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Zachary L McCormick, Andrew Hendrix, David Dayanim, Bryan Clay, Amy Kirsling, Norman Harden
Objective: We present a technical protocol for rigorous assessment of patient-reported outcomes and psychophysical testing relevant to lumbar sympathetic blocks for the treatment of postamputation pain (PAP). This description is intended to inform future prospective investigation. Design: Series of four participants from a blinded randomized sham-controlled trial. Setting: Tertiary, urban, academic pain medicine center. Subjects: Four participants with a single lower limb amputation and associated chronic PAP...
March 8, 2018: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
Silvia Duong, Daniela Bravo, Keith J Todd, Roderick J Finlayson, De Q Tran
PURPOSE: Although multiple treatments have been advocated for complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), the levels of supportive evidence are variable and sometimes limited. The purpose of this updated review is to provide a critical analysis of the evidence pertaining to the treatment of CRPS derived from recent randomized-controlled trials (RCTs). SOURCE: The MEDLINE, EMBASE, Psychinfo, and CINAHL databases were searched to identify relevant RCTs conducted on human subjects and published in English between 1 May 2009 and 24 August 2017...
February 28, 2018: Canadian Journal of Anaesthesia, Journal Canadien D'anesthésie
Kosuke Minaga, Mamoru Takenaka, Ken Kamata, Tomoe Yoshikawa, Atsushi Nakai, Shunsuke Omoto, Takeshi Miyata, Kentaro Yamao, Hajime Imai, Hiroki Sakamoto, Masayuki Kitano, Masatoshi Kudo
The most common symptom in patients with advanced pancreatic cancer is abdominal pain. This has traditionally been treated with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and opioid analgesics. However, these treatments result in inadequate pain control or drug-related adverse effects in some patients. An alternative pain-relief modality is celiac plexus neurolysis, in which the celiac plexus is chemically ablated. This procedure was performed percutaneously or intraoperatively until 1996, when endoscopic ultrasound (EUS)-guided celiac plexus neurolysis was first described...
February 15, 2018: Cancers
Antonio Hernandez Conte, Jennifer Hajj, Stephen X Yang, Elizabeth Passano, Heather Barone, Dhilan A Thuraisingham, Jaime Moriguchi, Jon Kobashigawa, Francisco Arabia
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December 2, 2017: Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
Bo Shi, Ming-Rui Xie, Zong-Yuan Li
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the efficacy of capsular-enhanced repair with suture anchors in bipolar hemiarthroplasty for the treatment of femoral neck fractures in elderly patients. METHODS: A retrospective study was designed. From June 2009 to June 2016, 53 senile patients (54 hips)with femoral neck fracture were treated operatively in Mianyang central hospital (Sichuan, China). There were 21 males and 32 females, ranging in age from 80 to 97.5 years old (mean, 84.7 years old)...
April 25, 2017: Zhongguo Gu Shang, China Journal of Orthopaedics and Traumatology
Samir Kumta, Sudhir Warrier, Leena Jain, Rani Ummal, Manik Menezes, Shrirang Purohit
Introduction: Scaphoid fractures are not very common and frequently remain undiagnosed, presenting in non-union and persistent wrist pain. Options for scaphoid fracture treatment have been described over several decades, however, none with an optimal solution to achieve union along with good hand function. We describe here, the use of vascularised corticoperiosteal bone grafts from the medial femoral condyle (MFC) as a solution for the difficult problem of scaphoid fracture non-union...
May 2017: Indian Journal of Plastic Surgery: Official Publication of the Association of Plastic Surgeons of India
Adrián Amador Robayna, Jonathan Rodríguez Talavera, Begoña Ballesta Martínez, Javier Falcón Barroso, Almudena Carrión Valencia, Nuria Orribo Morales, Melania Santacruz Pérez, Jesús Monllor Gisbert
INTRODUCTION: Thrombosis is defined as the formation of a clot in a blood vessel that obstructs the flow of blood to the peripheral tissues. The incidence of thromboembolic disease ranges from 0.7 to 1.2% within urology. CASE REPORT: A 40-year-old warehouse worker male presented to the emergency department with worsening of a month's lasting scrotal pain. Physical examination showed the presence of an enlarged and painful left testicle with no other findings. Right testicle, penis and abdominal examination showed no abnormalities whatsoever...
