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  1. Absceso epidural cervical por peptostreptococcus anaerobius

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    Fernandez Garcia, L.; Machado Baldasano, A.; Villanueva Pareja, F.; García de Quevedo Puerta, D.; Marfil Romero, M.

    1996-01-01

    Se presenta 1 caso de infección con absceso epidural a nivel cervical producido por un Peplostreptococcus anaerobius en 1 paciente en el que se realizó previamente una artrodesis C6-C7 por una hernia discal cervical. En la literatura no se han encontrado referencias bibliográficas de casos similares, por la etiología y la localización. Se discute la importancia de las infecciones por bacterias anaerobias en patología osteoarticular, métodos diagnósticos, así como su abordaje te...

  2. Espondilodiscitis y absceso epidural candidiásico Candida spondylodiscitis and epidural abscess

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    2006-01-01

    La espondilodiscitis candidiásica asociada a absceso epidural es una enfermedad de aparición excepcional. Se presenta el caso de un paciente con linfoma de Hodgkin en tratamiento quimioterápico que desarrolló candidiasis sistémica complicada con espondilodiscitis y absceso epidural por dicho germen.Candida spondylodiscitis associatd with epidural abscess is rarely seen. We present a patient with Hodgkin lymphoma who received chemotherapy and developed systemic Candida infection, which was com...

  3. Espondilodiscitis y absceso epidural candidiásico Candida spondylodiscitis and epidural abscess

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    Gisela Di Stilio

    2006-08-01

    Full Text Available La espondilodiscitis candidiásica asociada a absceso epidural es una enfermedad de aparición excepcional. Se presenta el caso de un paciente con linfoma de Hodgkin en tratamiento quimioterápico que desarrolló candidiasis sistémica complicada con espondilodiscitis y absceso epidural por dicho germen.Candida spondylodiscitis associatd with epidural abscess is rarely seen. We present a patient with Hodgkin lymphoma who received chemotherapy and developed systemic Candida infection, which was complicated by Candida spondylodiscitis and epidural abscess.

  4. Lumbar Epidural Varix Mimicking Perineural Cyst

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    Pusat, Serhat; Kural, Cahit; Aslanoglu, Atilla; Kurt, Bulent

    2013-01-01

    Lumbar epidural varices are rare and usually mimick lumbar disc herniations. Back pain and radiculopathy are the main symptoms of lumbar epidural varices. Perineural cysts are radiologically different lesions and should not be confused with epidural varix. A 36-year-old male patient presented to us with right leg pain. The magnetic resonance imaging revealed a cystic lesion at S1 level that was compressing the right root, and was interpreted as a perineural cyst. The patient underwent surgery via right L5 and S1 hemilaminectomy, and the lesion was coagulated and removed. The histopathological diagnosis was epidural varix. The patient was clinically improved and the follow-up magnetic resonance imaging showed the absence of the lesion. Lumbar epidural varix should be kept in mind in the differential diagnosis of the cystic lesions which compress the spinal roots. PMID:23741553

  5. Lumbar Epidural Varix Mimicking Disc Herniation.

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    Bursalı, Adem; Akyoldas, Goktug; Guvenal, Ahmet Burak; Yaman, Onur

    2016-07-01

    Lumbar radiculopathy is generally caused by such well-recognized entity as lumbar disc herniation in neurosurgical practice; however rare pathologies such as thrombosed epidural varix may mimic them by causing radicular symptoms. In this case report, we present a 26-year-old man with the complaint of back and right leg pain who was operated for right L4-5 disc herniation. The lesion interpreted as an extruded disc herniation preoperatively was found to be a thrombosed epidural varix compressing the nerve root preoperatively. The nerve root was decompressed by shrinking the lesion with bipolar thermocoagulation and excision. The patient's complaints disappeared in the postoperative period. Thrombosed lumbar epidural varices may mimic lumbar disc herniations both radiologically and clinically. Therefore, must be kept in mind in the differential diagnosis of lumbar disc herniations. Microsurgical techniques are mandatory for the treatment of these pathologies and decompression with thermocoagulation and excision is an efficient method.

  6. Vascular lesions of the lumbar epidural space: magnetic resonance imaging features of epidural cavernous hemangioma and epidural hematoma

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    Basile Júnior Roberto

    1999-01-01

    Full Text Available The authors report the magnetic resonance imaging diagnostic features in two cases with respectively lumbar epidural hematoma and cavernous hemangioma of the lumbar epidural space. Enhanced MRI T1-weighted scans show a hyperintense signal rim surrounding the vascular lesion. Non-enhanced T2-weighted scans showed hyperintense signal.

  7. Roseomonas Spinal Epidural Abscess Complicating Instrumented Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion

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    Maraki, Sofia; Bantouna, Vasiliki; Lianoudakis, Efstratios; Stavrakakis, Ioannis; Scoulica, Efstathia

    2013-01-01

    The first case of a spinal epidural abscess caused by Roseomonas mucosa following instrumented posterior lumbar fusion is presented. Although rare, because of its highly resistant profile, Roseomonas species should be included in the differential diagnosis of epidural abscesses in both immunocompromised and immunocompetent hosts.

  8. Roseomonas spinal epidural abscess complicating instrumented posterior lumbar interbody fusion.

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    Maraki, Sofia; Bantouna, Vasiliki; Lianoudakis, Efstratios; Stavrakakis, Ioannis; Scoulica, Efstathia

    2013-07-01

    The first case of a spinal epidural abscess caused by Roseomonas mucosa following instrumented posterior lumbar fusion is presented. Although rare, because of its highly resistant profile, Roseomonas species should be included in the differential diagnosis of epidural abscesses in both immunocompromised and immunocompetent hosts.

  9. Epidural fat image in lumbar magnetic resonance image

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    Nishijima, Yuichiro; Yamasaki, Yasuo; Higashida, Norihiko; Okada, Masato (Kanazawa Medical School, Ishikawa (Japan))

    1993-12-01

    To examine epidural fat images, lumbar magnetic resonance (MR) images were retrospectively reviewed in a total of 103 patients with surgically proven lumbar disc herniation (DH, n=57) and lumbar canal stenosis (LCS, n=46). Epidural fat images consisted of middorsal epidural fat (MDF), paramedian ventral fat (PVF) and intervertebral foraminal fat (IFF) ones. In the group of DH, the thickness of MDF image did not correlate with that of subcutaneous fat, suggesting that epidural fat was not affected by body fat. From the pathophysiological point of view, decrease and disappearance of MDF images correlated with compression of the epidural canal. Decrease and disappearance of PVF images lead to suspicious compression of the traversing root. In addition, asymmetrical PVF images were useful for the bilateral diagnosis of herniation. Abnormal findings of IFF images were suggestive of compression of the exiting nerve root at the intervertebral foramen. This was also seen frequently at the non-responsible level in patients over the age of 50. Degenerative and sequentrated spondylolistheses in the group of LCS were more frequently associated with a higher incidence of abnormal findings of IFF images, suggesting the presence of existing nerve root compression. (N.K.).

  10. Rapidly Progressive Gas-containing Lumbar Spinal Epidural Abscess.

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    Bang, Jin Hyuk; Cho, Keun-Tae

    2015-09-01

    Gas-containing (emphysematous) infections of the abdomen, pelvis, and extremities are well-known disease entities, which can potentially be life-threatening. They require aggressive medical and often surgical treatment. In the neurosurgical field, some cases of gas-containing brain abscess and subdural empyema have been reported. Sometimes they progress rapidly and even can cause fatal outcome. However, gas-containing spinal epidural abscess has been rarely reported and clinical course is unknown. We report on a case of rapidly progressive gas-containing lumbar spinal epidural abscess due to Enterococcus faecalis in a 72-year-old male patient with diabetes mellitus.

  11. Epidural steroid injection for lumbar disc herniation in NFL athletes.

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    Krych, Aaron J; Richman, Daniel; Drakos, Mark; Weiss, Leigh; Barnes, Ronnie; Cammisa, Frank; Warren, Russell F

    2012-02-01

    To our knowledge, there is no published information on the efficacy of epidural steroid injections for the treatment of lumbar disc herniation in an athletic population. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of epidural corticosteroid injection for treatment of lumbar disc herniation in a group of National Football League (NFL) players. We retrospectively reviewed the records of all NFL players who underwent an epidural steroid injection at our institution for incapacitating pain secondary to an acute lumbar disc herniation (confirmed on magnetic resonance imaging) from 2003 to 2010. Our primary outcome was success of the injection, defined as return to play. The secondary outcome of the study was to evaluate risk factors for failure of this treatment approach. Seventeen players had a total of 37 injections for 27 distinct lumbar disc herniation episodes from 2003 to 2010. The success rate of returning an athlete to play for a given episode of disc herniation was 89% (24 of 27 episodes) with an average loss of 2.8 practices (range = 0-12) and 0.6 games (range = 0-2) after the injection. Four players required a repeat injection for the same episode. Three of these four players ultimately failed conservative management and required surgical intervention. Risk factors for failing injection therapy included sequestration of the disc herniation on magnetic resonance imaging (P = 0.01) and weakness on physical examination (P = 0.002). There were no complications reported. In this highly selective group of professional athletes, our results suggest that epidural steroid injections are a safe and effective therapeutic option in the treatment of symptomatic lumbar disc herniation.

  12. MR imaging of epidural hematoma in the lumbar spine

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    Dorsay, Theodore A.; Helms, Clyde A. [Duke University Medical Center, Department of Radiology, Erwin Road, Room 1504, Durham, NC 27710 (United States)

    2002-12-01

    To bring attention to the MR imaging appearance of epidural hematoma (EDH) in the lumbar spine as a small mass often associated with disk herniation or an acute event. This paper will show our experience with this entity and describe criteria for its MR imaging appearance. Design and patients. Thirteen cases of prospectively diagnosed EDH of the lumbar spine were compared with 12 cases of prospectively diagnosed prominent epidural extrusion. Our criteria were retrospectively evaluated by the two authors for their presence or absence in each case. The chi-square test for nominal data was applied. MR imaging criteria utilized to distinguish EDH from disk herniation at our institution include: (1) signal different from disk, (2) high signal on T1-weighted images, either centrally or peripherally, (3) teardrop- or egg-shaped mass, in the sagittal plane, (4) size greater than half the vertebral body height in a craniocaudal dimension, (5) primarily retrosomatic epidural location, (6) plasticity - the mass is seen to conform closely to the contours of bone (e.g., in the lateral recess), (7) little or no disk space narrowing unless associated with disc herniation. Chi-square analysis demonstrated each criterion to significantly differentiate between EDH and extrusion. Only six of 13 EDH cases went to surgery in spite of their relatively large size. Two of six patients were diagnosed as having epidural clot consistent with hematoma at the time of surgery. The four patients who were not diagnosed at surgery revealed only small disk herniations or fragments of disk. The occurrence of EDH is more frequent than previously suspected. Spontaneous EDH is frequently associated with disk herniation and acute events such as sneezing or coughing. Most cases of spontaneous EDH will resolve prior to surgery with only the minority becoming chronic in order to be seen at surgery as an encapsulated mass. MR imaging can reliably identify EDH and distinguish between EDH and large disk

  13. Fluoroscopic lumbar interlaminar epidural injections in managing chronic lumbar axial or discogenic pain

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    Manchikanti L

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available Laxmaiah Manchikanti,1,2 Kimberly A Cash,1 Carla D McManus,1 Vidyasagar Pampati,1 Ramsin Benyamin3,41Pain Management Center of Paducah, Paducah, KY; 2University of Louisville, Louisville, KY; 3Millennium Pain Center, Bloomington, IL; 4University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL, USAAbstract: Among the multiple causes of chronic low back pain, axial and discogenic pain are common. Various modalities of treatments are utilized in managing discogenic and axial low back pain including epidural injections. However, there is a paucity of evidence regarding the effectiveness, indications, and medical necessity of any treatment modality utilized for managing axial or discogenic pain, including epidural injections. In an interventional pain management practice in the US, a randomized, double-blind, active control trial was conducted. The objective was to assess the effectiveness of lumbar interlaminar epidural injections of local anesthetic with or without steroids for managing chronic low back pain of discogenic origin. However, disc herniation, radiculitis, facet joint pain, or sacroiliac joint pain were excluded. Two groups of patients were studied, with 60 patients in each group receiving either local anesthetic only or local anesthetic mixed with non-particulate betamethasone. Primary outcome measures included the pain relief-assessed by numeric rating scale of pain and functional status assessed by the, Oswestry Disability Index, Secondary outcome measurements included employment status, and opioid intake. Significant improvement or success was defined as at least a 50% decrease in pain and disability. Significant improvement was seen in 77% of the patients in Group I and 67% of the patients in Group II. In the successful groups (those with at least 3 weeks of relief with the first two procedures, the improvement was 84% in Group I and 71% in Group II. For those with chronic function-limiting low back pain refractory to conservative management

  14. Spinal capillary hemangioma involving the lumbar epidural and paraspinal spaces: A case report

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    Yim, Bong Guk; Lee, Young Jun; Lee, Ji Young; Park, Chan Kum; Paik, Seung Sam [Hanyang University Medical Center, Hanyang University College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Park, Dong Woo [Dept. of Radiology, Hanyang University Guri Hospital, Hanyang University College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-07-15

    Spinal capillary hemangiomas in the epidural space are extremely rare; however, a preoperative radiological diagnosis is very important because of the risk of massive intraoperative hemorrhage. We report a case of a spinal capillary hemangioma involving the lumbar epidural and paraspinal spaces.

  15. Efficacy of Epidural Injections in the Treatment of Lumbar Central Spinal Stenosis: A Systematic Review

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    Manchikanti, Laxmaiah; Kaye, Alan David; Manchikanti, Kavita; Boswell, Mark; Pampati, Vidyasagar; Hirsch, Joshua

    2015-01-01

    Context: Lumbar central spinal stenosis is common and often results in chronic persistent pain and disability, which can lead to multiple interventions. After the failure of conservative treatment, either surgical or nonsurgical modalities such as epidural injections are contemplated in the management of lumbar spinal stenosis. Evidence Acquisition: Recent randomized trials, systematic reviews and guidelines have reached varying conclusions about the efficacy of epidural injections in the man...

  16. Primary Epidural Peripheral Primitive Neuroectodermal Tumor of the Lumbar Spine: A Case Report

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    Choi, Woo Jung; Lee, Seung Hun; Joo, Kyung Bin [Dept. of Radiology, Hanyang University Hospital, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Paik, Seung Sam; Jun, Young Jin [Dept. of Pathology, Hanyang University Hospital, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Young Ho [Dept. of Pediatrics, Hanyang University Hospital, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2011-05-15

    A primitive neuroectodermal tumor (PNET) is a highly malignant tumor in children and young adults, and extremely rare in the spine. We report a case of a primary epidural peripheral PNET of the lumbar spine. The present extremely rare case of primary epidural peripheral PNET of the lumbar spine illustrates the unexpected occurrence and should be included in differential diagnoses for patients with spinal tumors.

  17. Correlation between severity of lumbar spinal stenosis and lumbar epidural steroid injection.

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    Park, Chan-Hong; Lee, Sang-Ho

    2014-04-01

    Lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS) is a narrowing of the spinal canal that causes mechanical compression of the spinal nerve roots. The compression of these nerve roots can cause leg pain, as well as neurogenic claudication. Lumbar epidural steroid injections have commonly been used in patients with LSS. The aim of our study was to determine the relationship between the severity of LSS using a grading system (grade 1 = mild stenosis with separation of all cauda equina; grade 2 = moderate stenosis with some cauda equina aggregated; grade 3 = severe stenosis with none of the cauda equina separated) and the subject's response to computed tomography-guided lumbar epidural steroid injection (CTG-LESI) and to evaluate the short-term effectiveness. Forty-seven consecutive patients with degenerative LSS were enrolled in this prospective study. All subjects underwent lumbar spine magnetic resonance imaging. Two radiologists independently graded lumbar central canal stenosis based on T2-weighted axial images. All CTG-LESI were performed in the procedure room. Outcome measures were obtained using the 5-point patient's satisfaction scale at 2 and 8 weeks post-treatment. To evaluate the outcome, we divided the patients into two groups according to their response to the treatment. Improvement (including reports of slightly improved, much improved, and no pain) was observed in 37 patients (78.7%) at 2 weeks and 36 patients (77.6%) at 8 weeks after the procedure. There was no statistically significant correlation between pain relief and age. The grade of LSS appears to have no effect on the degree of pain relief associated with CTG-LESI. However, CTG-LESI seems to provide effective short-term pain relief due to LSS. Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  18. Fluoroscopic lumbar interlaminar epidural injections in managing chronic lumbar axial or discogenic pain.

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    Manchikanti, Laxmaiah; Cash, Kimberly A; McManus, Carla D; Pampati, Vidyasagar; Benyamin, Ramsin

    2012-01-01

    Among the multiple causes of chronic low back pain, axial and discogenic pain are common. Various modalities of treatments are utilized in managing discogenic and axial low back pain including epidural injections. However, there is a paucity of evidence regarding the effectiveness, indications, and medical necessity of any treatment modality utilized for managing axial or discogenic pain, including epidural injections. In an interventional pain management practice in the US, a randomized, double-blind, active control trial was conducted. The objective was to assess the effectiveness of lumbar interlaminar epidural injections of local anesthetic with or without steroids for managing chronic low back pain of discogenic origin. However, disc herniation, radiculitis, facet joint pain, or sacroiliac joint pain were excluded. Two groups of patients were studied, with 60 patients in each group receiving either local anesthetic only or local anesthetic mixed with non-particulate betamethasone. Primary outcome measures included the pain relief-assessed by numeric rating scale of pain and functional status assessed by the, Oswestry Disability Index, Secondary outcome measurements included employment status, and opioid intake. Significant improvement or success was defined as at least a 50% decrease in pain and disability. Significant improvement was seen in 77% of the patients in Group I and 67% of the patients in Group II. In the successful groups (those with at least 3 weeks of relief with the first two procedures), the improvement was 84% in Group I and 71% in Group II. For those with chronic function-limiting low back pain refractory to conservative management, it is concluded that lumbar interlaminar epidural injections of local anesthetic with or without steroids may be an effective modality for managing chronic axial or discogenic pain. This treatment appears to be effective for those who have had facet joints as well as sacroiliac joints eliminated as the pain source.

  19. Empiema epidural asociado a abscesos paravertebrales y sublumbares en dos perros: diagnóstico mediante tomografia computerizada y mielografia

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    2011-01-01

    Los empiemas epidurales son acúmulos de material purulento en el espacio epidural del canal vertebral. Se trata de una patología poco frecuente tanto en el perro como en el gato. En este artículo se describen los hallazgos clínicos, pruebas diagnósticas, tratamiento y evolución de dos perros con empiema epidural destacándose el uso de la tomografía computerizada (TC) y su combinación con la inyección de contraste intratecal (mielo-TC)como método diagnóstico. Esta técnica permitió identificar ...

  20. Abscesso do músculo psoas em paciente submetida à analgesia por via peridural: relato de caso Absceso del músculo psoas en paciente sometida a analgesia por vía peridural: relato del caso Psoas muscle abscess after epidural analgesia: case report

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    Durval Campos Kraychete

    2007-04-01

    Full Text Available JUSTIFICATIVA E OBJETIVOS: O abscesso do músculo psoas é uma complicação rara da analgesia peridural. O manuseio adequado dessa intercorrência é fundamental para uma boa resolução do quadro clínico. O objetivo deste relato foi discutir o diagnóstico e o tratamento do abscesso do músculo psoas. RELATO DO CASO: Paciente do sexo feminino, 65 anos, com dor neuropática nos membros inferiores de difícil controle com medicamentos por via sistêmica. Optou-se pela administração de opióide e anestésico local por via peridural como alternativa analgésica. Vinte dias após o uso contínuo da via peridural, a paciente começou a apresentar dor na região lombar, cefaléia e febre. A tomografia computadorizada da pelve revelou abscesso do músculo psoas, sendo indicada drenagem fechada e antibioticoterapia. CONCLUSÕES: A supervisão minuciosa do paciente é necessária e deve ser contínua quando um cateter peridural for colocado. Essa vigilância deve ser mantida após a sua retirada.JUSTIFICATIVA Y OBJETIVOS: El absceso del músculo psoas es una complicación rara de la analgesia peridural. El manoseo adecuado de esa situación intercurrente es fundamental para una buena resolución del cuadro clínico. El objetivo de este relato fue discutir el diagnóstico y el tratamiento del absceso del músculo psoas. RELATO DEL CASO: Paciente del sexo femenino, 65 años, con dolor neuropático en los miembros inferiores de difícil control con medicamentos por vía sistémica. Se optó por la administración de opioide y anestésico local por vía peridural como alternativa analgésica. Veinte días después del uso continuo de la vía peridural, la paciente empezó a presentar dolor en la región lumbar, cefalea y fiebre. La tomografía computadorizada de la pelvis reveló absceso del músculo psoas, siendo indicado el drenado cerrado y antibioticoterapia. CONCLUSIONES: La supervisión minuciosa del paciente es necesaria y debe ser continua cuando

  1. Study Protocol- Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injections for Spinal Stenosis (LESS: a double-blind randomized controlled trial of epidural steroid injections for lumbar spinal stenosis among older adults

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    Friedly Janna L

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Lumbar spinal stenosis is one of the most common causes of low back pain among older adults and can cause significant disability. Despite its prevalence, treatment of spinal stenosis symptoms remains controversial. Epidural steroid injections are used with increasing frequency as a less invasive, potentially safer, and more cost-effective treatment than surgery. However, there is a lack of data to judge the effectiveness and safety of epidural steroid injections for spinal stenosis. We describe our prospective, double-blind, randomized controlled trial that tests the hypothesis that epidural injections with steroids plus local anesthetic are more effective than epidural injections of local anesthetic alone in improving pain and function among older adults with lumbar spinal stenosis. Methods We will recruit up to 400 patients with lumbar central canal spinal stenosis from at least 9 clinical sites over 2 years. Patients with spinal instability who require surgical fusion, a history of prior lumbar surgery, or prior epidural steroid injection within the past 6 months are excluded. Participants are randomly assigned to receive either ESI with local anesthetic or the control intervention (epidural injections with local anesthetic alone. Subjects receive up to 2 injections prior to the primary endpoint at 6 weeks, at which time they may choose to crossover to the other intervention. Participants complete validated, standardized measures of pain, functional disability, and health-related quality of life at baseline and at 3 weeks, 6 weeks, and 3, 6, and 12 months after randomization. The primary outcomes are Roland-Morris Disability Questionnaire and a numerical rating scale measure of pain intensity at 6 weeks. In order to better understand their safety, we also measure cortisol, HbA1c, fasting blood glucose, weight, and blood pressure at baseline, and at 3 and 6 weeks post-injection. We also obtain data on resource utilization

  2. [Labor epidural analgesia for a woman with a pityriasis versicolor in the lumbar region].

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    Dubar, G; Omarjee, M; Viguié, C; Barbarot, S; Mignon, A

    2011-01-01

    Epidural analgesia is usually contraindicated in case of infection at the site of needle insertion. Tinea versicolor is a benign superficial cutaneous fungal infection caused by the proliferation of a skin commensal yeast of low pathogenicity. We report the case of a pregnant woman with a tinea versicolor in the lumbar region, who benefited from a labor epidural analgesia, realised with reinforced antiseptic measures. No neurological or infectious complication occurred.

  3. Factors for Predicting Favorable Outcome of Percutaneous Epidural Adhesiolysis for Lumbar Disc Herniation

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    Sang Ho Moon

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Background. Lower back pain is a common reason for disability and the most common cause is lumbar disc herniation. Percutaneous epidural adhesiolysis has been applied to relieve pain and increase the functional capacity of patients who present this condition. Objectives. In this study, we retrospectively evaluated the factors which predict the outcome of percutaneous epidural adhesiolysis in patients who were diagnosed with lumbar disc herniation. Methods. Electronic medical records of patients diagnosed with lumbar disc herniation who have received percutaneous epidural adhesiolysis treatment were reviewed. The primary outcome was the factors that were associated with substantial response of ≥4 points or ≥50% of pain relief in the numerical rating scale pain score 12 months after the treatment. Results. Multivariate logistic regression analysis demonstrated that the presence of high-intensity zone (HIZ at magnetic resonance imaging was a predictor of substantial response to percutaneous epidural adhesiolysis for 12 months (P=0.007. The presence of a condition involving the vertebral foramen was a predictor for unsuccessful response after 12 months (P=0.02. Discussion and Conclusion. The presence of HIZ was a predictor of favorable long-term outcome after percutaneous epidural adhesiolysis for the treatment of lower back pain with radicular pain caused by lumbar disc herniation.

  4. Conservative treatment of lumbar disc herniation. Epidural steroid injection and MRI findings

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    Ohmura, Munehisa; Sakanaka, Hideki; Wada, Eiji; Inaoka, Masahiro; Yonenobe, Sakuo [Kansai Rosai Hospital, Amagasaki, Hyogo (Japan)

    1996-01-01

    A study was made on the efficacy of the epidural injection of steroids in 65 patients of lumbar disc herniation. It was recognized that epidural steroids were effective in 49 cases (75 percent) and the effect was closely correlated with the prognosis of lumbar disc herniation. On follow-up MRI studies, a definite decrease in the size of the herniated nucleus pulposus was observed in six patients of the sequestration type: disappearance in five. No definite change was observed except for one patient in the protrusion type. (author).

  5. Immediate postoperative pain level from lumbar arthrodesis following epidural infiltration of morphine sulfate☆

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    Carlos Alexandre Botelho do Amaral; Tertuliano Vieira; Edgar Taira Nakagawa; Eduardo Aires Losch; Pedro José Labronici

    2015-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the pain level in patients treated with epidural infusion of morphine sulfate in a single dose, after a surgical procedure to perform lumber arthrodesis.METHODS: Forty patients underwent posterolateral lumbar arthrodesis or intersomatic lumbar arthrodesis via a posterior route at one, two or three levels. They were prospectively randomized into two groups of 20. In the first group (study group), 2 mg of morphine sulfate diluted in 10 mL of physiological serum was infilt...

  6. The impact of preoperative epidural injections on postoperative infection in lumbar fusion surgery.

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    Singla, Anuj; Yang, Scott; Werner, Brian C; Cancienne, Jourdan M; Nourbakhsh, Ali; Shimer, Adam L; Hassanzadeh, Hamid; Shen, Francis H

    2017-03-14

    OBJECTIVE Lumbar epidural steroid injections (LESIs) are performed for both diagnostic and therapeutic purposes for a variety of indications, including low-back pain, the leading cause of disability and expense due to work-related conditions in the US. The steroid agent used in epidural injections is reported to relieve nerve root inflammation, local ischemia, and resultant pain, but the injection may also have an adverse impact on spinal surgery performed thereafter. In particular, the possibility that preoperative epidural injections may increase the risk of surgical site infection after lumbar spinal fusion has been reported but has not been studied in detail. The goal of the present study was to use a large national insurance database to analyze the association of preoperative LESIs with surgical site infection after lumbar spinal fusion. METHODS A nationwide insurance database of patient records was used for this retrospective analysis. Current Procedural Terminology codes were used to query the database for patients who had undergone LESI and 1- or 2-level lumbar posterior spinal fusion procedures. The rate of postoperative infection after 1- or 2-level posterior spinal fusion was analyzed. These study patients were then divided into 3 separate cohorts: 1) lumbar spinal fusion performed within 1 month after LESI, 2) fusion performed between 1 and 3 months after LESI, and 3) fusion performed between 3 and 6 months after LESI. The study patients were compared with a control cohort of patients who underwent lumbar fusion without previous LESI. RESULTS The overall 3-month infection rate after lumbar spinal fusion procedure was 1.6% (1411 of 88,540 patients). The infection risk increased in patients who received LESI within 1 month (OR 2.6, p fusion more than 3 months after LESI. CONCLUSIONS Lumbar spinal fusion performed within 3 months after LESI may be associated with an increased rate of postoperative infection. This association was not found when lumbar

  7. Chronic nontraumatic spinal epidural hematoma of the lumbar spine: MRI diagnosis

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    Vazquez-Barquero, A.; Pinto, J.I. [Univ. Hospital ' ' Marques de Valdecilla' ' , Santander (Spain). Dept. of Neurosurgery; Abascal, F.; Garcia-Valtuille, R.; Cerezal, L. [Hospital Mompia, Cantabria, (Spain). Dept. of Radiology; Figols, F.J. [Univ. Hospital Marques de Valdecilla, Santander (Spain). Dept. of Pathology

    2000-10-01

    An uncommon case of chronic nontraumatic spinal epidural hematoma of the lumbar spine in a 75-year-old woman is reported. The patient presented with a 7-month history of low back pain and bilateral sciatica. Magnetic resonance imaging enabled a correct preoperative diagnosis revealing a nodular, well-circumscribed epidural mass with peripheral enhancement and signal intensities consistent with chronic hematoma, which extended from L2 to L3. Laminectomy of L2-L3 was performed and the hematoma was totally resected. Histological examination of the surgical specimen demonstrated a chronic encapsulated hematoma. No evidence of vascular malformation was found. The patient recovered fully after surgical treatment. (orig.)

  8. Septic arthritis in a lumbar facet joint: a rare cause of an epidural abscess

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    Heenan, S.D. [Dept. of Neuroradiology, Atkinson Morley`s Hospital, London (United Kingdom); Britton, J. [Dept. of Neuroradiology, Atkinson Morley`s Hospital, London (United Kingdom)

    1995-08-01

    A 10-year-old boy presented with a 7-day history of back pain and pyrexia. MRI showed an epidural abscess arising from septic arthritis in a lumbar facet joint. To our knowledge, there are only two previously reported cases of septic arthritis of a facet joint leading to an epidural abscess. This case illustrates how infection in a synovial joint may extend into the extradural space and might be the route of infection in more cases than has previously been recognised. (orig.)

  9. Lumbar Discectomy of a Patient of Mitral Stenosis with Chronic Atrial Fibrillation Under Epidural Anaesthesia

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    Vinaya R Kulkarni

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available A 60-year-old female patient posted for discectomy of lumbar region L 3 -L 4 was accidently diagnosed to have chronic atrial fibrillation of rheumatic aetiology.This is a case report of this patient of critical mitral stenosis with mild mitral regurgitation with chronic atrial fibrillation managed successfully under lower thoracic epidural anaesthesia,in prone position without any compli-cation.

  10. [The characteristics of epidural analgesia during the removal of lumbar intervertebral disk hernias].

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    Arestov, O G; Solenkova, A V; Lubnin, A Iu; Shevelev, I N; Konovalov, N A

    2000-01-01

    Epidural analgesia (EA) was used in 29 patients undergoing surgical removal of lumbar discal hernia. Marcain EA with controlled medicinal sleep and non-assisted breathing allowed to perform the whole operation in 27 patients. EA may be ineffective in combination of sequestrated disk hernia with scarry adhesive process. The technique of the operation demands a single use of the anesthetic drug which is potent enough to make blockade throughout the operation up to the end.

  11. Hematoma epidural lombar pós-cirurgico em paciente com leucemia: relato de caso Hematoma epidural lumbar posquirúrgico en paciente con leucemia: relato de caso Postoperative lumbar epidural hematoma in a patient with leukemia: case report

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    Wagner Pasqualini

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    Full Text Available A ocorrência de hematoma epidural como complicação pós-cirúrgica é relativamente baixa. O reconhecimento dessa patologia no diagnóstico diferencial nas paraplegias pós-cirúrgicas imediatas e o tratamento precoce por meio de intervenção cirúrgica com a descompressão do canal são fatores que estão diretamente relacionados à melhora do quadro neurológico. Este relato de caso é de um hematoma epidural no pós-operatório imediato de descompressão por estenose do canal vertebral lombar em paciente com leucemia.La ocurrencia de hematoma epidural, como complicación posquirúrgica, es relativamente baja. El reconocimiento de esa patología, en el diagnóstico diferencial en las paraplejías posquirúrgicas inmediatas y el tratamiento precoz por medio de intervención quirúrgica con la descompresión del canal, son factores que se relacionan directamente con la mejoría del cuadro neurológico. Este relato de caso es de un hematoma epidural en el posoperatorio inmediato, después de descompresión, por estenosis, del canal vertebral lumbar en paciente con leucemia.The occurrence of epidural hematoma as a postoperative complication is relatively low. The recognition of this condition in the differential diagnosis in the immediate postoperative paraplegia and the early surgical decompression are directly related with neurological improvement. We report a case of epidural hematoma in the early postoperative period of surgical decompression of the lumbar spinal canal, in a patient with leukemia.

  12. Imaging and outcome in severe complications of lumbar epidural anaesthesia: report of 16 cases

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    Chiapparini, L.; Savoiardo, M. [Department of Neuroradiology, Istituto Nazionale Neurologico, Milano (Italy); Sghirlanzoni, A.; Pareyson, D. [Department of Neurology, Istituto Nazionale Neurologico, Milano (Italy)

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    We reviewed the clinical and neuroradiological features in 16 patients with serious neurological complications of lumbar epidural anaesthesia. We observed acute, transient or permanent and delayed complications. Four patients had symptoms immediately after the procedure. One patient developed a subacute flaccid paraparesis. Two other patients had infectious spondylodiscitis at lumbar puncture level. Eight patients had a delayed progressive spastic paraparesis and were found to have subarachnoid cysts and irregularities of the surface of the spinal cord consistent with arachnoiditis; six of them had an extensive, complex syrinx within the cord. One patient had a severe lumbar polyradiculopathy, and MRI showed adhesive arachnoiditis involving the cauda equina. Although epidural anaesthesia is generally considered safe, rare but severe complications, such as radiculopathy, infectious disease, myelopathy from ischemia and arachnoiditis with a syrinx may occur. The patients with arachnoiditis had a relentless progression of the disease and a poor outcome: five are confined to a wheelchair, one is bedridden. Complications of epidural anaesthesia are easily recognised when they develop immediately; their relationship to the anaesthesia may be ignored or underestimated when they appear after a delay. Awareness of the possibility of delayed complications is important. (orig.)

  13. Immediate postoperative pain level from lumbar arthrodesis following epidural infiltration of morphine sulfate

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    Carlos Alexandre Botelho do Amaral

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the pain level in patients treated with epidural infusion of morphine sulfate in a single dose, after a surgical procedure to perform lumber arthrodesis.METHODS: Forty patients underwent posterolateral lumbar arthrodesis or intersomatic lumbar arthrodesis via a posterior route at one, two or three levels. They were prospectively randomized into two groups of 20. In the first group (study group, 2 mg of morphine sulfate diluted in 10 mL of physiological serum was infiltrated into the epidural space, through the laminectomy area. The second group (controls did not receive analgesia. The patients were asked about their pain levels before and after the operation, using a visual analog scale (VAS.RESULTS: It was found that the patients presented a significant diminution of pain as shown by the VAS. From before to after the operation, it decreased by an average of 4.7 points (p = 0.0001, which corresponded to 53.2% (p = 0.0001.CONCLUSION: Application of 2 mg of morphine sulfate in a single epidural dose was shown to be a good technique for pain therapy following lumbar spinal surgery.

  14. Comparative study of epidural application of morphine versus gelfoam soaked in morphine for lumbar laminectomy

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    Sandeep Kundra

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Epidural application of morphine has been used for postoperative analgesia following spine surgery but short duration of action of single application limits its widespread use. Materials and Methods: One hundred and fifty patients undergoing lumbar laminectomy were randomly allocated to two groups of 75 patients each. Anesthetic technique was standardized in both the groups. In Group I, at the completion of laminectomy, a 5 × 1-cm strip of gelfoam soaked in 5 mg morphine (1 mg/ml was contoured to be placed in the epidural space whereas, in group II, gelfoam soaked in saline was placed in the epidural space and 5 mg morphine (1mg/ml was instilled over the intact epidural space. Analgesic consumption for 48 hours, time-of first analgesic request, time of ambulation, time of discharge from post anesthesia care unit (PACU and hospital and adverse effects were recorded. The data was analyzed using appropriate statistical tests. Results: Mean analgesic consumption in 48 hours was significantly less in group I (8.47 ± 3.674 mg as compared to group II (24.80 ± 6.009 mg. Supplemental analgesia was requested at 30.03 ± 6.796 hours in Group I, vs 10.25 ± 2.243 in group II (P 0.01. Conclusion: Epidural application of morphine soaked in gelfoam is an effective method for prolonging the postoperative analgesia after spine surgery.

  15. Lumbar epidural catheter placement in the presence of low back tattoos: a review of the safety concerns.

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    Welliver, Dawn; Welliver, Mark; Carroll, Tammy; James, Peggy

    2010-06-01

    Current fashion in body art includes low back tattoos of varying designs and colors, a trend that presents unique concerns for anesthesia providers. Does the placement of epidural catheters risk the introduction of tattoo pigment dyes into the epidural space through the process of coring? Are there specific risks associated with tattoo dyes and epidural needle placement? We performed a comprehensive review of the literature using multiple search databases with the intent to form guidelines for practice using a level of evidence taxonomy. The available evidence does not identify any specific risks associated with epidural catheter placement through low back tattoos, although tissue coring with tissue transport to deeper sites has been confirmed. Continued investigation is necessary before comprehensive practice guidelines regarding the practice of placing epidural needles and catheters through lumbar tattoos can be developed. We suggest avoidance of piercing tattoos when performing epidural punctures until there is sound evidence of short-term and long-term safety.

  16. A comparative evaluation of thoracic and lumbar epidural fentanyl for post thoracotomy pain.

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    Swaroop N

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available Thirty patients undergoing closed mitral valvotomy were prospectively randomised to receive either thoracic or lumbar epidural catheter. General anaesthesia consisted of morphine sulphate 0.15 mg/kg (single dose given before skin incision, thiopentone sodium 4-6 mg/kg, vecuronium and halothane titrated to stable haemodynamics. In the immediate postoperative period, pain was assessed by VAS (visual analogue scale and VRS (verbal ranking score and an epidural fentanyl bolus of 1.5 microg/kg was given followed by an infusion of 0.4 microg/kg/hr. Pain was assessed after 30 min and if pain relief was still inadequate, another fentanyl bolus of 1 microg/kg was administered, followed by an increase in infusion rate to 0.6 microg/kg/hr. If two consecutive pain scores were satisfactory (VAS <4, VRS <1 maintenance dose of fentanyl was decreased by 0.2 microg/kg/hr. Thoracic group received significantly less total dose of fentanyl in 24 hrs period (446.7 +/- 101.70microg compared with the lumbar group (705.33 +/- 181.03microg (p<0.01. The mean infusion rate was also significantly less in the thoracic group as compared with the lumbar group (0.44 +/- 0.08microg/kg/hr vs 0.61 +/- 11microg/kg/hr, p<0.001. The side effects were comparable between both the groups and none of the patients had significant respiratory depression. The data suggest that thoracic epidural fentanyl infusion is superior to lumbar infusion for post thoracotomy pain relief because of smaller dose requirement.

  17. Evaluation of epidural blockade as therapy for patients with sciatica secondary to lumbar disc herniation

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    Rogerio Carlos Sanfelice Nunes

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    Full Text Available ABSTRACT OBJECTIVE: Sciatic pain secondary to lumbar disc herniation is a complex condition that is often highly limiting. The causes of pain in disc herniation are multifactorial. Two physiopathological mechanisms are involved in discogenic pain: mechanical deformation of nerve roots and a biochemical inflammatory component resulting from contact between the intervertebral disc and neural tissue, by way of the nucleus pulposus. The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy and safety of epidural blockade as therapy for bulging lumbar disc herniation. METHODS: A clinical study was conducted based on a retrospective and prospective survey. The blockade consisted of interlaminar puncture and bolus drug delivery. The number of procedures varied according to the clinical response, as determined through weekly evaluations and then 30, 90, and 180 days after the final session. A total of 124 patients who received one to five blockades were evaluated. RESULTS: The success rate (defining success as a reduction in sciatic pain of at least 80% was 75.8%. CONCLUSION: The results demonstrated the therapeutic action of epidural blockade over the short term, i.e. in cases of acute pain, thus showing that intense and excruciating sciatic pain can be relieved through this technique. Because of the multifactorial genesis of sciatica and the difficulties encountered by healthcare professionals in treating this condition, epidural blockade can become part of therapeutic arsenal available. This procedure is situated between conservative treatment with an eminently clinical focus and surgical approaches.

  18. Epidural steroid following discectomy for herniated lumbar disc reduces neurological impairment and enhances recovery: a randomized study with two-year follow-up

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    Rasmussen, S.; Krum-Moller, D.S.; Lauridsen, L.R.

    2008-01-01

    STUDY DESIGN: We randomized 200 patients after lumbar discectomy to receive epidural steroid or none with a 2-year follow-up. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the outcome, neurologic impairment and safety of epidural steroid following lumbar discectomy for herniated disc disease. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA...

  19. Abscesso epidural em paciente portador de piomiosite tropical: relato de caso e revisão da literatura Absceso epidural en paciente portador de piomiositis tropical: relato de caso y revisión de la literatura Epidural abscess in patient with tropical pyomyositis: a case report and literature review

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    Rodrigo Rezende

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    Full Text Available A piomiosite é uma infecção muscular profunda subaguda que pode originar abscessos intramusculares únicos ou múltiplos. Está associada a infecções sistêmicas, diabetes mellitus, terapia imunossupressora, AIDS e mieloma múltiplo. Descrevemos um caso de piomiosite tropical com acometimento da coluna vertebral que evoluiu para abscesso epidural, em paciente com história pregressa de espondilite anquilosante em tratamento com medicações imunossupressoras e apresentou trauma direto na coxa direita previamente ao início dos sintomas. O objetivo deste trabalho é descrever o acometimento raro da coluna vertebral em pacientes com piomiosite tropical, com apenas um caso descrito na literatura mundial, destacando a necessidade dos métodos complementares na investigação diagnóstica para o adequado tratamento e as possíveis complicações dessa doença. Os pacientes imunossuprimidos com dores musculares subagudas devem ser investigados quanto à piomiosite tropical e o diagnóstico precoce é fundamental para o sucesso do tratamento.La piomiositis es una infección muscular profunda y subaguda que puede originar abscesos intramusculares únicos o múltiples. Se vincula a infecciones sistémicas, diabetes mellitus, terapia inmunosupresora, SIDA [AIDS] y mieloma múltiple. Describimos un caso de piomiositis tropical, con acometimiento de la columna vertebral, que evolucionó para absceso epidural, en paciente con historial anterior de espondilitis anquilosante en tratamiento con medicaciones inmunosupresoras y que presentó traumatismo derecho, en el muslo derecho, previamente al inicio de los síntomas. El objetivo de este trabajo es describir el acometimiento raro de la columna vertebral en pacientes con piomiositis tropical, con solamente un caso descrito en la literatura mundial, destacando la necesidad de los métodos complementarios, en la investigación de diagnóstico, para el apropiado tratamiento y las posibles complicaciones de

  20. Is epidural steroid injection effective for degenerative lumbar spinal stenosis?

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    Full Text Available Existe una variada cantidad de alternativas no quirúrgicas para tratar el dolor radicular producido por la raquiestenosis lumbar degenerativa. Los corticoides epidurales se utilizan desde hace varias décadas, sin embargo la eficacia reportada en la literatura es muy variable. Utilizando la base de datos Epistemonikos, la cual es mantenida mediante búsquedas en 30 bases de datos, identificamos nueve revisiones sistemáticas que en conjunto incluyen siete estudios aleatorizados. Realizamos un metanálisis y tablas de resumen de los resultados utilizando el método GRADE. Concluimos que la inyección de corticoides epidurales probablemente tiene poco o nulo efecto en reducir el dolor radicular por estenorraquis.

