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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915069/systematic-review-of-the-efficacy-of-particulate-vs-non-particulate-corticosteroids-in-epidural-injections
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REVIEW
Priyesh Mehta, Isaac Syrop, Jaspal Ricky Singh, Jonathan Kirschner
OBJECTIVE: To systematically analyze published studies in regards to the comparative efficacy of particulate versus non-particulate corticosteroids for cervical and lumbosacral epidural steroid injections (ESI) in reducing pain and improving function. TYPE: Systematic Review LITERATURE SURVEY: MEDLINE (Ovid), EMBASE, and Cochrane databases were searched from the period of 1950 to December 2015. METHODOLOGY: Criteria for inclusion in this review were: 1) Randomized controlled trials and 2) Retrospective studies comparing particulate versus non-particulate medication in fluoroscopically guided injections using a transforaminal (TF) or interlaminar (IL) approach...
November 30, 2016: PM & R: the Journal of Injury, Function, and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914975/techniques-for-chronic-monitoring-of-brain-activity-in-freely-moving-sheep-using-wireless-longitudinal-eeg-recording
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N Perentos, A U Nicol, A Q Martins, J E Stewart, P Taylor, A J Morton
BACKGROUND: Large mammals with complex central nervous systems offer new possibilities for translational research into basic brain function. Techniques for monitoring brain activity in large mammals, however, are not as well developed as they are in rodents. NEW METHOD: We have developed a method for chronic monitoring of electroencephalographic (EEG) activity in unrestrained sheep. We describe the methods for behavioural training prior to implantation, surgical procedures for implantation, a protocol for reliable anaesthesia and recovery, methods for EEG data collection, as well as data pertaining to suitability and longevity of different types of electrodes...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914160/infectious-postpartum-sacroiliitis-the-importance-and-difficulty-of-early-diagnosis
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Emídio Vale-Fernandes, Fedra Rodrigues, Carla Monteiro, Luís Carvalho
The sacroiliitis accounts for about 1.5% - 10% of all cases of septic arthritis and it is strongly associated with gynaecological infections, pelvic trauma or drug abuse (3.4% - 12.8% of cases occur during the postpartum period). Early diagnosis is difficult because the symptoms are nonspecific in pregnancy and in the postpartum period, making the delay of treatment a serious risk of irreversible damage to the joint and development of post-infectious complications. The authors describe the case of a 37-year-old puerperal woman presented to hospital, weeks after urgent caesarean section, with endometritis, post-anesthetic epidural hematoma and secondary infectious postpartum sacroiliitis...
August 2016: Acta Médica Portuguesa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913981/the-challenges-of-anaesthesia-and-pain-relief-in-hip-fracture-care
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Rachel Cowan, Jun Hao Lim, Terence Ong, Ashok Kumar, Opinder Sahota
The care of the older person with hip fracture is complicated by their comorbid condition, limited physiological reserve, cognitive impairment and frailty. Two aspects of hip fracture management that have received considerable attention are how best to manage the pain associated with it and the ideal mode of anaesthesia. Existing literature has reported on the suboptimal treatment of pain in this orthogeriatric cohort. With recent advancements in medical care, a number of options have emerged as alternatives to conservative systemic analgesia...
December 3, 2016: Drugs & Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913087/a-case-of-multiple-empyema-caused-by-streptococcus-intermedius
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Akihito Kaga, Ryuzaburo Higo, Hiroshi Yoshikawa, Naoko Yokoi, Takuo Haruyama, Hiroaki Komatsu, Ayumi Yabe, Takeshi Kusunoki, Katsuhisa Ikeda
We report the case of a patient with multiple empyema present throughout his body, including chronic sinusitis and chronic suppurative otitis media, as well as subsequent epidural empyema, all caused by Streptococcus intermedius. A 38-year-old man presented with chief complaints of headache, left ear discharge, and nasal congestion. Imaging studies revealed pansinusitis, soft tissue signs in the mastoid cells, and otitis media. The patient was treated with meropenem hydrate, 6g/day. While clinical findings indicated improvement of the sinusitis, his headache did not improve...
