Vail
BACKGROUND: Intrathecal morphine (ITM) combined with bupivacaine spinal anesthesia can improve postoperative pain, but has potential side effects of postoperative nausea/vomiting (PONV) and pruritus. With the use of multimodal analgesia and regional anesthetic techniques, postoperative pain control has improved significantly to a point where ITM may be avoided in total joint arthroplasty (TJA). METHODS: We performed a retrospective study of primary TJA patients who underwent a standardized multimodal recovery pathway and received bupivacaine neuraxial anesthesia with ITM vs bupivacaine neuraxial anesthesia alone (control)...
January 31, 2018: Journal of Arthroplasty
T K Allen, B M Mishriky, R Y Klinger, A S Habib
Neuraxial clonidine improves postoperative analgesia in the general surgical population. The efficacy and safety of neuraxial clonidine as a postoperative analgesic adjunct in the Caesarean section population still remains unclear. This systematic review and meta-analysis aims to evaluate the effect of perioperative neuraxial clonidine on postoperative analgesia in women having Caesarean section under neuraxial anaesthesia. We included randomized controlled trials comparing the analgesic efficacy of the perioperative administration of neuraxial clonidine alone or in combination with a local anaesthetic and/or opioids in women having elective Caesarean section under neuraxial anaesthesia when compared with placebo...
February 2018: British Journal of Anaesthesia
Joseph J Ruzbarsky, Elizabeth B Gausden, Elan M Goldwyn, Isaac P Lowenwirt, Vitaly Kotlyar
Background: Early surgical intervention for hip fractures in the elderly has proven efficacious. However, surgical delays commonly occur in this patient population due to comorbid conditions that put these patients at a high risk for hypotension-related complications of general or neuraxial anesthesia or anticoagulants that delay the safe use of neuraxial anesthesia. Questions/Purposes: The questions/purposes of this study are (1) to investigate if a fascia iliaca block in conjunction with light to moderate sedation could provide adequate analgesia throughout open surgery for intertrochanteric hip fractures (AO/OTA 31-1) without requiring conversion to general anesthesia with airway support and (2) to assess its perioperative complication profile...
February 2018: HSS Journal: the Musculoskeletal Journal of Hospital for Special Surgery
Jessica E Burjorjee, Rachel Rooney, Melanie Jaeger
OBJECTIVE: In this case report, we describe a case of epidural hematoma following epidural analgesia in a patient with recent cessation of a direct oral anticoagulant (DOAC). CASE REPORT: An 89-year-old woman requiring upper abdominal surgery presented with multiple comorbidities, including a prior cerebrovascular accident resulting in a left-sided hemiparesis and atrial fibrillation requiring anticoagulation with rivaroxaban. In accordance with our departmental guidelines at the time of procedure, rivaroxaban was discontinued 4 days preoperatively...
January 24, 2018: Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine
Reuben J Miller, Andrew J Cameron, Julian Dimech, Robert J Orec, Nicholas J Lightfoot
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: The primary aim of this study was to examine the pharmacokinetics of ropivacaine in patients undergoing elective total knee arthroplasty with local infiltration analgesia as the primary analgesic method. We also sought to determine the incidence of biochemical toxicity through measurement of plasma ropivacaine concentrations over the first 24 hours postoperatively. METHODS: This was a prospective, observational study of 15 patients undergoing elective total knee arthroplasty...
January 24, 2018: Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine
Tyler M Hockman, Alvaro F Cisternas, Bryan Jones, Mark T Butt, Kent G Osborn, Joanne J Steinauer, Shelle A Malkmus, Tony L Yaksh
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate target engagement of intracisternally (IC) delivered TRPV1 agonist, resiniferatoxin (RTX), as measured by primary afferent and dorsal horn substance P immunoreactivity (sP-IR), histopathology and thermal escape latencies in dogs. STUDY DESIGN: Prospective experimental trial. ANIMALS: Fourteen adult male Beagle dogs, weighing 10.3-13.2 kg; 11 dogs surviving to scheduled euthanasia. METHODS: Anesthetized dogs were randomly assigned to be administered IC RTX (3...
December 5, 2017: Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia
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
Eralp Çevikkalp, Koray Erbüyün, Serpil Erbüyün, Gülay Ok
Pediatric regional anesthesia is widely used to relieve postoperative pain after abdominal surgery. Commonly used techniques of regional anesthesia include lumbar epidural and caudal block. However, the use of central neuraxial blockade has limitations. It is contraindicated in patients with clotting abnormalities, spinal dysraphism with tethered cord syndrome, meningomyelocele, and following spinal surgery with instrumentation. Ultrasound guided transversus abdominis plane block is a new method of regional anesthesia that can be used in settings where central neuraxial blockade is contraindicated...