  1. Effect of relative injectate pressures on the efficacy of lumbar transforaminal epidural steroid injection in patients with lumbar foraminal stenosis.

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    Park, Chan Hong; Lee, Sang Ho

    2014-03-01

    Transforaminal epidural steroid injections (TFESIs) are often used to treat lumbar foraminal stenosis. Injectate pressure (of contrast) was monitored during fluoroscopically guided TFESI to assess the effect on short-term pain reduction. A total of 40 patients underwent single-level lumbar TFESI for unilateral lumbar radicular pain ascribed to foraminal stenosis. Relative injectate pressure of contrast epidurography during TFESI was recorded and compared with pre- and postprocedural pain levels using the Roland 5-point pain scoring method. Pain relief achieved after TFESI revealed no statistically significant correlation with injectate pressure (mean 13.0 cm H2 O). Mean pressures in patients with and without demonstrable pain reduction were 12.9 and 13.2 cm H2 O, respectively. Secondary outcomes were not measured, and no mid- or long-term follow-up was conducted. In this setting, relative injectate pressures had no significant effect on immediate outcomes of TFESI. © 2013 The Authors Pain Practice © 2013 World Institute of Pain.

  2. Targeting Lumbar Spinal Neural Circuitry by Epidural Stimulation to Restore Motor Function After Spinal Cord Injury.

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    Minassian, Karen; McKay, W Barry; Binder, Heinrich; Hofstoetter, Ursula S

    2016-04-01

    Epidural spinal cord stimulation has a long history of application for improving motor control in spinal cord injury. This review focuses on its resurgence following the progress made in understanding the underlying neurophysiological mechanisms and on recent reports of its augmentative effects upon otherwise subfunctional volitional motor control. Early work revealed that the spinal circuitry involved in lower-limb motor control can be accessed by stimulating through electrodes placed epidurally over the posterior aspect of the lumbar spinal cord below a paralyzing injury. Current understanding is that such stimulation activates large-to-medium-diameter sensory fibers within the posterior roots. Those fibers then trans-synaptically activate various spinal reflex circuits and plurisegmentally organized interneuronal networks that control more complex contraction and relaxation patterns involving multiple muscles. The induced change in responsiveness of this spinal motor circuitry to any residual supraspinal input via clinically silent translesional neural connections that have survived the injury may be a likely explanation for rudimentary volitional control enabled by epidural stimulation in otherwise paralyzed muscles. Technological developments that allow dynamic control of stimulation parameters and the potential for activity-dependent beneficial plasticity may further unveil the remarkable capacity of spinal motor processing that remains even after severe spinal cord injuries.

  3. The Effect of Dexmedetomidine on Lumbar Epidural Injection for Failed Back Surgery Syndrome

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    Ashraf Eskandr

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose. Failed back surgery syndrome is a chronic pain condition requiring rapid, effective, and efficient management. This study evaluates the effect of adding dexmedetomidine to lumbar epidural steroids in patients with failed back surgery syndrome. Methods. Fifty patients suffering from failed back surgery syndrome were randomly assigned to one of two groups, receiving an epidural injection of 20 mL of either a mixture of betamethasone (14 mg and bupivacaine 0.5 mg (group C or a mixture of betamethasone (14 mg, bupivacaine 0.5 mg, and dexmedetomidine (0.5 μg/kg (group D adjusted to the volume with normal saline. The effect was evaluated using visual analogue scale (VAS, analgesic requirement, and Oswestry disability index 2 weeks, 4 weeks, 8 weeks, and 12 weeks after injection. Results. VAS and ibuprofen consumption showed a significant reduction in group D. The Oswestry disability index was significantly improved in group D. There were no records of hypotension, bradycardia, sedation, or hypoxemia in both groups. Conclusion. The present study demonstrated potential safe and effective usage of adding dexmedetomidine to epidural steroid to control pain in patients with failed back surgery syndrome.

  4. Bilateral interpleural versus lumbar epidural bupivacaine-morphine analgesia for upper abdominal surgery.

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    Demian, Atef D; Wahba, Ashraf M; Atia, Emad M; Hussein, Sami H

    2003-10-01

    This randomized study was designed to compare the effectiveness of bilateral interpleural analgesia with lumbar epidural analgesia, on postoperative pain relief in upper abdominal surgery. The studied patients were randomely allocated into either interpleural group "IP" (n = 15) or epidural group "EP" (n = 15). In "IP" group, preanesthetic bilateral interpleural block was done using a mixture of bupivacaine 0.5% (0.8 mg/kg) and 2 mg morphine diluted to 50 ml saline for each side. In "EP" group, the same mixture-diluted in 20 ml saline-was injected in the epidural space (L2-3). The general anesthetic technique was the same in both groups. Hemodynamic, gasometric, verbal pain score (VPS) values and complications were compared in both techniques. Heart rate (HR) and mean arterial pressure (MAP) readings were in the accepted normal range in the perioperative period although significant lower readings were detected in "EP" group. No significant differences were displayed in blood gasometric variables between the two groups. There were considerable level of analgesia in both groups in the postoperative period although "EP" analgesia was superior to "IP". More pain free patients (9 versus 4) and significant lower consumption of nalbuphine were detected in "EP" group. The results of this study indicate that bilateral "IP" analgesia may offer a satisfactory analgesia for upper abdominal surgery when the use of other analgesic techniques may be contraindicated.

  5. A rat model of chronic syringomyelia induced by epidural compression of the lumbar spinal cord.

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    Lee, Ji Yeoun; Kim, Shin Won; Kim, Saet Pyoul; Kim, Hyeonjin; Cheon, Jung-Eun; Kim, Seung-Ki; Paek, Sun Ha; Pang, Dachling; Wang, Kyu-Chang

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    OBJECTIVE There has been no established animal model of syringomyelia associated with lumbosacral spinal lipoma. The research on the pathophysiology of syringomyelia has been focused on Chiari malformation, trauma, and inflammation. To understand the pathophysiology of syringomyelia associated with occult spinal dysraphism, a novel animal model of syringomyelia induced by chronic mechanical compression of the lumbar spinal cord was created. METHODS The model was made by epidural injection of highly concentrated paste-like kaolin solution through windows created by partial laminectomy of L-1 and L-5 vertebrae. Behavioral outcome in terms of motor (Basso-Beattie-Bresnahan score) and urinary function was assessed serially for 12 weeks. Magnetic resonance images were obtained in some animals to confirm the formation of a syrinx and to monitor changes in its size. Immunohistochemical studies, including analysis for glial fibrillary acidic protein, NeuN, CC1, ED-1, and caspase-3, were done. RESULTS By 12 weeks after the epidural compression procedure, syringomyelia formation was confirmed in 85% of the rats (34 of 40) on histology and/or MRI. The syrinx cavities were found rostral to the epidural compression. Motor deficit of varying degrees was seen immediately after the procedure in 28% of the rats (11 of 40). In 13 rats (33%), lower urinary tract dysfunction was seen. Motor deficit improved by 5 weeks after the procedure, whereas urinary dysfunction mostly improved by 2 weeks. Five rats (13%, 5 of 40) died 1 month postoperatively or later, and 3 of the 5 had developed urinary tract infection. At 12 weeks after the operation, IHC showed no inflammatory process, demyelination, or accelerated apoptosis in the spinal cords surrounding the syrinx cavities, similar to sham-operated animals. CONCLUSIONS A novel experimental model for syringomyelia by epidural compression of the lumbar spinal cord has been created. The authors hope that it will serve as an important research

  6. Unnecessary multiple epidural steroid injections delay surgery for massive lumbar disc: Case discussion and review

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    Nancy E Epstein

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Epidural steroid injections (ESI in the lumbar spine are not effective over the long-term for resolving "surgical" lesions. Here, we present a patient with a massive L2-L3 lumbar disk herniation whose surgery was delayed for 4 months by multiple unnecessary ESI, resulting in a cauda equina syndrome. Methods: A 54-year-old male acutely developed increased low back and radiating left leg pain in October of 2014. In December of 2014, a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI scan showed a massive central/left sided disk herniation at the L2-L3 level resulting in marked thecal sac and left L2 foraminal and L3 lateral recess root compression. Despite the marked degree of neural compression, pain management treated him with 3 ESI over the next 3 months. Results: At the end of April of 2015, he presented to spine surgeon with a cauda equina syndrome. When the new MRI scan confirmed the previously documented massive central-left sided L2-L3 disk herniation, the patient emergently underwent an L1-L3 laminectomy with central-left sided L2-L3 lateral/foraminal diskectomy. Postoperatively, the patient was neurologically intact. Conclusions: Pain specialists performed multiple unnecessary lumbar ESI critically delaying spinal surgery for 4 months in this patient with a massive lumbar disk herniation who ultimately developed a cauda equina syndrome. Unfortunately, pain specialists (e.g., radiologists, anesthesiologists, and physiatrists, not specifically trained to perform neurological examinations or spinal surgery, are increasingly mismanaging spinal disease with ESI/variants. It is time for spine surgeons to speak out against this, and "take back" the care of patients with spinal surgical disease.

  7. [Postoperative sciatica from epidural fibrosis and lumbar arachnoiditis. Results of 38 repeat operations].

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    Benoist, M; Ficat, C; Baraf, P; Massare, C; Bard, M; Sarre, J; Cauchoix, J

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    Lumbar epiduro-arachnoiditis is a well-known complication of surgery of the intervertebral disc. The epidural fibrous scar is the normal outcome of inflammatory activity secondary to the mechanical tissue disturbance resulting from surgery. In certain individuals, perhaps genetically predisposed as excessive quantity of fibrous tissue is deposited in the epi and/or nitradural space. This abnormal situation, comparable to cheloid cutaneous scars, is perhaps at the origin of the clinical symptoms. The authors report the clinical and radiological signs observed in 38 patients having had at least one operation for discal hernia, and who underwent further operations in the aim of freeing the roots and the dural sack from fibrous compression. Results of excision of the epidural "cheloid" were good in 13 cases, and average in 8 others. There was a complete failure in 17 other patients. Three explanations were offered to explain the frequency of the failures: 1) formation of a new cheloid, 2) difficulty of neurolysis of the arachnoiditis, 3) possibility of intrinsic lesions of the nerve associated with the epiduro-arachnoiditis.

  8. What is the Role of Epidural Injections in the Treatment of Lumbar Discogenic Pain: A Systematic Review of Comparative Analysis with Fusion

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    Staats, Peter S.; Nampiaparampil, Devi E.; Hirsch, Joshua A.

    2015-01-01

    Background Lumbar discogenic pain without pain mediated by a disc herniation, facet joints, or the sacroiliac joints, is common and often results in chronic, persistent pain and disability. After conservative treatment failure, injection therapy, such as an epidural injection, is frequently the next step considered in managing discogenic pain. The objective of this systematic review is to determine the efficacy of lumbar epidural injections in managing discogenic pain without radiculopathy, and compare this approach to lumbar fusion or disc arthroplasty surgery. Methods A systematic review of randomized trials published from 1966 through October 2014 of all types of epidural injections and lumbar fusion or disc arthroplasty in managing lumbar discogenic pain was performed with methodological quality assessment and grading of evidence. The level of evidence was based on the grading of evidence criteria which, was conducted using 5 levels of evidence ranging from levels I to V. Results Based on a qualitative assessment of the evidence for both approaches, there is Level II evidence for epidural injections, either caudal or lumbar interlaminar. Conclusions The available evidence suggests fluoroscopically directed epidural injections provide long-term improvement in back and lower extremity pain for patients with lumbar discogenic pain. There is also limited evidence showing the potential effectiveness of surgical interventions compared to nonsurgical treatments. PMID:25852828

  9. Paraplegia caused by giant intradural herniation of a lumbar disk after combined spinal-epidural anesthesia in total hip arthroplasty.

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    Sawai, Toshiyuki; Nakahira, Junko; Minami, Toshiaki

    2016-08-01

    Total paraplegia after epidural or spinal anesthesia is extremely rare. We herein report a case of total paraplegia caused by a giant intradural herniation of a lumbar disk at the L3-L4 level after total hip arthroplasty for coxarthrosis. The patient had no preoperative neurologic abnormalities. Intraoperative anesthetic management involved combined spinal-epidural anesthesia at the L3-L4 level with continuous intravenous propofol administration. Postoperatively, the patient complained of numbness and total paraplegia of the lower extremities. Magnetic resonance imaging showed a giant herniation of a lumbar disk compressing the spinal cord at the L3-L4 level. The intradural herniation was surgically treated, and the patient's symptoms completely resolved.

  10. Pharmacological strategies to reduce pruritus during postoperative epidural analgesia after lumbar fusion surgery - a prospective randomized trial in 150 patients

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    Robinson Yohan

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background Epidural analgesia with bupivacain, epinephrine and fentanyl provides excellent pain control after lumbar fusion surgery, but pruritus and motor block are frequent side effects. Theoretically epidural ropivacain combined with oral oxycodone could decrease the incidence of these side effects. The two regimens were compared in a prospective randomized trial. Patients and methods 150 patients (87 women treated with posterior instrumented lumbar fusion were included. The mean age was 51 +/- 11 years. 76 were randomized to bupivacain, epinephrine and fentanyl (group B and 74 to ropivacain and oxycodone (group R. Pruritus, motor block and pain were measured 6 hours after surgery, thereafter 6 times per day for 5 days. Any pain breakthrough episode was registered whenever it occurred. Results The epidural treatment could be performed in 143 patients (72 in group B and 71 in group R. Disturbing pruritus occurred in 53 patients in group B compared to 12 in group R (p Conclusions Pruritus could be reduced with a combination of epidural ropivacain and oral oxycodone, at the price of a slightly higher pain level. Ropivacaine was not found to be superior to bupivacaine with regard to motor blocks.

  11. Closed Drainage versus Non-Drainage for Single-Level Lumbar Disc Surgery: Relationship between Epidural Hematoma and Fibrosis

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    Study Design A prospective clinical series with prospectively collected data. Purpose The efficacy of using closed suction drains (CSD) after single-level lumbar disc surgery was evaluated. Postoperative CSD are regularly fitted to prevent postoperative epidural hematomas (EH) after multilevel lumbar decompression, although it remains unclear whether CSD also reduces postoperative EH following single-level lumbar disc surgery. Overview of Literature Few articles have addressed the clinical outcome in patients with single-level lumbar disc disease who were treated by two different operative methods (with and without drainage). Methods Between 2012 and 2014, 115 patients with a single level discectomy underwent two surgical procedures: with CSD (group A, 60 cases) and without CSD (group B, 55 cases). There were no significant differences in age, sex, segment level, herniation type, or disease duration between the groups. Wound infection, EH, and epidural fibrosis (EF) were evaluated by magnetic resonance imaging. Pain intensity was evaluated using the visual analog scale (VAS) and Oswestry disability index (ODI). Reduction in analgesic treatment and patient satisfaction were also recorded. Results The overall rate of postoperative EH was 5% and 16.3% in group A and B, respectively, whereas the rate of postoperative EF was 11.6% in group A and 21.8% in group B. The postoperative VAS score was 0.32 (standard deviation [SD], 0.45) for group A and 2.62 (SD, 06.9) for group B, whereas ODI was 9.11 (SD, 0.68) and 8.23 (SD, 0.78) for group A and and group B, respectively, with no significant differences observed. Conclusions In patients operated on by unilateral, single-level lumbar disc surgery, the use of suction CSD into the operation site results in lower levels of EH and EF radiologically, thereby providing a better clinical outcome. PMID:27994783

  12. The effects of desflurane and remifentanyl anaesthesia compared to lumbar epidural analgesia combined with desflurane on recovery

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    Celaleddin Soyalp

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Objective: Our primary objective in this study is to compare the effects of the applications of desflurane and remifentanyl anaesthesia, along with lumbar epidural analgesia combined with desflurane on postoperative recovery in the cases who undergoing lower abdominal surgery. Methods: This study performed 240 patients who undergoing elective lower abdominal surgery. Patients were divided into two random groups as Group DR (desflurane + remifentanyl n=120 and Group DL (desflurane +Lumbar Epidural Analgesia n=120.The general anaesthesia in Group DR was performed through the use of desflurane and remifentanyl. Group DL was administered a general anaesthesia through a pre-operative epidural catheter insertion and an application of desflurane. Extubation, eye opening, head lift for 5 seconds, and the surgical durations of the patients as well as the postoperative side-effects were recorded. Modified Aldrete Scoring System was used to assess the recovery of the patients from anaesthesia. Results: According to the inter group comparison results between Group DR and Group DL, the duration of extubation, eye opening, head lift for 5 seconds and the average amount of elapsed time until the modified Aldrete Scoring reached 10 were found statistically and significantly shorter in Group DL than Group DR( respectively p=0.002, p<0.001, p<0.001, p<0.001.The duration of the first analgesic need was statistically and significantly longer in Group DL compared to Group DR (p<0.001. The postoperative patient satisfaction in Group DL was statistically and significantly higher than that in Group DR (p=0.010. Conclusion: The Epidural analgesia included in the general anaesthesia in lower abdominal surgery is considered by us to be the beneficial and efficient method of analgesia which leads to an earlier recovery of the patients without affecting the intraoperative hemodynamic stability and which boosts the patient satisfaction by providing a more efficient analgesia

  13. Transforaminal epidural steroid injections followed by mechanical diagnosis and therapy to prevent surgery for lumbar disc herniation.

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    van Helvoirt, Hans; Apeldoorn, Adri T; Ostelo, Raymond W; Knol, Dirk L; Arts, Mark P; Kamper, Steven J; van Tulder, Maurits W

    2014-07-01

    Prospective cohort study. To report the clinical course of patients with MRI-confirmed lumbar disc herniation-related radicular noncentralizing pain who received transforaminal epidural steroid injections (TESIs) and mechanical diagnosis and therapy (MDT). Noncentralizing symptoms in patients with lumbar disc herniation are associated with poor outcome. Commonly used treatments for these patients include TESIs and MDT. No study has evaluated the outcome of combining both strategies. Consecutive candidates for herniated lumbar disc surgery with noncentralizing chronic pain were eligible. Patients received TESIs followed by MDT. The primary outcomes were pain severity in the leg, disability (Roland-Morris Disability Questionnaire for Sciatica), and global perceived effect (GPE). Outcomes were measured at baseline, discharge, and 12 months. Linear mixed-models and McNemar's tests were used to analyze outcome data. Sixty-nine patients receive TESIs. After TESIs, symptoms were resolved completely in 11 patients (16%). In these patients, symptom resolution was maintained at 12 months. A second subgroup of 32 patients (46%) reported significantly less pain after TESIs and showed centralization with MDT reassessment (significant reductions in leg pain and disability [P TESIs but still showed noncentralization with MDT reassessment (significant reductions in leg pain and disability [P TESIs and received an operative intervention. The results indicate that a course of TESIs followed by MDT may be able to avoid surgery in a substantial proportion of candidates for herniated lumbar disc surgery. Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  14. Radiation dose exposure for lumbar spine epidural steroid injections: a comparison of conventional fluoroscopy data and CT fluoroscopy techniques.

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    Hoang, Jenny K; Yoshizumi, Terry T; Toncheva, Greta; Gray, Linda; Gafton, Andreia R; Huh, Billy K; Eastwood, James D; Lascola, Christopher D; Hurwitz, Lynne M

    2011-10-01

    The purpose of this article is to compare the radiation dose of conventional fluoroscopy-guided lumbar epidural steroid injections (ESIs) and CT fluoroscopy (CTF)-guided lumbar ESI using both clinical data and anthropomorphic phantoms. We performed a retrospective review of dose parameters for 14 conventional fluoroscopy ESI procedures performed by one proceduralist and 42 CTF-guided ESIs performed by three proceduralists (14 each). By use of imaging techniques similar to those for our clinical cohorts, a commercially available anthropomorphic male phantom with metal oxide semiconductor field effect transistor detectors was scanned to obtain absorbed organ doses for conventional fluoroscopy-guided and CTF-guided ESIs. Effective dose (ED) was calculated from measured organ doses. The mean conventional fluoroscopy time for ESI was 37 seconds, and the mean procedural CTF time was 4.7 seconds. Calculated ED for conventional fluoroscopy was 0.85 mSv compared with 0.45 mSv for CTF. The greatest contribution to the radiation dose from CTF-guided ESI came from the planning lumbar spine CT scan, which had an ED of 2.90 mSv when z-axis ranged from L2 to S1. This resulted in a total ED for CTF-guided ESI (lumbar spine CT scan plus CTF) of 3.35 mSv. The ED for the CTF-guided ESI was almost half that of conventional fluoroscopy because of the shorter fluoroscopy time. However, the overall radiation dose for CTF-guided ESIs can be up to four times higher when a full diagnostic lumbar CT scan is performed as part of the procedure. Radiation dose reduction for CTF-guided ESI is best achieved by minimizing the dose from the preliminary planning lumbar spine CT scan.

  15. Efficacy of the epidural blood patch for the treatment of post lumbar puncture headache BLOPP: a randomised, observer-blind, controlled clinical trial [ISRCTN 71598245].

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    R. Oedit; F. van Kooten (Fop); S.L.M. Bakker (Stef); D.W.J. Dippel (Diederik)

    2005-01-01

    textabstractBACKGROUND: Post dural punction headache (PDPH) occurs in 10% to 40% of the patients who had a lumbar puncture. Its symptoms can be severe and incapacitating. The epidural blood patch is widely accepted as the treatment of choice for postdural puncture headache. Uncontrolled studies repo

  16. Posterior epidural fat on sagittal MR images: can it heIp in distinguishing between isthmic and degenerative lumbar spondylolisthesis?

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    Youn, Byung Jae; Choi, Jung Ah; Kim, Jung Eun; Choi, Ja Young; Hong, Sung Hwan; Kang, Heung Sik [College of Medicine, Seoul National Univ., Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2004-11-01

    We tried to assess the value of posterior epidural fat for distinguishing isthmic spondylolisthesis from degenerative lumbar spondylolisthesis on midline sagittal MR images. The midline sagittal MR images of the lumbar spines were retrospectively studied for 50 patients without spondylolisthesis, for 78 patients with isthmic spondylolisthesis and for 43 patients with degenerative spondylolisthesis. The anteroposterior diameter of the posterior epidural fat (ADEF) was measured at each intervertebral disc level by two radiologists and these values were then compared between each group. To normalize for difference of body size, the posterior epidural fat ratio (PEFR) at each level of spondylolisthesis and at L1-2 were also determined for each level of spondylolisthesis, and the PERF was compared between each group. Statistical analysis was performed by the chi-square method. For the patients with isthmic spondylolisthesis, the ADEFs at the spinal levels with spondylolisthesis were significantly greater than those ADEFs in the control group that were measured at the corresponding disc levels (p<0.05). For the patients with degenerative spondylolisthesis, the ADEFs at the spinal level with spondylolisthesis were significantly less than the ADEFs in the control group that were measured at the corresponding disc levels (p<0.05). The PEFRs obtained at L4-5 were 1.37{+-}0.12 for the control group, 2.61{+-}1.31 for the patients with isthmic spondylolisthesis, and 0.60{+-}0.05 for the patients with degenerative spondylolisthesis. The PEFRs obtained at L5-S1 were 2.25{+-}1.32 for the control group, 3.47{+-}1.69 for the patients with isthmic spondylolisthesis and 1.65{+-}0.18 for the patients with degenerative spondylolisthesis. At both levels, the PEFRs were greatest for the isthmic spondylolisthesis group and smallest for the degenerative spondylolisthesis group, and all the differences were statistically significant. The posterior epidural fat, which is easily seen structure

  17. Posterior epidural migration of sequestered lumbar disc fragment causing cauda equina syndrome Migración epidural posterior de fragmento de disco lumbar secuestrado que causa síndrome de cauda equina Migração epidural posterior de fragmento de disco lombar sequestrado que causa síndrome da cauda equina

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    Abolfazl Rahimizadeh

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    Full Text Available Posterior epidural migration (PEM of a sequestered free lumbar disc fragment is rare. The rarity is due to presence of several anatomical restraints which restrict a free fragment to move to the posterior compartment. This unusual presentation of disc herniation appeared in the literature either as a single case report or in small series from two to six cases. Herein two new demonstrative cases will be presented with a brief review of the literature.La migración epidural (PEM posterior Epidural Migration de fragmento de disco lumbar libre secuestrado es rara. La rareza se debe a la existencia de varias restricciones anatómicas impidiendo que el fragmento libre se mueva hacia el compartimento posterior. Esa presentación no común de hernia de disco apareció en la literatura como un relato de caso único o en pequeñas series de dos a seis casos. En este artículo, se presentan dos casos nuevos demostrativos, conjuntamente con una revisión breve de la literatura.A migração epidural posterior (PEM posterior epidural migration de fragmento de disco lombar livre sequestrado é rara. A raridade deve-se à presença de várias restrições anatômicas que impedem que o fragmento livre se mova para o compartimento posterior. Essa apresentação incomum de hérnia de disco apareceu na literatura como relato de caso único ou em pequenas séries de dois a seis casos. Neste artigo, são apresentados dois novos casos demonstrativos, com uma breve revisão da literatura.

  18. Transforaminal epidural steroid injections influence Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT) pain response classification in candidates for lumbar herniated disc surgery.

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    van Helvoirt, Hans; Apeldoorn, Adri T; Knol, Dirk L; Arts, Mark P; Kamper, Steven J; van Tulder, Maurits W; Ostelo, Raymond W

    2016-04-27

    Prospective cohort study. Although lumbar radiculopathy is regarded as a specific diagnosis, the most effective treatment strategy is unclear. Commonly used treatments include transforaminal epidural steroid injections (TESIs) and Mechanical Diagnosis & Therapy (MDT), but no studies have investigated the effectiveness of this combination. MDT differentiates pain centralization (C) from non-centralization (NC), which indicates good vs. poor prognostic validity respectively. The main aims were 1) to determine changes in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT) pain response classifications after transforaminal epidural steroid injections (TESIs) in candidates for lumbar herniated disc surgery and 2) to evaluate differences in short and long term outcomes for patients with different pain response classifications. Candidates for lumbar herniated disc surgery were assessed with a MDT protocol and their pain response classified as centralizing or peripheralizing. For this study,only patients were eligible who showed a peripheralizing pain response at intake. All patients then received TESIs and were reassessed and classified using the MDT protocol, into groups according to pain response (resolved, centralizing, peripheralizing with less pain and peripheralising with severe pain). After receiving targeted treatment based on pain response after TESIs, ranging from advice, MDT or surgery, follow-up assessments were completed at discharge and at 12 months. The primary outcomes were disability (Roland-Morris Disability Questionnaire [RMDQ] for Sciatica), pain severity in leg (visual analogue scale [VAS], 0-100) and global perceived effect (GPE). Linear mixed-models were used to determine between-groups differences in outcome. A total of 77 patients with lumbar disc herniation and peripheralizing symptoms were included. Patients received an average of 2 (SD 0.7) TESIs. After TESIs, 17 patients (22%) were classified as peripheralizing with continuing severe pain.These patients

  19. Human Lumbar Ligamentum Flavum Anatomy for Epidural Anesthesia: Reviewing a 3D MR-Based Interactive Model and Postmortem Samples.

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    Reina, Miguel A; Lirk, Philipp; Puigdellívol-Sánchez, Anna; Mavar, Marija; Prats-Galino, Alberto

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    The ligamentum flavum (LF) forms the anatomic basis for the loss-of-resistance technique essential to the performance of epidural anesthesia. However, the LF presents considerable interindividual variability, including the possibility of midline gaps, which may influence the performance of epidural anesthesia. We devise a method to reconstruct the anatomy of the digitally LF based on magnetic resonance images to clarify the exact limits and edges of LF and its different thickness, depending on the area examined, while avoiding destructive methods, as well as the dissection processes. Anatomic cadaveric cross sections enabled us to visually check the definition of the edges along the entire LF and compare them using 3D image reconstruction methods. Reconstruction was performed in images obtained from 7 patients. Images from 1 patient were used as a basis for the 3D spinal anatomy tool. In parallel, axial cuts, 2 to 3 cm thick, were performed in lumbar spines of 4 frozen cadavers. This technique allowed us to identify the entire ligament and its exact limits, while avoiding alterations resulting from cutting processes or from preparation methods. The LF extended between the laminas of adjacent vertebrae at all vertebral levels of the patients examined, but midline gaps are regularly encountered. These anatomical variants were reproduced in a 3D portable document format. The major anatomical features of the LF were reproduced in the 3D model. Details of its structure and variations of thickness in successive sagittal and axial slides could be visualized. Gaps within LF previously studied in cadavers have been identified in our interactive 3D model, which may help to understand their nature, as well as possible implications for epidural techniques.

  20. Evaluation of a single-dose, extended-release epidural morphine formulation for pain control after lumbar spine surgery.

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    Vineyard, Joseph C; Toohey, John S; Neidre, Arvo; Fogel, Guy; Joyner, Robert

    2014-01-01

    DepoDur, an extended-release epidural morphine, has been used effectively for postoperative pain control following many orthopaedic and general surgery procedures and has provided prolonged analgesia when compared with Duramorph. The goal of this article was to compare the safety and analgesic efficacy of DepoDur versus Duramorph after lumbar spine surgery. A prospective, randomized, double-blind clinical study was completed at a single extended-stay ambulatory surgery center. All patients over 18 undergoing posterior lumbar spine fusions were considered for the study. Sixty patients were randomly assigned to a control or treatment group. The control group received DepoDur before surgery, while the treatment group received Duramorph. Although results show no significant differences between the two groups in postoperative visual analog pain scale scores, use of pain medication, and adverse events, subjects receiving DepoDur were less likely to receive Naloxone and oxygen supplementation, experience nausea or fever, and were more likely to experience hypotension. DepoDur proved to be safe and effective, offering similar prolonged analgesic activity when compared with Duramorph.

  1. Efficacy of post-operative analgesia after posterior lumbar instrumented fusion for degenerative disc disease: a prospective randomized comparison of epidural catheter and intravenous administration of analgesics

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    Torsten Kluba

    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available This prospective study aimed to compare the efficacy of epidural (EDA versus intravenous (PCA application of analgesics after lumbar fusion. Fifty-two patients scheduled for elective posterior instrumented lumbar fusion were randomized into two groups. EDA patients received an epidural catheter intraoperatively, and administration of ropivacain and sulfentanil was started after a normal post-operative wake-up test in the recovery room area. PCA patients received intravenous opioids in the post-operative period. Differences between EDA and PCA groups in terms of patient satisfaction with respect to pain relief were not significant. Nevertheless, EDA patients reported less pain on the third day after surgery. There were significantly more side effects in the EDA group, including complete reversible loss of sensory function and motor weakness. There were no major side effects, such as infection or persisting neurological deficits, in either group. The routine use of epidural anesthesia for lumbar spine surgery has too many risks and offers very little advantage over PCA.

  2. Anestesia peridural lombar ou bloqueio do plexo lombar combinados à anestesia geral: eficácia e efeitos hemodinâmicos na artroplastia total do quadril Anestesia epidural lumbar o bloqueo del plexo lumbar combinados con la anestesia general: eficacia y efectos hemodinámicos en la artroplastia total de la cadera Epidural lumbar block or lumbar plexus block combined with general anesthesia: efficacy and hemodynamic effects on total hip arthroplasty

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    Leonardo Teixeira Domingues Duarte

    2009-12-01

    avanzada y de las enfermedades asociadas a los pacientes. El objetivo del estudio, fue evaluar si el bloqueo del plexo lumbar combinado con la anestesia general, equivale a la anestesia epidural lumbar en cuanto a la eficacia del bloqueo nociceptivo, efectos hemodinámicos secundarios, dificultad en su ejecución e influencia en el sangramiento operatorio en pacientes sometidos a la ATC. MÉTODO: Pacientes estado físico ASA I a III que fueron ubicados aleatoriamente en los grupos Epidural y Lumbar. En el grupo Epidural, se realizó la anestesia epidural lumbar continua con la ropivacaína a 0,5% 10 a 15 mL. En el grupo Lumbar, fue realizado el bloqueo del plexo lumbar por la vía posterior con ropivacaína a 0,5% 0,4 mL.kg-1. Todos los pacientes fueron sometidos a la anestesia general. Se estudiaron: la dificultad en la ejecución de los bloqueos, su eficacia y los efectos hemodinámicos secundarios. RESULTADOS: Cuarenta y un pacientes fueron incluidos en el estudio. El tiempo para la ejecución del bloqueo epidural fue menor, pero el número de intentos en colocar la aguja fue similar en los dos grupos. El bloqueo epidural fue más eficaz. En el grupo Lumbar, se registró un aumento de la presión arterial diastólica y media (PAM y en el doble producto. Después de la incisión, el consumo anestésico durante la operación fue mayor. Posteriormente al bloqueo, la PAM fue menor en los 50, 60 y 70 minutos después de la realización del bloqueo epidural. El sangramiento fue parecido en los dos grupos. CONCLUSIONES: La técnica epidural promovió un bloqueo nociceptivo más eficaz sin asociarse a la inestabilidad hemodinámica, cuando se le combinó con la anestesia general. El bloqueo del plexo lumbar fue una técnica útil en combinación con la anestesia general cuando la anestesia epidural estuvo contraindicada.BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Anesthesia for total hip arthroplasty (THA is a challenge due to the advanced age and associated diseases of patients. The objective

  3. Abscesso epidural em paciente portador de piomiosite tropical: relato de caso e revisão da literatura Absceso epidural en paciente portador de piomiositis tropical: relato de caso y revisión de la literatura Epidural abscess in patient with tropical pyomyositis: a case report and literature review

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    Rodrigo Rezende; Igor Machado Cardoso; Saulo Gomes de Oliveira; José Lucas Batista Junior; Chárbel Jacob Junior

    2012-01-01

    A piomiosite é uma infecção muscular profunda subaguda que pode originar abscessos intramusculares únicos ou múltiplos. Está associada a infecções sistêmicas, diabetes mellitus, terapia imunossupressora, AIDS e mieloma múltiplo. Descrevemos um caso de piomiosite tropical com acometimento da coluna vertebral que evoluiu para abscesso epidural, em paciente com história pregressa de espondilite anquilosante em tratamento com medicações imunossupressoras e apresentou trauma direto na coxa direita...

  4. Tubercular spinal epidural abscess involving the dorsal-lumbar-sacral region without osseous involvement.

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    Arora, Sumit; Kumar, Ramesh

    2011-07-27

    Musculoskeletal tuberculosis is known for its ability to present in various forms and guises at different sites. Tubercular spinal epidural abscess (SEA) is an uncommon infectious entity. Its presence without associated osseous involvement may be considered an extremely rare scenario. We present a rare case of tubercular SEA in an immune-competent 35-year-old male patient. The patient presented with acute cauda equina syndrome and was shown to have multisegmental SEA extending from D5 to S2 vertebral level without any evidence of vertebral involvement on MRI. The patient made an uneventful recovery following surgical decompression and antitubercular chemotherapy. The diagnosis was confirmed by histopathological demonstration of Mycobacterium tuberculosis in drained pus. Such presentation of tubercular SEA has not been reported previously in the English language based medical literature to the best of our knowledge.

  5. Abscesos espinales epidurales. Tratamiento combinado médico-quirúrgico: A propósito de 4 casos

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    Angel Lacerda Gallardo

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    Full Text Available Los abscesos epidurales espinales (AEE, constituyen una enfermedad de presentación poco frecuente en la atención neuroquirúrgica de nuestro medio, con una morbilidad por déficits neurológicos muy elevada, si las medidas terapéuticas precisas no se toman con celeridad. Esta afección debe ser objeto de estudio, ante todo paciente que la manifieste con dolor en región dorso-lumbar, déficit neurológico y fiebre. Se muestran a 4 pacientes con AEE no tuberculosos, ni relacionados con procedimientos quirúrgicos, 2 al nivel lumbar y 2 con inclusión de la región dorso-lumbar, de los cuales 3 presentaron una mala recuperación posoperatoria (entre ellos un fallecido, y uno se recuperó completamente, lo que evidencia la necesidad de tomar una conducta enérgica, desde que se sospeche el diagnóstico. Los autores consideran que la combinación de un tratamiento quirúrgico y médico enérgicos, desde que se comprueba el diagnóstico, independientemente de la severidad del cuadro, es la única garantía de una recuperación adecuadaThe spinal epidural abscesses (SEA are rarely seen at the neurosurgical services of our environment. The morbidity due to neurological deficits may be elevated if the therapeutic measures are not taken fast. This affection must be studied whenever the patient presents pain in the dorsolumbar region, neurological deficit and fever. 4 patients with non tuberculous spinal epidural abscesses and with no previous surgical procedures are presented. 2 had them at the lumbar level and 2 with inclusion of the dorsolumbar region. 3 of them had a bad postoperative recovery (1 died, and the other one recovered completely, which shows the necessity of following an energetic conduct since the diagnosis in suspected. The authors consider that the combination of a dynamic medical and surgical treatment since the diagnosis is confirmed, independently of the severity of the clinical picture, is the only way to guarantee and adequate

  6. Lumbar subarachnoid hematoma following an epidural blood patch for meningeal puncture headache related to the implantation of an intrathecal drug delivery system.

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    Hustak, Erik C; Engle, Mitchell P; Viswanathan, Ashwin; Koyyalagunta, Dhanalakshmi

    2014-01-01

    Persistent meningeal puncture headache (MPH) is a known complication following both intentional and unintentional puncture of the dura mater.  We present a case of persistent MPH following implantation of an intrathecal drug delivery system (IDDS). Two separate epidural blood patches (EBP) were performed under radiographic guidance with contrast visualization of the epidural space on postoperative days 16 and 28, respectively. The case was complicated by the development of a symptomatic lumbar subarachnoid hematoma diagnosed on postoperative day 35. The patient subsequently underwent a laminectomy, evacuation of the hematoma, and explanation of the IDDS. This case illustrates a potential unique morbidity associated with the EBP in a patient with an IDDS. The report concludes with a brief review of MPH followed by a discussion of possible mechanisms underlying this complication.