November 29, 2016: Auris, Nasus, Larynx
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910253/a-computed-tomography-guided-demonstration-of-the-unilateral-distribution-of-low-volume-epidural-injectate
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Semih Gungor, Rohit Aiyer
The epidural space is frequently used for placement of the epidural needle, catheter, and various pharmacological agents. The presence of structures in the epidural space such as epidural fat, venous plexus, or ligaments that may lead to uneven distribution of agents within the epidural space have been described.(1-3) Whether these structures are anatomical (such as connective tissue) or functional (due to distortions of actual anatomy secondary to injection of agents epidurally) has been disputed.(2-5) We describe our management of a patient who presented with bilateral radicular symptoms and severe low back pain...
December 2, 2016: Pain Practice: the Official Journal of World Institute of Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910226/successful-treatment-of-post-dural-puncture-headache-using-epidural-fibrin-glue-patch-after-persistent-failure-of-epidural-blood-patches
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Kevin Wong, Brian R Monroe
OBJECTIVES: Epidural blood patch is the gold standard for the treatment of post-dural puncture headache (PDPH) when conservative treatments have failed to provide any relief. However, alternative therapies are lacking when epidural blood patch persistently fails to improve symptoms. Failure to treat PDPH may lead to significant functional impairment of daily living. Alternative therapies should be sought to accelerate recovery from PDPH. CASE REPORT: This case describes a woman who developed PDPH secondary to accidental dural puncture during a spinal cord stimulator trial...
December 2, 2016: Pain Practice: the Official Journal of World Institute of Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910210/microbiological-evaluation-of-the-extension-wire-and-percutaneous-epidural-lead-anchor-site-following-a-2-stage-cut-down-spinal-cord-stimulator-procedure
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Abdul Ghaaliq Lalkhen, Mahindra Chincholkar, Jiten Patel
OBJECTIVES: There are concerns regarding bacterial colonization of the temporary extension leads and subsequent infection risk using the 2-stage cut-down approach in spinal cord stimulation (SCS). We sought to quantify the extent of bacterial colonization of the temporary extension wire and percutaneous epidural lead anchor site. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We conducted a cross-sectional observational study recruiting a pragmatic sample of 25 consecutive patients listed for a cut-down trial of SCS...
December 2, 2016: Pain Practice: the Official Journal of World Institute of Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909035/randomised-controlled-pilot-study-to-investigate-the-effectiveness-of-thoracic-epidural-and-paravertebral-blockade-in-reducing-chronic-post-thoracotomy-pain-topic-feasibility-study-protocol
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Joyce Yeung, Teresa Melody, Amy Kerr, Babu Naidu, Lee Middleton, Kostas Tryposkiadis, Jane Daniels, Fang Gao
INTRODUCTION: Open chest surgery (thoracotomy) is considered the most painful of surgical procedures. Forceful wound retraction, costochondral dislocation, posterior costovertebral ligament disruption, intercostal nerve trauma and wound movement during respiration combine to produce an acute, severe postoperative pain insult and persistent chronic pain many months after surgery is common. Three recent systematic reviews conclude that unilateral continuous paravertebral blockade (PVB) provides analgesia at least equivalent to thoracic epidural blockade (TEB) in the postoperative period, has a lower failure rate, and symptom relief that lasted months...
December 1, 2016: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906952/conus-medullaris-infarction-after-a-right-l4-transforaminal-epidural-steroid-injection-using-dexamethasone
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Christopher G Gharibo, Michael Fakhry, Sudhir Diwan, Alan D Kaye
BACKGROUND: For decades, epidural steroid injections have been an effective tool in the management of many pain related conditions, including lumbar radiculopathy. Transforaminal epidural steroid injections in particular have been reported to potentially result in central nervous system infarctions which have not been reported with interlaminar epidural steroid injections, while providing comparable efficacy. This rare, catastrophic complication has been attributed by some authors to be due to vascular injury secondary to vasospasm, thrombus formation, dissection, as well as concerns with placing the needle at the so-called "safe triangle...