January 17, 2018: Urologia Internationalis
Henrik Nuutinen, Teemu Riekkinen, Voitto Aittola, Kimmo Mäkinen, Jussi M Kärkkäinen
BACKGROUND: This study assessed the feasibility of fully endoscopic thoracoscopic first rib resection (FRR) in the treatment of neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome by comparing early outcomes of the thoracoscopic technique against the traditional transaxillary FRR. METHODS: Between 2009 and 2016, 60 consecutive FRRs were performed on 47 patients with neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome (13 bilateral procedures). The first 30 procedures were performed using the traditional transaxillary technique, and the novel thoracoscopic technique was used in the next 30 operations with the same indications for operative repair...
December 27, 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Osman Hakan Gunduz, Ozge Kenis-Coskun
The inputs from sympathetic ganglia have been known to be involved in the pathophysiology of various painful conditions such as complex regional pain syndrome, cancer pain of different origin, and coccygodynia. Sympathetic ganglia blocks are used to relieve patients who suffer from these conditions for over a century. Many numbers of local anesthetics such as bupivacaine or neurolytic agents such as alcohol can be chosen for a successful block. The agent is selected according to its duration of effect and the purpose of the injection...
2017: Journal of Pain Research
Joshua Cornman-Homonoff, Daniel J Holzwanger, Kyungmouk S Lee, David C Madoff, David Li
Chronic upper abdominal pain occurs as a complication of various malignant and benign diseases including pancreatic cancer and chronic pancreatitis, and when present may contribute to lower quality of life and higher mortality. Though various pain management strategies are available as part of a multimodal approach, they are often incompletely effective and accompanied by side effects. Pain originating in upper abdominal viscera is transmitted through the celiac plexus, which is an autonomic plexus located in the retroperitoneum at the root of the celiac trunk...
December 2017: Seminars in Interventional Radiology
Vance L Fredrickson, Arati Patel, Martin H Pham, Ben A Strickland, Ifije Ohiorhenuan, Thomas Chen
BACKGROUND: Over-shunting of cerebral spinal fluid may lead to intracranial hypotension and dilation of spinal epidural veins. Radiculopathy may rarely occur secondary to these engorged spinal epidural veins. In addition, the etiology of the radiculopathy may be obscured by concomitant spinal degenerative changes. CASE DESCRIPTION: We present a case of a 29-year-old female with positional headaches from intracranial hypotension in the setting of cerebral spinal fluid over-shunting...
December 14, 2017: World Neurosurgery
Stanley K H Lam, Kenneth Dean Reeves, An-Lin Cheng
Deep nerve hydrodissection uses fluid injection under pressure to purposely separate nerves from areas of suspected fascial compression, which are increasingly viewed as potential perpetuating factors in recalcitrant neuropathic pain/complex regional pain. The usage of 5% dextrose water (D5W) as a primary injectate for hydrodissection, with or without low dose anesthetic, could limit anesthetic-related toxicity. An analgesic effect of 5% dextrose water (D5W) upon perineural injection in patients with chronic neuropathic pain has recently been described...
2017: BioMed Research International
Benjamin B Whiting, Celene B Mulholland, Lorin Daniels, U Kumar Kakarla, Nicholas Theodore, Laura A Snyder
BACKGROUND AND IMPORTANCE: Endovascular therapy has proven to be a safe, minimally invasive treatment for multiple etiologies, but proper precautions must be taken to avoid complications. When complications occur, they should be promptly identified and corrected when possible. This case report describes endovascular stents misplaced into the epidural spinous venous plexus rather than the iliofemoral arteries, causing cauda equina syndrome, as well as the spinal procedure performed to treat the resulting spinal canal compression...
December 2, 2017: Operative Neurosurgery (Hagerstown, Md.)
Beatriz Mansilla, Alberto Isla, María Román de Aragón, Borja Hernández, Pablo García Feijoo, Alexis Palpán Flores, Susana Santiago
OBJECTIVE: Intraneural cysts are benign lesions located within the epineurium of some peripheral nerves and their aetiopathogenesis is controversial. Most are located at the level of the lower limbs. In the upper limbs, the most frequently affected nerve is the ulnar nerve. Suprascapular nerve entrapment syndrome due to the formation of an intraneural cyst is rare. In this article, we show a new case and perform a literature review of intraneural cysts located in the suprascapular nerve...