  7. Epidural injections with or without steroids in managing chronic low back pain secondary to lumbar spinal stenosis: a meta-analysis of 13 randomized controlled trials

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    Meng H

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    Full Text Available Hai Meng, Qi Fei, Bingqiang Wang, Yong Yang, Dong Li, Jinjun Li, Nan Su Department of Orthopedics, Beijing Friendship Hospital, Capital Medical University, Beijing, People’s Republic of China Background: Epidural injections of anesthetic with or without steroids are widely used for treating lumbar spinal stenosis, a common cause of chronic low back pain, but there is a lack of rigorous data comparing the effectiveness of epidural injections of anesthetic with and without steroids. This meta-analysis presents a current, comprehensive picture of how epidural injections of anesthetic with steroids compare with those using local anesthetic alone.Methods: PubMed, Embase, Web of Science, and Cochrane Library databases were searched from their inception through February 5, 2015. Weight mean difference, risk ratio, and 95% confidence intervals were calculated. A random effects model or fixed effects model was used to pool the estimates, according to the heterogeneity between the included studies.Results: We included 13 randomized controlled trials, involving 1,465 patients. Significant pain relief (≥50% was demonstrated in 53.7% of patients administered with epidural injections of anesthetic with steroids (group 1 and in 56.4% of those administered with local anesthetic alone (group 2. Patients showed a reduction in numeric rating scale pain score of 3.7 and 3.6 in the two groups, respectively. Significant functional improvement was achieved in 65.2% of patients in group 1 and 63.1% of patients in group 2, with Oswestry Disability Index reductions of 13.8 and 14.5 points, respectively. The overall number of injections per year was 3.2±1.3 and 3.4±1.2 with average total relief per year of 29.3±19.7 and 33.8±19.3 weeks, respectively. The opioid intakes decreased from baseline by 12.4 and 7.8 mg, respectively. Among the outcomes listed, only total relief time differed significantly between the two groups.Conclusion: Both epidural injections with

  8. Comparing the effects of epidural methylprednisolone acetate injected in patients with pain due to lumbar spinal stenosis or herniated disks: a prospective study

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    Gharibi F

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available Jafar Mobaleghi1, Faramarz Allahdini2, Karim Nasseri3, Behzad Ahsan3, Shoaleh Shami4, Mansour Faizi5, Fardin Gharibi51Department of Surgery, 2Department of Neurosurgery, 3Department of Anesthesia, 4Faculty of Nursing, 5Faculty of Medicine, Kurdistan University of Medical Sciences, Sanandaj, Kurdistan, IranObjective: Satisfactory results have been seen with epidural steroid injections (ESI in patients with herniated disks (HD, but the role in lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS has been less investigated. We compared long-term effects of ESI in HD and LSS patients.Methods: In a prospective, single-blind uncontrolled study, 60 patients with radicular pain due to HD (n = 32 or LSS (n = 28 were enrolled over a 9-month period. Methylprednisolone acetate 80 mg plus 0.5% bupivacaine 10 mg were diluted in normal saline up to a total volume of 10 mL, and injected into the epidural space. The amount of pain based on numeric pain score, level of activity, and subjective improvement were reported by patients after 2 and 6 months by telephone. Demographic data were analyzed with the chi-square test. The differences in numeric pain scale scores between the two groups at different times were analyzed with the t-test.Results: There were no differences between HD and LSS patients regarding age, sex, and average duration of pain prior to ESI. The degree of pain was significantly higher in LSS patients in comparison with HD patients in the pre-injection period. The amount of pain was significantly reduced in both groups 2 months after injection. This pain reduction period lasted for 6 months in the HD group, but to a lesser extent in LSS patients (P < 0.05.Discussion: Epidural methylprednisolone injection has less analgesic effect in LSS, with less permanent effect in comparison with HD.Keywords: methylprednisolone acetate, lumbar spinal stenosis, herniated disk

  9. Assessment of effectiveness of percutaneous adhesiolysis and caudal epidural injections in managing post lumbar surgery syndrome: 2-year follow-up of a randomized, controlled trial

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    Manchikanti L

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Laxmaiah Manchikanti,1,2 Vijay Singh,3 Kimberly A Cash,1 Vidyasagar Pampati11Pain Management Center of Paducah, Paducah, KY, 2Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY, 3Pain Diagnostics Associates, Niagara, WI, USABackground: The literature is replete with evaluations of failed surgery, illustrating a 9.5%–25% reoperation rate. Speculated causes of post lumbar surgery syndrome include epidural fibrosis, acquired stenosis, recurrent disc herniation, sacroiliac joint pain, and facet joint pain among other causes.Methods: Patients (n = 120 were randomly assigned to two groups with a 2-year follow-up. Group I (control group, n = 60 received caudal epidural injections with catheterization up to S3 with local anesthetic (lidocaine 2%, 5 mL, nonparticulate betamethasone (6 mg, 1 mL, and 6 mL of 0.9% sodium chloride solution. Group II (intervention group, n = 60 received percutaneous adhesiolysis of the targeted area, with targeted delivery of lidocaine 2% (5 mL, 10% hypertonic sodium chloride solution (6 mL, and nonparticulate betamethasone (6 mg. The multiple outcome measures included the Numeric Rating Scale, the Oswestry Disability Index 2.0, employment status, and opioid intake with assessments at 3, 6, 12, 18, and 24 months posttreatment. Primary outcome was defined as 50% improvement in pain and Oswestry Disability Index scores.Results: Significant improvement with at least 50% relief with pain and improvement in functional status was illustrated in 82% of patients at the 2-year follow-up in the intervention group compared to 5% in the control group receiving caudal epidural injections. The average number of procedures over a period of 2 years in Group II was 6.4 ± 2.35 with overall total relief of approximately 78 weeks out of 104 weeks.Conclusion: The results of this study show significant improvement in 82% of patients over a period of 2 years with an average of six to seven

  10. Assessment of effectiveness of percutaneous adhesiolysis and caudal epidural injections in managing post lumbar surgery syndrome: 2-year follow-up of a randomized, controlled trial.

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    Manchikanti, Laxmaiah; Singh, Vijay; Cash, Kimberly A; Pampati, Vidyasagar

    2012-01-01

    The literature is replete with evaluations of failed surgery, illustrating a 9.5%-25% reoperation rate. Speculated causes of post lumbar surgery syndrome include epidural fibrosis, acquired stenosis, recurrent disc herniation, sacroiliac joint pain, and facet joint pain among other causes. Patients (n = 120) were randomly assigned to two groups with a 2-year follow-up. Group I (control group, n = 60) received caudal epidural injections with catheterization up to S3 with local anesthetic (lidocaine 2%, 5 mL), nonparticulate betamethasone (6 mg, 1 mL), and 6 mL of 0.9% sodium chloride solution. Group II (intervention group, n = 60) received percutaneous adhesiolysis of the targeted area, with targeted delivery of lidocaine 2% (5 mL), 10% hypertonic sodium chloride solution (6 mL), and nonparticulate betamethasone (6 mg). The multiple outcome measures included the Numeric Rating Scale, the Oswestry Disability Index 2.0, employment status, and opioid intake with assessments at 3, 6, 12, 18, and 24 months posttreatment. Primary outcome was defined as 50% improvement in pain and Oswestry Disability Index scores. Significant improvement with at least 50% relief with pain and improvement in functional status was illustrated in 82% of patients at the 2-year follow-up in the intervention group compared to 5% in the control group receiving caudal epidural injections. The average number of procedures over a period of 2 years in Group II was 6.4 ± 2.35 with overall total relief of approximately 78 weeks out of 104 weeks. The results of this study show significant improvement in 82% of patients over a period of 2 years with an average of six to seven procedures of 1-day percutaneous adhesiolysis in patients with failed back surgery syndrome.

  11. Absceso hepático asociado a absceso pulmonar y endoftalmitis

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    Jairo Cordero-Chen

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available El absceso hepático piógeno producido por Klebsiella pneumoniae es relativamente raro y puede complicarse con lesiones sépticas a distancia. Esto se relaciona con características propias del germen que incluyen el genotipo K1, resistencia a la fagocitosis y la presencia del gen mag-A. Tales metástasis sépticas contemplan absceso pulmonar, meningitis, endocarditis bacteriana y, muy especialmente, endoftalmitis. Esta última ocurre con mayor frecuencia en pacientes diabéticos, y puede causar ceguera. Se reporta caso de absceso hepático por K. pneumoniae asociado a absceso pulmonar y endoftalmitis, y se revisa epidemiología, fisiopatología, diagnóstico y tratamiento de la entidad.

  12. Lumbar disc protrusion therapy by combination drug administration in epidural space%硬膜外腔联合用药治疗腰椎间盘突出症

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    尹美华; 杨德荣; 许晶; 马玉清

    2003-01-01

    @@ BACKGROUND: Lumbar disc protrusion was a syndrome dueto degeneration of disc, disruption of fibrous tings and protrusion ofnucleus pulposus and stimulation of cauda equina. It was the mostcommon cause of leg and back pain. it had a high incidence rate andthe patients suffered too greatly to normal work and life. Afternon-operative therapy, symptoms of most patients disappeared orrelieved. Only 10% to 15% of the patients needed operation. Re-cently, combination drug administration in epidural space were usedin lumbar disc protrusion therapy with a highly successful rate andhttle danger.

  13. Cardiovascular effects of lumbar epidural anaesthesia in isoflurane-anaesthetised pigs during surgical removal of the liver

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    2009-05-01

    Full Text Available In humans the combined administration of epidural anaesthesia and inhalation anaesthesia may result in cardiovascular instability associated with decreases in heart rate and blood pressure. Anaesthesia was induced with a combination of midazolam / ketamine in 18 female pigs with a mean body weight of 24.9±5.9 kg scheduled for surgical removal of the liver. After tracheal intubation, anaesthesia was maintained on a circle rebreathing circuit with isoflurane. Epidural anaesthesia was administered with ropivacaine (AL-group, n=8 at 0.2 mℓ / kg of a 7.5 mg / mℓ solution to the anaesthetised animals. The A-group (n = 10 received isoflurane anaesthesia only. The vaporiser was set at 2.5 % for the A-group and 1.5 % for the AL-group. Heart rate, invasive systolic, diastolic, and mean arterial blood pressure were monitored. Comparisons were made between treatments and within treatments comparing variables during surgical preparation and abdominal surgery. Differences between treatments were not statistically significant (P > 0.05 during surgical preparation or during abdominal surgery. For within treatment groups, the differences between surgical preparation and abdominal surgery were statistically significant (P < 0.05 for heart rate in the A-group, but not statistically significant (P > 0.05 for the other variables. It is concluded that abdominal surgery may be associated with statistically significant changes in heart rate in isoflurane-anaesthetised pigs and that the combined administration of epidural ropivacaine may prevent statistically significant changes in HR during abdominal surgery.

  14. Absceso de Muslo, Sepsis y Embarazo

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    Las infecciones de piel y tejidos blandos son, junto con las infecciones de las vías respiratorias, las infecciones más frecuentes en clínica humana. Los gérmenes normalmente implicados son el Staphylococcus Aureus, Streptococcus spp, Pseudomona Aeruginosa y Enterococcus. De forma ocasional pueden formarse abscesos como resultado de la celulitis. Algunas complicaciones raras, pero graves incluyen la producción de fascitis necrotizante y bacteriemia. La celulitis causada por microorganismos Gr...

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    Nadir Peggy Ortíz Samur; Patricia Elizabeth Ortuño Lazarte; Suleydi Paniagua Sanchez; Gastón Araníbar

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    Las infecciones de piel y tejidos blandos son, junto con las infecciones de las vías respiratorias, las infecciones más frecuentes en clínica humana. Los gérmenes normalmente implicados son el Staphylococcus Aureus, Streptococcus spp, Pseudomona Aeruginosa y Enterococcus. De forma ocasional pueden formarse abscesos como resultado de la celulitis. Algunas complicaciones raras, pero graves incluyen la producción de fascitis necrotizante y bacteriemia. La celulitis causada por microorganismos Gr...

  16. Absceso de Muslo, Sepsis y Embarazo

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    Nadir Peggy Ortíz Samur

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    Full Text Available Las infecciones de piel y tejidos blandos son, junto con las infecciones de las vías respiratorias, las infecciones más frecuentes en clínica humana. Los gérmenes normalmente implicados son el Staphylococcus Aureus, Streptococcus spp, Pseudomona Aeruginosa y Enterococcus. De forma ocasional pueden formarse abscesos como resultado de la celulitis. Algunas complicaciones raras, pero graves incluyen la producción de fascitis necrotizante y bacteriemia. La celulitis causada por microorganismos Gram negativos generalmente ocurre a través de una fuente cutánea en un paciente inmunodeprimido, pero también puede desarrollarse a través de bacteriemia.A continuación presentamos el caso de una mujer de 17 años de edad, primigesta con 19 semanas de gestación, sin antecedente traumático, ni puerta de entrada evidenciable que ingresa por dolor intenso en muslo derecho, edematizado y con imposibilidad de movilización, compatible con celulitis, formación de absceso y sepsis. Se latrato según protocolo para el cuadro séptico, una vez identificado el absceso se realiza drenaje quirúrgico y antibioticoterapiapara Escherichia Coli.

  17. Absceso hepático asociado a absceso pulmonar y endoftalmitis

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    Jairo Cordero-Chen; Eduardo Catalán-Sánchez; Juan Ignacio Padilla-Cuadra; Jorge Ramírez-Arce

    2013-01-01

    El absceso hepático piógeno producido por Klebsiella pneumoniae es relativamente raro y puede complicarse con lesiones sépticas a distancia. Esto se relaciona con características propias del germen que incluyen el genotipo K1, resistencia a la fagocitosis y la presencia del gen mag-A. Tales metástasis sépticas contemplan absceso pulmonar, meningitis, endocarditis bacteriana y, muy especialmente, endoftalmitis. Esta última ocurre con mayor frecuencia en pacientes diabéticos, y puede causar ceg...

  18. Fluoroscopically guided caudal epidural steroid injection for management of degenerative lumbar spinal stenosis: short-term and long-term results

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    Lee, Joon Woo; Myung, Jae Sung; Kang, Heung Sik [Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, Department of Radiology, Seong Nam, Gyeongi-do (Korea); Park, Kun Woo; Yeom, Jin S. [Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Seong Nam, Gyeongi-do (Korea); Kim, Ki-Jeong; Kim, Hyun-Jib [Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, Department of Neurosurgery, Seong Nam, Gyeongi-do (Korea)

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    To evaluate the short-term and long-term effects of fluoroscopically guided caudal epidural steroid injection (ESI) for the management of degenerative lumbar spinal stenosis (DLSS) and to analyze outcome predictors. All patients who underwent caudal ESI in 2006 for DLSS were included in the study. Response was based on chart documentation (aggravated, no change, slightly improved, much improved, no pain). In June 2009 telephone interviews were conducted, using formatted questions including the North American Spine Society (NASS) patient satisfaction scale. For short-term and long-term effects, age difference was evaluated by the Mann-Whitney U test, and gender, duration of symptoms, level of DLSS, spondylolisthesis, and previous operations were evaluated by Fisher's exact test. Two hundred and sixteen patients (male: female = 75:141; mean age 69.2 years; range 48{proportional_to}91 years) were included in the study. Improvements (slightly improved, much improved, no pain) were seen in 185 patients (85.6%) after an initial caudal ESI and in 189 patients (87.5%) after a series of caudal ESIs. Half of the patients (89/179, 49.8%) replied positively to the NASS patient satisfaction scale (1 or 2). There were no significant outcome predictors for either the short-term or the long-term responses. Fluoroscopically guided caudal ESI was effective for the management of DLSS (especially central canal stenosis) with excellent short-term and good long-term results, without significant outcome predictors. (orig.)

  19. Sternoclavicular joint septic arthritis following paraspinal muscle abscess and septic lumbar spondylodiscitis with epidural abscess in a patient with diabetes: a case report

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    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Septic arthritis of the sternoclavicular joint (SCJ is extremely rare, and usually appears to result from hematogenous spread. Predisposing factors include immunocompromising diseases such as diabetes. Case presentation A 61-year-old man with poorly controlled diabetes mellitus presented to our emergency department with low back pain, high fever, and a painful mass over his left SCJ. He had received two epidural blocks over the past 2 weeks for severe back and leg pain secondary to lumbar disc herniation. He did not complain of weakness or sensory changes of his lower limbs, and his bladder and bowel function were normal. He had no history of shoulder injection, subclavian vein catheterization, intravenous drug abuse, or focal infection including tooth decay. CT showed an abscess of the left SCJ, with extension into the mediastinum and sternocleidomastoid muscle, and left paraspinal muscle swelling at the level of L2. MRI showed spondylodiscitis of L3-L4 with a contiguous extradural abscess. Staphylococcus aureus was isolated from cultures of aspirated pus from his SCJ, and from his urine and blood. The SCJ abscess was incised and drained, and appropriate intravenous antibiotic therapy was administered. Two weeks after admission, the purulent discharge from the left SCJ had completely stopped, and the wound showed improvement. He was transferred to another ward for treatment of the ongoing back pain. Conclusion Diabetic patients with S. aureus bacteremia may be at risk of severe musculoskeletal infections via hematogenous spread.

  20. Efeitos da analgesia peridural e do bloqueio contínuo do plexo lombar sobre a reabilitação funcional após artroplastia total do quadril Efectos de la analgesia epidural y del bloqueo continuo del plexo lumbar sobre la rehabilitación funcional después de la artroplastia total de cadera Effects of epidural analgesia and continuous lumbar plexus block on functional rehabilitation after total hip arthroplasty

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    2009-10-01

    ésica eficaz y que permita la movilidad precoz, la participación en las actividades de rehabilitación, y una rápida recuperación funcional. El objetivo de este estudio, fue comparar los efectos de las técnicas de analgesia controlada por el paciente (ACP, por las vías epidural y perineural del plexo lumbar sobre la rehabilitación funcional en pacientes sometidos a la ATC. MÉTODO: Pacientes en estado físico ASA I a III, que fueron ubicados aleatoriamente en los grupos Epidural y Lumbar. Para la ATC, se realizó la anestesia epidural lumbar continua con ropivacaína a 0,5% (Epidural o bloqueo continuo del plexo lumbar con ropivacaína a 0,5% (Lumbar. En la sala de recuperación, se inició ACP con infusión de ropivacaína a 0,2% (Lumbar o ropivacaína a 0,2% + fentanil 3 µg.mL-1 (Epidural. La eficacia de la analgesia en las primeras 48 horas después de la ATC (niveles de dolor, consumo de morfina de rescate y de bolos de la bomba de ACP, se comparó entre los grupos. Los diferentes parámetros de la rehabilitación postoperatoria también se estudiaron. RESULTADOS: Cuarenta y un pacientes se sometieron al análisis estadístico. Los niveles de dolor en reposo fueron similares en los dos grupos. A pesar de un control más efectivo del dolor dinámico en el grupo Epidural y de un uso más potente de la morfina, que se aplicó más a menudo y precozmente en el grupo Lumbar, no hubo diferencia entre los grupos en ninguno de los parámetros estudiados de rehabilitación. Las técnicas de analgesia no influyeron en las fallas en el proceso de rehabilitación. CONCLUSIONES: El más alto nivel de efectividad de la analgesia epidural, no se tradujo en una mejoría en el proceso de rehabilitación, ni tampoco redujo el tiempo necesario para alcanzar los resultados estudiados.BAKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Pain after total hip arthroplasty (THA is severe and it is aggravated by movements, which requires an effective analgesic technique that allows early mobilization, participation

  1. 患者硬膜外注射不同浓度左旋布比卡因的药代动力学%Pharmacokinetics of different concentrations of levobupivacaine for lumbar epidural anesthesia

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    马民玉; 王承海; 冉菊红

    2010-01-01

    Objective To investigate the pharmacokinetics of different concentrations of levobupivacaine for lumbar epidural anesthesia.Methods Twenty ASA Ⅰ or Ⅱ patients of both sexes, aged 35-59 years and scheduled for elective radical resection of rectal or colon carcinoma under general anesthesia combined with epidural block, were randomly divided into 2 groups (n=10 each):group Ⅰ (receiving 0.75% levobupivacaine) and group Ⅱ (receiving 0.5% levobupivacaine). Epidural block was performed at L1-2 interspace. Group Ⅰ and Ⅱ received epidural 0.75% and 0.5% levobupivacaine 2 mg/kg (containing adrenaline 5 μg/kg)injected slowly over 2 min, respectively. And 30 min later, general anesthesia was induced with y-hydroxybutyrate 60-80 mg/kg and remifentanil 1-2μg/kg. Tracheal intubation was facilitated with succinylcholine 1-1.5 mg/kg and the patients were mechanically ventilated. Anesthesia was maintained with inhalation of nitrous oxide (N2 O) and O2 (1:1) and continuous infusion of remifentanil 0.01-0.1μg·kg-1·min-1 and intermittent intravenous boluses of atracurium. Sensory and motor blocks were assessed after epidural levobupivacaine. Blood samples were taken from the central vein at 0, 10, 20, 30, 45, 60, 90, 120, 210, 300, 420,540, 660 and 840 min, respectively, after epidural administration for determination of plasma concentrations of levobupivacaine by high performance liquid chromatography.Results The plasma concentration-time curves of levobupivacaine were fitted to a two-compartment open model in the two groups and there were no significant differences in the pharmacokinetic profiles between the two groups. The onset time of sensory and motor blocks was shorter and the duration of the two blocks was longer with 0.75% levobupivacaine as compared with 0.5%levobupivacaine. The incidences of nausea and vomiting and hypotension were low and no severe cardiovascular and neurological side-effects developed.Conclusion The pharmacokinetic parameters do not

  2. 硬膜外联合腰麻在泌尿科微创手术中的应用效果观察%The application effect of Epidural combined with lumbar anaesthetizing in urological minimally invasive surgery

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    袁春梅; 罗明; 谢伦雄; 罗小玲

    2015-01-01

    目的:为了探讨硬膜外联合腰麻在泌尿科微创手术中的应用效果。方法选取156例泌尿科微创手术患者为研究对象,随机对患者进行分组,分成硬-腰联合麻醉组和连续硬膜外麻醉组。对两组患者的麻醉起效时间、用药总量以及临床整体麻醉效果进行观察和比较。结果(1)硬-腰联合麻醉组患者的麻醉起效时间短于连续硬膜外麻醉组,麻醉药物用量少于连续硬膜外麻醉组;(2)硬-腰联合麻醉组患者的麻醉效果优秀比例显著高于连续硬膜外麻醉组。结论临床针对泌尿科实施微创手术的过程中,采用硬膜外联合腰麻的临床麻醉效果显著,是临床应用于泌尿科微创手术中的理想麻醉方式之一。%Objective To investigate the application of epidural combined with lumbar anaesthetizing in urological minimally invasive surgery.Methods Chose 156 cases of urological minimally invasive surgery patients as the research object, and randomly divided into hard -waist joint anesthesia group and continuous epidural anesthesia group.Total anesthesia working time in patients, medication and clinical overall anaesthesia effect were observed and compared.Results Hard -waist joint anesthesia group present short effective time than continuous epidural anesthesia group, however, the dosage of anesthetic was less than the continuous epidural anesthesia group.Good proportion of anesthesia effect in Hard -waist joint anesthesia group was significantly higher than continuous epidural anesthesia group.Conclusions Epidural combined with lumbar anaesthetizing is an ideal anesthesia method in clinical minimally invasive surgery.

  3. Efectividad y seguridad del bloqueo epidural lumbar simple bajo con lidocaína sin epinefrina al 2% en salpingectomías parciales bilaterales programadas en puerperio fisiológico inmediato en el Hospital Gineco-Obstétrico "Enrique C. Sotomayor" 2012-2013.

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    El objetivo del presente estudio fue determinar la efectividad y seguridad del bloqueo epidural lumbar simple bajo con lidocaína sin epinefrina al 2% en salpingectomías parciales bilaterales (SPB) programadas en puerperio fisiológico inmediato en el Hospital Gineco-Obstétrico “Enrique C. Sotomayor” de la ciudad de Guayaquil. Se realizó un estudio prospectivo, experimental, aleatorizado simple que comparó bloqueo epidural lumbar simple bajo BELSB (casos) con sedoanalgesia más bloqueo loc...

  4. Absceso cerebral en niños

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    Full Text Available Se presentan 23 pacientes con absceso cerebral, los cuales fueron estudiados en el Hospital Universitario de los Andes, Mérida?Venezuela, en un período de 15 años (1979-1994 y en edades comprendidas entre 0 mes y 14 años. Se encontró 1 caso de absceso cerebral por cada 1 600 hospitalizaciones. Se halló la mayor incidencia de la enfermedad en la edad escolar (43,4 % y un predominio en el sexo masculino (52,1 %. Entre los factores predisponentes se muestran: otomastoiditis con 30,4 %; posoperatorio neuroquirúrigico, 21,7 %; sinusitis, 17,3 %; meningitis, 17,3 %; cardiopatías congénitas, 8,6 % y celulitis periorbitaria, 4,3%. En 19 pacientes el absceso fue único y en 4 múltiples. Cinco de los abscesos fueron multiloculados. En el 61,9 % de los pacientes la enfermedad tenía más de una semana de evolución. La triada clásica (cefalea-fiebre-focalización neurológica se presentó en 9/23 pacientes (39,1 %. Doce de los pacientes recibieron tratamiento médico-quirúrgico. El Staphylococcus aureus fue el germen aislado con mayor frecuencia (20 % asociado al posoperatorio neuroquirúrgico y Enterobacterias (33 % asociadas a las infecciones otomastoideas. La tasa de mortalidad fue de 34,7 %. El absceso cerebral en niños continúa siendo un reto diagnóstico y de tratamiento para el clínico.23 patients aged 0-14 with brain abscess that were studied at the University Hospital of Los Andes, Mérida-Venezuela, during a period of 15 years (1979-1994 are presented. It was found a case of brain abscess per 1 600 hospitalizations. The highest incidence of the disease was observed at school age (43,4 % and among males (52,1 %. Some of the predisposing factors were: otomastoiditis with 30,4 %; neurosurgical postoperative, 21,7 %; sinusitis, 17,3 %; meningitis, 17,3 %; congenital heart disease, 8,6 %; and periorbital cellulitis, 4,3 %. In 19 patients the abscess was unique, and in 4 it was multiple. 5 of the abscesses were multiloculated. In 61

  5. Effect of postoperative epidural analgesia on surgical outcome

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    2002-01-01

    epidural analgesia significantly lowers the risk of thromboembolic complications after lower body procedures, while no effect is seen after major abdominal surgery. Unfortunately, many studies have inadequate study design, with use of lumbar epidural analgesia for abdominal procedures, or the epidural...

  6. Exploration of Lumbar Hemp-epidural Block Anesthesia and Epidural Anesthesia in the Clinical Anesthesia Effect%探讨腰麻-硬膜外联合阻滞麻醉与单纯硬膜外麻醉的临床麻醉效果

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    Objective To analyze lumbar hemp-epidural anesthesia and epidural block anesthesia’clinical anesthesia efect. Methods In our hospital 100 patients for surgical treatment were divided into the joint group and regular group, and 50 cases in each group. Regular group of patients used conventional epidural anesthesia, the joint group of patients with lumbar hemp-epidural block anesthesia.Results The joint group of patients with clinical anesthesia efect was obvious higher than that of conventional group of patients with clinical anesthesia efect, al of the diferences in the process(P< 0.05)was statisticaly significant. Conclusions In the process of implementation of anesthesia, the implementation for the patient of hemp-epidural block anesthesia is obvious higher than that of pure epidural anesthesia.%目的:分析单纯硬膜外麻醉以及腰麻-硬膜外联合阻滞麻醉的临床麻醉效果。方法将我院收治的需要手术治疗的100例患者分为联合组以及常规组,每组患者50例。常规组患者使用常规硬膜外麻醉实施麻醉,联合组患者使用腰麻-硬膜外联合阻滞麻醉。结果联合组患者的临床麻醉效果高于常规组患者的临床麻醉效果,在此过程中,P<0.05,差异有统计学意义。结论在实施麻醉的过程中,对于患者实施腰麻-硬膜外联合阻滞麻醉的方法,临床麻醉效果明显高于单纯的硬膜外麻醉。

  7. Chronic lumbar epidural hematoma in a patient suffering with spondylolytic spondylolisthesis at the L4-5 level: a case report

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    Park, Hyeon Seon; Lee, Sang Ho; Lie, Wei Chiang; Park, Jee Young [Wooridul Spine Hospital, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Sang Yeun [Chuk Spine Hospital, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2006-11-15

    Nontraumatic spinal epidural hematoma (SEH) is a rare condition and the exact cause of the hemorrhage in SEH had never been established. However, there have been a few recent reports on some types of the epidural hematoma with a detectable origin of hemorrhage. We encountered a case of chronic SEH in a patient who had spondylolytic spondylolisthesis, which is also a rare condition to be associated with SEH. We report here on the radiologic findings of a case of chronic epidural hematoma in a patient who had spondylolytic spondylolisthesis at the L4-5 level, and we include a review of the related literatures.

  8. Epidural blood flow and regression of sensory analgesia during continuous postoperative epidural infusion of bupivacaine

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    Mogensen, T; Højgaard, L; Scott, N B;

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    Epidural blood flow was measured in seven patients undergoing elective abdominal surgery during combined lumbar epidural and general anesthesia. After an initial dose of 20 ml plain bupivacaine 0.5%, a continuous epidural infusion of bupivacaine 0.5% (8 ml/hr) was given for 16 hours for postopera......Epidural blood flow was measured in seven patients undergoing elective abdominal surgery during combined lumbar epidural and general anesthesia. After an initial dose of 20 ml plain bupivacaine 0.5%, a continuous epidural infusion of bupivacaine 0.5% (8 ml/hr) was given for 16 hours...... surgery, and 8, 12, and 16 hours later during the continuous infusion. Initial blood flow was 6.0 +/- 0.7 ml/min per 100 g tissue (mean +/- SEM). After epidural bupivacaine, blood flow increased in all seven patients to 7.4 +/- 0.7 ml (P less than 0.02). Initial level of sensory analgesia was T4.5 +/- 0...... than 0.03) in the other five patients as the level of sensory analgesia regressed postoperatively. These data suggest that changes in epidural blood flow during continuous epidural infusion of bupivacaine, and thus changes in rates of vascular absorption of bupivacaine from the epidural space, may...

  9. ABSCESO CEREBRAL MULTICÉNTRICO CAUSADO POR ENTAMOEBA HISTOLYTICA

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    CASTILLO DE LA CRUZ,MANUEL; JOSÉ LUIS,GALLEGOS BARREDO; MENDIZÁBAL GUERRA,RAFAEL; FÉLIX,IGNACIO; RIVAS,ANGÉLICA

    2004-01-01

    La infección amibiana del sistema nervioso central casi siempre es precedido de un absceso pulmonar o hepático. El absceso cerebral amibiano es raro y sólo se han publicado alrededor de 100 casos en el mundo. La mayoría de los reportes son de la era de la tomografía y hay muy pocos casos con imágenes de resonancia magnética, en ambos estudios, no puede diferenciarse de otro tipo de absceso. El diagnóstico es histopatológico y el tratamiento de elección es el metronidazol. Se reporta el caso d...

  10. Absceso hepático asociado a absceso pulmonar y endoftalmitis Liver abscess associated to lung abscess and endophthalmitis

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    Jairo Cordero-Chen; Eduardo Catalán-Sánchez; Juan Ignacio Padilla-Cuadra; Jorge Ramírez-Arce

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    El absceso hepático piógeno producido por Klebsiella pneumoniae es relativamente raro y puede complicarse con lesiones sépticas a distancia. Esto se relaciona con características propias del germen que incluyen el genotipo K1, resistencia a la fagocitosis y la presencia del gen mag-A. Tales metástasis sépticas contemplan absceso pulmonar, meningitis, endocarditis bacteriana y, muy especialmente, endoftalmitis. Esta última ocurre con mayor frecuencia en pacientes diabéticos, y puede causar ceg...

  11. Absceso hepático asociado a absceso pulmonar y endoftalmitis Liver abscess associated to lung abscess and endophthalmitis

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    Jairo Cordero-Chen

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available El absceso hepático piógeno producido por Klebsiella pneumoniae es relativamente raro y puede complicarse con lesiones sépticas a distancia. Esto se relaciona con características propias del germen que incluyen el genotipo K1, resistencia a la fagocitosis y la presencia del gen mag-A. Tales metástasis sépticas contemplan absceso pulmonar, meningitis, endocarditis bacteriana y, muy especialmente, endoftalmitis. Esta última ocurre con mayor frecuencia en pacientes diabéticos, y puede causar ceguera. Se reporta caso de absceso hepático por K. pneumoniae asociado a absceso pulmonar y endoftalmitis, y se revisa epidemiología, fisiopatología, diagnóstico y tratamiento de la entidad.The pyogenic liver abscess due to Klebsiella pneumoniae is relatively rare and can be complicated by distant septic metastases. This can be related to specific bacterial properties including genotype K1, resistance to phagocytosis and the presence of the gene mag-A. The septic metastases include lung abscess, meningitis, infective endocarditis and specially endophtalmitis. The latter is more frequent in diabetic patients and can result in blindness. We report a case of liver abscess produced by K. pneumoniae associated to pulmonary abscess and endophtalmitis, and review the epidemiology, pathophysiology, diagnosis and treatment of this disease.

  12. Treatment of pain with lumbar spinal stenosis by epidural intervention of spinal nerves with three different drugs%腰椎管狭窄病人疼痛的腰椎神经根管封闭治疗

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    卫沛然; 邹德威; 陈晓明; 张刚

    2013-01-01

    [Objective]Multiple interventional techniques such as epidural injections of local anesthetic and/or Steroids commonly performed in managing pain related to spinal stenosis.TNF - a is thought to play a crucial role in the radicular pain caused by lumbar disc herniation and spinal stenosis.Tumor necrosis factor - alpha inhibitor has been used to control pain caused by cancer,Rheumatoid arthritis and some other systemic autoimmune disorder.This study is to assess the efiects of caudal epidural injections with local anesthetic only, local anesthetic mixed with tumor necrosis factor - alpha inhibitor, and local anesthetic mixed with steroids in pain relief in the management of chronic low back pain related to lumbar spinal stenosis.[Methods] Ninty patients with low back and radicular leg pain were investigated.We diagnosed the patients by physical examination,and X - ray and magnetic resonance imaging.They were randomly assigned tol of the 3 groups.Group Ⅰ patients received caudal epidural injections administered 2.0 ml of lidocaine and 10 mg of tumor necrosis factor - alpha inhibitor (etanercept) onto the affected spinal nerve,and Group Ⅱ patients received caudal epidural injections with lidocaine 2 ml mixed with 2mL of teroid (Diprospan), Group Ⅲ patients received caudal epidural injections with 4.O ml of lidocaine only.Low back and leg pain were evaluated using a visual analogue scale (VAS) before and for 1 week after pidural administration.[ Results]Low back and leg pain in the 3 groups were not significantly different before epidural administration.And significant pain relief improvement in Group Ⅰ was more effective than that of Group Ⅱ and Group Ⅲ; while it showed no significant difference between Group Ⅱ and group Ⅲ. [ Conclusion] Our results indicate that epidural administration of a TNF - a inhibitor may be useful tools for the treatment of radicular pain caused by spinal stenosis.Caudal epidural injections of local anesthetic with or without

  13. [History and Technique of Epidural Anaesthesia].

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    Waurick, Katrin; Waurick, René

    2015-07-01

    In 1901, the first Epidural anesthesia via a caudal approach was independently described by two FrenchmanJean-Anthanase Sicard and Fernand Cathelin.. The Spanish military surgeon, Fidel Pagés Miravé, completed the lumbar approach successfully in 1921. The two possibilities for identification of the epidural space the "loss of resistance" technique and the technique of the "hanging drop" were developed by Achille Mario Dogliotti, an Italian, and Alberto Gutierrez, an Argentinean physician, at the same time. In 1956 John J. Bonica published the paramedian approach to the epidural space. As early as 1931 Eugene Aburel, a Romanian obstetrician, injected local anaesthetics via a silk catheter to perform lumbar obstetric Epidural analgesia. In 1949 the first successful continuous lumbar Epidural anaesthesia was reported by Manuel Martinez Curbelo, a Cuban. Epidural anaesthesia can be performed in sitting or lateral position in all segments of the spinal column via the median or paramedian approach. Different off-axis angles pose the challenge in learning the technique.

  14. 丹参复合液硬膜外注射治疗腰椎间盘突出症临床观察%Clinical observation of compound liquid epidural injection for the treatment of lumbar disc herniation of Salvia miltiorrhiza

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    张丽慧; 成子飞

    2015-01-01

    Objective: To observe the clinical effect of Salvia Miltiorrhiza Compound injections in epidural block in the treatment of lumbar disc herniation. Methods: 80 cases of lumbar disc herniation were randomly divided into two groups, 40 cases in each group, and group A with epidural injection of Salvia miltiorrhiza compound liquid;B group of conventional traction and massage therapy. Comparison of the two group. Results: in A group, the excellent and good rate efficiency is better than that of B group. Conclusion: Salvia miltiorrhiza compound liquid massage treatment of epidural injection for the treatment of lumbar disc herniation is better than traction alone.%目的:观察丹参复合液在硬膜外注射治疗腰椎间盘突出症的临床效果。方法:将我院80例腰椎间盘突出症患者随机分成两组,每组40例,A组采用硬膜外注射丹参复合液;B组常规牵引推拿治疗。比较两组有效率。结果: A组有效率、优良率均优于B组。结论:丹参复合液硬膜外注射治疗腰椎间盘突出症优于单纯牵引推拿治疗。

  15. Pathophysiological Substantiation of Epidural Administration of Tenoxicam in Dorsalgia Treatment

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    Yastrebov D.N.; Shpagin М.V.; Artifexov S.B.

    2012-01-01

    The aim of the investigation is to assess the efficiency of Tenoxicam epidural administration, and represent pathophysiological substantiation of new techniques of dorsalgias treatment. Materials and Methods. There have been examined 75 patients with intense lumbar pain syndrome who underwent epidural pharmacotherapy of pain syndrome. The 1st group (n=50) had epidural Tenoxicam introduction, by 20 mg in 10–20 ml of saline solution, the control group (n=25) was given the combination of cor...

  16. Epidurography in lumbar spondylolisthesis

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    Johansen, J.G.; Hauge, O.

    1982-04-01

    Seventeen patients with lytic lumbar spondylolisthesis (Meyerding grade I-II) and radicular symptoms were examined by epidurography in addition to radiculomyelography before surgical treatment. Epidurography is considered more suitble than radiculomyelogrphy for assessing this condition because narrowing of the epidural space and compression of the nerve roots, due to osteofibrous changes at the lysis, are more consistently demonstrated.

  17. Epidural anesthesia, hypotension, and changes in intravascular volume

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    Holte, Kathrine; Foss, Nicolai B; Svensén, Christer;

    2004-01-01

    BACKGROUND: The most common side effect of epidural or spinal anesthesia is hypotension with functional hypovolemia prompting fluid infusions or administration of vasopressors. Short-term studies (20 min) in patients undergoing lumbar epidural anesthesia suggest that plasma volume may increase wh...

  18. (Modic) signal alterations of vertebral endplates and their correlation to a minimally invasive treatment of lumbar disc herniation using epidural injections; (Modic-)Signalveraenderungen vertebraler Endplatten und ihr Bezug zu einer minimalinvasiven Injektionstherapie lumbaler Bandscheibenvorfaelle

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    Liphofer, J.P.; Becker, G.T.; Koester, O. [Inst. fuer Diagnostische und Interventionelle Radiologie und Nuklearmedizin, St. Josef-Hospital Bochum (Germany); Theodoridis, T. [Klinik fuer Orthopaedie und Unfallchirurgie, St. Josef-Hospital Bochum (Germany); Schmid, G. [Klinik fuer Diagnostische und Interventionelle Radiologie, Johanna-Etienne-Krankenhaus Neuss (Germany)

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    Purpose: To study the influence of (Modic) signal alterations (SA) of the cartilage endplate (CEP) of vertebrae L3-S1 on the outcome of an in-patient minimally invasive treatment (MIT), using epidural injections on patients with lumbar disc herniation (LDH). Materials and Methods: The MR images of 59 consecutive patients with LDH within segments L3/L4-L5/S1 undergoing in-patient minimally invasive treatment with epidural injections were evaluated in a clinical study. The (Modic) signal alterations of the CEP were recorded using T1- and T2-weighted sagittal images. On the basis of the T2-weighted sagittal images, the extension and distribution of the SA were measured by dividing each CEP into 9 areas. The outcome of the MIT was recorded using the Oswestry Disability Index (ODI) before and after therapy and in a 3-month follow-up. Within a subgroup of patients (n=35), the distribution and extension of the signal alterations were correlated with the development of the ODI. Results: Segments with LDH showed significantly more (p<0.001) SA of the CEP than segments without LDH. Although the extension of the SA was not dependent on sex, it did increase significantly with age (p=0.017). The outcome after MIT did not depend on the sex and age of the patients or on the type od LDH. The SA extension tended to have a negative correlation with the outcome after MIT after 3 months (p=0.071). A significant negative correlation could be established between the SA extension in the central section of the upper endplate and the outcome after 3 months (p=0.019). (orig.)

  19. 患者硬膜外注射不同浓度左旋布比卡因的药代动力学%Pharmacokinetics of different concentrations of levobupivacaine for lumbar epidural anesthesia

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    马民玉; 王承海; 冉菊红; 阚全程; 马君志

    2008-01-01

    目的 探讨患者硬膜外注射不同浓度左旋布比卡因的药代动力学.方法 择期行结肠癌根治术、经腹或腹会阴直肠癌根治术患者20例,ASA Ⅰ或Ⅱ级,年龄35~59岁,随机分为0.75%左旋布比卡因组(Ⅰ组)和0.5%左旋布比卡因组(Ⅱ组),每组10例.麻醉方法为腰段硬膜外阻滞联合全麻.经L1,2硬膜外穿刺成功后,分别经2 min注入0.75%或0.5%左旋布比卡因2 mg/kg.硬膜外注药结束后30 min内记录感觉和运动阻滞效果,记录不良反应发生情况.于注药后即刻、注药后10、20、30、45、60、90、120、210、300、420、540、660和840 min时取中心静脉血3 ml,采用高效液相色谱法测定血浆左旋布比卡因浓度,绘制血浆左旋布比卡因浓度-时间曲线,计算2组药代动力学参数.结果 2组血浆左旋布比卡因浓度-时间曲线均符合二房室开放模型;2组药代动力学参数比较差异均无统计学意义(P>0.05).结论 0.75%和0.5%左旋布比卡因2mg/kg腰段硬膜外阻滞安全性高,血浆药物浓度-时间曲线均符合二房室开放模型,两者药代动力学特性无差异.%Objective To investigate the pharmacokinetics of different concentrations of levobupivacaine for lumbar epidural anesthesia.Methods Twenty ASA Ⅰ or Ⅱ patients of both sexes aged 35-59 yr scheduled for elective rectum or colon cancer operation under general anesthesia combined with epidural block were randomly divided into 2 groups(n=10 each):group Ⅰ 0.75% levobupivacaine and group Ⅱ 0.5% levobupivacaine.Epidural block was performed at L1-2 interspace.Group Ⅰ and Ⅱ received epidural 0.75% and 0.5% levobupivacalne 2 mg/kg(containing adrenaline 5 μg/kg)injected slowly over 2 min respectively.Thirty minutes after epidural levobupivacaine,general anesthesia was induced withγ-hydroxybutyrate 60-80 mg/kg,and remifentanil 1-2 μg/kg.Tracheal intubation was facilitated with succinyl choline 1-1.5 mg/kg and the patients were mechanically

  20. 罗哌卡因蛛网膜下腔麻醉联合硬膜外麻醉在剖宫产手术中的应用%Lumbar Hemp Joint ROM pp Because the Use of Epidural Anesthesia in Cesarean Section

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    王波; 袁军

    2013-01-01

    目的::探究与分析罗哌卡因蛛网膜下腔麻醉(腰麻)联合硬膜外麻醉在剖宫产手术中的安全性和可行性,为临床治疗提供切实可靠的科学依据。方法:随机选取来我院就诊的剖宫产孕妇50例,ASA级,平均分为两组,实验组采取腰麻联合硬膜外麻醉(CSEA),对照组采取单独进行硬膜外麻醉(CEA),每组50例,观察两组在起效时间、肌松效果、阻滞平面、牵拉反应及术中血压变化。结果:术后结果表明,腰麻联合硬膜外麻醉的起效速度要明显快于单独进行硬膜外麻醉,且牵拉反应明显减少,肌松和镇静的效果较好。结论:罗哌卡因腰麻联合硬膜外麻醉可以应用于剖宫产手术,具有安全性和可靠性。%Objective:To explore and analyze the pp kayin lumbar hemp combined epidural anesthesia in cesarean section surgery the feasibility,safety and provide practical and reliable scientific basis for clinical treatment.Methods:Randomly selected 50 cases of cesarean section in pregnant women of our hospital,ASAⅠ~Ⅱlevel,average divided into two groups,experimental group adopted lumbar hemp combined epidural anesthesia (CSEA),control group take separate with epidural anesthesia (CEA),50 cases in each group,observe two groups in effective time,muscle relaxant effect,block surface,draw reaction and intraoperative blood pressure changes.Lumbar hemp. Results:The postoperative results show that the combined effect of epidural anesthesia significantly faster in separate with epidural anesthesia,and retraction of the reaction significantly reduced muscle relaxant and calming effect is better.Conclusion:Luo pp kayin lumbar hemp combined epidural anesthesia can be applied to cesarean section surgery,has the security and reliability.