November 2016: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906951/changes-in-neuroglial-activity-in-multiple-spinal-segments-after-caudal-epidural-pulsed-radiofrequency-in-a-rat-model-of-lumbar-disc-herniation
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Hee Kyung Cho, Jae Hoon Kang, So-Yeon Kim, Mi-Jung Choi, Se Jin Hwang, Yun-Woo Cho, Sang-Ho Ahn
BACKGROUND: Herniated lumbar discs can induce sciatica by mechanical compression and/or chemical irritation. It was recently reported that neuroglial cellular activity after pulsed radiofrequency (PRF) application to a single dorsal root ganglion (DRG) attenuated neuroglial activity at the corresponding spinal dorsal horn. Recently, caudal epidural PRF has been used to manage neuropathic pain, but evidence of molecular changes after the administration of caudal epidural PRF to attenuate neuropathic pain is lacking, and it has not been determined whether caudal epidural PRF affects neuroglial activity at different spinal levels...
November 2016: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906948/cervical-interlaminar-epidural-injections-at-high-doses-do-not-increase-optic-nerve-sheath-diameter-on-a-long-term-basis
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Hyunzu Kim, Joo Hyeon O, Sung-Jun Hong, Keun Man Shin, JungChan Park, Sang Soo Kang
BACKGROUND: Cervical epidural injection (CEI) is widely performed on patients with pain originating from the cervical spine. Studies have shown a good relationship between the optic nerve sheath diameter (ONSD) and the intracranial pressure (ICP). OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the changes in the ONSD as a non-invasive surrogate marker of ICP after CEI. STUDY DESIGN: Prospective observational study. SETTING: Hospital and ambulatory pain clinic...
November 2016: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906944/the-safety-of-ct-guided-epidural-steroid-injections-in-an-older-patient-cohort
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Andrew J Fenster, Kevin Fernandes, Alan L Brook, Todd Miller
BACKGROUND: Epidural steroid injections (ESIs) are a common method for treating lower back pain, which is one of the most prevalent health-related complaints in the adult US population. Although the safety of CT-guided ESIs has been extensively studied in adults, there is limited data concerning the procedure's safety profile in an older patient population. OBJECTIVE: This retrospective study analyzed safety data among a single-center cohort of patients > 65 years-old who received one or more CT-guided interlaminar ESIs from 2012 to 2015...
November 2016: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906941/epidural-blood-patch-for-the-treatment-of-spontaneous-and-iatrogenic-orthostatic-headache
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Yun So, Jung Min Park, Pil-Moo Lee, Cho Long Kim, Cheolhan Lee, Jae Hun Kim
BACKGROUND: The cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leakage could be happened spontaneously or related to the procedures such as spinal anesthesia, epidural anesthesia, CSF tapping, intrathecal chemotherapy or other spinal procedures. The leakage of CSF leads to intracranial hypotension of which distinguishing clinical feature is orthostatic headache. The epidural blood patch is a gold-standard treatment for intracranial hypotension-related orthostatic headaches. OBJECTIVE: We conducted this study to compare the efficacy and number of epidural blood patches for spontaneous and iatrogenic orthostatic headaches...
November 2016: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906718/anesthesia-for-nonintubated-video-assisted-thoracic-surgery
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Hiroshi Sunaga, Justin D Blasberg, Paul M Heerdt
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This review focuses primarily on nonintubated video-assisted thoracic surgery (NIVATS), and discusses advantages, indications, anesthetic techniques, and approaches to intraoperative crisis management. RECENT FINDINGS: Advancements in endoscopic, endovascular, and robotic techniques have expanded the range of surgical procedures that can be performed in a minimally invasive fashion. For thoracic operations in particular, video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) has largely replaced traditional thoracotomy, and continued technical development has made surgical access into the pleural space even less disruptive...