January 2018: Saudi Medical Journal
Emily McQuaid, Lisa R Leffert, Brian T Bateman
Anesthesiologists are responsible for the safe and effective provision of analgesia for labor and anesthesia for cesarean delivery and other obstetric procedures. In addition, obstetric anesthesiologists often have a unique role as the intensivists of the obstetric suite. The anesthesiologist is frequently the clinician with the greatest experience in the acute bedside management of a hemodynamically unstable patient and expertise in life-saving interventions. This review will discuss (1) risks associated with neuraxial and general anesthesia for labor and delivery, and (2) clinical scenarios in which the obstetric anesthesiologist is commonly called upon to function as a "peridelivery intensivist...
January 9, 2018: Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology
K Fayman, A Allan, C Hudson, M Logarta
BACKGROUND: Neuraxial analgesia during labour is a mainstay of anaesthetic practice globally. Despite the potential for significant neurological and infectious complications, international antisepsis practices for neuraxial anaesthesia vary widely. AIMS: The primary aim of this study was to clarify international antisepsis practices prior to neuraxial analgesia in labour. The secondary aim was to determine an approximate international incidence of neuraxial infections and neurological complications secondary to neuraxial analgesia techniques in labour...
October 6, 2017: International Journal of Obstetric Anesthesia
Owais Mushtaq Shah, Kharat Mohammad Bhat
Introduction: The combined spinal epidural (CSE) technique involves intentional subarachnoid blockade and epidural catheter placement during the same procedure to combine their individual best features, to reduce the total drug dosage and avoid their respective disadvantages. The addition of opioids to local anesthetics (bupivacaine) for CSE anesthesia (CSEA) is increasingly common to enhance the block. Neuraxial fentanyl is more potent and has shorter duration of action than morphine which provides prolonged anesthesia and analgesia, however at the cost of increased incidence of adverse effects like delayed respiratory depression...
October 2017: Anesthesia, Essays and Researches
S Grape, I Usmanova, K R Kirkham, E Albrecht
Long-acting neuraxial opioids provide excellent analgesia after surgery, but are associated with higher rates of postoperative nausea and vomiting. Dexamethasone effectively prevents postoperative nausea and vomiting after general anaesthesia, but its value in patients receiving long-acting neuraxial opioids is undetermined. Therefore, the objective of this meta-analysis was to assess the prophylactic anti-emetic efficacy of intravenous (i.v.) dexamethasone in this population. The study methodology followed the PRISMA statement guidelines...
December 11, 2017: Anaesthesia
P Feltracco, A Bortolato, S Barbieri, E Michieletto, E Serra, A Ruol, S Merigliano, C Ori
Surgery for esophageal cancer is a highly stressful and painful procedure, and a significant amount of analgesics may be required to eliminate perioperative pain and blunt the stress response to surgery. Proper management of postoperative pain has invariably been shown to reduce the incidence of postoperative complications and accelerate recovery. Neuraxial analgesic techniques after major thoracic and upper abdominal surgery have long been established to reduce respiratory, cardiovascular, metabolic, inflammatory, and neurohormonal complications...
December 2, 2017: Diseases of the Esophagus: Official Journal of the International Society for Diseases of the Esophagus
Lance M Relland, Joseph D Tobias, David Martin, Giorgio Veneziano, Ralph J Beltran, Christopher McKee, Tarun Bhalla
Background: Umbilical hernia repair is a common pediatric surgical procedure. While opioid analgesics are a feasible option and have long been a mainstay in the pharmacological intervention for pain, the effort to improve care and limit opioid-related adverse effects has led to the use of alternative techniques, including regional anesthesia. The current study prospectively compares the analgesic efficacy of three techniques, including caudal epidural blockade, peripheral nerve blockade, and local wound infiltration, in a double-blinded study...
2017: Journal of Pain Research
J Wallenborn, I Kühnert, D O Chebac, P Kranke
Labor pains can be stronger than pain caused by fractures and as a result of fear and stress can even have a negative effect on the course of parturition. A proportion of 75% of all women in labor use one or more supportive forms of analgesia to relieve labor pains. The procedures used range from supportive non-pharmacological measures, single intramuscular or intravenous analgesics and a prolonged inhalative analgesia up to highly efficient neuraxial blocks. Non-pharmacological interventions are considered to be generally safe but poorly effective...
December 2017: Der Schmerz
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