  1. Onfalopileflebitis y absceso hepático neonatal

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    Carlos Baeza-Herrera; Perla López-Medina; Heladio Marino Nájera-Garduño; Bruno Adrián Martínez-Leo

    2015-01-01

    La onfalopileflebitis y el absceso hepático en neonatos son raros y se asocian, en la mayoría de las ocasiones, con infecciones por Staphylococcus epidermidis y como complicación de la cateterización venosa umbilical. La manifestación única es una infección sistémica e implica dificultades diagnósticas. Presentamos los hallazgos clínicos y quirúrgicos de un recién nacido masculino de 12 días con onfalopileflebitis y absceso hepático asociados con cateterización de la vena umbilical....

  2. Onfalopileflebitis y absceso hepático neonatal

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    Carlos Baeza-Herrera

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available La onfalopileflebitis y el absceso hepático en neonatos son raros y se asocian, en la mayoría de las ocasiones, con infecciones por Staphylococcus epidermidis y como complicación de la cateterización venosa umbilical. La manifestación única es una infección sistémica e implica dificultades diagnósticas. Presentamos los hallazgos clínicos y quirúrgicos de un recién nacido masculino de 12 días con onfalopileflebitis y absceso hepático asociados con cateterización de la vena umbilical.

  3. Spinal epidural abscess following glossectomy and neck dissection: A case report

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    Esther Cheng; Eric Thorpe; Richard Borrowdale

    2016-01-01

    Introduction: Spinal epidural abscess is an uncommon but potentially life threatening entity that rarely occurs after otolaryngology procedures. Presentation of case: We report a case of a diabetic patient who presented with a lumbar spinal epidural abscess eight days after head and neck oncologic surgery. Magnetic resonance imaging revealed an L4 spinal epidural abscess. Cultures from the spinal epidural abscess, blood, urine, and the previous neck incision grew Klebsiella pneumoniae. The...

  4. The effect of impregnated autogenous epidural adipose tissue with bupivacaine, methylprednisolone acetate or normal saline on postoperative radicular and low back pain in lumbar disc surgery under spinal anesthesia; A randomized clinical trial study FNx01

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    Saeid Abrishamkar

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Low Back Pain (LBP and radicular leg pain (RLP after lumbar disc surgery are great challenges that prevent patients and neurosurgeons in making a surgical decision. By spinal anesthesia, LBP and RLP diminish up to 2 to 3 hours postoperatively. The aim of this study was to determine the effect of impregnated epidural adipose tissue (EAT with bupivacaine or methylprednisolone acetate on reduction of late postoperative pain after spinal anesthesia. Methods: This study was performed on lumbar disc herniation surgery under spinal anesthesia. Sixty six patients entered our study who were divided into three groups, EAT impregnated with bupivacaine (group 1, methylprednisolone acetate (group2 and normal saline (control group. The LBP and RLP were evaluated during the first 24 hours postoperatively and 14 days later by visual analogue scale (VAS. Results: Of 66 patients, 53% were female and 47% male. The average (SE LBP in the first 6 hours after surgery based on VAS were 1.59 ± 0.90 in group one, 2.36 ± 2.38 in group 2 and 3.09 ± 1.41 in control group but the VAS for RLP in this period were 1.95 ± 1.13, 1.31 ± 1.39 and 2.40 ± 1.09, respectively. The average LBP and RLP did not show any differences after 14 days postoperatively. Conclusions: According to our data bupivacaine was effective on LBP relief and steroid was effective on RLP relief during the first 12 hours after surgery.

  5. The effect of impregnated autogenous epidural adipose tissue with bupivacaine, methylprednisolone acetate or normal saline on postoperative radicular and low back pain in lumbar disc surgery under spinal anesthesia; A randomized clinical trial study*

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    Abrishamkar, Saeid; Rafiei, Ahmad Reza; Sabouri, Masih; Moradi, Siamak; Tabesh, Homayoun; Rahmani, Payman; Hekmatnia, Ali; Torkashvand, Mostafa; Eshraghi, Noorolah; Baghershahi, Ghasem

    2011-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Low Back Pain (LBP) and radicular leg pain (RLP) after lumbar disc surgery are great challenges that prevent patients and neurosurgeons in making a surgical decision. By spinal anesthesia, LBP and RLP diminish up to 2 to 3 hours postoperatively. The aim of this study was to determine the effect of impregnated epidural adipose tissue (EAT) with bupivacaine or methylprednisolone acetate on reduction of late postoperative pain after spinal anesthesia. METHODS: This study was performed on lumbar disc herniation surgery under spinal anesthesia. Sixty six patients entered our study who were divided into three groups, EAT impregnated with bupivacaine (group 1), methylprednisolone acetate (group2) and normal saline (control group). The LBP and RLP were evaluated during the first 24 hours postoperatively and 14 days later by visual analogue scale (VAS). RESULTS: Of 66 patients, 53% were female and 47% male. The average (SE) LBP in the first 6 hours after surgery based on VAS were 1.59 ± 0.90 in group one, 2.36 ± 2.38 in group 2 and 3.09 ± 1.41 in control group but the VAS for RLP in this period were 1.95 ± 1.13, 1.31 ± 1.39 and 2.40 ± 1.09, respectively. The average LBP and RLP did not show any differences after 14 days postoperatively. CONCLUSIONS: According to our data bupivacaine was effective on LBP relief and steroid was effective on RLP relief during the first 12 hours after surgery. PMID:22091284

  6. Knotting of a Cervical Epidural Catheter in the Patient with Post-Herpetic Neuralgia: A Rare Complication

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    Park, Jong Taek; Cho, Dong Woo; Lee, Young Bok

    2017-01-01

    Epidural block is achieved either by single injection of local anesthetic through an epidural needle or as a continuous block by infusion pump through an epidural catheter. Complications associated with epidural catheters include breakage, entrapment, and knotting. Knotting of epidural catheters is very rare, but knotting in lumbar epidural catheters has been reported in a number of studies, and most of these cases involved removal difficulty. We report a case in which we inserted a cervical epidural catheter in a patient who was experiencing severe post-herpetic neuralgia and then removed the knotted catheter without complications. PMID:28261560

  7. [Horner syndrome following combined spinal-epidural anesthesia].

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    Karaca, Ömer; Kumaş Solak, Sezen; Demirgan, Serdar; Bademci, Mehmet

    2016-07-01

    Horner syndrome is rarely observed in connection with epidural anesthesia. It is characterized by ptosis, enophthalmos, miosis, anisocoria, and conjunctival hyperemia in the affected eye, as well as anhydrosis and flushing on the affected side of the face. It is usually a complication spontaneously resolved without permanent neurological deficits. Intraoral anesthesia; stellate ganglion, cervical or brachial plexus blocks; thoracic, lumbar or caudal epidural anesthesia, and intrapleural analgesia are the main causes for Horner syndrome related to anesthesia. Among other causes of Horner syndrome are head and neck surgery, trauma, and puncture of internal jugular vein. The present case of unilateral Horner syndrome appeared in the aortobifemoral bypass after lumbar spinal- epidural anesthesia.

  8. Is the pharmacokinetics of bupivacaine equivalent after lumbar epidural administration through a needle or a catheter in male and female adults?

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    Faura, Ana; Modamio, Pilar; Blanco, Domingo; Segarra, Ignacio; Lastra, Cecilia F; Izquierdo, Elisenda; Casasín, Tomás; Mariño, Eduardo L

    2015-03-01

    We assessed possible pharmacokinetic modifications due to different epidural injection techniques using either a needle or a catheter. Adult patients (n=23) undergoing lower abdominal or lower extremity surgery were randomly assigned a single bupivacaine epidural injection anesthesia (0.5%, 15 mL, 0.3 mL/s) through needle or catheter device. Plasma bupivacaine concentration was quantified using a validated HPLC method and non-compartmental pharmacokinetic parameters estimated. CMAX and TMAX were similar in both groups: 952 ± 346 ng/mL, 0.65 ± 0.5 1h in the needle group; 810 ± 307 ng/mL, 0.43 ± 0.29 h in the catheter group respectively. Plasma AUC₀→∞ was also similar in both groups: 3868 ± 1687 ngh/mL for needle versus 4096 ± 1748 ngh/mL using catheter. The catheter group showed slower disposition than the needle group: t₁/₂=3.9 ± 2.3 h, MRT=6.0 ± 3.1 h versus 2.7 ± 1.03 h and 4.5 ± 1.2 h with needle administration respectively though it did not reach statistical significance, Cl/F and V/F were also similar. Lastly, female patients showed significant longer t1/2 after administration through catheter (5.7 ± 2.0 h) than needle (2.7 ± 0.6 h) group (P=0.0279). The device type does not affect the pharmacokinetics which is similar in both groups although sex-based differences might exist.

  9. Errores en el procedimiento del bloqueo epidural

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    P. Murad

    2015-07-01

    Conclusión: El bloqueo epidural es una práctica frecuentemente usada en el manejo del dolor lumbar crónico. Los errores técnicos y las complicaciones del procedimiento son poco comunes, pero para su manejo y posterior corrección es importante conocerlos y contar con un médico experimentado.

  10. Tratamiento de dolor lumbar crónico mediante radiofrecuencia pulsada y aplicación de esteroides em forma epidural: estudio comparativo Tratamento da dor lombar crônica por meio da radiofrequência pulsada e a aplicação de esteroides na forma epidural: estudo comparativo Treatment of chronic low back pain by means of pulsed radiofrequency and application of steroids in epidural form: comparative study

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    Matín Tejeda-Barreras

    2010-03-01

    évio e posterior a este. Não foram registradas perdas de pacientes no seguimento. Analisaram-se os resultados de diferentes variáveis (idade, sexo, ocupação, evolução, trabalho de carga, incapacidade, achados de imagenologia, estabelecendo uma comparação com a teste do χ2. RESULTADOS: foram muito similares em ambos os grupos de tratamento (χ2=2,8283, p=0,093, com dois casos complicados por punção no grupo de esteroides epidurais, sem casos complicados pelo procedimento de radiofrequência pulsada. Os valores do χ2 não mostraram diferenças estatisticamente significativas com valores de p de 0,09 a 0,9. CONCLUSÃO: a aplicação da radiofrequência pulsada é tão eficaz quanto a aplicação de esteroides por via peridural no tratamento da dor lombar crônica.OBJECTIVES: to evaluate the clinical outcome of improving pain and functional scale lumbar pulsed radiofrequency, compared to the use of epidural steroids in the treatment of patients with chronic low back pain. TYPE OF RESEARCH: a randomized single and blind. METHODS: the study was conducted from May, 2008 to July, 2009. There were 40 patients, through institutional and private means, in the city of Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico, with chronic low back pain. The survey was conducted by Roland-Morris and visual analog scale of pain, with previous treatment, and subsequent to it. There were no losses of patients in the follow-up. We analyzed the results of different variables (age, sex, occupation, development, work load, disability, findings on imaging, and compared with the χ2 test. RESULTS: they were very similar in both treatment groups (χ2=2.8283, p=0.093, with two cases complicated by puncture in the epidural steroid group, without cases complicated by use of pulsed radiofrequency. The values of χ2 showed no statistically significant differences, with p-values from 0.09 to 0.9. CONCLUSION: the application of pulsed radiofrequency is as effective as the application of epidural steroids for management

  11. Inmunoglobina g en paciente con absceso hepátifo amebiano

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    Pinilla Roa, Análida Elizabeth; López Páez, Myriam Consuelo; Viasus Pérez, Diego Fernando

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    La infección por Entamoeba histolyticapuedecausar disentería y absceso hepáticoamebiano, enfermedades de alta morbi-mortalidad.Los estudios seroepidemiológicoshan demostradoque la mayoría (81-100%) de los pacientescon absceso hepático amebiano y hastala mitad en la colitis amebiana desarrollaninmunoglobulinaG (IgG) específica para E.histolytica, que persiste por varios años. Portal motivo, hay controversia acerca de la utilidadde la prueba de ELISA IgG para el diagnósticode absceso hepático a...

  12. ABSCESO HEPÁTICO AMEBIANO EN EL EMBARAZO: REPORTE DE UN CASO

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    Perucca P,Ernesto; León V,Moisés; Cuellar J,Eduardo; Díaz M,Francisco; Mendoza A,Ignacio; Delgado G,Eddy

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    La asociación de absceso hepático amebiano y embarazo es poco frecuente y se asocia a un aumento de la morbilidad y mortalidad materna. Presentamos el caso de una paciente de 33 años, cursando un embarazo de 35 semanas, que ingresó a nuestro servicio con el diagnóstico de absceso hepático, cuya etiología fue E. histolytica.

  13. Sonographic evaluation of epidural and intrathecal injections in cats.

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    Otero, Pablo E; Verdier, Natali; Zaccagnini, Andrea S; Fuensalida, Santiago E; Sclocco, Matias; Portela, Diego A; Waxman, Samanta

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    To describe the ultrasonographic anatomy of the caudal lumbar spine in cats and to detect ultrasound (US) signs associated with epidural or intrathecal injection. Prospective, clinical study. Twenty-six client-owned cats. Transverse (position 1) and parasagittal (position 2) two-dimensional US scanning was performed over the caudal lumbar spine in all cats. Midline distances between the identified structures were measured. Cats assigned to epidural injection (group E, n = 16) were administered a bupivacaine-morphine combination confirmed by electrical stimulation. Cats assigned to intrathecal injection (group I, n = 10) were administered a morphine-iohexol combination injected at the lumbosacral level and confirmed by lateral radiography. The total volume injected (0.3 mL kg(-1) ) was divided into two equal aliquots that were injected without needle repositioning, with the US probe in positions 1 and 2, respectively. The presence or absence of a burst of color [color flow Doppler test (CFDT)], dural sac collapse and epidural space enlargement were registered during and after both injections. US scanning allowed measurement of the distances between the highly visible structures inside the spinal canal. CFDT was positive for all animals in group E. In group I, intrathecal injection was confirmed in only two animals, for which the CFDT was negative; seven cats inadvertently and simultaneously were administered an epidural injection and showed a positive CFDT during the second aliquot injection, and the remaining animal was administered epidural anesthesia and was excluded from the CFDT data analysis. Dural sac collapse and epidural space enlargement were present in all animals in which an epidural injection was confirmed. US examination allowed an anatomical description of the caudal lumbar spine and real-time confirmation of epidural injection by observation of a positive CFDT, dural sac collapse and epidural space enlargement. © 2016 Association of

  14. A study of transforaminal epidural steroid injections in patients with lumber disc herniation

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    Vipul L. Kuvad

    2015-12-01

    Conclusion: Transforaminal epidural steroid is a safe, simple, least morbid and cost effective approach for the patients with lumbar disc herniation with radiculopathy. [Int J Res Med Sci 2015; 3(12.000: 3853-3857

  15. Pharmacokinetics and clinical efficacy of long-term epidural ropivacaine infusion in children

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    Hansen, Tom Giedsing; Ilett, K F; Lim, S I;

    2000-01-01

    The clinical efficacy and pharmacokinetics of long-term epidural ropivacaine infusion were investigated in 18 postoperative children aged between 0.3 and 7.3 yr. A lumbar or thoracic epidural catheter was inserted after the anaesthetic induction. Sixty minutes following a bolus dose of ropivacaine...

  16. CT in thrombosed dilated posterior epidural vein

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    Bammatter, S.; Schnyder, P.; Preux, J. de

    1987-05-01

    The authors report a case of thrombosis of the distal end of an enlarged right posterior epidural vein. The patient had a markedly narrow lumbar canal due to L5 spondylolisthesis. The dilated vein and the thrombosis were displayed by computed tomography but remained unrecognized until surgery. Pathogenesis of this condition is discussed. A review of the English, French and German literature revealed no prior radiological reports of a similar condition.

  17. Epidural blood flow and regression of sensory analgesia during continuous postoperative epidural infusion of bupivacaine

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    Mogensen, T; Højgaard, L; Scott, N B;

    1988-01-01

    Epidural blood flow was measured in seven patients undergoing elective abdominal surgery during combined lumbar epidural and general anesthesia. After an initial dose of 20 ml plain bupivacaine 0.5%, a continuous epidural infusion of bupivacaine 0.5% (8 ml/hr) was given for 16 hours...... for postoperative pain relief. The epidural blood flow was measured by a local 133Xe clearance technique in which 15-35 MBq 133Xe diluted in 1 ml saline was injected through the epidural catheter on the day before surgery (no bupivacaine), 30 minutes after the initial dose of bupivacaine on the morning before...... surgery, and 8, 12, and 16 hours later during the continuous infusion. Initial blood flow was 6.0 +/- 0.7 ml/min per 100 g tissue (mean +/- SEM). After epidural bupivacaine, blood flow increased in all seven patients to 7.4 +/- 0.7 ml (P less than 0.02). Initial level of sensory analgesia was T4.5 +/- 0...

  18. Spinal and epidural anesthesia

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    ... you epidural or spinal anesthesia is called an anesthesiologist. First, the area of your back where the ... Chan VWS. Spinal, epidural, and caudal anesthesia. In: Miller RD, ed. Miller's Anesthesia . 8th ed. Philadelphia, PA: ...

  19. A prospective evaluation of complications of 10,000 fluoroscopically directed epidural injections.

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    Manchikanti, Laxmaiah; Malla, Yogesh; Wargo, Bradley W; Cash, Kimberly A; Pampati, Vidyasagar; Fellows, Bert

    2012-01-01

    Among the multiple modalities of treatments available in managing chronic spinal pain, including surgery and multiple interventional techniques, epidural injections by various routes, such as interlaminar epidural injections, caudal epidural injections, transforaminal epidural injections, and percutaneous adhesiolysis are common. Even though the complications of fluoroscopically directed epidural injections are fewer than blind epidural injections, and have better effectiveness, multiple complications have been reported in scattered case reports, with only minor complications in randomized or non-randomized studies and systematic reviews. Thus, prospective studies with large patient series are essential to determine the types and incidences of complications. A prospective, non-randomized study of patients undergoing interventional techniques from May 2008 to December 2009. A private interventional pain management practice, a specialty referral center in the United States. To assess the complication rate of fluoroscopically directed epidural injections. This study was carried out over a period of 20 months and included over 10,000 procedures: 39% caudal epidurals, 23% cervical interlaminar epidurals, 14% lumbar interlaminar epidurals, 13% lumbar transforaminal epidurals, 8% percutaneous adhesiolysis, and 3% thoracic interlaminar epidural procedures. All of the interventions were performed under fluoroscopic guidance in an ambulatory surgery center by one of 3 physicians. The complications encountered during the procedure and postoperatively were prospectively evaluated. Measurable outcomes employed were intravascular entry of the needle, profuse bleeding, local hematoma, bruising, dural puncture and headache, nerve root or spinal cord irritation with resultant injury, infectious complications, vasovagal reactions, and facial flushing. Intravascular entry was higher for adhesiolysis (11.6%) and lumbar transforaminal (7.9%) procedures compared to other epidurals which

  20. Epidural analgesia and anticoagulant therapy. Experience with one thousand cases of continuous epidurals.

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    Odoom, J A; Sih, I L

    1983-03-01

    One thousand lumbar epidural blocks in 950 patients undergoing vascular surgery are reported. All patients were receiving oral anticoagulants pre-operatively. Mean thrombotest (TT) was 19.3% (normal range 70-130%). During surgery intravascular heparin was administered. At the end of surgery, the kaolin cephalin clotting time (KCCT) was 68 (+/- 0.8) seconds (normal range 35-60 seconds), and partial thromboplastin time (PTT) was 536 (77.9%, normal control of 100%). Despite the anticoagulant therapy, no side effects were observed in any patient which could be related to haemorrhage or haematoma formation in the epidural space. It is concluded that, provided adequate precautions are taken, epidural analgesia can be safely used in patients receiving anticoagulant therapy.

  1. Estimating the Incidence of Suspected Epidural Hematoma and the Hidden Imaging Cost of Epidural Catheterization: A Retrospective Review of 43,200 Cases

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    Henneman, Justin P.; Sandberg, Warren S.

    2013-01-01

    Introduction Hematoma associated with epidural catheterization is rare, but the diagnosis might be suspected relatively frequently. We sought to estimate the incidence of suspected epidural hematoma after epidural catheterization, and to determine the associated cost of excluding or diagnosing an epidural hematoma through radiologic imaging. Methods We conducted an electronic retrospective chart review of 43,200 patient charts using 4 distinct search strategies and cost analysis, all from a single academic institution from 2001 through 2009. Charts were reviewed for use of radiological imaging studies to identify patients with suspected and confirmed epidural hematomas. Costs for imaging to exclude or confirm the diagnosis were related to the entire cohort. Results In our analysis, over a 9-year period that included 43,200 epidural catheterizations, 102 patients (1:430) underwent further imaging studies to exclude or confirm the presence of an epidural hematoma—revealing 6 confirmed cases and an overall incidence (per 10,000 epidural blocks) of epidural hematoma of 1.38 (95% CI 0, 0.002). Among our patients, 207 imaging studies, primarily lumbar spine MRI, were performed. Integrating Medicare cost expenditure data, the estimated additional cost over a 9-year period for imaging and hospital charges related to identifying epidural hematomas nets to approximately $232,000 or an additional $5.37 per epidural. Discussion About 1 in 430 epidural catheterization patients will be suspected to have an epidural hematoma. The cost of excluding the diagnosis, when suspected, is relatively low when allocated across all epidural catheterization patients. PMID:23924685

  2. Propuesta de una vía de abordaje y técnica para el tratamiento de los síndromes de atrapamiento nervioso lumbar postcirugía (SANLPC, como alternativa a las técnicas de adhesiolisis o epidurolisis Proposal for a new approach and technique for the treatment of post-surgery lumbar nerve entrapment syndromes, as an alternative to adhesiolysis or epidu-ral lysis techniques

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    R. González-Durán

    2006-08-01

    Full Text Available Objetivo: Describir una vía supracicatricial de abordaje y la técnica para la realización de epidurolisis, adhesiolisis y/o bloqueos repetidos radiculares, en síndromes dolorosos por atrapamiento nervioso cicatricial posterior a cirugías de columna lumbar, como alternativa a la epidurolisis caudal descrita en la literatura. Considerando que puede presentar menos complicaciones y puede presentar mejores resultados. Material y método: Ocho pacientes que presentan dolor posterior a cirugías de columna lumbar, con cuadros clínicos de lumbalgia, lumbociatalgia o ciática, con clínica y estudios de imagen (RNM, TAC, mieloTAC sugerentes de fibrosis epidural, estudios de EMG y PESS que indicaban daño en raíces lumbares igual o más que en raíces sacras. Los pacientes no presentaban patología asociada o contraindicaciones para la realización de la técnica. En todos los casos se utilizo: antibioterapia previa, sedación y monitorización del paciente. Se coloca al paciente en decúbito prono, con apoyo abdominal para reducir la lordosis fisiológica posicional y se localiza el espacio interespinoso inmediatamente superior a la cicatriz, para abordar el espacio epidural. Se localiza el espacio epidural con una aguja RX Coudé Curva 8,75 cm 15 g de Epimed® con el bisel orientado caudalmente, confirmando con escopia de alta resolución, mediante la inyección de 0,5 mL de contraste. Se introduce el catéter Tun-L-Kath Epimed® de 19 g y 84,5 cm y se orienta caudalmente hacia el nivel y el lugar con mayor sintomatología con control radiológico directo, hasta la parada en la progresión del catéter y se inyecta contraste para verificar el obstáculo, con la difusión retrógrada del mismo, producida por la fibrosis cicatricial. Se intenta progresar comprobando que al hacerlo hay reproducción de las sensaciones del dolor del paciente. Se extrae la aguja y se vigila la inmovilidad de la punta del catéter con control radiológico. Se tuneli

  3. Absceso y flegmón periamigdalino ¿Lo estamos haciendo bien?

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    Gómez V,César; Pruzzo Ch,Edda; Reyes S,Eduardo; Contreras R,María de los Angeles; Contreras R,José Miguel; Vergara T,Viviana

    2006-01-01

    El flegmón (celulitis) y el absceso periamigdalino son infecciones difusas o una colección ubicada entre la cápsula fibrosa de la amígdala palatina, las fibras horizontales del músculo constrictor superior de la faringe y las verticales del músculo palatofaríngeo. Constituye la infección de tejidos y espacios profundos del cuello más frecuente. Material y método: Revisión retrospectiva de las fichas de pacientes adultos y niños hospitalizados con diagnóstico de absceso o flegmón periamigdalin...

  4. Symptomatic Epidural Gas-containing Cyst from Intervertebral Vacuum Phenomenon.

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    Yun, Sung Min; Suh, Bumn Suk; Park, Jin Su

    2012-12-01

    Vacuum disc phenomenon is a collection of gas in the intervertebral disc space but rarely causes nerve compression. However, some rare type of vacuum phenomenon in the spinal canal may bring about posterior gas displacement within the epidural space. The authors describe two patients with symptomatic epidural gas-containing cyst that seem to be originating from vacuum phenomenon in the intervertebral disc, causing lumbosacral radiculopathy. Radiographic studies demonstrated intervertebral vacuum phenomenon and accumulation of gas in the lumbar epidural space compressing the dural sac and the nerve root. The nerve root in both patients was compressed by gas containing cyst that was surrounded by thin walled capsule separable from the gaseous degenerated disc space. The speculative mechanism of the nerve root compression is discussed. The possibility of gas containing cyst should be considered in case of the nerve root compression in which epidural gas is present.

  5. Epidural anesthesia, hypotension, and changes in intravascular volume

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    Holte, Kathrine; Foss, Nicolai B; Svensén, Christer

    2004-01-01

    BACKGROUND: The most common side effect of epidural or spinal anesthesia is hypotension with functional hypovolemia prompting fluid infusions or administration of vasopressors. Short-term studies (20 min) in patients undergoing lumbar epidural anesthesia suggest that plasma volume may increase when...... hypotension is present, which may have implications for the choice of treatment of hypotension. However, no long-term information or measurements of plasma volumes with or without hypotension after epidural anesthesia are available. METHODS: In 12 healthy volunteers, the authors assessed plasma (125I...... receiving hydroxyethyl starch. RESULTS: Plasma volume did not change per se after thoracic epidural anesthesia despite a decrease in blood pressure. Plasma volume increased with fluid administration but remained unchanged with vasopressors despite that both treatments had similar hemodynamic effects...

  6. Considering symptomatic spinal epidural lipomatosis in the differential diagnosis.

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    Alvarez, Adriana; Induru, Raghava; Lagman, Ruth

    2013-09-01

    Spinal epidural lipomatosis (SEL) is the abnormal accumulation of normal fat within the spinal canal. It is more frequent in those patients receiving chronic glucocorticoid therapy or in cases of endogenous hypercortisolism states. We report a case of SEL in a patient with metastatic prostate cancer with history of steroid treatment as part of his chemotherapy regimen, presenting with clinical manifestations of partial cord compression. Magnetic resonance imaging images of the lumbar spine revealed the presence of epidural tumor suspicious for metastatic disease. Operative findings were consistent with epidural lipomatosis. Spinal epidural lipomatosis is a rare condition that needs to be included in the differential diagnosis of patients with risk factors, presenting with symptomatic cord compression.

  7. Paraplegia following epidural analgesia: A potentially avoidable cause?

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    Jeson R Doctor

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Neurological deficit is an uncommon but catastrophic complication of epidural anesthesia. Epidural hematomas and abscesses are the most common causes of such neurological deficit. We report the case of a patient with renal cell carcinoma with lumbar vertebral metastasis who developed paraplegia after receiving thoracic epidural anesthesia for a nephrectomy. Subsequently, on histo-pathological examination of the laminectomy specimen, the patient was found to have previously undiagnosed thoracic vertebral metastases which led to a thoracic epidural hematoma. In addition, delayed reporting of symptoms of neurological deficit by the patient may have impacted his outcome. Careful pre-operative investigation, consideration to using alternative modalities of analgesia, detailed patient counseling and stringent monitoring of patients receiving central neuraxial blockade is essential to prevent such complications.

  8. 椎管内注射治疗膝骨性关节炎合并退行性腰椎病变的疗效观察%Effects of epidural therapy on patients with both knee osteoarthritis and degenerative lumbar spine disease

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    黄乐天; 和晓峰; 刘兵

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    Objective To observe the efficacy of epidural injection in patients with both knee osteoarthritis (KOA) and degenerative lumbar spine disease (DLSD). Methods 50 patients with both KOA and DLSD (Group A) were divided into Group Al and Group A2, another 50 patients with KOA (Group B) were divided into Group Bl and Group B2. Patients in Group Al and Bl received local injection in knee after lumbar epidural injection, and those in Group A2 and B2 received local injection in knee only. The visual analogue scale (VAS) and Lysholm scale in each groups before and 1 day, 2 months and 6 months after treatment were recorded. Results The therapeutic effect in Group Al was significantly better than that in Group A2 (P 0.05). Conclusion There was significant therapeutic effect of epidural injection on patients with both KOA and DLSD.%目的:观察椎管内注射治疗膝骨性关节炎(KOA)合并退行性腰椎病变(DLSD)的临床疗效.方法:合并DLSD和单纯KOA患者各50例,分为A1、A2和B1、B2组.A1和B1组:先腰部硬膜外注射治疗,再行膝关节治疗;A2和B2组:单纯膝关节治疗.治疗前、治疗后1 d、2个月、6个月进行VAS和Lysholm评分.结果:A1组硬膜外注射治疗效果显著(P0.05);B1和B2组均对膝关节治疗效果显著(P0.05).结论:椎管内注射治疗可以显著提高KOA合并DLSD的临床疗效.

  9. Neumonía bacteriana con desarrollo de abscesos pulmonares secundarios a infección causa por Streptococcus intermedius proveniente de absceso dental

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    A  continuación  se  presenta  el  caso  de  un  paciente  masculino  de  29  años,  con  los  únicos  antecedentes personales patológicos de psoriasis y asma bronquial, el cual desarrolló neumonía con múltiples abscesos pulmonares bilaterales causados por  labacteria Streptococcus  intermedius proveniente de un absceso dental.  El  paciente  requirió  internamiento  hospitalario    por  un  lapso  de  17  días  y  recibió  tratamiento  con Ampicilina/Sulbactam 1,5 gramos  cada 6 horas intrav...

  10. Infections following epidural catheterization

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    Holt, MS; Andersen, SS; Andersen, Ove

    1995-01-01

    Seventy-eight patients with culture-positive epidural catheters, were studied. Fifty-nine had symptoms of exit site infection and 11 patients had clinical meningitis, two of whom also had an epidural abscess. This corresponds to a local infection incidence of at least 4.3% and an incidence of cen...... frequently than the others. We discuss the symptoms and diagnosis of spinal epidural abscess and suggest a proposal for prophylactic and diagnostic guidelines for epidural catheter-related infections. Comment in: J Hosp Infect. 1997 Mar;35(3):245....

  11. Goma o absceso tuberculoso metastásico como diagnóstico inicial de tuberculosis en un paciente inmunocompetente: una presentación inusual

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    Full Text Available Fundamento y Objetivo: Los abscesos fríos tuberculosos o gomas son inusuales y producto de la diseminación hematógena de micobacterias latentes, formando abscesos en extremidades o tronco, generalmente sin compromiso de tejidos profundos.Se presenta un caso de goma como diagnóstico inicial de tuberculosis diseminada. Métodos: Caso estudiado en 2012 por los servicios médicos del centro penitenciario de Hombres de Barcelona y el Servicio de Medicina Interna del Hospital Consorci Sanitari de Terrassa. Se recogen los datos de la historia clínica, de los informes hospitalarios y de las pruebas complementarias practicadas. Resultados: Preso, 35 años, de Cabo Verde, residente en España desde los 4 años. IDR Mantoux positiva. Inmunocompetente. Por síndrome constitucional se programó estudio hospitalario. Exploración anodina, excepto palpación de masa en región lumbar. La punción aspirativa fue positiva para M. tuberculosis mediante PCR y cultivo Lowenstein. La TC mostró nódulos pulmonares, apical D cavitado y en LSD. Tras aislamiento respiratorio, tratamiento antituberculoso y excelente evolución fue dado de alta con diagnóstico de tuberculosis diseminada. Discusión: Se recomienda vigilar lesiones que, aunque infrecuentes, pueden ser secundarias a infección por M tuberculosis, especialmente en población inmunocomprometida y en inmigrantes procedentes de zonas hiperendémicas de tuberculosis.

  12. Tachyphylaxis associated with repeated epidural injections of lidocaine is not related to changes in distribution or the rate of elimination from the epidural space

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    Mogensen, T; Simonsen, L; Scott, N B

    1989-01-01

    technetium-99m diethylenetriaminepentaacetate [99mTc-DTPA]) and elimination of lidocaine from the epidural space (as measured by serum concentrations of lidocaine) was investigated in 18 patients undergoing minor surgery during lumbar epidural analgesia. Twelve patients received four injections of 20 mL of 2......% lidocaine at 2-hr intervals. Epidural distribution was assessed by injection of 99mTc-DTPA diluted in saline on the preoperative day and diluted in an equal volume of 2% lidocaine on the morning before surgery and again after the fourth injection of lidocaine 6 hr later. The distribution of 99mTc-DTPA...

  13. 两点穿刺法在硬膜外腔-腰椎蛛网膜下腔阻滞联合麻醉中的应用%Application of two puncture in epidural cavity of lumbar subarachnoid space block anesthesia

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    2012-01-01

    目的 探讨两点穿刺法在硬膜外腔-腰椎蛛网膜下腔阻滞麻醉(简称腰硬联合麻醉)中应用效果.方法 回顾性分析50例应用两点穿刺法腰硬联合麻醉进行的经腹全子宫切除术患者的临床资料,统计分析心电图、心率、血氧饱和度、血压等变化情况,采用改良Bromage评分法判断运动神经阻滞情况及麻醉质量.结果 50例均顺利完成手术,无需改变麻醉方式.运动神经阻滞及麻醉质量优良率为100%,腹肌及宫颈肌肉松弛质量优良率为100%,镇痛完全.无呼吸困难、胸闷、头疼等发生,术中补液量约1500 ml,手术时间( 135.0 ±4.5)min.48例患者血流动力学状态(SpO2、HR、BP)保持稳定,2例患者在麻醉后10 min后出现血压下降,静脉注射麻黄碱10 mg后恢复正常.术后患者均痊愈,无麻醉后神经系统并发症.结论 两点穿刺法腰硬联合麻醉应用于全子宫切除术,麻醉效果确切,术后并发症少,应值得推广.%Objective To explore the effect of two puncture during epidural cavity of lumbar subarachnoid space block anesthesia( referred to as combined spinal-epidural anesthesia).Methods Clincal dato of 50 cases of application,two puncture method combined spinal-epidural anesthesia for abdominal hysterectomy Electrocardiogram,heart rate (HR),oxygen saturation,blood pressure (BP) changes were analyed were retrospectively analyzed.using modified Bromage scoring method to determine motor nerve block and the quality of anesthesia.Results 50 cases were successfully completed operation,without changing the mode of anesthesia.Motor nerve block anesthesia and quality excellent rate was 100%,the abdominal and cervical muscle relaxation quality excellent rate was 100%,analgesia was completely.No difficulty in breathing,chest tightness,headache,intraoperative fluid infusion about 1500ml,operation time ( 135.0 ± 4.5 ) min.48 patients hemodynamic status ( SpO2,HR,BP) remained stable,2 patients after

  14. Cauda equina syndrome caused by epidural pneumorrhachis: treatment with percutaneous computed tomography-guided translaminar trephination.

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    Paik, Nam Chull; Lim, Chun Soo; Jang, Ho Suk

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    A case report and review of the literature. To present a rare case, and its treatment, of cauda equina syndrome (CES) caused by epidural pneumorrhachis after repeated caudal epidural injections. Pneumorrhachis is defined as the presence of air in the epidural or subarachnoid space. Epidural pneumorrhachis is usually asymptomatic and managed conservatively, but rare cases of lumbar radiculopathy resulting from epidural air have been reported. To the best of our knowledge, there has been no previous report of CES caused by epidural air. A 63-year-old male presented with recent aggravation of a low backache, with pain radiating to both lower limbs. He also complained of newly developed numbness in the buttocks, groins, and perineum, and difficulty with urination and defecation, after repeated caudal epidural injections during a 3-week period. Computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging revealed epidural pneumorrhachis compressing the lumbar dural sac at the L2-L3 and L3-L4 levels. The patient's symptoms persisted despite 3 days of oxygen inhalation therapy. Attempted needle aspiration of the epidural air was unsuccessful and percutaneous computed tomography-guided translaminar trephination was performed. The day after trephination, the patient's lower extremity motor strength began to improve; sphincter dysfunction began to resolve on the second day. During 8 weeks, his pain resolved and he gradually regained sensation. Two years later, the patient was free of symptoms or signs of CES. Epidural pneumorrhachis may cause dural sac compression, thus worsening a patient's previous symptoms and possibly eliciting new problems such as CES. Conservative treatment should be the first-line approach, but surgery is often necessary when the problem remains unsolved. Percutaneous computed tomography-guided translaminar trephination may be an alternative to surgical decompression of the epidural space in selected patients.

  15. Estudio descriptivo de 195 casos de absceso hepático (AH) en Medellín-Colombia

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    Enrique Jiménez; Gonzálo Correa Arango; William Mejía; Rodrigo Patiño; Karina Negrete; Juan Carlos González; Jorge Balbín; Gerardo Arteaga; Juan Carlos Restrepo

    2001-01-01

    Existen descripciones con base en series internacionales acerca del absceso hepático, no así en Colombia donde se ha hecho énfasis en el absceso hepático amebiano (AHA) (1). Nuestro objetivo fue describir las características del AHA y no amebiano de nuestro medio y definir algún grado de asociación entre pronóstico y alguna de las
    variables analizadas.

  16. Estudio descriptivo de 195 casos de absceso hepático (AH en Medellín-Colombia

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    Enrique Jiménez

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    Full Text Available Existen descripciones con base en series internacionales acerca del absceso hepático, no así en Colombia donde se ha hecho énfasis en el absceso hepático amebiano (AHA (1. Nuestro objetivo fue describir las características del AHA y no amebiano de nuestro medio y definir algún grado de asociación entre pronóstico y alguna de las
    variables analizadas.

  17. 瑞芬太尼辅助腰椎-硬膜外麻醉用于急诊剖宫产手术的临床观察%Clinical observation of remifentanil assisted lumbar-epidural anesthesia in emergency caesarean operation

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    秦树国; 张乐; 赵明; 陈文丽; 刘森

    2014-01-01

    目的:观察瑞芬太尼辅助腰椎-硬膜外麻醉减轻患者疼痛及对新生儿Apgar评分和新生儿娩出时SpO2影响。方法剖宫产产妇120例随机分为两组,每组60例,选用L3~4间隙, B-D型腰椎-硬膜外联合穿刺确认成功后,用25 G腰穿针行蛛网膜下腔穿刺,见脑脊液回流后注入腰麻药0.75%的盐酸布比卡因1.2 ml,向头侧置入导管3.5 cm,麻醉平面控制在T10, A组为对照组,术中不辅助瑞芬太尼。B组为观察组,手术开始时静脉滴注瑞芬太尼1.0μg/(kg·h)。结果手术患者牵拉痛VAS评分B组显著低于A组,差异有统计学意义(P0.05),两组患者术中恶心呕吐等不良反应比较,差异无统计学意义(P>0.05)。结论小剂量的瑞芬太尼辅助腰椎-硬膜外麻醉是可行的,能减轻牵拉疼痛及对新生儿Apgar评分和新生儿娩出时SpO2影响极小,对母婴是安全的。%Objective To observe the influence of remifentanil assisted lumbar-epidural anesthesia on reducing pain and Apgar score and SpO2 of newborns. Methods A total of 120 cases undergone caesarean section were randomly divided into two group, and each group contained 60 cases. After confirmed success of L3~4 clearance and B-D lumbar-epidural puncture, 25 G spinal needle was conducted for subarachnoid puncture. 1.2 ml of 0.75%anesthetic bupivacaine hydrochloride was injected after cerebrospinal fluid reflow. Insertion catheter was set cephalad for 3.5 cm. The level of anesthesia was controlled at T10. Group A was the control group and received no assisted remifentanil during operation. Group B, as the observation group, was injected by 1.0μg/(kg·h) of remifentanil at the beginning operation. Results The dragging pain VAS score of group B was obviously lower than that of group A, and the difference had statistical significance (P0.05). The difference was no statistically significant between the adverse reactions, such as nausea and vomiting, of the two groups (P>0.05). Conclusion Lumbar-epidural

  18. Use of the short physical performance battery and step monitoring to evaluate improvements after epidural steroid injections in an elderly patient

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    Rene Przkora, MD PhD

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Treatment options for symptomatic lumbar spinal stenosis are limited in elderly patients. Injection therapies, such as lumbar epidural steroid injections, are one accepted alternative; however, objective evidence is usually not reported. We describe the use of the Short Physical Performance Battery (SPPB and step count monitoring for the first time to demonstrate physical improvements in our patient with lumbar stenosis. The patient underwent two lumbar epidural steroid injections. Pain scores, the SPPB, and step count monitoring were measured at baseline and prior to and after each injection. Improvements were noted in the numerical pain score, the walk test, and the step count.