November 30, 2016: Current Opinion in Anaesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906068/novel-use-of-cranial-epidural-space-in-rabbits-as-an-animal-model-to-investigate-bone-volume-augmentation-potential-of-different-bone-graft-substitutes
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Ivan Valdivia-Gandur, Wilfried Engelke, Víctor Beltrán, Eduardo Borie, Ramón Fuentes, María Cristina Manzanares-Céspedes
BACKGROUND: The success of bone augmentation to a major degree depends on the biomechanics and biological conditions of the surrounding tissues. Therefore, an animal model is needed providing anatomical sites with similar mechanical pressures for comparing its influence on different biomaterials for bone regeneration. The present report describes the new bone formation associated to biomaterial in a bursa created in the epidural space, between dura mater and cranial calvaria, under the constant pressure of cerebrospinal fluid...
December 1, 2016: Head & Face Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904723/why-cannot-suction-drains-prevent-postoperative-spinal-epidural-hematoma
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Dong Ki Ahn, Won Shik Shin, Jin Woo Kim, Seong Min Yi
BACKGROUND: Postoperative spinal epidural hematoma (POSEH) is different from spontaneous or post-spinal procedure hematoma because of the application of suction drains. However, it appeared that suction drains were not effective for prevention of POSEH in previous studies. The purpose of this study was to test our hypothesis that POSEH can be caused by hypercoagulability. METHODS: This was an experimental study. One hundred fifty milliliters of blood was donated from each of the 12 consecutive patients who underwent spine surgery and infused into 3 saline bags of 50 mL each...
December 2016: Clinics in Orthopedic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903338/-ultrasound-imaging-increases-first-attempt-success-rate-of-neuraxial-block-in-elderly-patients
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J Geng, X L Chen, X D Wang, X Y Guo, M Li
Objective: To verify whether preprocedural ultrasound of the lumbar spine could improve first-attempt success rate (defined as a successful neuraxial anesthesia with only one skin puncture) of neuraxial block in elderly patients. Methods: From septemble 2015 to February 2016, 200 elderly patients undergoing lower-limb surgery with neuraxial block at the Peking Universty Third Hospital were enrolled in this study.RandA 1.0 software was used to randomize patients into two groups: conventional surface landmark-guided group (group LM) and ultrasound-assisted group (group US)...
November 22, 2016: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903018/intrathecal-baclofen-therapy-for-the-treatment-of-spasticity-in-lithuania
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Robertas Kvascevicius, Ona Lapteva, Jurate Kesiene, Alfredas Vaitkus, Laima Mikulenaite, Ramunas Raugalas, Jurate Sipylaite, Saulius Rocka, Alvydas Juocevicius
Spasticity of cerebral or spinal origin severely impairs an individual's functional ability and quality of life. Intrathecal baclofen (ITB) therapy via an implantable pump is indicated for use in patients unresponsive to oral antispasmodics. ITB therapy improves the daily caring for and relief of painful spasms. In Lithuania, ITB therapy was introduced in clinical practice just recently. We share our experience of spasticity management with the ITB pump system in five patients at Vilnius University Hospital Santariskiu Klinikos...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Neurological Surgery. Part A, Central European Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901551/prolonged-second-stage-what-is-the-optimal-length
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Alexis C Gimovsky, Vincenzo Berghella
Importance: Prolonged second stage of labor is a clinical dilemma in which controversy exists on whether extending labor in nulliparous women with epidural anesthesia decreases the incidence of cesarean delivery without increasing maternal or neonatal risks. Objective: This narrative review was conducted to assess the current literature on management of and risks associated with a prolonged second stage in nulliparous women with epidurals. Evidence Acquisition: A review of the current literature was performed to evaluate the incidence of cesarean delivery and the maternal and neonatal outcomes...
November 2016: Obstetrical & Gynecological Survey
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