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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906440/supramicrosurgical-lymphatico-venular-anastomosis-lva-in-treating-lymphoedema-36-months-preliminary-report
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P Gennaro, G Gabriele, M Mihara, K Kikuchi, C Salini, I Aboh, F Cascino, G Chisci, C Ungari
OBJECTIVE: Lymphoedema of the extremities is a widespread pathological condition that mostly occurs as a complication of cancer resections, especially in women. Conventional therapy refers to conservative and physiotherapeutic approaches. Surgical strategies have been widely reported in the literature and are still challenging. Part of this literature focuses on the supra microsurgical lymphaticovenular anastomosis (LVA) technique. LVA is characterized by a high success rate, minimal invasivity and broad indications...
November 2016: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27897974/delayed-coloanal-anastomosis-for-rectovaginal-fistula-after-colorectal-resection-for-deep-endometriosis
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Gaetano Gallo, Alberto Realis Luc, Roberta Tutino, Giuseppe Clerico, Mario Trompetto
AIM: The deep infiltrating endometriosis, defined as a subperitoneal infiltration of endometrial implants of ≥ 5 mm involving not only the colorectal tract but also rectovaginal septum, vagina and bladder often requires a challenging surgery. Endometriosis nodes of the rectovaginal septum, if symptomatic, need a resection of the involved colorectal tract with colorectal or coloanal anastomosis. Unfortunately in these cases is not uncommon the possibility of a postoperative rectovaginal fistula (RVF), caused by the weakness of the septum that must be skeletonized to completely remove the endometriosis nodes...
November 28, 2016: Annali Italiani di Chirurgia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884666/anesthetic-considerations-in-a-parturient-with-congenital-insensitivity-to-pain-with-anhidrosis
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Z Pirani, F Qasem, S Katsiris
Congenital insensitivity to pain is a rare autosomal recessive disease characterized by varying degrees of autonomic dysfunction and sensory loss, including nociceptive hyposensitivity. It is this autonomic dysfunction that makes both general and neuraxial anesthesia challenging. Testing the block during neuraxial anesthesia may be difficult and the patient may be prone to hypotension and bradycardia. This case report describes the anesthetic management of a parturient with congenital insensitivity to pain presenting for cesarean delivery...
October 21, 2016: International Journal of Obstetric Anesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27871562/anesthetizing-a-child-for-a-large-compressive-mediastinal-mass-with-distraction-techniques-and-music-therapies-as-the-sole-agents
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Adam C Adler, Emily R Schwartz, Jennifer M Waters, Paul A Stricker
Anesthetic management of the child with an anterior mediastinal mass is challenging. The surgical/procedural goal typically is to obtain a definitive tissue diagnosis to guide treatment; the safest approach to anesthesia is often one that alters cardiorespiratory physiology the least. In severe cases, this may translate to little or no systemic sedatives/analgesics. Distraction techniques, designed to shift attention away from procedure-related pain (such as counting, listening to music, non-procedure-related talk), may be of great benefit, allowing for avoidance of pharmaceuticals...
December 2016: Journal of Clinical Anesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27858838/a-case-report-of-children-s-divergent-dislocation-of-the-elbow-and-review-of-literature
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Yongtao Wu, Hai Jiang, Wusheng Miao
BACKGROUND: The divergent dislocation of the elbow is not common in children, and the imaging is difficult and challenging. This often leads to misdiagnosis or inappropriate treatment. The literature has reported a total of 19 cases currently. METHODS: A 10-year-old girl with divergent dislocation of the elbow was admitted in our department in November 2013. When playing basketball, her right elbow was injured on the concrete floor. After injury, her right elbow joint became severely swollen, with obvious deformity...
November 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27837084/intraoperative-diagnosis-of-intracardiac-thrombus-during-orthotopic-liver-transplantation-with-transesophageal-echocardiography-a-case-series-and-literature-review
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Adam A Dalia, Hisham Khan, Antolin S Flores
Anesthesia for orthotopic liver transplantation (OLT) is challenging for any anesthesiologist as the patients undergoing this procedure are among the most critically ill. Adding to the underlying complexity of OLT management is the rare complication of an intracardiac thrombus (ICT). Intracardiac thrombi can present following liver allograft reperfusion resulting in high morbidity and mortality. Currently there is no consensus treatment for ICT, and the gold standard for diagnosis is intraoperative transesophageal echocardiography (TEE); these 2 factors lead to a dangerous amalgam of the difficulty in diagnosing and treating the disease...
November 10, 2016: Seminars in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27833495/postoperative-pain-management-of-liver-transplantation-in-cystic-fibrosis-is-it-time-to-start-us-guided-neuraxial-blocks
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M Piazza, G Martucci, A Arcadipane
Cystic fibrosis (CF) is the most common life-limiting genetic disease in Caucasians. Declining lung function is the principal cause of death, but liver involvement can lead to the need for liver transplantation. General anesthesia has detrimental effects on pulmonary function, increasing perioperative morbidity and mortality in CF patients. Regional anesthetic techniques improve outcomes by reducing anesthetic drugs and administration of opioids, and hastening extubation, awakening, and restarting respiratory of physiotherapy...