  19. Efficacy of epidural blood patches for spontaneous low-pressure headaches: a case series.

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    Ansel, S; Rae, A; Tyagi, A

    2016-12-01

    Patients with a spontaneous cerebrospinal fluid leak, normally at a spinal level, typically present with low-pressure headache. In refractory cases, an epidural blood patch may be attempted. We aimed to assess the efficacy of lumbar epidural blood patching in spontaneous, low-pressure headaches. Methods We retrospectively analysed notes of patients who had an epidural blood patch performed for spontaneous low-pressure headaches in a single centre. Information regarding demographics, radiology and clinic follow-up was extracted from an electronic patient record system. Questionnaires regarding outcome were sent to patients a minimum of 6 months post-procedure. All patients received an epidural blood patch in the lumbar region irrespective of the site of cerebrospinal fluid leak. Results Sixteen patients who underwent lumbar epidural blood patching were analysed (11 female; mean age 43 years). The site of cerebrospinal fluid leak was evident in only 3/16 patients. Thirteen patients attended clinic follow-up; three reported complete headache resolution, four reported improvement in intensity or frequency and six described no change. Five of eight questionnaire respondents reported reduction in pain, and in these responders, mean headache severity improved from 9/10 to 3/10. Five of eight patients returning follow-up questionnaires reported sustained improvement in headache symptoms. Conclusion Epidural blood patch procedures can provide sustained improvement in headache symptoms in selected patients with spontaneous intracranial hypotension, but an untargeted approach has a lower success rate than reported in other case series.

  20. Infections following epidural catheterization

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    Holt, MS; Andersen, SS; Andersen, Ove

    1995-01-01

    patients with only local symptoms of infection. The microorganisms isolated from the tips of the epidural catheters were coagulase-negative staphylococci (41%), Staphylococcus aureus (35%), Gram-negative bacilli (14%) and others (10%). The Gram-negative bacilli and S. aureus caused serious infections more......Seventy-eight patients with culture-positive epidural catheters, were studied. Fifty-nine had symptoms of exit site infection and 11 patients had clinical meningitis, two of whom also had an epidural abscess. This corresponds to a local infection incidence of at least 4.3% and an incidence...

  1. Sepsis, absceso del psoas y artritis séptica de cadera por Yersinia enterocolitica

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    García-Gil, Daniel; Domínguez-Fuentes, Belén; Riquelme-Montáñez, Pedro; Calvo-Durán, Antonio

    2009-01-01

    ... de sepsis por Y. enterocolitica , piomiositis-absceso del psoas y artritis séptica de cadera en un paciente sin enfermedad predisponente reconocible. Según la revisión bibliográfica efectuada, es la primera aportación a la bibliografía médica de esta complicación infecciosa con la secuencia de acontecimientos clínicos descritos en el mism...

  2. Spontaneous spinal epidural abscess.

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    Ellanti, P

    2011-10-01

    Spinal epidural abscess is an uncommon entity, the frequency of which is increasing. They occur spontaneously or as a complication of intervention. The classical triad of fever, back pain and neurological symptoms are not always present. High index of suspicion is key to diagnosis. Any delay in diagnosis and treatment can have significant neurological consequences. We present the case of a previously well man with a one month history of back pain resulting from an epidural abscess.

  3. CONSERVATIVE THERAPY VERSUS EPIDURAL STEROID INFILTRATION IN MANAGEMENT OF CHRONIC LOW BACK ACHE

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    Vivian Roshan D

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Sciatica due to lumbar intervertebral disc herniation is one of the most common causes of radicular pain in an adult working population. This study aims at studying the effectiveness of conservative management of lumbar disc herniation as an alternative to surgical measures. METHODS: A prospective study of 100 patients with lumbar disc herniations who were treated conservatively were followed up at intervals of 1 month, 6 months and 1 year. Patients planned for conservative treatment were treated with pharmacological therapy, rest and physiotherapy. Those planned for epidural steroid injections were administered a single dose of steroid one level higher than the lesion in the epidural space. The collected data was analyzed by Chi square. RESULTS: Our results showed that in both genders, epidural steroid infiltration yielded better results than conservative treatment. Occupation had no discernible effect on the magnitude of disc herniation. People with sedentary lifestyle recovered better with epidural steroid infiltration as compared to the heavy physical labor group. Irrespective of disc bulge, protrusion or extrusion, the epidural steroid injection group showed significant improvement in symptoms as compared to conservative treatment. Smokers tended to show delay in the recovery as compared with the non-smoker group. The amount of disc herniation is not directly proportional to the outcome of treatment. CONCLUSIONS: Epidural steroid infiltration showed significant improvement in symptoms of lumbar intervertebral disc herniation thereby avoiding disc surgery. Conservative management for atleast 4 to 6 weeks can be recommended followed by epidural steroid in those patients without improvement. Cessation of smoking should be an integral part of the treatment.

  4. Epidural catheter fragment entrapment: a case report

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    Mohammadi M

    2010-07-01

    Full Text Available "n Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE AR-SA MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 st1":*{behavior:url(#ieooui } /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:Arial; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;} Background: Epidural catheters are seldom difficult to remove from patients. The breakage of the catheters is uncommon, troublesome and occasionally dangerous. "n"nCase presentation: A lumbar epidural catheter inserted in a 17 year-old man for applying anesthesia for internal fixation of femur fracture and subsequent postoperative epidural analgesia. In the third postoperative day, during unsuccessful attempt for removing the catheter, it was broken and was retained in his back. A CT- scan was performed and shows a fragment of catheter in the sub- laminar ligament between L3 and L4 without any connection with epidural space. As the patient had no complaint the fractured fragment was left in site and he was just followed up in the clinic."n"nConclusion: The knowledge of practical method in locating the retained epidural catheter, and the indication for surgical removal are very important. CT- scan is useful in showing the mechanism and locating the epidural catheter entrapment and facilitating surgical follow-up.

  5. Recurrent radiculopathy caused by epidural gas after spinal surgery: report of four cases and literature review.

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    Sasani, Mehdi; Ozer, A Fahir; Oktenoglu, Tunc; Cosar, Murat; Karaarslan, Ercan; Sarioglu, Ali C

    2007-05-01

    The article presents and discusses 4 cases in which symptomatic epidural gas developed after different surgeries on the lumbar spine. To raise spinal surgeons' awareness of this potential problem. Vacuum phenomenon (gas accumulation in an intervertebral disc) is relatively common. Gas can also spontaneously enter and collect in the epidural space, but symptomatic epidural gas after spinal surgery is very rare. To date, only 5 such cases after lumbar surgery have been reported. The primary disorders in the 4 new cases were disc extrusion at L2-L3 (Case 1), disc degeneration and herniation at L4-L5 (Case 2), stenosis of the lumbar spinal canal (Case 3), and disc herniation at L5-S1 with spinal canal stenosis (Case 4). The corresponding surgeries performed were L2-L3 microdiscectomy, L4-L5 microdiscectomy with instrumentation, right unilateral hemilaminotomy with complete instrumentation, and L5-S1 microdiscectomy. All 4 patients developed unexpected postoperative complaints of low back and radicular pain. Each was investigated with computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging. The images revealed epidural gas collections compressing the thecal sac and/or nerve roots. Conservative management was effective in all but 1 case. In the latter case, computed tomography-guided needle aspiration was performed, but this did not resolve the problem. Surgery led to a favorable outcome, and follow-up lumbar computed tomography showed no epidural gas. Epidural gas after lumbar surgery is very rare but can cause unexpected postoperative back or radicular pain. Combined computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging should be used to identify the problem and rule out other disorders. Conservative treatment should be the first-line approach but surgery is often necessary if this does not resolve the problem.

  6. Infections from extended epidural catheterization in ambulatory patients.

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    Aldrete, J A; Williams, S K

    1998-01-01

    Patients with severe and noncancer pain were treated with prolonged epidural infusions of analgesics in their homes, and the incidence of infection was determined. In 504 adult patients, 3,164 polyamide lumbar epidural catheters were infused with analgesics of low-dose bupivacaine and fentanyl intermittently from 2 to 80 days at their home. When patients developed fever, headache, back pain, and leukocytosis, the presence of infection was confirmed by either computed tomographic scan, epidurogram, or sonogram. Nine infections (0.27%) occurred. Of these, two were epidural abscesses, two were fascitis, and five were cellulitis. Staphylococcus epidermidis was cultured in every case. All of them were treated with 1.5 g intravenous cefuroxime sodium every 8 hours. None of the patients required surgical intervention. In a subgroup of patients treated with the first 1,462 infused catheters, seven infections developed (0.4%), whereas in the subsequent 1,702 cases that received prophylactic penicillin or erythromycin, in 6-day cycles, there were only two infections (0.11%). Temporary epidural infusions of analgesics up to 80 days are feasible in ambulatory patients with a low rate of infections. Preliminary observations appear to indicate that prophylactic antibiotics given intermittently further reduce the feasibility of infections. However, these observations may not apply to longer-lasting epidural infusions.

  7. Spinal and Intracranial Epidural Abscess

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    J Gordon Millichap

    2009-03-01

    Full Text Available Presentation, epidemiology, diagnosis and treatment of spinal epidural abscess (SEA and intracranial epidural abscess (ICEA are reviewed by researchers at The John's Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, and Universidad de Santander, Columbia.

  8. A new technique for long time catheterization of sacral epidural canal in rabbits.

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    Erkin, Yüksel; Aydın, Zeynep; Taşdöğen, Aydın; Karcı, Ayşe

    2013-01-01

    In this study we aimed to develop a simple and practical technique for chronic sacral epidural catheterization of rabbits. We included ten rabbits weighing 2-2.5 kg in the study. After anesthesia and analgesia, we placed an epidural catheter by a 2 cm longitudinal skin incision in the tail above the sacral hiatus region. We confirmed localization by giving 1% lidocaine (leveling sensory loss and motor function loss of the lower extremity). The catheter was carried forward through a subcutaneous tunnel and fixed at the neck. Chronic caudal epidural catheter placement was succesful in all rabbits. The catheters stayed in place effectively for ten days. We encountered no catheter complications during this period. The localization of the catheter was reconfirmed by 1% lidocaine on the last day. After animals killing, we performed a laminectomy and verified localization of the catheter in the epidural space. Various methods for catheterization of the epidural space in animal models exist in the literature. Epidural catheterization of rabbits can be accomplished by atlanto-occipital, lumbar or caudal routes by amputation of the tail. Intrathecal and epidural catheterization techniques defined in the literature necessitate surgical skill and knowledge of surgical procedures like laminectomy and tail amputation. Our technique does not require substantial surgical skill, anatomical integrity is preserved and malposition of the catheter is not encountered. In conclusion, we suggest that our simple and easily applicable new epidural catheterization technique can be used as a model in experimental animal studies.

  9. EFFICACY OF TRANSFORAMINAL EPIDURAL STEROID INJECTION IN LUMBOSACRAL RADICULOPATHY

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    Saheel

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND Lumbosacral radiculopathy is a common medical and socioeconomic problem with a lifetime prevalence estimated to be around 40%-60%. In 1930, Evans reported that sciatica could be treated by epidural injection. The use of epidural corticosteroid injection for the treatment of axial and radicular back pain was first reported in 1953. Lumbar Transforminal Epidural Steroid Injections (TFESIs are performed to provide symptomatic relief in patients with radicular pain. A transforaminal epidural steroid injection (TFESI using a small volume of local anaesthetic will anaesthetize the spinal nerve and also partially anaesthetize the dura, the posterior longitudinal ligament, the intervertebral disc and facet joint. For these reasons, fluoroscopy-guided TFESI has become the preferred approach to epidural space. AIMS AND OBJECTIVES To study the role of transforaminal epidural steroid injection in management of radiculopathy. SETTINGS AND DESIGN This prospective study was conducted in the Department of Orthopaedics, SKIMS Medical College and Hospital, Bemina, Srinagar, J and K, India, for a 2-year period from November 2012 to October 2014; 110 cases, both male and female in the age group of 20-60 years having back pain with radiculopathy of varied types and duration without neurodeficit were enrolled in the study. MATERIALS AND METHODS After selecting a patient for giving transforaminal block, we used a local anaesthetic (2% Xylocaine. Contrast media, e.g. Iohexol was used to demarcate the correct positioning of the needle. A spinal needle (20-25 gauge and 5mL syringe were used to deliver the drug. CONCLUSION Transforaminal epidural steroid injections with long acting anaesthetic is an excellent form of conservative treatment in management of low back ache with radicular pain. It is relatively safe, simple, economical and shortens the time of recovery from severe pain, avoids risks and complications of surgery and also avoids long periods of bed

  10. Extended epidural catheter infusions with analgesics for patients with noncancer pain at their homes.

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    Aldrete, J A

    1997-01-01

    Patients with severe, noncancer pain unresponsive to epidural steroid injections are frequently referred for implantation of a permanent intraspinal device or for surgery. An alternative approach has been evaluated, which involves extended epidural catheter infusions of analgesics. Observations were made in 551 adult patients with severe low back pain due to a variety of nonmalignant causes, who were treated in an ambulatory setting with a total of 3,108 temporary lumbar epidural catheter infusions of low-dose bupivacaine and fentany via disposable infusion pumps. All but a few treatments resulted in good to excellent pain relief, and most permitted patients to increase their physical activities to near normal levels. The cost of this approach was lower than that associated with insertion of an implantable infusion pump. Temporary lumbar epidural catheter infusions represent an option between lumbar epidural steroid injections and more invasive and expensive modalities. The technique is effective in relieving chronic low back pain for extended periods, reducing its long-term intensity, and in some cases abolishing it.

  11. Clinical Observation of Lumbar Anesthesia Combined with Epidural Anesthesia for Cesarean Section%腰麻联合硬膜外麻醉用于新式剖宫产术的临床观察

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    孙建波; 邓佳

    2015-01-01

    选择80例剖宫产产妇随机分为两组,分别行腰麻联合硬膜外麻醉(Combinedspinal/epiduralanesthesia,CSEA)与连续硬膜外麻醉(Continuousepiduralanesthesia,CEA)。比较两种方法在新式剖宫产中的麻醉效果,副作用,对血流动力学的影响及新生儿Apgar评分。结果表明起效时间,局麻药用量,运动神经阻滞CSEA组优于CEA组,而不良反应,血流动力学变化,新生儿Apgar评分,两组无显著差异性。因此认为CSEA是新式剖宫产较合适的麻醉方法。%Eighty cesarean section parturients were randomly divided into two groups, CSEA (combined spinal/eidural anesthesia) group and CES (continuous epidural anesthesia) group, 40 patients each. Their block ef ects, newborn Apgar scores and hemodynamic changes are compared. It shows that the CSEA group has lower anesthesia dosage and shorter onset time, more satisfying neuromascular block and higher blocking levels than the group CEA does. However,the side ef ects, the hemodynamic changes and the Apgar scores of two groups of not remarkable dif erences . Therefore thought CSEA is new style splits the palace to produce the appropriate anaesthesia method.

  12. [Lumbar hernia].

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    Teiblum, Sandra Sofie; Hjørne, Flemming Pii; Bisgaard, Thue

    2010-03-22

    Lumbar hernia is a rare condition. Lumbar hernia should be considered a rare differential diagnosis to unexplained back pain. Symptoms are scarce and diffuse and can vary with the size and content of the hernia. As there is a 25% risk of incarceration, operation is indicated even in asymptomatic hernias. We report a case of lumbar hernia in a woman with a slow growing mass in the lumbar region. She presented with pain and a computed tomography confirmed the diagnosis. She underwent open surgery and fully recovered with recurrence within the first half year.

  13. Effects of etidocaine administered epidurally on changes in somatosensory evoked potentials after dermatomal stimulation

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    Lund, C; Hansen, O B; Kehlet, H

    1991-01-01

    The effect of lumbar epidural anesthesia with similar volumes (approximately 20 ml) of 1% and 1.5% etidocaine on early (less than 0.5 seconds) somatosensory evoked potentials (SEPs) to electrical stimulation of the S1, L1, and T10 dermatomes was examined in two groups of ten patients...

  14. Effect of epidural 0.25% bupivacaine on somatosensory evoked potentials to dermatomal stimulation

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    Lund, C; Hansen, O B; Kehlet, H

    1989-01-01

    The effect of lumbar epidural analgesia with similar volumes (about 25 ml) of 0.25% and 0.5% bupivacaine on early (less than 0.5 seconds) somatosensory evoked potentials (SEPs) to electrical stimulation of the S1, L1, and T10 dermatomes was examined in two groups of ten patients. Level of sensory...

  15. Aislamiento de Staphylococcus aureus meticilino resistente en abscesos de mama en una Maternidad Pública

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    Full Text Available La mastitis y los abscesos de mama representan un factor de riesgo para el abandono de la lactancia. Se incluyen dentro de las infecciones de piel y partes blandas y comparten los cambios epidemiológicos que llevan a replantear el tratamiento empírico inicial. Se estudiaron 137 casos de abscesos de mama desde enero de 2007 a diciembre de 2011. Se analizó incidencia, días postparto, factores de riesgo, datos microbiológicos y tratamiento antibiótico. Desde 2007a 2011 se observó un constante aumento de la incidencia de casos: 0.19 vs. 0.84% (p < 0.001. Días postparto de aparición del absceso 41.9 ± 35.8 días (Media ± DE, primiparidad 70.6%. Los factores de riesgo más frecuentemente encontrados fueron grietas del pezón e ingurgitación mamaria (95%. Staphylococcus aureus (SA fue el responsable de 82.3 a 95.0% de los abscesos según los años; la resistencia a oxacilina de las cepas de SA superó el 60%. Las cepas aisladas de SA meticilino resistentes (SAMR fueron sensibles a eritromicina clindamicina, gentamicina, rifampicina, ciprofloxacina y trimetroprima-sulfametoxasol en diferentes porcentajes según los años. Requirieron drenaje el 100% de los casos; en 60% el tratamiento empírico inicial fue inadecuado. Continuaron amamantando 90% de las madres. Estos datos enfatizan la necesidad de prevenir los factores de riesgo: grietas del pezón e ingurgitación mamaria. La modificación del tratamiento antibiótico inicial requiere el estudio bacteriológico de las infecciones de piel y partes blandas dado que la prevalencia de SAMR no es uniforme y varía en diferentes poblaciones y ubicaciones geográficas.

  16. Infections following epidural catheterization

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    Holt, MS; Andersen, SS; Andersen, Ove

    1995-01-01

    patients with only local symptoms of infection. The microorganisms isolated from the tips of the epidural catheters were coagulase-negative staphylococci (41%), Staphylococcus aureus (35%), Gram-negative bacilli (14%) and others (10%). The Gram-negative bacilli and S. aureus caused serious infections more...

  17. Persistent post-dural-puncture headache treated with epidural infusion of dextran.

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    Aldrete, J A

    1994-05-01

    A retrospective review was done on medical records of 13 patients with persistent post-dural-puncture headaches after one or more epidural blood patches. Headache occurred in nine patients with post-laminectomy syndrome after "wet taps" while performing epidural blocks. In two patients post-dural-puncture headache appeared after long term implanted intrathecal catheters were removed. In two other cases headache developed after spinal anesthesia. Treatment included bed rest, intravenous hydration and at least one epidural blood patch; three patients were given 60 milliliters of epidural saline, without success. Eight epidural catheters were inserted through the lumbar access and five through the caudal approach. Initially, a bolus of 20 milliliters of dextran-40 was given followed by an infusion of 3 mL/hr, until 12 hours after the head pain and any other related symptoms subsided. In all patients the headache disappeared within 20 hours after initiating therapy (9.55 mean hours, SD +/- 0.79). In five patients headache ceased in less than five hours. Nausea and photo-phobia subsided earlier. Patients with post-dural-puncture headache resistant to other treatments, including at least one epidural blood patch, were successfully treated by a bolus followed by continuous epidural infusion of dextran-40.

  18. Absceso cerebral complicado con ruptura intraventricular: reporte de dos casos y revisión de la literatura

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    Jorge Alonso Ramírez Quiñones

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available El absceso cerebral es una patología infecciosa infrecuente cuyo diagnóstico oportuno y tratamiento adecuado conducen a un buen pronóstico en la mayoría de los casos. La ruptura intraventricular es una complicación rara del absceso cerebral con elevada mortalidad; se caracteriza por compromiso brusco de la conciencia, con aparición de signos de irritación meníngea y hallazgos radiológicos compatibles con un drenaje de secreción purulenta hacia los ventrículos. El tratamiento incluye la administración de antibióticos intravenosos e intratecales asociados a una rápida intervención quirúrgica para drenaje del absceso y del contenido intraventricular. Presentamos dos casos de absceso cerebral complicado con ruptura intraventricular, que mostraron características clínicas y radiológicas propias de esta condición, con evolución favorable solo con tratamiento antibiótico endovenoso durante seis a diez semanas, respectivamente.

  19. Múltiples abscesos en un cerdo causados por Trueperella pyogenes (Arcanobacterium pyogenes: Reporte de caso

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    Full Text Available Un Cerdo Duroc Jerse y de dos años de edad y 250 kg de p eso presentó una masa de consistencia dura en el pliegue cutáneo del cuello, e inflamación severa de la articulación del tarso del miembro posterior derecho. El cultivo microbiológico del contenido identificó la bacteria Gram-positiva Trueperella ( Arcanobacterium pyogenes, la cual fue sensible a varios antibióticos incluidos la gentamicina y sulfa-trimethoprim. Los absces os se drenaron y el cerdo se trató con sulf a-trimethoprim a dosis de 20 mg/kg por cinco días, y posteriormente con gentamicina a dosis de 5 mg/kg por cinco días en asociación con anti-inflamatorios. Los abscesos re-emergieron, el cerdo se sacrificó y se realizó la necropsia. El aislamiento de T. pyogenes a partir de artritis supurativa y abscesos cutáneos en un cerdo indica la necesidad de implementar vigilancia epidemiológica y métodos de diagn óstico rápido en la industria porcina del departamento del Tolima.

  20. Acute cervical epidural hematoma: case report

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    2000-01-01

    Full Text Available A 74 year-old patient with a nocturnal onset of neck and chest pain was brought to an emergency clinic. Physical examination and cardiac assessment were normal. Three hours after the addmittance, a flaccid paralysis of the four limbs supervened. Suspecting of an unusual onset of central nervous system infection, a lumbar puncture was performed, yielding 20 ml of normal cerebrospinal fluid. Thirty oinutes after the puncture, the patient completely regained neurological funcion. He was then referred to a General Hospital where a computed tomography (CT scan was done showing a large cervical epidural bleeding in the posterolateral region of C4/C5 extending to C7/Th1, along with a C6 vertebral body hemangioma. A magnetic resonance imaging revealed the same CT findings. A normal selective angiography of vertebral arteries, carotid arteries and thyreocervical trunk was carried out. Spontaneous spinal epidural hematoma (ASSEH is a rare but dramatic cause of neurological impairment. In this article we report a fortunate case of complete recovery after an unusual spine cord decompression. We also review the current literature concerning diagnosis and treatment of ASSEH.

  1. Evaluation and Treatment of Lumbar Facet Cysts.

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    Boody, Barrett S; Savage, Jason W

    2016-12-01

    Lumbar facet cysts are a rare but increasingly common cause of symptomatic nerve root compression and can lead to radiculopathy, neurogenic claudication, and cauda equina syndrome. The cysts arise from the zygapophyseal joints of the lumbar spine and commonly demonstrate synovial herniation with mucinous degeneration of the facet joint capsule. Lumbar facet cysts are most common at the L4-L5 level and often are associated with spondylosis and degenerative spondylolisthesis. Advanced imaging studies have increased diagnosis of the cysts; however, optimal treatment of the cysts remains controversial. First-line treatment is nonsurgical management consisting of oral NSAIDs, physical therapy, bracing, epidural steroid injections, and/or cyst aspiration. Given the high rate of recurrence and the relatively low satisfaction with nonsurgical management, surgical options, including hemilaminectomy or laminotomy to excise the cyst and decompress the neural elements, are typically performed. Recent studies suggest that segmental fusion of the involved levels may decrease the risks of cyst recurrence and radiculopathy.

  2. 右旋美托咪啶对左旋布比卡因妇科手术患者腰段硬膜外麻醉效果的影响%Effects of dexmedetomidine on lumbar epidural anaesthesia with 0.75% levobupivacaine in patients with lower abdominal gynecologic operation

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    邬子林; 周志飞; 郑彬; 许立新; 佘守章

    2011-01-01

    Objective To evaluate the effects of dexmedetomidine on lumbar epidural anaesthesia with 0. 75% levobupivacaine in patients with lower abdominal gynecologic operation. Methods Sixty patients ( ASA Ⅰ ~ Ⅱ ), aged 43 ~ 65 year, for selected lower abdominal gynecologic operation were randomly divided into two groups: Group L ( levobupivacaine ) as the control group and Group LD ( levobupivacaine & dexmedetomidine ) as the test group. Epidural block was performed at the L2-3 interspace. Epidural injection of 15 mL 0. 75% levobupivacaine and 2 mL normal saline was performed in Group L, with 15 mL 0. 75% levobupivacaine and 2 mL dexmedetomidine of 1. 0 μg/kg in Group LD.Age, height, weight, ASA grade, operation length, blood loss and fluid volume were recorded. Sensory and motor blocks were also assessed. MAP, HR, SpO2 and BIS were recorded at baseline, and 5 , 10 , 20 , 30 and 60 min after anesthesia.Meanwhile, adverse events, including hypotension, tachycardia, nausea, vomiting and shivering, were also recorded.Furthermore, intraoperation pain, abdominal muscles relaxing and traction reflex were applied for assessment of anesthesia. Results There was no significant difference in general conditions of patients in two groups ( P > 0. 05 ). Neither was the latency of sensory block, maximal sensory block time or latency of motor block ( P > 0. 05 ). In Group LD , significantly longer sensory block and motor block were observed than those in Group L ( P < 0. 01 ) , with significantly shorter maximal motor block time ( P < 0. 05 ). Moreover, significantly higher maximal motor block scores 20 and 30 min after epidural injection was revealed in Group LD than those in Group L ( P < 0. 05 ). Significant reduction of BIS was revealed in the both groups 20 min after epidural injection when comparing with baseline ( P < 0. 05 ) , while significantly lower BIS was revealed in Group LD than that in Group L ( P < 0. 01 ). Significant lower MAP were revealed

  3. Traumatic epidural hematoma in children.

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    Rocchi, Giovanni; Caroli, Emanuela; Raco, Antonino; Salvati, Maurizio; Delfini, Roberto

    2005-07-01

    The purpose of this study was to investigate the characteristics of childhood acute epidural hematoma and to report our experience in recent years. A series of 35 patients below the age of 15 years treated for acute epidural hematoma at our institution between June 1991 and December 2000 was analyzed in detail. Pediatric epidural hematoma presents both age-related and atypical features when compared with epidural hematoma in adults. In selected cases, prompt surgical evacuation of the hematoma results in an excellent outcome. Outcomes seem to be directly related to the patient's preoperative neurologic status and the presence of associated intracranial lesions.

  4. Bilateral assymetric epidural hematoma

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    Edmundo Luis Rodrigues Pereira

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Acute bilateral extradural hematoma is a rare presentation of head trauma injury. In sporadic cases, they represent 0.5-10% of all extradural hematomas. However, higher mortality rates have been reported in previous series. Case Description: The authors described the case of a 28-year-old male presenting head injury, comatose, Glasgow Coma Scale of 6, anisocoric pupils without puppilary light reflex. Computed tomography showed asymmetric bilateral epidural hematomas, effacement of the lateral ventricles and sulci, midline shift and a bilateral skull fracture reaching the vertex. Surgical evacuation was performed with simultaneous hematoma drainage. Patient was discharged on the 29 th postoperative day with no neurological deficit. Conclusion: The correct approach on bilateral epidural hematomas depends on the volume, moment of diagnosis, and neurological deficit level. Simultaneous drainage of bilateral hematomas has been demonstrated to be an effective technique for it, which soon decreases the intracranial pressure and promotes an efficient resolution to the neurological damage.

  5. Epidural Hematoma in Lacrosse.

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    Rimel, R W; Nelson, W E; Persing, J A; Jane, J A

    1983-03-01

    In brief: Several hours after being hit by a lacrosse stick in the left temporoparietal area slightly anterior to the ear, a lacrosse player was found unresponsive and wrapped in a blanket in his dormitory room. He had not lost consciousness during the game, sat out only five minutes, and completed the game. His Glasgow Coma Scale score was 12 of a possible 15. A CT scan showed an epidural hematoma and a skull fracture. He underwent an immediate left temporoparietal craniotomy and evacuation of the epidural hematoma. He recovered fully and requested permission to return to play six months after the injury. The authors think that an improved lacrosse helmet design would help prevent this type of injury.

  6. Transdural epidurography in the diagnosis of lesions of the lumbar intervertebral disks

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    Matvienko, V.I.; Serikov, Yu.G.; Syuremov, M.N. (Rostovskij-na-Donu Meditsinskij Inst. (USSR))

    The anterior epidural space adjoining directly the posterior parts of the vertebral bodies, was examined with 8-12% solution of verografin in 140 patients with lumbar osteochodrosis. Of them 110 had been previously operated on. The use of low-concentration water-soluble iodine contrast agents makes it possible to avoid the stimulation of the epidural structures. X-ray appearance which is typical of protrusion and hernia of the intervertebral disks is described.

  7. Aspergillus spinal epidural abscess

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    Byrd, B.F. III (Vanderbilt Univ. School of Medicine, Nashville, TN); Weiner, M.H.; McGee, Z.A.

    1982-12-17

    A spinal epidural abscess developed in a renal transplant recipient; results of a serum radioimmunoassay for Aspergillus antigen were positive. Laminectomy disclosed an abscess of the L4-5 interspace and L-5 vertebral body that contained hyphal forms and from which Aspergillus species was cultured. Serum Aspergillus antigen radioimmunoassay may be a valuable, specific early diagnostic test when systemic aspergillosis is a consideration in an immunosuppressed host.

  8. Medicolegal cases for spinal epidural hematoma and spinal epidural abscess.

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    French, Keisha L; Daniels, Eldra W; Ahn, Uri M; Ahn, Nicholas U

    2013-01-01

    Spinal epidural hematoma and spinal epidural abscess are rare surgical emergencies resulting in significant neurologic deficits. Making the diagnosis for spinal epidural hematoma and spinal epidural abscess can be challenging; however, a delay in recognition and treatment can be devastating. The objective of this retrospective analysis study was to identify risk factors for an adverse outcome for the provider. The LexisNexis Academic legal search database was used to identify a total of 19 cases of spinal epidural hematoma and spinal epidural abscess filed against medical providers. Outcome data on trial verdicts, age, sex, initial site of injury, time to consultation, time to appropriate imaging studies, time to surgery, and whether a rectal examination was performed or not were recorded. The results demonstrated a significant association between time to surgery more than 48 hours and an unfavorable verdict for the provider. The degree of permanent neurologic impairment did not appear to affect the verdicts. Fifty-eight percent of the cases did not present with an initial deficit, including loss of bowel or bladder control. All medical professionals must maintain a high level of suspicion and act quickly. Physicians who are able to identify early clinical features, appropriately image, and treat within a 48 hour time frame have demonstrated a more favorable medicolegal outcome compared with their counterparts in filed lawsuits for spinal epidural hematoma and spinal epidural abscess cases.

  9. Tachyphylaxis associated with repeated epidural injections of lidocaine is not related to changes in distribution or the rate of elimination from the epidural space

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    Mogensen, T; Simonsen, L; Scott, N B

    1989-01-01

    technetium-99m diethylenetriaminepentaacetate [99mTc-DTPA]) and elimination of lidocaine from the epidural space (as measured by serum concentrations of lidocaine) was investigated in 18 patients undergoing minor surgery during lumbar epidural analgesia. Twelve patients received four injections of 20 mL of 2......% lidocaine at 2-hr intervals. Epidural distribution was assessed by injection of 99mTc-DTPA diluted in saline on the preoperative day and diluted in an equal volume of 2% lidocaine on the morning before surgery and again after the fourth injection of lidocaine 6 hr later. The distribution of 99m......L of 2% lidocaine were injected three times at 2-hr intervals before surgery, with measurements of serum concentrations of lidocaine after the first and last injections. Despite tachyphylaxis (no patient had sensory analgesia 2 hr after the third injection), there was no difference in the rate...

  10. Adolescence spinal epidural abscess with neurological symptoms: case report, a lesson to be re-learnt.

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    Sales, Jafar Ganjpour; Tabrizi, Ali; Elmi, Asghar; Soleimanpour, Jafar; Gavidel, Ehsan

    2013-02-01

    Epidural abscess of the spinal column is a rare condition that can be fatal if left untreated. It promptly progresses and can cause neurologic paralysis, urinary retention or cauda equina syndrome. Compromised immune system that occurs in patients with diabetes mellitus, AIDS, chronic renal failure, alcoholism, or cancer is a predisposing factor. It mostly occurs in adults. Here we would like to report a case of spontaneous pyogenic lumbar epidural abscess with neurological deficit diagnosed in a 15 year old boy. We treated this case successfully with surgical microscopic decompression and drainage.

  11. Delayed onset of a spinal epidural hematoma after facet joint injection

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    Mirko Velickovic

    2016-10-01

    Full Text Available The treatment of chronic back pain is a challenging problem. Facet joint infiltration is an established treatment for chronic low back pain caused by arthrosis of the lumbar facet joints. Due to the increasing number of patients with chronic low back pain, this therapy has become more frequent. We treated a 51-year-old male patient, who developed an epidural hematoma 2 months after infiltration therapy. Our case shows that even a delayed onset of spinal epidural hematoma is possible and should be kept in mind as a possible cause of acute myelopathy after spinal intervention.

  12. The effect of epidural analgesia in labour on maternal respiratory function.

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    von Ungern-Sternberg, B S; Regli, A; Bucher, E; Reber, A; Schneider, M C

    2004-04-01

    Lumbar epidural analgesia during labour has gained widespread acceptance. The impact of epidural analgesia based on mixtures of low-dose local anaesthetic solutions and lipophilic opioids on most clinically relevant obstetric outcomes is minimal. Since the pregnant state per se is associated with important alterations in respiration, we assessed whether a subtle degree of motor blockade brought about by epidural analgesia might compromise respiratory function as assessed by spirometry. Sixty consenting parturients receiving epidural analgesia were consecutively included in this prospective study. We performed spirometry during the antepartum visit and in labour after effective epidural analgesia was established; at both assessments the women were pain-free. Values were within normal ranges but increased significantly after effective epidural analgesia; median (IQR [range]) increase for vital capacity 7.4 (3.0-13 [-12-27])% (p forced vital capacity 4.4 (1.7-9.8 [-13-26])% (p forced expiratory volume in 1 s 5.5 (1.7-8.6 [-14-28])% (p labour significantly improved respiratory function.

  13. [Iatrogenic cervical epidural hematoma: case report and review of the literature].

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    Jusué-Torres, I; Ortega-Zufiria, J M; Tamarit-Degenhardt, M; Navarro Torres, R; López-Serrano, R; Riqué-Dormido, J; Aragonés-Cabrerizo, P; Gómez-Angulo, J C; Poveda-Nuñez, P; Jerez-Fernández, P; Del Pozo-García, J M

    2011-08-01

    Around 600 spinal epidural hematoma cases have been previously reported. Incidence of paraplegia after epidural anesthesia varies between 0,0005 and 0,02%. Several possible etiologies have been described in the literature, including surgery, trauma, anticoagulant therapy, arteriovenous malformations, pregnancy and lumbar puncture. Spinal and epidural anesthesic procedures represent the tenth most common cause. But in combination with anticoagulant therapy, the forementioned procedures increase its incidence until reaching the fifth most common etiological group. We report the case of an 80 year-old-man with a cervical epidural hematoma who had a good outcome with conservative management. 80 year-old-man that developed intense cervicalgia with lower limbs weakness showing complete paraplegia and arreflexia 2 hours after analgesic treatment with epidural cervical infiltration for cervicoartrosis. Cervical MRI showed epidural cervical hematoma between C4 and T1 levels. The patient is transferred to our facilities in order to perform surgery. But after showing fast recovery, medical conservative management was elected. After one month, the patient's condition has improved showing no neurological deficits and complete resorption is seen in MRI. Nowadays, trend is to perform surgery in patients with spinal hematoma and significant neurological deterioration during the first hours. However, good neurological outcomes can be achieved with conservative management, in well selected patients with non progressive, incomplete and partial deficits. Presently, we can not predict which is the best treatment for each case.

  14. Intradural lumbar disc herniation after percutaneous endoscopic lumbar discectomy: case report.

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    Tamaki, Yasuaki; Sakai, Toshinori; Miyagi, Ryo; Nakagawa, Takefumi; Shimakawa, Tateaki; Sairyo, Koichi; Chikawa, Takashi

    2015-09-01

    A 64-year-old man was referred to the authors with low-back pain (LBP) and right leg pain with a history of previously diagnosed lumbar disc herniation (LDH) at L4-5. He had undergone 2 percutaneous endoscopic lumbar discectomies (PELDs) for the herniation at another institution, and according to the surgical record of the second surgery, a dural tear occurred intraoperatively but was not repaired. Postoperative conservative treatments such as an epidural block and blood patch had not relieved his persistent LBP or right leg pain. Upon referral to the authors, MRI and myelography revealed an intradural LDH. The herniated mass was removed by durotomy, and posterior lumbar interbody fusion was performed. His symptoms were partially improved after surgery. Primary suture is technically difficult when a dural tear occurs during PELD. Therefore, close attention should be paid to avoiding such tears, and surgeons should increase their awareness of intradural LDH as a possible postoperative complication of PELD.

  15. Child case of spinal epidural abscess with successful conservative treatment following early diagnosis by CT and /sup 67/Ga SPECT

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    Kusunoki, T.; Tsuda, H.; Sumimoto, S.; Kasajima, Y.; Ojima, S.; Honda, M.; Kanao, K.; Hamamoto, T.

    1987-04-01

    Although early diagnosis and treatment of spinal epidural abscess are emphasized in children in view of its prognosis, these are very difficult because of the nonspecific symptoms of the disease. A 6-year-old boy complained of lumbar pain and difficulty in walking. Computed tomography, performed 6 days after the occurrence of complaints, revealed space occupying lesion in the spinal canal and epidural space at the level of L2-S1. Subsequent single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) with Ga-67 clearly visualized active inflammation resulting from epidural abscess. The patient received intensive chemotherapy alone. Twenty-one days later, Ga-67 uptake disappeared on SPECT images. The finding indicates the usefulness of diagnostic imagings in the early diagnosis and treatment of spinal epidural abscess, thus avoiding surgery, the role of which has been under debate.

  16. Síndrome febril persistente secundario a abscesos cerebrales: una rara complicación de la meningococemia

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    A. Ruiz-Serrato

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available La enfermedad meningocócica se produce por la diseminación hematógena de Neisseria meningitidis. Hasta en un 20% de los casos se produce una sepsis meningocócica, meningitis en un 50% y en menor proporción otras afecciones como neumonía, artritis, uretritis, conjuntivitis o pericarditis, siendo los abscesos cerebrales una complicación excepcional.

  17. Tachyphylaxis associated with repeated epidural injections of lidocaine is not related to changes in distribution or the rate of elimination from the epidural space

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    Mogensen, T.; Simonsen, L.; Scott, N.B.; Henriksen, J.H.; Kehlet, H. (Univ. of Copenhagen (Denmark))

    1989-08-01

    The relationship between tachyphylaxis (measured as a decrease in the rate of regression of sensory levels of analgesia) during repeated epidural injections of lidocaine and both the distribution of lidocaine within the epidural space (as measured by spread of simultaneous injection of the tracer technetium-99m diethylenetriaminepentaacetate (99mTc-DTPA)) and elimination of lidocaine from the epidural space (as measured by serum concentrations of lidocaine) was investigated in 18 patients undergoing minor surgery during lumbar epidural analgesia. Twelve patients received four injections of 20 mL of 2% lidocaine at 2-hr intervals. Epidural distribution was assessed by injection of 99mTc-DTPA diluted in saline on the preoperative day and diluted in an equal volume of 2% lidocaine on the morning before surgery and again after the fourth injection of lidocaine 6 hr later. The distribution of 99mTc-DTPA in the epidural space was unchanged during the three measurements despite significant tachyphylaxis in both sensory analgesia and motor blockade (11 of 12 patients had sensory analgesia 2 hr after the first injection in contrast to only 3 of 12 patients during the third injection). In another six patients 20 mL of 2% lidocaine were injected three times at 2-hr intervals before surgery, with measurements of serum concentrations of lidocaine after the first and last injections. Despite tachyphylaxis (no patient had sensory analgesia 2 hr after the third injection), there was no difference in the rate of disappearance of lidocaine from the epidural space as assessed by plasma lidocaine concentration curves during the first and third injection (0.5 +/- 0.1 and 0.3 +/- 0.04 microgram.mL-1.min-1, respectively).

  18. Lumbar lordosis.

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    Been, Ella; Kalichman, Leonid

    2014-01-01

    Lumbar lordosis is a key postural component that has interested both clinicians and researchers for many years. Despite its wide use in assessing postural abnormalities, there remain many unanswered questions regarding lumbar lordosis measurements. Therefore, in this article we reviewed different factors associated with the lordosis angle based on existing literature and determined normal values of lordosis. We reviewed more than 120 articles that measure and describe the different factors associated with the lumbar lordosis angle. Because of a variety of factors influencing the evaluation of lumbar lordosis such as how to position the patient and the number of vertebrae included in the calculation, we recommend establishing a uniform method of evaluating the lordosis angle. Based on our review, it seems that the optimal position for radiologic measurement of lordosis is standing with arms supported while shoulders are flexed at a 30° angle. There is evidence that many factors, such as age, gender, body mass index, ethnicity, and sport, may affect the lordosis angle, making it difficult to determine uniform normal values. Normal lordosis should be determined based on the specific characteristics of each individual; we therefore presented normal lordosis values for different groups/populations. There is also evidence that the lumbar lordosis angle is positively and significantly associated with spondylolysis and isthmic spondylolisthesis. However, no association has been found with other spinal degenerative features. Inconclusive evidence exists for association between lordosis and low back pain. Additional studies are needed to evaluate these associations. The optimal lordotic range remains unknown and may be related to a variety of individual factors such as weight, activity, muscular strength, and flexibility of the spine and lower extremities. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  19. Absceso intramedular en paciente con enfermedad de Rendu-Osler-Weber Spinal abscess in a patient with hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia

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    Lorena V Maldonado

    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available La enfermedad de Rendu-Osler-Weber es una enfermedad autosómica dominante que se manifiesta por telangiectasias en piel y mucosas y malformaciones arteriovenosas en diversos órganos. El compromiso neurológico puede ocurrir por la presencia de malformaciones arterio-venosas cerebrales, hemorragia intracraneal, y más habitualmente por accidentes cerebrovasculares isquémicos y abscesos cerebrales secundarios a embolia paradojal, en pacientes con malformaciones arteriovenosas pulmonares. El absceso intramedular es una entidad rara, inusual como complicación de la enfermedad de Rendu-Osler-Weber. Presentamos el caso de una mujer de 56 años de edad, con antecedentes familiares de enfermedad de Rendu-Osler- Weber, que ingresó a Terapia Intensiva con cuadriplejia aguda e hipoxemia, en quien se diagnosticó fístulas arteriovenosas pulmonares y un absceso intramedular cervical.Rendu-Osler-Weber syndrome is an autosomal dominant disorder characterized by multiple skin and mucosal telangiectasis and multiorgan arteriovenous malformations. Neurological manifestations may occur because of cerebral arteriovenous malformations, intracranial hemorrhage, and most commonly by ischemic stroke and brain abscess secondary to paradoxical embolization in patients with pulmonary arteriovenous malformations. Intramedullary abscess is a rare, unusual condition, in Rendu-Osler-Weber syndrome. We report the case of a 56 years old woman, with a familial history of Rendu-Osler-Weber syndrome, admitted to intensive care with acute quadriplegia and hypoxemia. Our diagnosis was pulmonary arteriovenous malformations and intramedullary abscess.