November 20, 2017: Neurocirugía
Doris Lieba-Samal, Jeroen J J van Eijk, Marieke H J van Rosmalen, Irene M F van Balken, Aad Verrips, Jop Mostert, Sigrid Pillen, Nens van Alfen
The differential diagnosis of upper extremity mononeuritis multiplex includes neuralgic amyotrophy, vasculitic neuropathy, and Lewis-Sumner syndrome. We describe 3 patients initially suspected of neuralgic amyotrophy, who had an extremely painful, protracted, progressive disease course, not fitting one of these established diagnoses. Nerve ultrasonography showed focal caliber changes of the roots, plexus, and limb nerves. Electromyography showed predominant multifocal axonopathy. Ongoing autoimmune neuropathy was suspected...
November 21, 2017: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
Bixin Zheng, Li Song, Hui Liu
The post-amputation (pain) syndrome, including stump pain, phantom limb sensation, and phantom limb pain is common but difficult to treat. Refractory stump pain in the syndrome is an extremely challenging and troublesome clinical condition. Patients respond poorly to drugs, nerve blocks, and other effective treatments like spinal cord stimulation and surgery. Pulsed radiofrequency (PRF) technique has been shown to be effective in reducing neuropathic pain. This report describes a patient with persistent and refractory upper limb stump pain being successfully relieved with PRF of brachial plexus under ultrasound guidance after a 6-month follow-up period, suggesting that PRF may be considered as an alternative treatment for refractory stump-neuroma pain...
2017: Journal of Pain Research
Zhen Tan, Guang-Lin Wang
Pelvic fracture is one of the common diseases of traumatic orthopedics. With the increase of accidents such as traffic accidents,high craters and crush injuries in China,the incidence of pelvic fractures is also increasing year by year. Since pelvic bones and the ligament structure are close to neurovascular,cavity organs and the urogenital structure,early diagnosis and treatment of pelvic fractures is essential for preventing early complications and late sequelae. The treatment of pelvic ring injury has been the focus of pelvic fracture treatment,which determines the outcome of treatment...
September 2017: Sichuan da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Sichuan University. Medical Science Edition
Osman Mahmoud, Eero Sihvo, Jari Räsänen, Leena Vikatmaa, Pirkka Vikatmaa, Maarit Venermo
OBJECTIVE: Young, active persons may suffer lifelong consequences of subclavian vein thrombosis, but the best treatment options remain unclear. On introduction of more active pharmacomechanical thrombus removal and thoracoscopic rib resection in our institution, we planned a diagnostic and treatment protocol and aimed to analyze the early, midterm, and intermediate-term results. METHODS: The study included 72 patients who were diagnosed with an upper limb deep venous thrombosis and underwent phlebography between 2006 and 2013...
January 2018: Journal of Vascular Surgery. Venous and Lymphatic Disorders
Jennifer Hong, Jared M Pisapia, Zarina S Ali, Austin J Heuer, Erin Alexander, Gregory G Heuer, Eric L Zager
OBJECTIVE Neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome (nTOS) is an uncommon compression syndrome of the brachial plexus that presents with pain, sensory changes, and motor weakness in the affected limb. The authors reviewed the clinical presentations and outcomes in their series of pediatric patients with surgically treated nTOS over a 6-year period. METHODS Cases of nTOS in patients age 18 years or younger were extracted for analysis from a prospective database of peripheral nerve operations. Baseline patient characteristics, imaging and neurophysiological data, operative findings, and outcomes and complications were assessed...
November 10, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery. Pediatrics
Kamran Aghayev, Ozcan Ciklatekerlio
BACKGROUND: There are several surgical treatment options for neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome (n-TOS). However, the first rib has been shown to be the common denominator of all TOS forms and the degree of its resection has been shown to correlate with the long-term success. OBJECTIVE: To demonstrate the feasibility of posterior upper rib excision (PURE) and report early outcomes. METHODS: Nine patients presented with signs and symptoms of n-TOS...
July 6, 2017: Operative Neurosurgery (Hagerstown, Md.)
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