October 2016: Saudi Journal of Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27829881/moyamoya-disease-in-pregnancy-and-delivery-planning-a-case-series-and-literature-review
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Erica Weston, Niharika Mehta
Moyamoya disease is a rare condition characterized by stenosis or occlusion of the intracranial internal carotid arteries leading to the development of fragile collateral vessels. Disruption of these vessels can lead to both ischemic and hemorrhagic strokes. As such, these patients are sensitive to changes in intracranial pressure and pose a challenge in pregnancy and delivery planning. Two cases of a parturients with moyamoya disease are presented, and the literature regarding safe method of delivery in similar patients is reviewed...
December 2016: Obstetric Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27828781/tracheal-extubation-of-patients-with-cervical-spine-injury-a-case-report-and-review-of-literature
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Aleksandra Nowicka, Narcis Ungureanu, Shyam Balasubramanian, Cyprian Mendonca
In patients with cervical spine injuries, emergence from anesthesia and tracheal extubation can prove as challenging to the anesthesiologist as the tracheal intubation. We report a case of a patient with a potentially unstable cervical spine injury who presented for a nonspinal surgery and experienced agitation on emergence from anesthesia. The use of an intravenous sedative was necessary to ensure cervical spine immobilization but was complicated by severe respiratory depression and the need for reintubation and admission to intensive care...
November 8, 2016: A & A Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27811495/use-of-methohexital-and-dexmedetomidine-for-maintenance-of-anesthesia-in-a-patient-with-mitochondrial-myopathy
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Elliott L Woodward, Zhiling Xiong
Provision of anesthesia for patients with mitochondrial disorders is associated with a unique set of challenges. These disorders are rare, which complicates efforts to develop high quality, evidence-based guidelines to inform the perioperative management of those who suffer from them. Accordingly, case reports remain an important source of information regarding their care. Here we present the case of a 27-year-old female patient with mitochondrial myopathy and a history suggestive of malignant hyperthermia susceptibility who received general anesthesia for 2 consecutive surgeries...
November 2, 2016: A & A Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27806892/necrotizing-otitis-externa-diagnosis-treatment-and-outcome-in-a-case-series
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Eran Glikson, Doron Sagiv, Michael Wolf, Yisgav Shapira
We reviewed 25 cases of patients diagnosed with necrotizing otitis externa in our tertiary university-affiliated medical center between 2009 and 2015. Mean overall hospitalization duration was 14.52days, 95% of the patients showed specific seasonal incidence. Mean duration of symptoms prior to hospitalization was 6weeks and the duration correlated with outcome. Only 8% of the patients presented with cranial neuropathies; however, this presentation correlated with adverse outcome. Pseudomonas aeruginosa was the main causative organism (50%), with a 30% multidrug-resistance rate...
October 18, 2016: Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27766546/management-of-skin-cancer-in-the-high-risk-patient
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James W Behan, Adam Sutton, Ashley Wysong
Skin cancer is the most common of human cancers and outnumbers all other types of cancer combined in the USA by over threefold. The majority of non-melanoma skin cancers are easily treated with surgery or locally destructive techniques performed under local anesthesia in the cost-effective outpatient setting. However, there is a subset of "high-risk" cases that prove challenging in terms of morbidity, mortality, adjuvant treatment required, as well as overall cost to the health care system. In our opinion, the term "high risk" when applied to skin cancer can mean one of three things: a high-risk tumor with aggressive histologic and/or clinical features with an elevated risk for local recurrence or regional/distant metastasis, a high-risk patient with the ongoing development of multiple skin cancers, and a high-risk patient based on immunosuppression...
December 2016: Current Treatment Options in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27749293/left-ventricular-assist-device-insertion-in-a-patient-with-biventricular-noncompaction-cardiomyopathy-ebstein-anomaly-and-a-left-atrial-mass-anesthesia-management-and-challenges
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Nikhil Kumar, Christopher A Troianos, Joshua S Baisden
In this report, we present the case of a patient with biventricular noncompaction cardiomyopathy, Ebstein anomaly, and a left atrial mass who required emergent placement of a left ventricular assist device. The noncompaction cardiomyopathy complicated the left ventricular assist device implantation procedure because the thickened, trabeculated myocardium made it difficult to place the inflow cannula. We discuss our perioperative management strategy, in which transesophageal echocardiography was used, to help the surgical team identify the proper cannula placement and provide a bridge to transplantation...
October 5, 2016: A & A Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27749292/airway-management-of-a-3-year-old-child-with-a-penetrating-oropharyngeal-foreign-body-risking-vascular-injury
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Jenny Feldman Eskildsen, Brian D Thorp, Hemanth A Baboolal
Management of anesthesia for a child with an upper airway foreign body is fraught with particular challenges. We present the case of a 3-year-old girl who presented to the emergency department with a 12-cm sewing needle protruding from her mouth and unknown vascular involvement. We were faced with establishing a secure airway despite exclusion of mask ventilation or use of a laryngeal mask airway. Moreover, peripheral intravenous access was lost before adequate sedation. Ultimately, we were able to safely induce anesthesia and achieve endotracheal intubation...