  20. [Epidural emphysema complicating bronchial asthma].

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    Rouetbi, N; Ben Saad, A; Joobeur, S; Skhiri, N; Cheikh Mhamed, S; Mribah, H; El Kamel, A

    2012-12-01

    Epidural emphysema is an exceptional complication of bronchial asthma, revealed by an incidental finding in chest tomography. We report a case of a 21-year-old man admitted with asthma attack complicated by subcutaneous and mediastinal emphysema. Chest tomography confirmed the mediastinal emphysema and also revealed the epidural emphysema within the vertebral canal. Neurological examination was negative. The patient showed complete recovery 10days after the onset of symptoms. The epidural emphysema is a rare complication during asthma attacks. The benignity of this complication should not require a systematic chest tomography.

  1. Postoperative Paraplegia as a Result of Undiagnosed Primitive Neuroectodermal Tumor, Not Epidural Analgesia

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    Pei-Ching Hung

    2007-10-01

    Full Text Available Postoperative paraplegia is a rare complication after epidural analgesia and often occurs with spinal hematoma or cord injury. We present the case of a 16-year-old girl who suffered from a tumor mass in the neck and abdomen who underwent gynecologic operation. Preoperatively, liver metastasis was found by computed tomography. Pathologic findings revealed that the abdominal mass was an ovarian dermoid cyst. After the operation, the patient complained of paraplegia while receiving epidural analgesia for postoperative pain control. A peripheral primitive neuroectodermal tumor in the thoracic and lumbar spines with spinal cord compression was later detected using magnetic resonance imaging. Learning from this case, we suggest that when a patient is preoperatively diagnosed with tumor metastasis, back pain and soreness, spinal cord compression from tumor metastasis should be excluded before epidural analgesia is implemented.

  2. Destructive discovertebral degenerative disease of the lumbar spine.

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    Charran, A K; Tony, G; Lalam, R; Tyrrell, P N M; Tins, B; Singh, J; Eisenstein, S M; Balain, B; Trivedi, J M; Cassar-Pullicino, V N

    2012-09-01

    The uncommon variant of degenerative hip joint disease, termed rapidly progressive osteoarthritis, and highlighted by severe joint space loss and osteochondral disintegration, is well established. We present a similar unusual subset in the lumbar spine termed destructive discovertebral degenerative disease (DDDD) with radiological features of vertebral malalignment, severe disc resorption, and "bone sand" formation secondary to vertebral fragmentation. Co-existing metabolic bone disease is likely to promote the development of DDDD of the lumbar spine, which presents with back pain and sciatica due to nerve root compression by the "bone sand" in the epidural space. MRI and CT play a complimentary role in making the diagnosis.

  3. Spontaneous ligamentum flavum hematoma in the lumbar spine

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    Keynan, Ory; Ashkenazi, Ely; Floman, Yizhar [Israel Spine Center at Assuta Hospital, Tel Aviv (Israel); Smorgick, Yossi [Israel Spine Center at Assuta Hospital, Tel Aviv (Israel); Assaf Harofeh Medical Center, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Zerifin (Israel); Schwartz, Allan J. [Hadassah University Hospital, Department of Radiology, Section of Neuroradiology, Jerusalem (Israel)

    2006-09-15

    Lumbar or sacral nerve root compression is most commonly caused by intervertebral disc degeneration and/or herniation. Less frequently, other extradural causes may be implicated, such as infection, neoplasm, epidural hematoma, or ligamentum flavum pathology. We present the case of a patient with spontaneous ligamentum flavum hematoma compressing the L4 nerve root, without antecedent trauma. Although exceedingly rare, the diagnosis of ligamentum flavum pathology in general, and that of ligamentum flavum hematoma in particular, should be considered on those rare occasions when the etiology of lumbar or sacral nerve root compressions appears enigmatic on radiological studies. Usually surgical treatment produces excellent clinical outcome. (orig.)

  4. Epidural injections for back pain

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    ESI; Spinal injection for back pain; Back pain injection; Steroid injection - epidural; Steroid injection - back ... be pregnant What medicines you are taking, including herbs, supplements, and other drugs you bought without a ...

  5. Pharmacokinetics and distribution of Huwen toxin—1 after epidural and intravenous administration to rhesus monkeys

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    2002-01-01

    Huwen toxin-1(HWTX-1) was adminstered at a dose of 0.388 MBq·kg-1 by lumbar puncture at the third and the fourth lumbar interspace or ivat the same dose.Comcentrations were determined by reverse phase-high performance liquid chromatography.Tissue distribution was detected by γ-counter.Radioactivity detected in epidural space was 38% of injected radioactivity at 10min after injection.The maximum plasma concentration after epidural or iv administration were(0.70±0.04) and (5.0±0.6)MBq·L-1,respectively.The maximum plasma concentration intimes were 30 and 2 min,respectively.Teminal T1/2 were(10.36±0.27) and (11.03±1.16)h,respectively.Cls were(1.29±0.07) and (1.25±0.23)L·h-1·kg-1,respectively,Bioavailabilit after epidural administration was>90%.Distributions of [125I] HWTX-1 between two routes were different,and the exposed levels in most tissues at 10min after iv were higher than those after epidural administration(P>0.05).

  6. Antibacterial activity of epidural infusions.

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    Coghlan, M W; Davies, M J; Hoyt, C; Joyce, L; Kilner, R; Waters, M J

    2009-01-01

    The incidence of epidural abscess following epidural catheterisation appears to be increasing, being recently reported as one in 1000 among surgical patients. This study was designed to investigate the antibacterial activity of various local anaesthetics and additives, used in epidural infusions, against a range of micro-organisms associated with epidural abscess. The aim was to determine which, if any, epidural infusion solution has the greatest antibacterial activity. Bupivacaine, ropivacaine and levobupivacaine crystals were dissolved and added to Mueller-Hinton Agar in concentrations of 0.06%, 0.125%, 0.2%, 0.25%, 0.5% and 1%. Fentanyl, adrenaline and clonidine were also mixed with agar in isolation and in combination with the local anaesthetics. Using a reference agar dilution method, the minimum inhibitory concentrations were determined for a range of bacteria. Bupivacaine showed antibacterial activity against Staphylococcus aureus, Enterococcus faecalis and Escherichia coli with minimum inhibitory concentrations between 0.125% and 0.25%. It did not inhibit the growth of Pseudomonas aeruginosa at any of the concentrations tested. Levobupivacaine and ropivacaine showed no activity against Staphylococcus aureus, Enterococcus faecalis and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, even at the highest concentrations tested, and minimal activity against Escherichia coli (minimum inhibitory concentrations 0.5% and 1% respectively). The presence of fentanyl, adrenaline and clonidine had no additional effect on the antibacterial activity of any of the local anaesthetic agents. The low concentrations of local anaesthetic usually used in epidural infusions have minimal antibacterial activity. While the clinical implications of this in vitro study are not known, consideration should be given to increasing the concentration of bupivacaine in an epidural infusion or to administering a daily bolus of 0.25% bupivacaine to reduce the risk of epidural bacterial growth.

  7. A Comparison of Intrathecal and Epidural Analgesia and Its Effect on Length of Labor

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    SCIENCES October 1997 (vi) DEDICATION I dedicate the creation of this thesis to my mother, my father, and my husband. To my mother, a Registered...sensitivity produced by a local anesthetic injection into the nerve sheath or tissues. Opioids: Chemical substances which are either endogenous or...utilization of lumbar epidural pain control for labor and delivery at a much lower price. Cost effective in terms of man-hours, money , and 13 the

  8. Oriental Medical Treatment of Lumbar Spinal Stenosis

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    Hae-Yeon Lee

    2003-12-01

    Full Text Available Lumbar spinal stenosis results from the progressive combined narrowing of the central spinal canal, the neurorecesses, and the neuroforaminal canals. In the absence of prior surgery, tumor, or infection, the spinal canal may become narrowed by bulging or protrusion of the intervertebral disc annulus, herniation of the nucleus pulposis posteriorly, thickening of the posterior longitudinal ligament, hypertrophy of the ligamentum flavum, epidural fat deposition, spondylosis of the intervertebral disc margins, or a combination of two or more of the above factors. Patients with spinal stenosis become symptomatic when pain, motor weakness, paresthesia, or other neurologic compromise causes distress. In one case, we administrated oriental medical treatment with acupuncture treatment and herb-medicine. Oriental medical treatment showed desirable effect on lumbar spinal stenosis.

  9. Lumbar spine CT scan

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    CAT scan - lumbar spine; Computed axial tomography scan - lumbar spine; Computed tomography scan - lumbar spine; CT - lower back ... your breath for short periods of time. The scan should take only 10 to 15 minutes.

  10. Extensive spinal epidural abscess treated with "apical laminectomies" and irrigation of the epidural space: report of 2 cases.

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    Abd-El-Barr, Muhammad M; Bi, Wenya Linda; Bahluyen, Biji; Rodriguez, Samuel T; Groff, Michael W; Chi, John H

    2015-03-01

    Spinal epidural abscess (SEA) is a rare but often devastating infection of the epidural space around the spinal cord. When an SEA is widespread, extensive decompression with laminectomy is often impossible, as it may subject the patient to very long operative times, extensive blood loss, and mechanical instability. A technique called "skip laminectomy" has been described in the literature, in which laminectomies are performed at the rostral and caudal ends of an abscess that spans 3-5 levels and a Fogarty catheter is used to mechanically drain the abscess, much like in an embolectomy. In this report of 2 patients, the authors present a modification of this technique, which they call "apical laminectomies" to allow for irrigation and drainage of an extensive SEA spanning the entire length of the vertebral column (C1-2 to L5-S1). Two patients presented with cervico-thoraco-lumbar SEA. Laminectomies were performed at the natural apices of the spine, namely, at the midcervical, midthoracic, and midlumbar spine levels. Next, a pediatric feeding tube was inserted in the epidural space from the thoracic laminectomies up toward the cervical laminectomy site and down toward the lumbar laminectomy site, and saline antibiotics were used to irrigate the SEA. Both patients underwent this procedure with no adverse effects. Their SEAs resolved both clinically and radiologically. Neither patient suffered from mechanical instability at 1 year after treatment. For patients who present with extensive SEAs, apical laminectomies seem to allow for surgical cure of the infectious burden and do not subject the patient to extended operating room time, an increased risk of blood loss, and the risk of mechanical instability.

  11. Epidural injections of indomethacin for postlaminectomy syndrome: a preliminary report.

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    Aldrete, J Antonio

    2003-02-01

    Since there have been side effects reported with the administration of corticosteroids epidurally, their application has been limited. Because some nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs have central and spinal antinociceptive actions, we have compared the effects of indomethacin (INM) given by the epidural route to methylprednisolone (MTP). This was a prospective, comparative study in an ambulatory pain care center. Two hundred six patients with recurrent low back pain (Visual Analog Scale >7) and radiculopathy after they had had 2 or more lumbar laminectomies with the diagnosis of "postlaminectomy syndrome" were randomly assigned to 1 of 3 groups. Group I (64 patients) was given 2 epidural injections of lyophilized INM 1 mg. Group II (60 patients) received 2 injections of 2 mg of INM at the same intervals. Group III (82 patients) was treated by 2 epidural injections of MTP 80 mg. In every case, the medication was diluted in 3 mL of 0.5% bupivacaine. Reductions of pain were assessed by changes in the Visual Analog Scale; physical activities, attitude, and medication intake were graded by the Pain Progress Score recorded before each treatment and 2 wk after the last. After each injection, all patients had pain relief to Visual Analog Scale <3. Increased analgesia (P < 0.05) was noted when a double dose of INM was used (Group II) or when 80 mg of MTP was given. The total average scores of the Pain Progress Score showed significant differences at the second injection in Groups II and III only. Physical activity, emotional attitudes, and medication intake were also improved but the changes were not statistically significant. In conclusion, in this group of patients, INM produced adequate analgesia in Groups I and II, with evidence suggesting that 2 mg of INM may produce a similar degree of pain relief as 80 mg of MTP after the second injection. Other nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs may be explored in the future for the same purpose.

  12. MRI diagnosis and preoperative evaluation for pure epidural cavernous hemangiomas

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    Feng, Jie; Xu, Yi-Kai; Yang, Rui-Meng; Yu, Tian; Lin, Bing-Quan [Nanfang Hospital, Southern Medical University, Department of Diagnostic Imaging Center, Guangzhou, Guangdong (China); Li, Long [Guangdong Provincial Corps Hospital, Chinese People' s Armed Police Forces, Department of Radiology, Guangzhou, Guangdong (China); Ye, Xiang-Hua [Nanfang Hospital, Southern Medical University, Department of Radiotherapy, Guangzhou, Guangdong (China); Zhang, Nan [Nanfang Hospital, Southern Medical University, Department of Pathology, Guangzhou, Guangdong (China)

    2009-11-15

    The aims of the study were to summarize the characteristics of the spinal epidural cavernous hemangioma, especially for the MRI, and to improve the accurate rate of the preoperative diagnosis. The clinical and medical imaging data of six patients with pure spinal epidural cavernous hemangioma proved by operation and pathology were analyzed retrospectively. The level was thoracic (n = 2), thoracolumbar (n = 1), lumbar (n = 1), and sacral (n = 2). The tumor showed lobulated contour, and the areas the tumors appeared were dorsal side of spinal cord (n = 2), ventral side (n = 1), and lateral side (n = 3). In all six patients, the lesions were isointense to the spinal cord on T{sub 1}-weighted images and hyperintense on T{sub 2}-weighted images and showed homogeneously strong enhancement on contrast-enhanced T{sub 1}-weighted images. The characteristic MRI features were named as the ''wafting-silk'' sign. Widening of the intervertebral neural foramen (n = 4) and erosion of the adjacent bones (n = 3) can be observed. MRI of the epidural cavernous hemangioma showed the characteristic lobulated contour, which encircled the spinal cord. T{sub 1}WI on the MRI presented as isointense and T{sub 2}WI presented as hyperintense and a homogeneously strong enhancement, so we first proposed the sign of wafting silk. The widening of the intervertebral neural foramen and erosion of the adjacent bones can easily be observed. MR imaging has an important role in the detection and diagnosis of pure spinal epidural cavernous hemangioma. (orig.)

  13. Cauda Equina Syndrome Following an Epidural Lysis Procedure: A Case Report

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    Yasemin Turan

    2017-08-01

    Full Text Available Epidural lysis is known to be one of the therapy methods used following an unsuccessful low back surgery. Despite its proven effectiveness, several complications associated with epidural lysis procedure have been reported. The most common complications are dural perforation, breaking of the catheter and infections. Cauda equina syndrome is a rare complication seen after epidural lysis. A 51-year-old female complaining of lower back pain for six years underwent an epidural lysis procedure at the lumbar 3-4-5 level. Following the procedure, the patient was not able to walk due to weakness starting in both lower extremities, besides, she had fecal and urinary incontinence. After being diagnosed with cauda equina syndrome, a rehabilitation program was administered. After three months, the patient was ambulant with a bilateral dynamic carbon fiber ankle foot orthoses and a walker. It should be kept in mind that serious complications such as cauda equina syndrome, which may considerably affect the patients’ quality of life in a negative way, might develop after an epidural lysis procedure.

  14. Portable optical epidural needle-a CMOS-based system solution and its circuit design.

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    Gong, Cihun-Siyong Alex; Lin, Shih-Pin; Mandell, M Susan; Tsou, Mei-Yung; Chang, Yin; Ting, Chien-Kun

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    Epidural anesthesia is a common anesthesia method yet up to 10% of procedures fail to provide adequate analgesia. This is usually due to misinterpreting the tactile information derived from the advancing needle through the complex tissue planes. Incorrect placement also can cause dural puncture and neural injury. We developed an optic system capable of reliably identifying tissue planes surrounding the epidural space. However the new technology was too large and cumbersome for practical clinical use. We present a miniaturized version of our optic system using chip technology (first generation CMOS-based system) for logic functions. The new system was connected to an alarm that was triggered once the optic properties of the epidural were identified. The aims of this study were to test our miniaturized system in a porcine model and describe the technology to build this new clinical tool. Our system was tested in a porcine model and identified the epidural space in the lumbar, low and high thoracic regions of the spine. The new technology identified the epidural space in all but 1 of 46 attempts. Experimental results from our fabricated integrated circuit and animal study show the new tool has future clinical potential.

  15. Portable optical epidural needle-a CMOS-based system solution and its circuit design.

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    Cihun-Siyong Alex Gong

    Full Text Available Epidural anesthesia is a common anesthesia method yet up to 10% of procedures fail to provide adequate analgesia. This is usually due to misinterpreting the tactile information derived from the advancing needle through the complex tissue planes. Incorrect placement also can cause dural puncture and neural injury. We developed an optic system capable of reliably identifying tissue planes surrounding the epidural space. However the new technology was too large and cumbersome for practical clinical use. We present a miniaturized version of our optic system using chip technology (first generation CMOS-based system for logic functions. The new system was connected to an alarm that was triggered once the optic properties of the epidural were identified. The aims of this study were to test our miniaturized system in a porcine model and describe the technology to build this new clinical tool. Our system was tested in a porcine model and identified the epidural space in the lumbar, low and high thoracic regions of the spine. The new technology identified the epidural space in all but 1 of 46 attempts. Experimental results from our fabricated integrated circuit and animal study show the new tool has future clinical potential.

  16. Síndrome de absceso hepático piógeno con hemólisis masiva intravascular y fracaso renal agudo

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    Un paciente de 79 años presentó hemólisis intravascular masiva y fracaso renal agudo asociado. Tras las exploraciones realizadas se descubrió la existencia de un absceso hepático piógeno. Se instauró tratamiento con antibióticos y drenaje del absceso mediante control radiológico. El curso clínico posterior fue favorable, con recuperación completa de la función renal. No se aisló ningún germen responsable. La asociación de absceso hepático piógeno, hemólisis intravascular masiva...

  17. A COMPARATIVE STUDY OF EPIDURAL BUTORPHANOL AND EPIDURAL FENTANYL FOR THE RELIEF OF POST-OPERATIVE PAIN IN LOWER ABDOMINAL AND LOWER LIMB SURGERIES

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    Ashwini

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Epidural anaesthesia is used extensively for both intra-operative and post-operative analgesia. This prospective randomized study was conducted using opioids epidurally for post-operative analgesia. Fentanyl is a pure opioid agonist. Butorphanol tartarate which is an agonist antagonist opioid is considered safer than pure opioid agonist. Hence, we compared epidural 4mg butorphanol and epidural 100 µg fentanyl for the relief of post-operative pain. AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: To compare the onset, duration, quality of analgesia, hemodynamic effects and side effects between the 2 study drugs. MATERIALS AND METHODS: 60 patients of either sex posted for elective lower abdominal and lower limb surgeries were randomly divided into 2 groups of 30 each. Group A received butorphanol 4mg epidurally. Group B received fentanyl 100 µg epidurally. All surgeries were done under lumbar epidural anaesthesia with catheter in situ. Post-operatively when patients complained of pain, intensity of pain was assessed using visual analogue scale [VAS]. When the VAS score was > 5, Group A received butorphanol 4mg diluted to 10 ml with NS or Group B received 100 µg fentanyl epidurally diluted to 10 ml with NS. Onset, duration, quality of analgesia, hemodynamic effects and incidence of side effects were compared between the two groups and treated accordingly. RESULTS: Demographic profile was comparable in both groups. Mean time of onset of analgesia was rapid (3.22 ±0.9 (S.D min in group B compared to group A (6.38± 1.26 (S.D min. Duration of analgesia was longer in group A (344.00 ±63.39 min compared to group B (227±38.12 min. Quality of analgesia was better with group A compared to group B. There was no significant difference in hemodynamic parameters in both groups. Sedation was the main side effect in group A. Incidence of pruritis, vomiting, hypotension and respiratory depression was more in group B. CONCLUSION: Epidural Butorphanol though has a delayed

  18. Metrizamide lumbar epidurography with Seldinger technique through the sacral notch and selective nerve root injection

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    Hatten, H.P. Jr.

    1981-01-01

    Lumbar epidurography serves as an important radiographic procedure in the evaluation of patients with equivocal myelography and confusing or non-diagnostic physical findings. It is particularly valuable in patients with a wide ventral epidural space secondary to previous surgery, arachnoiditis or on a congenital basis. Several techniques and various contrast agents have been employed for the procedure. A pure Seldinger technique with a caudal approach through the sacral hiatus and injection of metrizamide gives excellent visualization of the epidural space and nerve root sleeves. The proper concentration of metrizamide is crucial for optimal results. Lateral, AP, and AP oblique radiographs, occasionally combined with lateral, complex motion tomography, clearly demonstrate the root sleeves and ventral epidural space. CT scanning, with present technology, does not provide the necessary detail for evaluating the epidural space.

  19. Septic arthritis of a lumbar facet joint: Detection with bone SPECT imaging

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    Swayne, L.C.; Dorsky, S.; Caruana, V.; Kaplan, I.L. (Morristown Memorial Hospital, NJ (USA))

    1989-08-01

    We present a rare case of septic arthritis of a lumbar facet joint with an associated epidural abscess resulting from Staphylococcus aureus. The infection was initially detected with planar bone scintigraphy and precisely localized with single photon emission computed tomography bone scintigraphy, despite an initially negative radiologic evaluation that included radiographs of the lumbar spine, lumbar myelography, and a postmyelography x-ray computed tomography scan. In the appropriate clinical setting, a bone scan demonstrating unilateral increased activity within the spine should raise the suspicion of inflammatory involvement of the posterior elements.

  20. Comportamiento clínico epidemiológico del absceso dentoalveolar agudo en pacientes pertenecientes al área VII de Cienfuegos

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    Ana Belkys Hernández Millán; Zenia Lizette Hernández Millán; Regla Martínez de la Cotera Molina; Mercedes Verónica Diego Cobelo; Diosky Ferrer Vilches; Nora Sexto Delgado

    2015-01-01

    Fundamento: el absceso dentoalveolar agudo es una de las urgencias estomatológicas y una de las principales enfermedades que afectan a la población, sin embargo existen muy pocos estudios sobre el tema.Objetivo: describir comportamiento clínico epidemiológico del absceso dentoalveolar agudo en pacientes pertenecientes al área VII, de Cienfuegos. Métodos: investigación observacional, descriptiva realizada de enero a diciembre de 2013 en el Área VII, de Cienfuegos. El universo fue de 672 pacien...

  1. Estudio observacional de la analgesia epidural para trabajo de parto: Complicaciones de la técnica en 5.895 embarazadas Observational study of epidural analgesia used in labour: Complications of this technique in 5,895 pregnant women

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    M. Calvo

    2005-04-01

    ón a largo plazo todavía desconocida. Otras complicaciones como el dolor de espalda o la retención urinaria, necesitan de estudios prospectivos controlados y aleatorizados con gran número de pacientes para aclarar la posible relación con la analgesia epidural. La cefalea postpunción dural aparece en la mitad de los casos de punciones durales inadvertidas, que suele ocurrir en el 1,5% de las gestantes a las que se les realiza la técnica de analgesia epidural, aunque en nuestro estudio ha ocurrido con una frecuencia menor a la esperada a pesar de ser un hospital docente en Anestesiología. También se necesitan estudios con muchos pacientes para conocer la incidencia real de complicaciones como el hematoma epidural o el absceso epidural.Objectives: a To determine the incidence of complications related to regional analgesia technique during the procedure, during dilatation and after delivery; and b to ascertain whether post-delivery complications related to the analgesic technique are more frequent when the combined epidural-subarachnoid (CES technique is used, compared to epidural analgesia. Material and method: We conducted a descriptive and analytical observational study. The study population included all women that demanded regional analgesia at the Epidural Analgesia Unit of our Hospital (5,895 pregnant women and fulfilled all the inclusion criteria, from January 1, 2002 to January 1, 2003. Techniques used for the management of labour pain were epidural analgesia and combined epidural-subarachnoid technique. Results: The most frequent complication associated to the technique was paresthesia (43.5% followed by hematic puncture (5.9%. Unintentional dura mater puncture occurred in 0.6%. The most frequent complications during the dilatation period were itching (11.4% and lateralized analgesia (9%. The most frequent complications during the post-delivery period were back pain (9.8% and headache (2%. Complications were, in general, more frequent among pregnant women

  2. Vía lumbar para plastrón apendicular abscedado Lumbar route use for abscess appendicular plastron

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    Luis Pita Armenteros

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available Se presenta el caso de una paciente de 32 años de edad, con evolución tórpida desde el inicio de su enfermedad. Se intervino quirúrgicamente por presentar un plastrón apendicular abscedado. A pesar de que requirió 2 intervenciones, aparecieron signos flogísticos en la región lumbar derecha. Se practicó una lumbotomía y en la cavidad del absceso en el retroperitoneo se dejó un catéter para clisis de goteo rápido durante el posoperatorio. Luego se destechó dicha cavidad para cierre por segunda intención.This is a case presentation of a woman aged 32 with a torpid course from the onset of her disease. She was operated on due to an abscess appendicular plastron. Despite two surgical interventions there were weak signs in right lumbar zone. A lumbotomy was performed and in abscess cavity in retroperitoneum an indwelling catheter was placed for fast dripping clysis during the postoperative period. Then, this cavity was roofed off for second-look closure.

  3. Técnica de Monaldi para el tratamiento de abscesos pulmonares Monaldi's technique for treatment of pulmonary abscesses

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    Edelberto Fuentes Valdés

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available Los abscesos pulmonares son tratados corrientemente con antibióticos y drenaje postural. Sin embargo, algunos pacientes no resuelven con las medidas conservadoras o presentan contraindicaciones para el tratamiento quirúrgico convencional. En tales individuos, el drenaje percutáneo (técnica de Monaldi puede ser una alternativa de valor. El objetivo de este trabajo fue la presentación de 3 pacientes a quienes se les realizó el drenaje percutáneo de abscesos pulmonares. Se describen la técnica empleada para la inserción del tubo, las complicaciones y la evolución posoperatoria de los pacientes. En los 3 casos la operación fue exitosa, sin mortalidad y con una sola complicación, que fue una fístula broncopleurocutánea que requirió una intervención (neumonectomía ulterior. El drenaje percutáneo de los abscesos pulmonares fue seguro y efectivo en estos pacientes.The pulmonary abscesses are usually treated with antibiotics and postural drainage. However, some patients don't improve with conservative measures or have contraindications for conventional surgical treatment. The aim of present paper was the presentation of three cases underwent percutaneous drainage of pulmonary abscesses. The technique used for tube insertion, complications and postoperative course of patients were described. In such cases operation was successful without mortality and with a bronchopleural cutaneous fistula like the only complication requiring a further intervention (pneumonectomy. The percutaneous drainage of pulmonary abscesses was safe and effective in our patients.

  4. [Inadvertent epidural infusion of paracetamol].

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    Charco Roca, L M; Ortiz Sánchez, V E; del Pino Moreno, A L

    2014-10-01

    A 45-year-old woman was accidentally administered an epidural infusion of paracetamol instead of levobupivacaine for postoperative pain therapy during the postoperative period of abdominal hysterectomy under general anesthesia combined with epidural analgesia. The patient had no neurological symptoms at any time, although a slight tendency to arterial hypotension that did not require treatment was observed. No rescue analgesia was necessary until 8h after the start of epidural infusion. The incidence of these types of errors is probably underestimated, although there are several cases reported with various drugs. Copyright © 2013 Sociedad Española de Anestesiología, Reanimación y Terapéutica del Dolor. Published by Elsevier España. All rights reserved.

  5. Recent Advances in Epidural Analgesia

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    Maria Bauer

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Neuraxial anesthesia is a term that denotes all forms of central blocks, involving the spinal, epidural, and caudal spaces. Epidural anesthesia is a versatile technique widely used in anesthetic practice. Its potential to decrease postoperative morbidity and mortality has been demonstrated by numerous studies. To maximize its perioperative benefits while minimizing potential adverse outcomes, the knowledge of factors affecting successful block placement is essential. This paper will provide an overview of the pertinent anatomical, pharmacological, immunological, and technical aspects of epidural anesthesia in both adult and pediatric populations and will discuss the recent advances, the related rare but potentially devastating complications, and the current recommendations for the use of anticoagulants in the setting of neuraxial block placement.

  6. Evaluación del serodiagnóstico en el absceso hepático amebiano

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    Luis Carlos Orozco; Claudia M. Trujillo; Herman J. Arteaga; Villar, Luis A; Luis F. Burbano; CONTRERAS, PAOLA J.; Claudia V. Leal

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    El presente estudio fue diseñado para evaluar la eficacia del diagnóstico serológico del absceso hepático amibiano (AHA). Se utilizó una prueba de ELISA para la detección en suero de IgG especifica, utilizando una fase sólida con una alta capacidad de adherencia. Se estudiaron 147 personas; 22 pacientes con sospecha clínica y ultrasonográfica de AHA, 30 individuos completamente sanos, 9 portadores asintomáticos de E. histolytica, 35 con colitis amebiana pasada, 35 con otras parasitosis intest...

  7. Celulitis orbitaria complicada por absceso subperióstico debido a infección por Streptococcus pyogenes

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    José Daniel Ruíz Carrillo

    2017-03-01

    Conclusiones: Debido a la implementación de los esquemas de vacunación desde la década de los 90 contra H. influenza y S. pneumoniae, los casos por estos patógenos han disminuido, provocando que nuevas bacterias tomen su lugar como causantes de la infección. La importancia de considerar a S. pyogenes como etiología de celulitis orbitaria radica en la rápida progresión para la formación de abscesos, así como los pocos casos descritos en la literatura.

  8. Effect of epidural saline washout on regression of sensory and motor block after epidural anaesthesia with 2% lidocaine and fentanyl in elderly patients.

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    Park, E Y; Kil, H K; Park, W S; Lee, N-H; Hong, J-Y

    2009-03-01

    Seventy elderly males received lumbar epidural anaesthesia with 12 ml of 2% lidocaine containing fentanyl 50 mug. At the end of transurethral surgery, the washout group (n = 33) received an epidural bolus of 30 ml saline while the control group (n = 34) did not. Mean (SD) times to 1-grade (17.2 (11.9) vs 32.7 (11.3) min) and 2-grade regression (23.8 (12.2) vs 56.0 (23.9) min) of motor block, 3-dermatomal sensory regression (31.4 (11.6) vs 42.2 (14.4) min for cold and 30.8 (15.6) vs 40.6 (14.2) min for pinprick), and regression to S1 (57.7 (16.1) vs 76.2 (20.2) min for cold and 56.8 (17.3) vs 69.2 (16.2) min for pinprick) were significantly shorter in the washout group than the control group. There were no differences in postoperative pain scores and side effects between the two groups. We concluded that epidural washout facilitates regression of both motor and sensory block following epidural anaesthesia without reducing the postoperative analgesic benefit.

  9. Epidural Naloxone to Prevent Buprenorphine Induced PONV

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    Ashok Jadon

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Epidural infusion of local analgesic and opioid are commonly used for postoperative pain relief. This combina-tion gives excellent anlgesia but nausea and vomiting remains a major concern. Low dose epidural naloxone prevents PONV induced by spinal opioids like morphine, fentanyl and sufentanil. However, it is not known that epidural naloxone administration prevents PONV induced by epidural buprenorphine. We have reported three cases of major abdominal operation in which lowdose epidural infusion of naloxone releived the symptom of buprenorphine induced severe PONV and improved the quality of analgesia.

  10. Epidural hematomas of posterior fossa

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    Radulović Danilo

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    Full Text Available Background. Posterior fossa epidural hematomas represent 7-14% of all traumatic intracranial epidural hematomas. They are most frequently encountered posttraumatic mass lesions in the posterior fossa. The aim of this study was to identify clinical features that could lead to the early diagnosis of posterior fossa epidural hematoma. Methods. Between 1980 and 2002, 28 patients with epidural hematoma of the posterior fossa were operated on at the Institute for Neurosurgery, Belgrade. Clinical course neuroradiological investigations, and the results of surgical treatment of the patients with posterior fossa epidural hematomas were analyzed retrospectively. Results. Almost two thirds of patients were younger than 16 years of age. In 20 cases injury was caused by a fall, in 6 cases by a traffic accident, and in 2 by the assault. Clinical course was subacute or chronic in two thirds of the patients. On the admission Glasgow Coma Scale was 7 or less in 9 injured, 8-14 in 14 injured, and 15 in 5 injured patients. Linear fracture of the occipital bone was radiographically evident in 19 patients, but was intraoperatively encountered in all the patients except for a 4-year old child. In 25 patients the diagnosis was established by computer assisted tomography (CAT and in 3 by vertebral angiography. All the patients were operated on via suboccipital craniotomy. Four injured patients who were preoperatively comatose were with lethal outcome. Postoperatively, 24 patients were with sufficient neurologic recovery. Conclusion. Posterior fossa epidural hematoma should be suspected in cases of occipital injury, consciousness disturbances, and occipital bone fracture. In such cases urgent CAT-scan is recommended. Early recognition early diagnosis, and prompt treatment are crucial for good neurological recovery after surgery.

  11. Functional myelographic differentiation of lumbar bulging annulus

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    Park, Choong Ki; Kim, Hong Kil; Park, Sang Gyu; Lee, Young Jung; Yoon, Jong Sup [Hallym University College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    1988-08-15

    Herniated disk and bulging annulus are the major causes of lower back pain. It is necessary to differentiate bulging annulus from herniated disk because of their different methods of treatment. Myelography is one of the useful diagnostic methods for disk diseases even though advanced diagnostic modalities such as CT and MRI are more accurate. Functional myelography is not a new technology expect for two additional views, flexion and extension, are obtained with conventional myelography. Differentiation between bulging annulus and herniated disk by conventional myelography is based on the extent and multiplicity of extradural deformity of the contrast filled dural sac and neural sleeve as well as the changes of nerve root. There is no previous report about differential points between bulging annulus and herniated disk according to functional myelography. It is the purpose of this study to find any additional differential points on functional myelography between bulging annulus and herniated disk over convectional myelography. Authors analysed functional myelographic findings of 152 cases from July 1986 to July 1987. Among them, 22 cases who had been suffered from cervical abnormality or vague lower back pain were diagnosed as normal by myelography, and 30 cases of L4-5 herniated disk and 21 cases of L4-5 bulging annulus which had been finally diagnosed by operation were studied. The results were as follows. 1. In normal group, anterior epidural space was gradually widened from the upper lumbar vertebra downward. And anterior epidural space was more sidened at the disk level in extension view than in flexion except for L5-S1 lever. 2. In bulging annulus group, the shape of anterior epidural space in flexion state was as similar as normal. Anoterior epidural space in extension state was more sidened at the buldging annulus than normal, but lesser than herniated disk. 3. In herniated disk group, widening of anterior epidural space at the herniated disk level was

  12. Epidural Cystic Spinal Meningioma

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    Zhang, Ji; Chen, Zheng-he; Wang, Zi-feng; Sun, Peng; Jin, Jie-tian; Zhang, Xiang-heng; Zhao, Yi-ying; Wang, Jian; Mou, Yong-gao; Chen, Zhong-ping

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    Abstract Cystic spinal meningioma (CSM) is an uncommon meningioma variant. Extradural CSMs are particularly rare and difficult to distinguish from other intraaxial tumors. This study presents a case of a 36-year-old woman with intraspinal extradual CSM at the thoracolumbar spine. She experienced persistent weakness, progressive numbness, and sensory disturbance in the right lower limb. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the patient revealed an irregular cystic mass at the thoracic 11 to lumbar 3 levels dorsally. This case was misdiagnosed as other neoplasms prior to surgery because of the atypical radiographic features and location of the tumor. Extradural CSMs should be considered in the differential diagnosis of intraspinal extradural cystic neoplasms. Complete removal of cystic wall provides an optimal outcome, rendering the lesion curable. PMID:26986119

  13. Klebsiella pneumoniae Spinal Epidural Abscess treated conservatively: case report and review.

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    Araújo, Filipe; Ribeiro, Célia; Silva, Inês; Nero, Patrícia; Branco, Jaime C

    2012-01-01

    Spinal infections are rare but potentially life-threatening disorders. A high level of clinical suspicion is necessary for rapid diagnosis and treatment initiation. The treatment combines both antibiotics and surgical intervention in the vast majority of cases. The authors report the case of a 84-year old female patient with a three week history of persistent lumbar back pain radiating to both thighs following a lower respiratory tract infection. She had lumbar spine tenderness but no neurological compromise. Her inflammatory markers were elevated and lumbar spine magnetic resonance imaging revealed L4-L5 spondylodiscitis with spinal epidural abscess. Blood cultures isolated Klebsiella pneumoniae and, since she was neurologically stable, conservative treatment with two-week intravenous gentamicin and eight-week intravenous ceftriaxone was initiated with positive inpatient and outpatient evolution.

  14. [Case of spinal epidural abscess after continuous epidural block to manage the pain of herpes zoster].

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    Miyamoto, Tatsuhito; Nakatani, Toshihiko; Narai, Yasuhiro; Sakakibara, Manabu; Hashimoto, Tatsuya; Saito, Youji

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    A woman in her 90's received continuous epidural block for the pain of herpes zoster. Four days after epidural catheterization, she was found with cellutitis. Fourteen days after epidural catheterization, spinal epidural abscess was pointed out on MRI. Since there were no neurological symptoms, we performed conservative medical management with antibiotics. She recovered without sequela When the symptoms of cellutitis appeared after epidural block (even if there are neither neurological symptoms nor infectious signs), there is a possibility of progressing into spinal epidural abscess.

  15. Factors affecting radiation exposure during lumber epidural steroid injection: A prospective study in 759 patients

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    Kim, Su Young; Lee, Joon Woo; Kang, Heung Sik; Lee, Guen Young; Ahn, Joong Mo [Dept. of Radiology, Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, Seongnam (Korea, Republic of); Shin, Joon Ho [Dept. of Rehabilitation, National Rehabilitation Center, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

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    To estimate and compare radiation exposure and intervention time during lumbar epidural steroid injection (ESI) 1) under different practitioners and methods with continuous fluoroscopic monitoring, and 2) under one practitioner with different methods and monitoring. We consecutively recruited 804 patients who underwent lumbar ESI and 759 patients who underwent 922 interventions were included for analysis in this investigation. Three different practitioners (a senior faculty member, junior faculty member, trainee) performed lumbar ESI using different methods (caudal, interlaminar, transforaminal). The senior faculty member performed lumbar ESI under two different methods of fluoroscopic monitoring (continuous [CM] and intermittent monitoring [IM]). The dose area product (DAP) fluoroscopy time, and intervention time during lumbar ESI were compared for 1) ESI methods and practitioners under CM, and 2) ESI methods and monitoring. With CM, interaction between the effects of the practitioner and the intervention on DAP was significant (p < 0.001), but not fluoroscopy time (p = 0.672) or intervention time (p = 0.852). The significant main effects included the practitioner and intervention on DAP, fluoroscopy time, and intervention time with CM (p < 0.001). DAPs and fluoroscopy time for caudal, interlaminar, and transforaminal ESI were higher with CM than with IM (p < 0.001). Intervention time did not differ between CM and IM. Radiation exposure is dependent on the practitioners and methods and within the established safety limits during lumbar ESIs under CM. With an experienced practitioner, IM leads to less radiation exposure than CM.

  16. Spinal epidural abscess in a young girl without risk factors.

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    Mantadakis, Elpis; Birbilis, Theodosios; Michailidis, Lambros; Souftas, Vasileios; Chatzimichael, Athanassios

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    Spinal epidural abscess (SEA) is a rare infection associated with well-established risk factors mainly in adults. We describe an 11-year-old girl without any known risk factors who presented with fever and localized spinal tenderness in the lumbar area and was diagnosed with spinal MRI as suffering from a posterior SEA extending between T11 and L4. She was successfully managed with sequential intravenous and oral antibiotics along with minimally invasive surgery without laminectomy. Methicillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus was the responsible pathogen isolated at surgery. Immediate institution of antibiotics, spinal MRI, and well-timed neurosurgical consultation are mandatory for a favorable outcome in cases of SEA in children.

  17. Surgical management of cervical spinal epidural abscess caused by Brucella melitensis : report of two cases and review of the literature.

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    Ekici, Mehmet Ali; Ozbek, Zühtü; Gökoğlu, Abdülkerim; Menkü, Ahmet

    2012-06-01

    Spinal epidural abscess, if especially caused by Brucellosis is a very rare disease which is usually a consequence of spondylodiscitis. The spinal column can be affected at any joint; however, the lumbar spine is the most common region, especially at the level of the L4-5 and L5-S1. The frequency of spinal involvement usually seen at the lumbar, thoracic and cervical spine respectively. As an occupational disease in farmers, veterinaries, butchers, laboratory staff and shepherds, brucellosis can also occur by direct contact to animals and infected materials or ingestion of raw cheese, milk or unpasteurized milk products. In this study, we presented two cases with cervical spinal epidural abscess caused by brucella melitensis, which was successfully treated by surgical approach. Initial treatment was combined with antibiotic therapy after the surgery for 3 months.

  18. Thoracic epidural steroid injection for rib fracture pain.

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    Rauchwerger, Jacob J; Candido, Kenneth D; Deer, Timothy R; Frogel, Jonathan K; Iadevaio, Robert; Kirschen, Neil B

    2013-06-01

    Treatment for rib fracture pain can be broadly divided into pharmacologic approaches with oral and/or parenteral medication and interventional approaches utilizing neuraxial analgesia or peripheral nerve blocks to provide pain relief. Both approaches attempt to control nociceptive and neuropathic pain secondary to osseous injury and nerve insult, respectively. Success of treatment is ultimately measured by the ability of the selected modality to decrease pain, chest splinting, and to prevent sequelae of injury, such as pneumonia. Typically, opioids and NSAIDs are the drugs of first choice for acute pain because of ease of administration, immediate onset of action, and rapid titration to effect. In contrast, neuropathic pain medications have a slower onset of action and are more difficult to titrate to therapeutic effect. Interventional approaches include interpleural catheters, intercostal nerve blocks, paravertebral nerve blocks, and thoracic and lumbar epidural catheters. Each intervention has its own inherent advantages, disadvantages, and success rates. Rib fracture pain management practice is founded on the thoracic surgical and anesthesiology literature. Articles addressing rib fracture pain are relatively scarce in the pain medicine literature. As life expectancy increases, and as healthcare system modifications are implemented, pain medicine physicians may be consulted to treat increasing number of patients suffering rib fracture pain and may need to resort to novel therapeutic measures because of financial constraints imposed by those changes. Here we present the first published case series of thoracic epidural steroid injections used for management of rib fracture pain. © 2012 The Authors Pain Practice © 2012 World Institute of Pain.

  19. Paraplegia caused by aortic coarctation complicated with spinal epidural hemorrhage.

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    Tsai, Yi-Da; Hsu, Chin-Wang; Hsu, Chia-Ching; Liao, Wen-I; Chen, Sy-Jou

    2016-03-01

    Aortic coarctation complicated with spinal artery aneurysm rupture is exceptionally rare and can be source of intraspinal hemorrhage with markedly poor prognosis. A 21-year-old man visited the emergency department because of chest and back pain along with immobility of bilateral lower limbs immediately after he woke up in the morning. Complete flaccid paraplegia and hypoesthesia in dermatome below bilateral T3 level and pain over axial region from neck to lumbar region were noted. A computed tomography excluded aortic dissection. Magnetic resonance imaging revealed a fusiform lesion involving the anterior epidural space from C7 to T2 level suspected of epidural hemorrhage, causing compression of spinal cord. He started intravenous corticosteroid but refused operation concerning the surgical benefits. Severe chest pain occurred with newly onset right bundle branch block that developed the other day. Coronary artery angiography revealed myocardial bridge of left anterior descending coronary artery at middle third and coarctation of aorta. He underwent thoracic endovascular aortic repair uneventfully. The patient was hemodynamically stable but with slow improvement in neurologic recovery of lower limbs. Aortic coarcation can cause paralysis by ruptured vascular aneurysms with spinal hemorrhage and chest pain that mimics acute aortic dissection. A history of hypertension at young age and aortic regurgitated murmurs may serve as clues for further diagnostic studies. Cautious and prudent evaluation and cross disciplines cares are essential for diagnosis and successful management of the disease.

  20. Neuromodulation of evoked muscle potentials induced by epidural spinal-cord stimulation in paralyzed individuals.

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    Sayenko, Dimitry G; Angeli, Claudia; Harkema, Susan J; Edgerton, V Reggie; Gerasimenko, Yury P

    2014-03-01

    Epidural stimulation (ES) of the lumbosacral spinal cord has been used to facilitate standing and voluntary movement after clinically motor-complete spinal-cord injury. It seems of importance to examine how the epidurally evoked potentials are modulated in the spinal circuitry and projected to various motor pools. We hypothesized that chronically implanted electrode arrays over the lumbosacral spinal cord can be used to assess functionally spinal circuitry linked to specific motor pools. The purpose of this study was to investigate the functional and topographic organization of compound evoked potentials induced by the stimulation. Three individuals with complete motor paralysis of the lower limbs participated in the study. The evoked potentials to epidural spinal stimulation were investigated after surgery in a supine position and in one participant, during both supine and standing, with body weight load of 60%. The stimulation was delivered with intensity from 0.5 to 10 V at a frequency of 2 Hz. Recruitment curves of evoked potentials in knee and ankle muscles were collected at three localized and two wide-field stimulation configurations. Epidural electrical stimulation of rostral and caudal areas of lumbar spinal cord resulted in a selective topographical recruitment of proximal and distal leg muscles, as revealed by both magnitude and thresholds of the evoked potentials. ES activated both afferent and efferent pathways. The components of neural pathways that can mediate motor-evoked potentials were highly dependent on the stimulation parameters and sensory conditions, suggesting a weight-bearing-induced reorganization of the spinal circuitries.

  1. Evidence for using air or fluid when identifying the epidural space.

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    Sanford, Curtis L; Rodriguez, Ricardo E; Schmidt, James; Austin, Paul N

    2013-02-01

    Lumbar epidural analgesia is frequently employed to provide pain relief for women during labor. Anesthesia providers use various methods to identify the epidural space. Some providers use air, some use fluid, and others use a combination of air and fluid during the loss of resistance technique. Loss of resistance to air has been speculated to result in a lesser quality of analgesia compared with loss of resistance to only fluid. A search strategy focusing on preappraised sources was used to locate evidence from interventional and observational studies. Four evidence sources were located, including a systematic review with meta-analysis of 4 older studies. The evidence reviewed was inconclusive in determining whether a difference in analgesia quality results from the use of air or fluid during the loss of resistance technique. Future studies should include an adequate number of subjects and address other problems such as operator experience, observer blinding, equivalence of subject characteristics, outcomes definition and measurement, and composition of epidural solution. Providers should consider other factors when selecting loss of resistance medium, such as the reported complications of large amounts of air injected into the epidural space and surrounding structures.

  2. The experience of labour with epidural analgesia

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    Jepsen, Ingrid; Keller, Kurt Dauer

    2014-01-01

    of the epidural analgesia as high, in general, their satisfaction with labour is unchanged or even lower when epidural analgesia is used. Question: How do women experience being in labour with epidural analgesia, and what kind of midwifery care do they, consequently, need? Methods: A field study and semi......-structured interviews were conducted on a phenomenological basis. Nine nulliparous women were observed from initiation of epidural analgesia until birth of their baby. They were interviewed the day after the birth and again 2 months later. The involved midwives were interviewed 2–3 h after the birth. Findings......: Initiation of epidural analgesia can have considerable implications for women’s experience of labour. Two different types of emotional reactions towards epidural analgesia are distinguished, one of which is particularly marked by a subtle sense of worry and ambivalence. Another important finding refers...

  3. Epidural Analgesia in the Postoperative Period

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    2001-10-01

    epidurally. They are opiods and local anesthetics. The pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of each class are different, and they may act...overall pharmacodynamics of the drug. Epidural Opioids Brown (2000) states that opioids are one class of drug that may be used for epidural analgesia...morphine with lidocaine or bupivacaine with the effects of these medications when administered alone in mice. They used various tests to measure

  4. Paraplegia After Thoracic Epidural Steroid Injection.

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    Loomba, Vivek; Kaveeshvar, Hirsh; Dwivedi, Samvid

    2016-09-01

    Epidural steroid injections are a common procedure performed by pain physicians. The American Society of Regional Anesthesia along with several other groups recently provided guidelines for performing epidural injections in the setting of anticoagulants. We present a case of a patient who developed an epidural hematoma and subsequent paraplegia despite strict adherence to these guidelines. Although new guidelines serve to direct practice, risks of devastating neurologic complications remain as evidenced by our case.

  5. Acquired lumbar spinal stenosis.

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    Deasy, JoAnn

    2015-04-01

    Lumbar spinal stenosis is the most frequent reason for spinal surgery in patients over age 65 years. In this condition, narrowing of the lumbar spinal canal and nerve root canals leads to painful, debilitating compression of spinal nerves and blood vessels. As the population ages, an increasing number of patients will be diagnosed and treated for lumbar spinal stenosis by primary care providers. This article reviews the pathophysiology, diagnosis, and management of lumbar spinal stenosis in adults over age 50 years.

  6. Fluoroscopic lumbar interlaminar epidural injections in managing chronic lumbar axial or discogenic pain

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    Manchikanti L; Cash KA; McManus CD; Pampati V; Benyamin R

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    Laxmaiah Manchikanti,1,2 Kimberly A Cash,1 Carla D McManus,1 Vidyasagar Pampati,1 Ramsin Benyamin3,41Pain Management Center of Paducah, Paducah, KY; 2University of Louisville, Louisville, KY; 3Millennium Pain Center, Bloomington, IL; 4University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL, USAAbstract: Among the multiple causes of chronic low back pain, axial and discogenic pain are common. Various modalities of treatments are utilized in managing discogenic and axial low back pain including e...

  7. Congenital Lumbar Hernia

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    Sanjay Sharma

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Lumbar hernia is a rare hernia. It constitutes less than one percent of all abdominal hernias. It can becongenital or acquired. Acquired can occur either spontaneously or after surgery or trauma. Only 300cases of lumbar hernia are reported till date. We report a case of congenital lumbar hernia in one month oldmale baby

  8. Spinal epidural abscess: common symptoms of an emergency condition. A case report.

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    Rosc-Bereza, K; Arkuszewski, M; Ciach-Wysocka, E; Boczarska-Jedynak, M

    2013-08-01

    Spinal epidural abscess (SEA) is a severe pyogenic infection of the epidural space that leads to devastating neurological deficits and may be fatal. SEA is usually located in the thoracic and lumbar parts of the vertebral column and injures the spine by direct compression or local ischemia. Spinal injury may be prevented if surgical and medical interventions are implemented early. The diagnosis is difficult, because clinical symptoms are not specific and can mimic many benign conditions. The classical triad of symptoms includes back pain, fever and neurological deterioration. The gold standard in the diagnostic evaluation is magnetic resonance imaging with gadolinium enhancement, which determines the location and extent of the abscess. Increased awareness of the disease is essential for rapid recognition and immediate implementation of treatment. Here we describe the case of a 26-year-old woman with SEA with fever, back pain in the thoracic region and delayed symptoms of a transverse spinal cord injury.

  9. MRI after successful lumbar discectomy

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    Goethem, J.W.M. van [Department of Radiology, University of Antwerp, Wilrijkstraat 10, B-2650 Edegem (Belgium); Kelft, E. van de [Department of Neurosurgery, University of Antwerp, Edegem (Belgium); Biltjes, I.G.G.M. [Department of Radiology, University of Antwerp, Wilrijkstraat 10, B-2650 Edegem (Belgium); Hasselt, B.A.A.M. van [Department of Radiology, University of Antwerp, Wilrijkstraat 10, B-2650 Edegem (Belgium); Hauwe, L. van den [Department of Radiology, University of Antwerp, Wilrijkstraat 10, B-2650 Edegem (Belgium); Parizel, P.M. [Department of Radiology, University of Antwerp, Wilrijkstraat 10, B-2650 Edegem (Belgium); Schepper, A.M.A. de [Department of Radiology, University of Antwerp, Wilrijkstraat 10, B-2650 Edegem (Belgium)

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    Our aim was to establish the normal range of MRI findings after successful lumbar discectomy. We prospectively examined 34 consecutive patients with an excellent clinical outcome by MRI 6 weeks and 6 months after surgery. All examinations included sagittal and axial spin-echo (SE) T1-weighted images before and after intravenous gadolinium-DTPA and fast SE T2-weighted images. Contrast enhancement along the surgical tract was seen in all patients 6 weeks and 6 months after surgery. After 6 months minimal or no mass effect on the dural sac by epidural scar was seen. In 20 % of patients there was recurrent disc herniation, with mass effect. Enhancing nerve roots were seen in 20 % of patients 6 weeks postoperatively, and half of these were associated with recurrent disc herniation at the same side. None of these patients still showed nerve root enhancement 6 months after surgery. Postoperative MRI studies must be interpreted with great care since the features described in the failed back surgery syndrome are also found, to some extent, in asymptomatic postoperative patients. (orig.). With 7 figs., 2 tabs.

  10. Lumbar Plexus and Sciatic Nerve Blocks for Fixation of Proximal Femoral Fractures in patients with Multiple Co-Morbidities

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    T.V.S Gopal

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Anaesthesia management for proximal femoral fractures of high risk patients with debilitating systemic co-morbidities is a challenging task. It is generally done under the effect of regional anaesthesia or general anaesthesia (GA, with systemic analgesics for alleviation of pain after surgery. A combination of lumbar plexus and sciatic nerve blocks can provide anaesthesia and analgesia to the entire lower extremity including the hip. Analgesic potency of lumbar plexus and sciatic nerve blocks is similar to epidural analgesia for hip surgery without the undesirable side effects. We describe here two cases of proximal femoral fractures which were done under combined lumbar plexus and sciatic nerve block.

  11. Systemic effects of epidural methylprednisolone injection on glucose tolerance in diabetic patients

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    Zufferey Pascal

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Several studies have shown that in diabetic patients, the glycemic profile was disturbed after intra-articular injection of corticosteroids. Little is known about the impact of epidural injection in such patients. The goal of this study was double, at first comparing the glycaemic profile in diabetic patients after a unique injection of 80 mg of acetate methylprednisolone either intra-articular or epidural and secondly to compare the amount of systemic diffusion of the drug after both procedures. Methods Seventeen patients were included. Glycemic changes were compared in 9 diabetic patients following intra-articular (4 patients and epidural injections (5 patients. Epidural injections were performed using the sacral route under fluoroscopic control in patients with lumbar spinal stenosis. Diabetes control had to stable for more than 10 days and the renal function to be preserved. Blood glucose was monitored using a validated continuous measuring device (GMS, Medtronic the day before and for two days following the injection. Results were expressed in the form of daily glycemic profiles and as by mean, peak and minimal values +/- SD. The urinary excretion of methylprednisolone after the 2 routes of injection was analyzed in 8 patients (4 in each group. Urine samples were cropped one hour before the injections, then 4 times during the first day and 3 times a week for 2 weeks. The measurements included the free and conjugated fraction Results The glycaemic profile remains unchanged with no significant changes in the group of the 5 diabetic patients receiving epidural injections. On the other end, the average peak and and mean values were enhanced up to 3 mmol/l above baseline two days after the infiltration in the groups of the 4 diabetic patients infiltrated intra-articular. The mean urinary excretion of the steroid was about ten times higher in the intra-articular versus epidural group: 7000 ng/ml versus 700 ng/ml. Looking at

  12. Epidural lipomatosis and congenital small spinal canal in spinal anaesthesia: a case report and review of the literature

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    Flisberg Per

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    Full Text Available Abstract Introduction Complications after lumbar anaesthesia and epidural blood patch have been described in patients with congenital small spinal canal and increased epidural fat or epidural lipomatosis. These conditions, whether occurring separately or in combination, require magnetic resonance imaging for diagnosis and grading, but their clinical significance is still unclear. Case presentation A 35-year-old Caucasian woman who was undergoing a Caesarean section developed a longstanding L4-L5 unilateral neuropathy after the administration of spinal anaesthesia. There were several attempts to correctly position the needle, one of which resulted in paraesthesia. A magnetic resonance image revealed that the patient's bony spinal canal was congenitally small and had excess epidural fat. The cross-sectional area of the dural sac was then reduced, which left practically no free cerebrospinal fluid space. Conclusion The combination of epidural lipomatosis of varying degrees and congenital small spinal canal has not been previously discussed with spinal anaesthesia. Due to the low cerebrospinal fluid content of the small dural sac, the cauda equina becomes a firm system with a very limited possibility for the nerve roots to move away from the puncture needle when it is inserted into the dural sac. This constitutes risks of technical difficulties and neuropathies with spinal anaesthesia.

  13. Bacteriological Profile of Epidural Catheters

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    B. M. Sahay, Sanjot Dahake, D. K Mendiratta*,Vijayshree Deotale*,B. Premendran, P.S.Dhande, Pratibha Narang*

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    Full Text Available The bacteriological profile of epidural catheters was studied in 88 patients. Skin swabs before catheterizationand before removal of catheter with their controls were cultured in TSB Medium. The catheter hub, theportion at the skin puncture site and at the tip were cultured in TSB Medium. The 1cm of the catheter bitjust before the tip was cultured in TGB medium for anaerobes.Both, the skin controls swabs and theanaerobic culture, were negative. From the remaining, 56 positive cultures were obtained. Staphylococcusepidermidis was the predominant organism in 52% followed by staphylococcus aureus 25%. The remaining23% was shared by Acinetobacter, Pseudomonas, Klebsiella, and E. coli. All the positive cultures fromskin prior to epidural catheterization had turned sterile by 48 hours, indicating continued bactericidal actionof the disinfectant. The likely source of positive skin cultures at 48 hours is hair follicles.The catheter tipculture was positive in 9 specimen, none of which resulted in the formation of epidural abscess. In 3 casesthe cultures of skin puncture site and the tip were identical indicating tracking-in of the organisms.

  14. Catheter failure rates and time course with epidural versus combined spinal-epidural analgesia in labor.

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    Groden, J; Gonzalez-Fiol, A; Aaronson, J; Sachs, A; Smiley, R

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    The combined spinal-epidural technique for labor analgesia has several advantages over the traditional epidural technique, including faster onset, greater maternal satisfaction, and decreased need for physician boluses. Proponents of the epidural technique criticize the combined spinal-epidural technique, arguing that the epidural catheter remains untested and thus may not be reliable if needed for surgical intervention. We compared failure rates and time of failure between techniques in our tertiary-care academic practice. Data regarding failed catheters were collected from October 2012 to September 2014 as part of our Quality Assurance program. Failed catheters were defined as any catheter replaced after it was considered to be properly placed and then determined to be intravascular, one sided or resulting in poor maternal analgesia or anesthesia. A total of 5487 analgesics were performed (3980 combined spinal-epidural; 1507 epidural). Eighty-five combined spinal-epidural catheters (2.1%) and 59 epidural catheters (3.9%) were replaced during labor (Plabor and that the time to detection of a failed catheter was significantly longer in the combined spinal-epidural group. Our findings validate the combined spinal-epidural technique as reliable for labor analgesia and tend to refute the theory of the untested catheter. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  15. MRI of the lumbar spine. Technical aspect. T2-weighted fat saturation coronal dynamic MRI of the lumbar spine; IRM du rachis lombaire. Aspects techniques. Coupe coronales en T2 et saturation de graisse IRM dynamique du rachis lombaire

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    Clarisse, J.; Francke, J.P.; Leclet, H.; Bourgeois, Ph.; Chastanet, P.; Cotten, A. [Hopital Roger Salengro, 59 - Lille (France)

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    Assess the feasibility of `dynamic` MRI of the lumbar spine and study the parameters of a single MRI sequence favorable for simultaneous imaging of the meningeal space and the epidural and foraminal venous system. Favor a decline in the number of sacco-radiculograms. Clinical assessment in the following circumstances: discordant clinical and and radiographic findings, difficulty in interpreting single or multiple disc-root conflicts, preoperative work-up in cases of narrow or stenotic lumbar canal. Dynamic MRI of the lumbar spine is possible if the hypothesis that the hyper-lordosis obtained in the supine position creates an anatomic and radiographic situation identical to the hyper-lordosis induced by the upright position is accepted. The `radiculo-phlebographic` sequence gives images of the root sheaths and the epidural, foraminal and extra-foraminal veins simultaneously, particularly in the coronal plane. (authors)

  16. Absceso cerebral posquirúrgico causado por Propionibacterium acnes Post-surgery cerebral abscess due to Propionibacterium acnes

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    Mariela S. Zárate

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    Full Text Available Los abscesos cerebrales por Propionibacterium acnes son poco frecuentes. Es importante para el médico clínico la rápida identificación de este patógeno para la elección de una terapéutica antibiótica adecuada. En este caso se describe un paciente con una exéresis de un glioblastoma multiforme donde a los 9 meses se evidenció la existencia de una recidiva tumoral, se efectuó una extirpación tumoral subtotal y la colocación de implantes de quimioterapia en el lecho tumoral residual. Al cabo de un mes de esta reoperación presentó una lesión ocupante compatible con un absceso cerebral, motivo por el cual se realizó nueva craneotomía y drenaje del mismo. En los cultivos de las biopsias y del material purulento se aisló P. acnes como flora única. Para la identificación se realizaron pruebas bioquímicas y se aplicó el sistema API20A. Se determinó la concentración inhibitoria mínima (CIM a clindamicina, penicilina, amoxicilina y metronidazol, los valores de CIM (ug/ml obtenidos fueron: 0.250, 0.040, 0.023 y 256, respectivamente. El paciente recibió cefepime más metronidazol por vía endovenosa durante un período de 30 días y completó tratamiento con clindamicina por vía oral durante 60 días, dada la posible complicación ósea en el sitio de la infección. Luego de 8 meses de la intervención quirúrgica y el drenaje del absceso cerebral no hubo evidencia de signos clínicos de recidiva tumoral e infecciosa. P. acnes es un patógeno infrecuente como causal de abscesos cerebrales, sin embargo no se debe desestimar en muestras neuroquirúrgicas.Brain abscesses by Propionibacterium acnes are rare. The rapid identification of this pathogen is important in order to choice the appropriate antibiotic therapy. We describe the case of a patient with excision of a multiform glioblastoma who 9 months later presented a tumor recurrence. A subtotal tumor excision was made and implants chemotherapy were placed in the residual tumor

  17. Lumbar disc cyst with contralateral radiculopathy

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    Kishore Tourani

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    Full Text Available Disc cysts are uncommon intraspinal cystic lesions located in the ventrolateral epidural space. They communicate with the nucleus pulposus of the intervertebral disc and cause symptoms by radicular compression. We report a unique case of lumbar disc cyst that was associated with disc herniation and contralateral radiculopathy. A 22 year old male presented with one month history of back-ache radiating to the left leg. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI showed L3-L4 disc herniation with annular tear and cystic lesion in the extradural space anterior to the thecal sac on right side, which increased in size over a period of 3 weeks. L3 laminectomy and bilateral discectomy and cyst excision was done with partial improvement of patients symptoms.

  18. Idiopathic Spinal Epidural Abscess: A Case Report

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    Full Text Available Epidural abscess is a potentially life-threatening disease which can lead to medical-surgical emergency. Idiopathic spinal epidural abscess (SEA with atypical manifestations is extremely rare. We describe such a case which led to severe neurological compromise and was not associated with any known risk factors.

  19. Idiopathic Spinal Epidural Abscess: A Case Report

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    Epidural abscess is a potentially life-threatening disease which can lead to medical-surgical emergency. Idiopathic spinal epidural abscess (SEA) with atypical manifestations is extremely rare. We describe such a case which led to severe neurological compromise and was not associated with any known risk factors.

  20. Prosthetic Valve Endocarditis: A Complication of Spinal Epidural Abscess

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    Armando Bedoya

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    Full Text Available Epidural injections for chronic low back pain are controversial, and their effectiveness is debated. Although epidural injections are considered a minor procedure with low morbidity, catastrophic complications may occur. We describe a case of prosthetic valve endocarditis secondary to an epidural abscess after epidural injection to alert clinicians to this unusual association.

  1. Prosthetic Valve Endocarditis: A Complication of Spinal Epidural Abscess

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    Epidural injections for chronic low back pain are controversial, and their effectiveness is debated. Although epidural injections are considered a minor procedure with low morbidity, catastrophic complications may occur. We describe a case of prosthetic valve endocarditis secondary to an epidural abscess after epidural injection to alert clinicians to this unusual association.

  2. A CLINICAL STUDY OF CAUDAL EPIDURAL ANAESTHESIA FOR TRANSURETHRAL RESECTION OF PROSTATE

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    Satyendra S

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    Full Text Available In the Urological surgery, the most commonly performed procedure in Transurethral Resection of Prostate. Most of these patients are elderly above the age of 60 years with various systemic problems. The common problem includes cardiovascular disorder, chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases and various old age problems. These patients present as a challenge to anaesthesiologists because they are high risk patients for endoscopic surgeries. Various worker since many years tried different type of anesthesia procedure. The regional techniques have been proved to be safe and less risky. It includes spinal, lumbar epidural, combined spinal epidural and caudal epidural. The caudal epidural block have been used by many workers for TURP in elderly patients since so many years. The Present study includes 50 patients of ASA grade I, II, III including cardiovascular problem, COPD, and other spinal deformities, scheduled for TURP. After pre anesthetic checkup and through investigation, caudal epidural block were given by standard technique. Observation and results were recorded by observing the onset and duration of analgesia, level of block, any side effects. The changes in pulse rate, blood pressure, SPO 2 , ECG were closely monitored throughout the procedure. The observation showed that 60% of patients having co - existing diseases and most of them having chronic Hypertension (30%, onset of analgesia was 10 - 15 mins in 30 patients. Motor blockade by modified bromage scale was observed and found that 45 patients ( 90% has MBS - O. There were no significant changes observed in PR, BP, R/R, ECG and SPO 2 throughout the procedure in all patients. Response to total procedure was found excellent in 40 patients ( 80%. There were no significant complication observed in maximum number of patients. Only 5 patients had complained of nausea and vomiting, which was successfully treated by antiemetics

  3. Effects of epidural lidocaine analgesia on labor and delivery: A randomized, prospective, controlled trial

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    Nafisi Shahram

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Whether epidural analgesia for labor prolongs the active-first and second labor stages and increases the risk of vacuum-assisted delivery is a controversial topic. Our study was conducted to answer the question: does lumbar epidural analgesia with lidocaine affect the progress of labor in our obstetric population? Method 395 healthy, nulliparous women, at term, presented in spontaneous labor with a singleton vertex presentation. These patients were randomized to receive analgesia either, epidural with bolus doses of 1% lidocaine or intravenous, with meperidine 25 to 50 mg when their cervix was dilated to 4 centimeters. The duration of the active-first and second stages of labor and the neonatal apgar scores were recorded, in each patient. The total number of vacuum-assisted and cesarean deliveries were also measured. Results 197 women were randomized to the epidural group. 198 women were randomized to the single-dose intravenous meperidine group. There was no statistical difference in rates of vacuum-assisted delivery rate. Cesarean deliveries, as a consequence of fetal bradycardia or dystocia, did not differ significantly between the groups. Differences in the duration of the active-first and the second stages of labor were not statistically significant. The number of newborns with 1-min and 5-min Apgar scores less than 7, did not differ significantly between both analgesia groups. Conclusion Epidural analgesia with 1% lidocaine does not prolong the active-first and second stages of labor and does not increase vacuum-assisted or cesarean delivery rate.

  4. Spontaneous Cervico-Thoracic Spinal Epidural Hematoma in an Elderly Patient: A Rare Presentation

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    Reyaz Ahmed Para,Muzamil Latief,Huma Noor

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available Spontaneous spinal epidural hematoma (SSEH is a rare entity.SSEH is an accumulation of blood in the vertebral epidural space in the absence of trauma or iatrogenic procedure like lumbar puncture.The incidence of SSEH has been estimated at 0.1 patients per 100,000 individuals and represents less than 1% of spinal space-occupying lesions .Here we are presenting case of a 65year old female hypertensive on treatment with controlled blood pressure, who presented with sudden onset paraplegia and weakness of muscles of hand, associated with urinary and bowel incontinence that started 6 hours before presenting to Emergency Room .Patient was subjected to MRI spine that revealed a collection in spinal epidural space ,hypointense in T1W images and hyperintense in T2W images, extending from C6-C7 to T1-T2 suggestive of acute / subacute epidural hematoma (fig 1.In our case all possible causes of an epidural haematoma were ruled out by relevant investigations.Patient was subjected to surgical evacuation of hematoma after 48 hours of presentation.Perioperative and Postoperative period was uneventfull . Sensations over involved areas improved. Motor weakness also improved from Grade III to Grade IV+ in bilateral lower limbs and from Grade II to Grade IV in small muscles of hand and triceps, however Patient persisited with urinary incontinence.CONCLUSION: When a patient receiving anticoagulant therapy complains of sudden and unexplained neck or back pain, we should suspect the possibility of SSEH. For early diagnosis, immediate MRI is essential .In addition, we should consider SSEH as one of the important differential diagnoses in elderly patients who have developed acute myelopathy. [Natl J Med Res 2013; 3(4.000: 424-427

  5. Amebic liver abscess with bacterial superinfection in a patient with no epidemiologic risk factors Absceso hepático amebiano sobreinfectado sin antecedentes epidemiológicos

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    P. Sánchez-Pobre

    2004-11-01

    Full Text Available The amebic liver abscess is uncommon in developed countries like Spain, but the incidence is increasing probably due to the migratory movements of the population. We report a case of an amebic abscess, initially unsuspected due to the absence of epidemiologic risk factors and the negative serology for amebiasis, in the early stages of the disease.El absceso hepático amebiano es infrecuente en países desarrollados, como lo es el caso de España, pero su incidencia está aumentando, posiblemente en relación con los movimientos migratorios de la población. Presentamos un caso de absceso hepático amebiano, no sospechado inicialmente, debido a la ausencia de antecedentes epidemiológicos y a la negatividad de las pruebas serológicas en las fases iniciales de enfermedad.

  6. Brucellar discitis as a cause of lumbar disc herniation: a case report.

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    Yilmaz, Cem; Akar, Aykan; Civelek, Erdinç; Köksay, Berkay; Kabatas, Serdar; Cansever, Tufan; Caner, Hakan

    2010-01-01

    Brucellosis is an infectious disease spread by consumption of non-pasteurized milk products or through contact with infected animals. Spinal involvement is one of the most important complications and the lumbar area is the most frequently affected site. Among the neurological consequences, nerve root compression can be a result of epidural abscess, granuloma or discitis secondary to vertebral body involvement. In this case report we present a 50-year-old male patient with brucellar discitis without spondylitis which caused lumbar disc herniation. We want to emphasize that discitis should also be considered in differential diagnosis of nerve root compression in suspected cases.

  7. Spinal needle force monitoring during lumbar puncture using fiber Bragg grating force device.

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    Ambastha, Shikha; Umesh, Sharath; Dabir, Sundaresh; Asokan, Sundarrajan

    2016-11-01

    A technique for real-time dynamic monitoring of force experienced by a spinal needle during lumbar puncture using a fiber Bragg grating (FBG) sensor is presented. The proposed FBG force device (FBGFD) evaluates the compressive force on the spinal needle during lumbar puncture, particularly avoiding the bending effect on the needle. The working principle of the FBGFD is based on transduction of force experienced by the spinal needle into strain variations monitored by the FBG sensor. FBGFD facilitates external mounting of a spinal needle for its smooth insertion during lumbar puncture without any intervention. The developed FBGFD assists study and analysis of the force required for the spinal needle to penetrate various tissue layers from skin to the epidural space; this force is indicative of the varied resistance offered by different tissue layers for the spinal needle traversal. Calibration of FBGFD is performed on a micro-universal testing machine for 0 to 20 N range with an obtained resolution of 0.021 N. The experimental trials using spinal needles mounted on FBGFD are carried out on a human cadaver specimen with punctures made in the lumbar region from different directions. Distinct forces are recorded when the needle encounters skin, muscle tissue, and a bone in its traversing path. Real-time spinal needle force monitoring using FBGFD may reduce potentially serious complications during the lumbar puncture, such as overpuncturing of tissue regions, by impeding the spinal needle insertion at epidural space.

  8. Spinal needle force monitoring during lumbar puncture using fiber Bragg grating force device

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    Ambastha, Shikha; Umesh, Sharath; Dabir, Sundaresh; Asokan, Sundarrajan

    2016-11-01

    A technique for real-time dynamic monitoring of force experienced by a spinal needle during lumbar puncture using a fiber Bragg grating (FBG) sensor is presented. The proposed FBG force device (FBGFD) evaluates the compressive force on the spinal needle during lumbar puncture, particularly avoiding the bending effect on the needle. The working principle of the FBGFD is based on transduction of force experienced by the spinal needle into strain variations monitored by the FBG sensor. FBGFD facilitates external mounting of a spinal needle for its smooth insertion during lumbar puncture without any intervention. The developed FBGFD assists study and analysis of the force required for the spinal needle to penetrate various tissue layers from skin to the epidural space; this force is indicative of the varied resistance offered by different tissue layers for the spinal needle traversal. Calibration of FBGFD is performed on a micro-universal testing machine for 0 to 20 N range with an obtained resolution of 0.021 N. The experimental trials using spinal needles mounted on FBGFD are carried out on a human cadaver specimen with punctures made in the lumbar region from different directions. Distinct forces are recorded when the needle encounters skin, muscle tissue, and a bone in its traversing path. Real-time spinal needle force monitoring using FBGFD may reduce potentially serious complications during the lumbar puncture, such as overpuncturing of tissue regions, by impeding the spinal needle insertion at epidural space.

  9. Sparganosis in the Lumbar Spine : Report of Two Cases and Review of the Literature

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    Park, Jin Hoon; Park, Young Soo; Kim, Jong Sung; Roh, Sung Woo

    2011-01-01

    Sparganosis is a rare parasitic infection affecting various organs, including the central nervous system, especially the lumbar epidural space. This report describes the identification of disease and different strategies of treatments with preoperative information. A 42-year-old man presented with a 2-year history of urinary incontinence and impotence. He had a history of ingesting raw frogs 40 years ago. Magnetic resonance (MR) imaging showed an intramedullary nodular mass at conus medullari...

  10. Comparison of the therapeutic effect between a transforminal along with a caudal epidural injection, as well as two-level transforaminal epidural injections ina radiculopathy patient

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    Hwang, Jung Han; Hwang, Cheol Mog; Cho, Young Jun; Kim, Keun Won; Kim, Young Joong; Seo, Jae Young; Lim, Seong Joo [Dept. of Diagnostic Radiology, Konyang University Hospital, Deajeon (Korea, Republic of); Kang, Byeong Seong [Dept. of Radiology, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Ulsan University Hospital, Ulsan (Korea, Republic of)

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    The aim of this study was to evaluate the therapeutic effect of a transforaminal epidural steroid injection (TFESI) along with a caudal epidural steroid injection (ESI), compared to two-level TFESIs in a multi-level radiculopathy patient. A total of 895 lumbar ESIs were performed in 492 patients with multi-level radiculopathy from January 2012 to January 2015. Before injections were performed, the initial Numeric Rating Scale (NRS) score was assessed in all patients, categorized into no pain (excellent), mild (good, NRS: 1-3), moderate (fair, NRS: 4-6), and severe pain (poor, NRS: 7-10). Therapeutic effects were examined for two groups: one-level TFESI along with caudal and ESI two-level TFESIs. Patient outcomes were assessed by NRS in a serial follow-up at one, three, and six months. One TFESI along with caudal ESI was performed in 274 patients and two TFESIs for 218. For the former group with one TFESI along with caudal ESI, excellent results were shown: 219 (79.9%) patients after one month, 200 (72.9%) after three, and 193 (70.4%) after six months. In the patient group with two TFESIs (n = 218) the outcomes were also very good: 152 (69.7%) after one month, 131 (60.0%) after three months, and 123 (56.4%) patients after six months. The therapeutic effect of one TFESI along with caudal ESI was better than two TFESIs in for one, threes, and six months (p < 0.01). Transforaminal epidural steroid with caudal epidural injection is a more effective tool for lumbosacral radiculopathy than two level transforaminal injections in multi-level radiculopathy patients.

  11. Epidural volume extension in combined spinal epidural anaesthesia for elective caesarean section: a randomised controlled trial.

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    Loubert, C; O'Brien, P J; Fernando, R; Walton, N; Philip, S; Addei, T; Columb, M O; Hallworth, S

    2011-05-01

    We investigated the effect of epidural volume extension on spinal blockade in pregnant women undergoing elective caesarean section with a combined spinal-epidural technique. We randomly allocated 90 healthy subjects to three groups to receive spinal hyperbaric bupivacaine 7.5 mg (group B7.5), spinal hyperbaric bupivacaine 7.5 mg immediately followed by epidural volume extension with saline 5 ml (group B7.5-EVE) or spinal hyperbaric bupivacaine 10 mg without epidural volume extension (group B10). We evaluated the height of the block every 5 min for 15 min following the spinal injection. The overall sensory block level increased with time (p epidural volume extension with 5 ml saline as part of a combined spinal epidural technique in term parturients undergoing elective caesarean section.

  12. Hematoma epidural secundario a anestesia espinal: Tratamiento conservador Epidural hematoma secondary to spinal anesthesia: Conservative treatment

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    M. Bermejo

    2004-11-01

    Full Text Available Introducción: El hematoma epidural secundario a una anestesia neuroaxial es una complicación poco frecuente, pero de gran trascendencia tanto por sus implicaciones clínicas como por las médico legales; según algunos autores su incidencia puede oscilar entre 1/190.000-1/200.000 para las punciones peridurales y 1/320.000 en el caso de las espinales. El aspecto prioritario en su manejo terapéutico es el del diagnóstico y tratamiento precoz, antes de las 6-12 primeras horas. No obstante, en determinados pacientes como en el caso que presentamos puede no ser precisa la cirugía, resolviéndose el cuadro con tratamiento conservador. Caso clínico: Varón de 73 años, ASA IV, con antecedentes de cirrosis con hipertensión portal, hiperesplenismo, EPOC, obesidad, cardiopatía hipertensiva e insuficiencia tricuspídea. Se programa para alcoholización prostática al haber sido desechada la cirugía. En la analítica preoperatoria destacaba una actividad de protrombina del 80% y 90.000 plaquetas. Se realizaron varios intentos fallidos de punción espinal, finalmente fue precisa una anestesia general con ventilación espontánea mediante mascarilla laríngea, propofol, fentanilo y sevoflurano. A las 36 horas, comienza la clínica en forma de dolor intenso lumbar, sin irradiación y arreflexia cutáneo plantar, confirmándose en la RMN la presencia de un hematoma epidural de L1 a L4. Ante la ausencia de paraparesia flácida, afectación esfinteriana u otros signos sensitivo-motores y tras consulta con la Unidad de Raquis y con el Servicio de Neurología se decide tratamiento conservador y actitud expectante en forma de analgesia y monitorización neurológica estricta, clínica y radiológica. Evolucionando favorablemente en los siguientes días. Discusión: Determinadas condiciones clínicas pueden influir en la aparición de un hematoma tras la realización de un bloqueo regional central: heparinas de bajo peso molecular, punciones dificultosas

  13. Dorsal spinal epidural cavernous hemangioma

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    Darshana Sanghvi

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available A 61-year-old female patient presented with diffuse pain in the dorsal region of the back of 3 months duration. The magnetic resonance imaging showed an extramedullary, extradural space occupative lesion on the right side of the spinal canal from D5 to D7 vertebral levels. The mass was well marginated and there was no bone involvement. Compression of the adjacent thecal sac was observed, with displacement to the left side. Radiological differential diagnosis included nerve sheath tumor and meningioma. The patient underwent D6 hemilaminectomy under general anesthesia. Intraoperatively, the tumor was purely extradural in location with mild extension into the right foramina. No attachment to the nerves or dura was found. Total excision of the extradural compressing mass was possible as there were preserved planes all around. Histopathology revealed cavernous hemangioma. As illustrated in our case, purely epidural hemangiomas, although uncommon, ought to be considered in the differential diagnosis of spinal epidural soft tissue masses. Findings that may help to differentiate this lesion from the ubiquitous disk prolapse, more common meningiomas and nerve sheath tumors are its ovoid shape, uniform T2 hyperintense signal and lack of anatomic connection with the neighboring intervertebral disk or the exiting nerve root. Entirely extradural lesions with no bone involvement are rare and represent about 12% of all intraspinal hemangiomas.

  14. Dorsal spinal epidural cavernous hemangioma.

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    Sanghvi, Darshana; Munshi, Mihir; Kulkarni, Bijal; Kumar, Abhaya

    2010-07-01

    A 61-year-old female patient presented with diffuse pain in the dorsal region of the back of 3 months duration. The magnetic resonance imaging showed an extramedullary, extradural space occupative lesion on the right side of the spinal canal from D5 to D7 vertebral levels. The mass was well marginated and there was no bone involvement. Compression of the adjacent thecal sac was observed, with displacement to the left side. Radiological differential diagnosis included nerve sheath tumor and meningioma. The patient underwent D6 hemilaminectomy under general anesthesia. Intraoperatively, the tumor was purely extradural in location with mild extension into the right foramina. No attachment to the nerves or dura was found. Total excision of the extradural compressing mass was possible as there were preserved planes all around. Histopathology revealed cavernous hemangioma. As illustrated in our case, purely epidural hemangiomas, although uncommon, ought to be considered in the differential diagnosis of spinal epidural soft tissue masses. Findings that may help to differentiate this lesion from the ubiquitous disk prolapse, more common meningiomas and nerve sheath tumors are its ovoid shape, uniform T2 hyperintense signal and lack of anatomic connection with the neighboring intervertebral disk or the exiting nerve root. Entirely extradural lesions with no bone involvement are rare and represent about 12% of all intraspinal hemangiomas.

  15. Field distribution of epidural electrical stimulation.

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    Xie, Xiaobo; Cui, Hong yan; Xu, Shengpu; Hu, Yong

    2013-11-01

    Epidural electrical stimulation has been applied in clinics for many years. However, there is still a concern about possible injury to spinal nerves. This study investigated electrical field and current density distribution during direct epidural electrical stimulation. Field distribution models were theoretically deduced, while the distribution of potentials and current were analyzed. The current density presented an increase of 70-80%, with one peak value ranging from -85° to 85° between the two stimulated poles. The effect of direct epidural electrical stimulation is mainly on local tissue surrounding the electrodes, concentrated around the two stimulated positions. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  16. Spinal epidural compression in chronic lymphocytic leukemia.

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    Michalevicz, R; Burstein, A; Razon, N; Reider, I; Ilie, B

    1989-11-01

    Spinal epidural compression is a rare neurologic complication in patients with lymphoma. It occurs mostly in those with intermediate-grade to high-grade malignancy disease. This type of neurologic involvement has not been described in chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). A patient with a long, stable CLL course developed spinal epidural compression and consequently died. The frequency of spinal epidural compression in lymphoma, according to the histologic subtypes and the considerations in making the right choice of therapy are discussed in light of the presented case.