October 5, 2016: A & A Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27746572/anesthetic-management-in-a-patient-with-osteogenesis-imperfecta-for-rush-nail-removal-in-femur
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Divanshu Gupta, Alaka Purohit
Osteogenesis imperfecta (OI) is a rare genetically inherited syndrome involving connective tissues, resulting in anatomic and physiologic abnormalities, which results in any form of anesthesia, a challenging task. We hereby report a case of OI type I presented with distinctively blue sclera, hearing loss, kyphoscoliosis, and mild pulmonary restrictive disease who underwent rush nail removal in the femur.
September 2016: Anesthesia, Essays and Researches
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27746571/anesthetic-management-of-a-child-with-complete-atrioventricular-septal-defect-and-single-ventricle-posted-for-noncardiac-surgery
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Aabid Hussain Mir, Zulfiqar Ali, Bashir Ahmad Dar, Imtiaz A Naqash, Samreena Bashir
Congenital heart defects are associated with various physiological disturbances. They pose anesthetic challenges for both cardiac and noncardiac surgeries. Atrioventricular septal defects are due to a developmental failure in the separation of atria and the ventricles into separate chambers and failure in the separation of mitral and tricuspid valves. We present a case of a child (1½ years), weighing 10 kg, diagnosed as congenital hydrocephalus who was planned for ventriculoperitoneal shunt. Child was having an oxygen saturation of 76% on room air...
September 2016: Anesthesia, Essays and Researches
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27734209/fatal-complications-following-microvascular-decompression-could-it-be-avoided-and-salvaged
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Lei Xia, Ming-Xing Liu, Jun Zhong, Ning-Ning Dou, Bin Li, Hui Sun, Shi-Ting Li
Although the microvascular decompression (MVD) surgery has become an effective remedy for cranial nerve rhizopathies, it is still challengeable and may result in a fatal sequel sometimes. Therefore, the operative skill needs to be further highlighted with emphasis on the safety and a preplan for management of postoperative fatal complications should be established. We retrospectively analyzed 6974 cases of MVD. Postoperatively, 46 patients (0.66 %) presented decline in consciousness with a positive finger-nose test (or failure to be tested) after wake up from the anesthesia, whom were focused on in this study...
October 12, 2016: Neurosurgical Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27721997/an-unexpected-airway-complication-in-a-male-patient-with-goltz-syndrome
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Sadie Smith, Kavita Gadhok, Dmitri Guvakov
Goltz syndrome, also known as focal dermal hypoplasia, is a rare X-linked dominant multisystem syndrome presenting with cutaneous, skeletal, dental ocular, central nervous system and soft tissue abnormalities. This case report discusses an adult male patient with Goltz syndrome that was noted to have large, papillomatous, hypopharyngeal lesions upon induction of general anesthesia. We highlight challenges with airway management intraoperatively and postoperatively in patients with Goltz syndrome. Our aim is to increase awareness of the potential airway complications associated with this genetic disorder and to provide suggestions for optimal perioperative management for patients afflicted with Goltz syndrome...
2016: Case Reports in Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27716713/anesthetic-management-of-patent-ductus-arteriosus-in-adults
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Shital Rajesh Shinde, Shakuntala Basantwani, Bharati Tendolkar
Patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) is an extracardiac left to right shunt. It should be corrected at an early age, but some patients may survive into adult life even without repair. Anesthetic management for adult patients with PDA poses many challenges for the anesthesiologist due to alterations in the cardiopulmonary physiology. We report successful anesthesia management of a case of an adult patient of PDA with moderate pulmonary artery hypertension with infective endarteritis (two large mobile vegetations at the pulmonary end of the duct)...
October 2016: Annals of Cardiac Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27716330/survival-rate-and-perioperative-data-of-patients-who-have-undergone-hemipelvectomy-a-retrospective-case-series
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Alfredo Guilherme Haack Couto, Bruno Araújo, Roberto André Torres de Vasconcelos, Marcos José Renni, Clóvis Orlando Da Fonseca, Ismar Lima Cavalcanti
BACKGROUND: Hemipelvectomy is a major orthopedic surgical procedure indicated in specific situations. Although many studies discuss surgical techniques for hemipelvectomy, few studies have presented survival data, especially in underdeveloped countries. Additionally, there is limited information on anesthesia for orthopedic oncologic surgeries. The primary aim of this study was to determine the survival rate after hemipelvectomy, and the secondary aims were to evaluate anesthesia and perioperative care associated with hemipelvectomy and determine the influence of the surgical technique (external hemipelvectomy [amputation] or internal hemipelvectomy [limb sparing surgery]) on anesthesia and perioperative care in Brazil...
October 7, 2016: World Journal of Surgical Oncology
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