  17. MRI of the postoperative lumbar spine: triple-dose gadodiamide and fat suppression

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    Wilmink, J.T. [Radiology Department, University Hospital Maastricht, Postbus 5800, NL-6202 AZ Maastricht (Netherlands); Hofman, P.A.M. [Radiology Department, University Hospital Maastricht, Postbus 5800, NL-6202 AZ Maastricht (Netherlands)

    1997-08-01

    In ten patients who had undergone lumbar laminectomy, visual assessment of epidural scar enhancement and diagnostic confidence was performed after 0.1 mmol/kg gadodiamide intravenously, again after a further 0.2 mmol/kg, and once more using a fat-suppression sequence. The single-dose contrast-enhanced T1-weighted images showed clear enhancement of epidural scar in eight cases, and clearly improved diagnostic confidence as regards scar and/or disc herniation in six. Triple-dose contrast-enhanced images showed further increase in epidural enhancement clearly in only two cases and marginally in six, with no significant increase in diagnostic confidence. Fat-suppression, performed in eight cases, showed a further clear increase in epidural enhancement in seven cases, but again no increase in diagnostic confidence. In one patient with arachnoiditis contrast enhancement and diagnostic confidence increased only slightly after each contrast injection, and again with the fat-suppression sequence. Increasing contrast medium dose was thus not useful following laminectomy when epidural scarring obscures a possible recurrent disc herniation. Use of fat suppression may, however, permit reduction of the dose of contrast medium necessary to provide adequate scar enhancement. (orig.). With 2 figs., 4 tabs.

  18. Holocord spinal epidural abscess in a pregnant patient presenting as premature labour: a rare presentation of an unusual diagnosis.

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    Burton, Kirsteen R; Wang, Xi; Dhanoa, Deljit

    2014-07-01

    Spinal epidural abscess (SEA) is a rare clinical entity. It is less common when the entire epidural space is involved, known as a holocord or panspinal SEA, and it is even less common in a pregnant patient. We report a case of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus holocord SEA in a 30-year-old female at approximately 22 weeks' gestational age who presented with lumbar pain and pelvic pressure and the urge to bear down. Magnetic resonance imaging of the spine demonstrated extensive SEA and meningitis from the foramen magnum to the lumbar spine that was treated both medically and surgically. The incidence of, clinical presentation of, and risk factors for developing SEA are discussed. If untreated, expanding SEAs produce sensory symptoms and signs, motor dysfunction, and, eventually, paralysis and death. The medical and surgical management of SEA is also discussed. SEA can have an insidious and atypical presentation despite extensive involvement of the epidural space. Therefore, the diagnosis of SEA should always be considered in patients who present to the emergency department with back pain.

  19. Role of electrodiagnosis in patients being considered for epidural steroid injections.

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    Annaswamy, Thiru M; Bierner, Samuel M; Avraham, Ravid

    2013-05-01

    Electrodiagnostic (EDX) evaluation, and, more specifically, electromyography (EMG), has a well-established role in the diagnostic confirmation of cervical and lumbar radiculopathy. The role of EMG in prognostication, however, is less established and remains a topic of debate. The purpose of this article is to evaluate the diagnostic and prognosticating role of EMG in cervical and lumbar radiculopathies, and to assess the utility of EMG in predicting outcomes after epidural steroid injections (ESI). A review of the existing literature strongly supports a prognosticating role for EDX in predicting outcomes after lumbar ESI in lumbosacral radiculopathies (LSR). Although limited research regarding outcome prediction after cervical ESI in cervical radiculopathies has been performed, no study has specifically evaluated the utility of EMG in predicting outcomes for cervical ESI, and this topic requires further investigation. An EDX evaluation can provide clinicians with accurate and reliable diagnostic information (level I or level II evidence) in the evaluation of patients with lumbosacral radiculopathies, and can provide more valid prognostic information (level I evidence) regarding potential benefits of lumbar ESI. An EDX evaluation, therefore, can enhance a clinician's ability to advise patients on the most appropriate and efficacious evaluation and management plan for the treatment of painful radiculopathies.

  20. Epidural blockades using glucocorticoids: As to how the principles of evidence-based medicine?

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    A. E. Karateev

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Epidural injections (EI of glucocorticoids (GC, the so-called blockades, are frequently recommended a very effective and most modern treatment for nonspecific back pain and lumbar ischialgia. However, EI of drugs (local anesthetics (LA for back pain relief has been practiced ever since 1901 when it was first used by the French physicians J.F. Sicard and F. Cathelin, i.e. it belongs to the oldest therapeutic procedures. Moreover, experts' opinions as to the therapeutic value of EI of GC are rather contradictory. The data of a large number of clinical trials fail to confirm the unambiguous advantage of epidural GC used in combination with LA as compared to the effect of the latter only. According to a number of experts, the effect of EI of GC is only slightly better than that of placebo (physiologic saline and little affects long-term treatment results. Epidural GC may result in rare but very serious, life-threatening complications. Obviously, this method should be used, only after carefully weighing its potential benefits and risks. In any case, EI of GC should not be considered as an alternative to other pharmacological and nonpharmacological therapies.

  1. Effect of epidural clonidine on somatosensory evoked potentials to dermatomal stimulation

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    Lund, C; Hansen, O B; Kehlet, H

    1989-01-01

    The effect of lumbar epidural clonidine 150 micrograms on early (less than 0.5 s) somatosensory evoked potentials (SEP) to electrical stimulation of the L1 and S1 dermatomes was examined in twelve cancer patients. Epidural clonidine led to a minor but significant decrease in amplitude of two...... systolic and diastolic blood pressures decreased from 118 +/- 4/72 +/- 5 mmHg to 99 +/- 5/60 +/- 3 mmHg (P less than 0.01), respectively. It is concluded that epidural clonidine has a minor effect on the early SEPs to electrical dermatomal stimulation. Additionally, a pronounced effect on cancer pain...... components (N1 and N3) following S1 stimulation while SEP latency was prolonged only in the P1 and P3 components (P less than 0.05). In all patients the pain score decreased, mean score at rest from 4.9 +/- 0.5 to 0.6 +/- 0.2 and during mobilization from 7.4 +/- 0.6 to 1.3 +/- 0.5 (P less than 0.01). Mean...

  2. Magnetic resonance imaging findings of disc-related epidural cysts in nonsurgical and postoperative patients

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    Simao, Marcelo Novelino, E-mail: marcelo_simao@hotmail.com [Central de Diagnostico Ribeirao Preto (CEDIRP), Ribeirao Preto, SP (Brazil); Helms, Clyde A. [Radiology, Musculoskeletal Section, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC (United States); Richardson, William J. [Orthopedic Surgery, Spine Surgery Section, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC (United States)

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    Objective: To demonstrate five discal cysts with detailed magnetic resonance imaging findings in nonsurgical and following postoperative microdiscectomy. Materials And Methods: Five discal cysts in four patients who underwent magnetic resonance imaging were found through a search in our database and referral from a single orthopedic spine surgeon. Computed tomography in two cases and computed tomography discography in one case were also performed. Results: Five discal cysts were present in four patients. Three patients had no history of previous lumbar surgery and the other patient presented with two discal cysts and recurrent symptoms after partial laminectomy and microdiscectomy. All were oval shaped and seated in the anterior epidural space. Four were ventrolateral, and the other one was centrally positioned in the anterior spinal canal. One showed continuity with the central disc following discography. Three were surgically removed. Conclusion: Magnetic resonance imaging can easily depict an epidural cyst and the diagnosis of a discal cyst should be raised when an homogeneous ventrolateral epidural cyst contiguous to a mild degenerated disc is identified. (author)

  3. Prevention of epidural fibrosis in rats by local or systemic administration of citicoline.

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    Savran, Mehmet; Bekar, Ahmet; Cansev, Mehmet; Tolunay, Sahsene; Ulus, Ismail Hakki; Taskapilioglu, Mevlut Ozgur

    2012-01-01

    The objective of this study was to investigate the effect of citicoline administration on epidural fibrosis which is a frequent complication of lumbar disc surgery with no effective treatment or preventive surgical technique. Sixty Sprague-Dawley female rats undergoing L4-5 right hemilaminotomy and annular fenestration were arranged in three groups: rats in Group 1 (control group) and Group 2 (topical citicoline group) were applied 0,9% saline and 100 μM citicoline on surgical area, respectively, while rats in Group 3 (systemic citicoline group) received 600 μmol/kg citicoline intraperitoneally. Rats were sacrificed four weeks later and their vertebral colons were removed en bloc. Groups were evaluated according to histological criteria and results were compared using statistical tools. Compared with control group, significantly less epidural fibrosis, dural adhesion, fibroblast cell density, foreign body reaction, and medulla spinalis retraction were observed in groups treated with topical and systemic citicoline (groups 2 and 3) (p 0,05). Our study demonstrates for the first time in the literature that citicoline may be effective for preventing postoperative epidural fibrosis. However, its mechanism of action and clinical effectiveness must be further investigated.

  4. Effect of epidural clonidine on somatosensory evoked potentials to dermatomal stimulation

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    Lund, C; Hansen, O B; Kehlet, H

    1989-01-01

    The effect of lumbar epidural clonidine 150 micrograms on early (less than 0.5 s) somatosensory evoked potentials (SEP) to electrical stimulation of the L1 and S1 dermatomes was examined in twelve cancer patients. Epidural clonidine led to a minor but significant decrease in amplitude of two...... systolic and diastolic blood pressures decreased from 118 +/- 4/72 +/- 5 mmHg to 99 +/- 5/60 +/- 3 mmHg (P less than 0.01), respectively. It is concluded that epidural clonidine has a minor effect on the early SEPs to electrical dermatomal stimulation. Additionally, a pronounced effect on cancer pain...... components (N1 and N3) following S1 stimulation while SEP latency was prolonged only in the P1 and P3 components (P less than 0.05). In all patients the pain score decreased, mean score at rest from 4.9 +/- 0.5 to 0.6 +/- 0.2 and during mobilization from 7.4 +/- 0.6 to 1.3 +/- 0.5 (P less than 0.01). Mean...

  5. Evaluación del serodiagnóstico en el absceso hepático amebiano

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    Luis Carlos Orozco

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    Full Text Available El presente estudio fue diseñado para evaluar la eficacia del diagnóstico serológico del absceso hepático amibiano (AHA. Se utilizó una prueba de ELISA para la detección en suero de IgG especifica, utilizando una fase sólida con una alta capacidad de adherencia. Se estudiaron 147 personas; 22 pacientes con sospecha clínica y ultrasonográfica de AHA, 30 individuos completamente sanos, 9 portadores asintomáticos de E. histolytica, 35 con colitis amebiana pasada, 35 con otras parasitosis intestinales, 9 con otras patologías hepáticas y 6 con colitis amebiana presente. El rendimiento global de la prueba fue analizado por medio de las curvas del receptor-operador y del área bajo la curva. Se determinó que existe una diferencia significativa en la densidad óptica (DO de los siete grupos estudiados (Kruskal-Wallis entre todos los grupos: p=0,0001; esta diferencia no existe cuando, al comparar, se elimina el grupo 1 del análisis (Kruskal-Wallis exceptuando el grupo 1: p=0,8203. El área bajo la curva ROC fue igual a 0,9941, dato muy cercano al ideal que es 1. Se recomienda la utilización de esta fase sólida teniendo en cuenta la importancia de la fase de bloqueo con albúmina de huevo. Se determinó que, a pesar de estar en una zona donde el diagnóstico de amebiasis es frecuente, las infecciones intestinales por esta ameba no presentan niveles detectables de IgG especifica contra E. histolytica por esta prueba. Sin embargo, es importante ampliar la cantidad de personas estudiadas en estos grupos, principalmente, en el grupo de pacientes con otras patologías hepáticas puesto que este grupo incluye las entidades clínicas con las que realmente se debe hacer el diagnóstico diferencial de (AHA (absceso hepático piógeno (AHP, principalmente para poder realizar la última fase de la evaluación. El estudio de este grupo nos ayudaría a obtener valores reales de sensibilidad, especificidad y valores predictivos y nos darían una

  6. Laparoscopic lumbar hernia repair.

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    Madan, Atul K; Ternovits, Craig A; Speck, Karen E; Pritchard, F Elizabeth; Tichansky, David S

    2006-04-01

    Lumbar hernias are rare clinical entities that often pose a challenge for repair. Because of the surrounding anatomy, adequate surgical herniorraphy is often difficult. Minimally invasive surgery has become an option for these hernias. Herein, we describe two patients with lumbar hernias (one with a recurrent traumatic hernia and one with an incisional hernia). Both of these hernias were successfully repaired laparoscopically.

  7. Parotitis after epidural anesthesia in plastic surgery: report of three cases.

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    Rosique, Marina Junqueira Ferreira; Rosique, Rodrigo Gouvea; Costa, Ilson Rosique; Lara, Brunno Rosique; Figueiredo, Jozé Luiz Ferrari; Ribeiro, Davidson Gomes Barbosa

    2013-08-01

    Acute swelling of the parotid glands after general anesthesia has become known as anesthesia mumps. Its cause is unknown. Only one case of postsurgical parotitis without general anesthesia is reported. This report describes three cases in this setting after plastic surgery. A 37-year-old women underwent breast surgery and abdominoplasty with a dual thoracic/lumbar epidural block (bupivacaine 0.5 %). The operative time totaled almost 6 h. Subsequently, 4 h after surgery, the patient experienced painless bilateral parotid swelling without palpable crepitus. The edema resolved completely within 12 h under clinical observation and parenteral hydration. A 45-year-old patient received subglandular breast implants and body contouring with liposuction, all with the patient under a dual thoracic/lumbar epidural block with 0.5 % marcaine. The total surgical time was 5 h. Subsequently, 3 h after surgery, the patient experienced a similar clinical presentation. The problem resolved completely in 36 h with clinical observation and parenteral hydration. CASE 3: A 30-year-old patient received a subglandular breast implant and underwent liposuction of the outer thighs using a dual thoracic/lumbar epidural block with lidocaine 1 %. The duration of surgery was 1 h. Subsequently, 5 h postoperatively, the patient experienced a similar clinical presentation. Dexamethasone and parenteral hydration were administered. The problem resolved completely in 48 h without sequelae. The occurrence of parotitis in patients undergoing surgery under epidural anesthesia is a novel situation, which increases the range of possible etiologies for this little known condition. Dehydration leading to transient parotid secretion obstruction may play a significant role. Further reports of parotitis occurring in the regional anesthesia setting are expected to help elucidate its pathophysiology. This journal requires that authors assign a level of evidence to each article. For a full description of

  8. Distribution in cerebrospinal fluid, blood, and lymph of epidurally injected morphine and inulin in dogs

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    Durant, P.A.; Yaksh, T.L.

    1986-06-01

    We describe procedures for catheterizing the epidural space, the azygos vein, and the thoracic lymph duct of dogs without using fluoroscopy. The success rates of the procedures were 100, 80, and 50%, respectively (n = 10). To assess the validity of the model, /sup 3/H-morphine and unlabeled morphine (2 mg) were injected epidurally in ten dogs. Lumbar cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), azygos venous blood, arterial blood, and lymph were sampled before and 5, 20, 60, 120, 180, 240, 300 and 360 min after injection. During the first 20 min, morphine levels in the azygos vein were about three and ten times greater than arterial and lymphatic levels, respectively (n = 3; P less than 0.01). Morphine levels were significantly greater in the azygos vein (n = 8) and the femoral artery (n = 10) during the first 20 and 60 min than they were later, respectively (P less than 0.05). In the lymph (n = 5), the levels of morphine at 60 min were statistically greater (P less than 0.05) than levels at 4, 5, and 6 hr. At no time were the concurrent arterial and lymph levels different from each other. In the lumbar CSF, the morphine peak concentration was reached 5-60 min after epidural injection and ranged between 5 and 93 micrograms/ml. In the CSF, the levels of morphine were significantly greater during the first 20 min than later (n = 7; P less than 0.05). The washout of the lumbar CSF curve for morphine appeared to be fitted by a two-compartment open model. The t1/2-alpha and t1/2-beta values were 14.7 +/- 7.2 min and 106 +/- 45 min, respectively (mean +/- SD). Cumulative percentages of the epidural dose of morphine passed into the azygos system within the first 5, 20, 60, and 120 min after injection were calculated to be 4.0 +/- 2.1, 23.5 +/- 14.6, 49.2 +/- 34.2, and 55.9 +/- 35.3, respectively (mean +/- SD; n = 8).

  9. Successful medical treatment of spinal epidural abscess.

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    Xiao, Bo-Ren; Wang, Chih-Wei; Lin, Jung-Chung; Chang, Feng-Yee

    2008-04-01

    Spinal epidural abscess is a rare but potentially fatal disease. A 67-year-old female suffered fever and painful swelling of the right knee and lower leg for one week. Both synovial fluid and blood cultures yielded methicillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus. Low back pain developed and fever was sustained despite the administration of intravenous oxacillin. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the thoracolumbar spine revealed spinal epidural abscess from T12 to S1. Because of severe hypoalbuminemia and general anasarca and followed by exploratory laparotomy for massive duodenal bleeding, she did not receive surgical intervention for the spinal epidural abscess. After intravenous administration of oxacillin 2 g 4-hourly for 12 weeks, she recovered and follow-up MRI confirmed the efficacy of the medical treatment. She remained well at 1-year follow-up. In a patient with minimal neurological deficit or surgical contraindication, spinal epidural abscess can be successfully treated with a medical regimen.

  10. EPIDURAL ANAESTHESIA FOR SURGERY IN ADVANCED CANCER

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    Femi Olaleye

    Running title: Epidural Anaesthesia in Advanced Carcinoma. INTRODUCTION ... underlying muscle. His respiratory rate was ... Digoxin and management of congestive heart failure Omole M.K.. 2. ... the ventricle and suggests an elevated.

  11. Epidural anaesthesia and analgesia for liver resection.

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    Tzimas, P; Prout, J; Papadopoulos, G; Mallett, S V

    2013-06-01

    Although epidural analgesia is routinely used in many institutions for patients undergoing hepatic resection, there are unresolved issues regarding its safety and efficacy in this setting. We performed a review of papers published in the area of anaesthesia and analgesia for liver resection surgery and selected four areas of current controversy for the focus of this review: the safety of epidural catheters with respect to postoperative coagulopathy, a common feature of this type of surgery; analgesic efficacy; associated peri-operative fluid administration; and the role of epidural analgesia in enhanced recovery protocols. In all four areas, issues are raised that question whether epidural anaesthesia is always the best choice for these patients. Unfortunately, the evidence available is insufficient to provide definitive answers, and it is clear that there are a number of areas of controversy that would benefit from high-quality clinical trials.

  12. [Epidural analgesia in combination with general anesthesia].

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    Gottschalk, Antje; Poepping, Daniel M

    2015-07-01

    Epidural anaesthesia is a widely used and accepted technique for perioperative analgesia in different kinds of surgery. Apart from analgetic effect and due to wide positve effects on patients outcome epidural analgesia is often used with general anaesthesia. It represents a reliable and reversible neural deafferentation technique that effectively contributes to a reduction of the surgical stress response with subsequent positive effects on cardiopulmonary, gastrointestinal, and immune function. Animal studies suggest that the use of epidural anaesthesia may be beneficial for cancer surgery because of less tumour recurrence. Further, a benefit is expected in patient's mortality. This article summarizes and critically discusses the current knowledge on the effects of epidural anaesthesia on pain management, cardiopulmonary as well as gastrointestinal functions and patient's outcome.

  13. CT of lumbar disc herniation: correlation with surgical findings

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    Lee, Suk Yl; Lee, Dong Jin; Sung, Kyu Bo; Woo, Won Hyung [Korea General Hospital, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

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    CT from forty nine patients with 53 surgical disc explorations were reviewed and correlated with surgical findings. The results were as follows: 1. Frequent locations of HNP were in L4-5 (65%) and L5-S1 (31%). The most common type of HNP was paramidine type (71%). 2. Focal protrusion of the posterior margin of disc and obliteration of epidural fat pad were observed in all of cases (100%) and other common findings were indentation of epidural sac in 46 cases (96%) and compression of nerve root sleeve in 33 cases (69%). 3. Cephalad and caudad extension of protruded soft tissue density in the spinal canal was observed in 15 cases (31%) with variable degree. And more than 6mm extension were provided to be extruded disc in 9 cases. 4. Vacuum phenomenon was demonstrated in 5 cases (10%) and was accompanied with bulging annulus. 5. Forty eight herniated nucleus (HNP) were confirmed surgically in 44 patients. Misinterpretations were made in 4 instances (4 patients); 1 because of lumbar scoliosis, 1 because of spondylolisthesis, and the other 2 because of calcified posterior longitudinal ligament and bulging annulus. One case of true negative examination was central and foraminal stenosis in spinal CT. Thus, sensitivity, specificity and overall accuracy of lumbar spine CT in HNP were 92%, 100% and 92%, respectively.

  14. Epidural morphine for postoperative pain relief in children

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    Henneberg, S W; Hole, P; Haas, Inge Madsen De;

    1993-01-01

    Epidural morphine for postoperative pain relief is in general use, and has proved to be very efficient in adults. The epidural technique and the use of epidural morphine are much less frequent in children. For 2 years we have prospectively followed 76 children who had epidural morphine...... the investigation. We observed a change in the sleeping pattern with an increased number of sleep-induced myoclonia during the administration of epidural morphine. In conclusion, the use of epidural morphine in children for postoperative pain relief is very efficient. The minimal effective dose has not been...

  15. Spontaneous intracranial epidural hematoma during rivaroxaban treatment

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    Ruschel, Leonardo Gilmone; Rego, Felipe Marques Monteiro do; Milano, Jeronimo Buzetti; Jung, Gustavo Simiano; Silva Junior, Luis Fernando; Ramina, Ricardo, E-mail: leonardoruschel@yahoo.com.br [Instituto de Neurologia de Curitiba (INC), Curitiba, PR (Brazil)

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    According to our research, this is the first case described in the literature of spontaneous intracranial epidural hematoma secondary to the use of Xarelto®. Spontaneous intracranial epidural hematomas are rarely described in the literature. They are associated with infectious diseases of the skull, coagulation disorders, vascular malformations of the dura mater and metastasis to the skull. Long-term post-marketing monitoring and independent reports will probably detect the full spectrum of hemorrhagic complications of the use of rivaroxaban. (author)

  16. Epidural injection with or without steroid in managing chronic low back and lower extremity pain: ameta-analysis of ten randomized controlled trials

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    Zhai, Jinshuai; Zhang, Long; Li, Mengya; Tian, Yiren; Zheng, Wang; Chen, Jia; Huang, Teng; Li, Xicheng; Tian, Zhi

    2015-01-01

    Background: Chronic low back and lower extremity pain is mainly caused by lumbar disc herniation (LDH) and radiculitis. Various surgery and nonsurgical modalities, including epidural injections, have been used to treat LDH or radiculitis. Therefore, we conducted this meta-analysis to assess the effects of the two interventions in managing various chronic low and lower extremity pain. Methods: A systematic literature search was conducted to identify randomized controlled trials (RCTs) which co...

  17. Spinal epidural abscess in brucellosis.

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    Boyaci, Ahmet; Boyaci, Nurefsan; Tutoglu, Ahmet; Dokumaci, Dilek Sen

    2013-09-26

    Involvement of the skeletal system is a common complication of brucellosis. However, muscle involvement or paraspinal abscess formation are rare complications. Paraspinal abscess usually develops secondary to spondylitis. A case is reported here of a 33-year-old woman with symptoms of night sweats, fever and low back pain. Rose-Bengal test for brucellosis was positive and Brucella standard tube agglutination test was positive at a titre of 1/160. The diagnosis was made on MRI. The patient was treated with doxycycline and rifampin daily for 16 weeks. On day 14 of treatment, decline was observed in the patient's symptoms. In the presence of inflammatory lower back pain and fever, brucellosis should be considered particularly in the endemic areas. Furthermore, tuberculosis should be remembered in the differential diagnosis when a spinal epidural abscess is determined.

  18. Liver abscess caused by Ascaris lumbricoides: case report Absceso hepático por Ascaris lumbricoides: reporte de un caso

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    Análida Elizabeth PINILLA

    2001-12-01

    Full Text Available A case is reported of a woman who lived in a rural area with a chronic illness that consisted of weight loss and abdominal pain in the epigastrium and upper right quadrant. The initial diagnosis was a mass in the liver, which was later, demonstrated, both by direct and histological examination, to be an abscess caused by Ascaris lumbricoides. Eggs of Ascaris lumbricoides and abundant Charcot-Leyden Crystals were found.Se presenta el caso de una mujer que vivía en zona rural con una enfermedad crónica consistente en pérdida de peso y dolor epigástrico y del cuadrante superior derecho del abdomen. El diagnóstico inicial fue de masa hepática izquierda a estudio, demostrándose luego por frotis directo y por histopatología que se trataba de un absceso hepático por Ascaris lumbricoides. Huevos de Ascaris lumbricoides y abundantes cristales de Charcot-Leyden fueron encontrados.

  19. Combined spinal epidural (CSE) analgesia: technique, management, and outcome of 300 mothers.

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    Collis, R E; Baxandall, M L; Srikantharajah, I D; Edge, G; Kadim, M Y; Morgan, B M

    1994-04-01

    Epidural analgesia in labour is commonly associated with some degree of lower limb weakness often severe enough to be described as paralysis by the mother. We aimed to produce rapid reliable analgesia with no motor block throughout labour. We report a pilot survey of 300 consecutive women requesting regional analgesia in labour who received a combined spinal epidural blockade (CSE). The initial dose was given into the subarachnoid space and analgesia maintained via an epidural catheter. A subarachnoid injection of 2.5 mg bupivacaine and 25 mug fentanyl was successfully given in 268 women (89.3%). Completely pain-free contractions within 3 min of this injection occurred in 195 women (65%) and in all 300 within 20 min and there was no associated motor block in 291 (97%). 141 women chose to stand, walk or sit in a rocking chair at some time during labour. Only 38 women (12.6%) were immobile during the first stage of labour. Analgesia was maintained via the epidural catheter with bolus doses of 10-15 ml of 0.1% bupivacaine and 0.0002% fentanyl. The mean bupivacaine requirement was 9.5 mg/h throughout the entire duration of analgesia. The incidence of post lumbar puncture headache was 2.3%. Transient hypotension occurred in 24 women (8%) and was treated with 6 mg intravenous boluses of ephedrine. Complete satisfaction with analgesia and mobility was reported 12-24 h post partum by 95% of mothers. The use of this analgesic technique caused no alteration in obstetric management or post partum care of the women.

  20. Lumbar stenosis: clinical case

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    Pedro Sá

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    Full Text Available Lumbar stenosis is an increasingly common pathological condition that is becoming more frequent with increasing mean life expectancy, with high costs for society. It has many causes, among which degenerative, neoplastic and traumatic causes stand out. Most of the patients respond well to conservative therapy. Surgical treatment is reserved for patients who present symptoms after implementation of conservative measures. Here, a case of severe stenosis of the lumbar spine at several levels, in a female patient with pathological and surgical antecedents in the lumbar spine, is presented. The patient underwent two different decompression techniques within the same operation.

  1. Neuropatía periférica tras el parto: Implicaciones de la anestesia epidural Peripheral neuropathy after delivery implications for epidural anaesthesia

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    S. Velázquez

    2006-05-01

    present a 21 years old patient, 139 cm height, who 24 hours after epidural labor analgesia suffered a "drop foot", whose evolution was toward a complete resolution. Drop foot can be consequence of peroneal nerve, sciatic or lumbar or radicular damage. Clinical evolution, and complementary studies, such as RNM or EMG are useful for differential diagnosis. It looks necessary to study peripartum pe-ripheric neuropathies to discard its possible relation to anesthetic technique. These lesions should be minimized by our side with adequate punction level choose, avoiding direct local anesthetic injection, especially when a paresthe-sias occurs, and with a correct risk factors evaluation in the obstetric patient. Once the lesion has occurred, it is important a close follow up until the complete resolution.

  2. Effect of postoperative epidural analgesia on surgical outcome

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    Holte, K; Holte, Kathrine

    2002-01-01

    Pain relief allowing sufficient mobilization after major surgical procedures can only be achieved by continuous epidural analgesia with local anesthetics, which also reduces the stress response to surgery. However, the role of postoperative epidural analgesia on postoperative morbidity is controv...

  3. Diagnóstico de absceso hepático amibiano mediante el inmunoensayo enzimático ligado a una enzima (ELISA) Diagnosis of amebic liver abscess by means of an anzyme-linked immunoabsorbent assay

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    El absceso hepático amibiano (aha) es la complicación extraintestinal más frecuente de la amibiasis; su cuadro clínico es generalmente agudo y se lo considera una urgencia médica. Se manifiesta con síntomas generales, acompañado de dolor en hipocondrio derecho, que se puede irradiar al hombro; la hepatomegalia dolorosa es un signo sugestivo pero no diagnóstico; debe diferenciarse del absceso hepático piógeno y del hepatoma necrótico; para el enfoque diagnóstico se requieren ayudas imaginológi...

  4. Diagnóstico de absceso hepático amibiano mediante el inmunoensayo enzimático ligado a una enzima (ELISA) Diagnosis of amebic liver abscess by means of an anzyme-linked immunoabsorbent assay

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    Jorge Humberto Botero Garcés; Astrid Gómez Muñoz; Arturo Jaraba Medina; Amanda Castaño González

    2001-01-01

    El absceso hepático amibiano (aha) es la complicación extraintestinal más frecuente de la amibiasis; su cuadro clínico es generalmente agudo y se lo considera una urgencia médica. Se manifiesta con síntomas generales, acompañado de dolor en hipocondrio derecho, que se puede irradiar al hombro; la hepatomegalia dolorosa es un signo sugestivo pero no diagnóstico; debe diferenciarse del absceso hepático piógeno y del hepatoma necrótico; para el enfoque diagnóstico se requieren ayudas imaginológi...

  5. Newborns from deliveries with epidural anaesthesia

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    Avramović Lidija

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction. The use of epidural anaesthesia in delivery with the purpose to reduce pain and fear in a pregnant woman has the influence on the physiological status of the woman in childbirth and the course of delivery. From the epidural space of the pregnant woman, one part of free anaesthetic comes in the foetal circulation through the mother's circulation and placenta and connects with the foetal proteins. A lower value of albumins and serum proteins in the foetal circulation give bigger free fraction of anaesthetic which is accumulated in the foetal liver, brain and heart full of blood. Objective. The aim of the study was to examine the influence of epidural anaesthesia on the newborn. Methods. Retrospective study of 6,398 documents of newborns was performed in our Clinic of Gynaecology and Obstetrics 'Narodni front' during 2006. The first group was made of 455 newborns from deliveries with epidural anaesthesia and the second was the control group of 5,943 remaining newborns. In both groups we analysed the following: sex, week of gestation, weight, Apgar score, measure of care and resuscitation, perinatal morbidity and then the obtained results were compared. Results. Most of deliveries were vaginal without obstetric intervention (86.6%. The number of deliveries finished with vacuum extractor (4.6% was statistically significantly bigger in the group with epidural anaesthesia than in the control group. Most of the newborns in the first group were born on time (96.5% in 39.0±1.0 week of gestation and with foetal weight 3448±412 grammes. There was no statistical significance in Apgar score between both groups. Epidural anaesthesia does not increase the degree of the newborn's injury. Lower pH of blood was found in the newborns from deliveries with vacuum extractor or operated on (the Ceasarean section. Conclusion. Application of epidural anaesthesia decreases duration of delivery and has no adverse effects on the newborn and hypoxic

  6. Comportamiento clínico epidemiológico del absceso dentoalveolar agudo en pacientes pertenecientes al área VII de Cienfuegos

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    Ana Belkys Hernández Millán

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available Fundamento: el absceso dentoalveolar agudo es una de las urgencias estomatológicas y una de las principales enfermedades que afectan a la población, sin embargo existen muy pocos estudios sobre el tema.Objetivo: describir comportamiento clínico epidemiológico del absceso dentoalveolar agudo en pacientes pertenecientes al área VII, de Cienfuegos. Métodos: investigación observacional, descriptiva realizada de enero a diciembre de 2013 en el Área VII, de Cienfuegos. El universo fue de 672 pacientes y la muestra de 374, escogida mediante muestreo probabilístico aleatorio simple. El registro primario de datos y recolección de la información se obtuvo mediante la historia clínica individual previo consentimiento informado a los pacientes. Las principales variables fueron: edad, sexo, irritantes pulpares.Resultados: el sexo más afectado fue el femenino con 55,35 % y el grupo de edad el de 19 a 34 con 33,69 %.El irritante pulpar predominante fue el microbiano 59,36 %. Dentro de los factores iatrogénicos, los restos de tejidos cariados se destacaron con un 32,35 %.Conclusiones: existe un número elevado de pacientes con absceso dentoalveolar agudo, por lo que, como urgencia estomatológica, debe ser una preocupación del estomatólogo conocer las características, comportamiento y factores que desarrollan la enfermedad, para propiciar un trabajo integral en cuanto a la promoción de salud, prevención, curación y rehabilitación de los pacientes afectados.

  7. Use of Temporary Implantable Biomaterials to Reduce Leg Pain and Back Pain in Patients with Sciatica and Lumbar Disc Herniation

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    Gere S. diZerega

    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available The principle etiology of leg pain (sciatica from lumbar disc herniation is mechanical compression of the nerve root. Sciatica is reduced by decompression of the herniated disc, i.e., removing mechanical compression of the nerve root. Decompression surgery typically reduces sciatica more than lumbar back pain (LBP. Decompression surgery reduces mechanical compression of the nerve root. However, decompression surgery does not directly reduce sensitization of the sensory nerves in the epidural space and disc. In addition, sensory nerves in the annulus fibrosus and epidural space are not protected from topical interaction with pain mediators induced by decompression surgery. The secondary etiology of sciatica from lumbar disc herniation is sensitization of the nerve root. Sensitization of the nerve root results from a mechanical compression, b exposure to cellular pain mediators, and/or c exposure to biochemical pain mediators. Although decompression surgery reduces nerve root compression, sensory nerve sensitization often persists. These observations are consistent with continued exposure of tissue in the epidural space, including the nerve root, to increased cellular and biochemical pain mediators following surgery. A potential contributor to lumbar back pain (LBP is stimulation of sensory nerves in the annulus fibrosus by a cellular pain mediators and/or b biochemical pain mediators that accompany annular tears or disruption. Sensory fibers located in the outer one-third of the annulus fibrosus increase in number and depth as a result of disc herniation. The nucleus pulposus is comprised of material that can produce an autoimmune stimulation of the sensory nerves located in the annulus and epidural space leading to LBP. The sensory nerves of the annulus fibrosus and epidural space may be sensitized by topical exposure to cellular and biochemical pain mediators induced by lumbar surgery. Annulotomy or annular rupture allows the nucleus pulposus

  8. Difficulty in the removal of epidural catheter for labor analgesia

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    Mohamed S Hajnour

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    Full Text Available For labor pain management epidural analgesia is a popular and an effective method. Difficult removal of epidural catheters occasionally occurs, and several maneuvers have been recommended. The purpose of this article is to raise awareness of the problem of retained epidural catheter fragments and identify the potential impact of complications.

  9. Difficulty in the removal of epidural catheter for labor analgesia.

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    Hajnour, Mohamed S; Khokhar, Rashid Saeed; Ejaz, Abdul Aziz Ahmed; Al Zahrani, Tariq; Kanchi, Naveed Uddin

    2017-01-01

    For labor pain management epidural analgesia is a popular and an effective method. Difficult removal of epidural catheters occasionally occurs, and several maneuvers have been recommended. The purpose of this article is to raise awareness of the problem of retained epidural catheter fragments and identify the potential impact of complications.

  10. Depth of the thoracic epidural space in children.

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    Masir, F.; Driessen, J.J.; Thies, K.C.; Wijnen, M.H.W.A.; Egmond, J. van

    2006-01-01

    Thoracic epidural anaesthesia in anaesthetized children requires a meticulous technique and may have an increased success rate when the distance between skin and epidural space is known. The objective of this observational study was to measure the skin to epidural distance (SED) during thoracic epid

  11. Cambio en la microbiología de los abscesos pancreáticos en el Hospital Regional de Temuco: Serie de casos

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    LOSADA M,HÉCTOR; BURGOS S,LUIS; SILVA A,JORGE; FERNÁNDEZ A,OSVALDO; DURÁN M,RODRIGO; HENRÍQUEZ B,ELIZABET

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    Introducción: El principal mecanismo involucrado en la infección pancreática es la translocación bacteriana de la flora intestinal a la necrosis pancreática lo que coincide con los organismos más frecuentemente encontrados: Escherichia coli (25%-35%), Klebsiella spp (10%-25%), Enterobacter spp (3%-7%). El objetivo del presente trabajo es describir la microbiología, la sensibilidad antibiótica de los gérmenes aislados y los esquemas antibióticos utilizados en una serie de pacientes con absceso...

  12. EPIDEMIOLOGÍA, RESULTADOS CLÍNICOS Y COSTOS DEL TRATAMIENTO DEL ABSCESO TUBOOVÁRICO, EN UN HOSPITAL PÚBLICO DE SANTIAGO

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    Ovalle S.,Alfredo; Casanova B,Andrés; Kakarieka W.,Elena; de Jourdan H,Francisca; Salgado M,Karin

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    Objetivos: Conocer frecuencia y factores de riesgo del absceso tuboovárico (ATO), complicaciones y costos del tratamiento. Método: Estudio retrospectivo de 64 pacientes operadas con el diagnóstico de ATO. Las pacientes se manejaron con criterio médico-quirúrgico: uso de antibióticos y cirugía en casos de peritonitis difusa, fiebre persistente con masa palpable y masa anexial mayor de 6 cm sin fiebre. Se evaluaron en fertilidad futura y en complicaciones: infección y dehiscencia de herida oper...

  13. Absceso esplénico posiblemente secundario a picaduramasiva de abejas en huésped inmunocompetente.Reporte de un caso

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    Juan José Olivares-Becerra; Francisco Cuan-Orozco; Joel Michel-Dueñas; María Karina Lizbeth López-Ramírez; Gabriela Abigail Velázquez-Ramírez; Alejandro González-Ojeda

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    Introducción: los abscesos esplénicos son poco frecuentes,pero existe un incremento de su presentación por patologías ocondiciones clínicas asociadas a inmunodepresión. La endocar-ditis es la causa más frecuente, los microorganismos aerobiosgrampositivos representan el mayor porcentaje y el cuadro clíni-co es inespecífico. La tomografía axial computarizada y laultrasonografía abdominal son de elección para el diagnóstico yen la punción y drenaje.Objetivo: reporte de un paciente quien desarrol...

  14. EPIDEMIOLOGÍA, RESULTADOS CLÍNICOS Y COSTOS DEL TRATAMIENTO DEL ABSCESO TUBOOVÁRICO, EN UN HOSPITAL PÚBLICO DE SANTIAGO

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    Ovalle S,Alfredo; Casanova B,Andrés; Kakarieka W,Elena; Jourdan H.,Francisca de; Salgado M,Karin

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    Objetivos: Conocer frecuencia y factores de riesgo del absceso tuboovárico (ATO), complicaciones y costos del tratamiento. Método: Estudio retrospectivo de 64 pacientes operadas con el diagnóstico de ATO. Las pacientes se manejaron con criterio médico-quirúrgico: uso de antibióticos y cirugía en casos de peritonitis difusa, fiebre persistente con masa palpable y masa anexial mayor de 6 cm sin fiebre. Se evaluaron en fertilidad futura y en complicaciones: infección y dehiscencia de herida oper...

  15. INMUNOGLOBULINA G EN PACIENTE CON ABSCESO HEPÁTICO AMEBIANO Inmunoglobulin-IgG antibodies- in one patients with amebic liver abscess

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    Análida Elizabeth Pinilla Roa

    2006-06-01

    Full Text Available La infección por Entamoeba histo­lytica puede causar disentería y absceso hepático amebiano, enfermedades de alta morbi-mortalidad. Los estudios seroepidemio­lógicos han demostrado que la mayoría (81-100% de los pacientes con absceso hepático amebiano y hasta la mitad en la colitis amebiana desarrollan inmuno­globulina G (IgG específica para E. histolytica, que persiste por varios años. Por tal motivo, hay controversia acerca de la utilidad de la prueba de ELISA IgG para el diagnóstico de absceso hepático amebiano en países tropicales, donde se ha reportado una alta prevalencia de la enfermedad. Se presenta el seguimiento, durante 32 meses, mediante IgG de un paciente de 69 años, proveniente del Chocó en Colombia, con diagnóstico de absceso hepático amebiano, comprobado mediante ecografía, ELISA para IgG, e inmunodifusión y por la respuesta al tratamiento con metronidazol. Las pruebas inmunodiagnósticas han permanecido positivas durante el seguimiento.Entamoeba histolytica causes dysentery and amebic liver abscess diseases, with high morbid and mortality. Seroepidemiological surveys have shown that 81-100% of patients with amebic liver abscess and 50% of patients with amebic colitis developed specific anti-E. histolytica IgG antibodies which may persist for several years. For this reason the usefulness of the ELISA test for IgG antibodies in amebic liver abscess diagnosis has been questioned in tropical countries where prevalence of the disease is high. This paper presents the follow-up during 32 months of the IgG antibodies in a 69 year old patient from Chocó (Colombia, with one amebic liver abscess confirmed by liver ultrasound, ELISA IgG and inmunodifution, who response to treatment with metronidazole. The immunodiagnostic tests have been consistently positive during follow-up.

  16. Resección quirúrgica de un absceso en la base del cuello en un mestizo Doberman. Caso Clínico

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    Reyes Ávila I. R

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    Full Text Available ResumenSe notifica la presencia de un absceso purulento subcutáneo en la base del cuello en un mestizo Doberman, a consecuencia de una mordedura infectada durante una pelea; es intervenido quirúrgicamente sin complicaciones y con una recuperación satisfactoria.SummaryThe presence of a subcutaneous abscess is notified in the base of the neck in a mixed Doberman, as a consequence of a bite infected during a quarrel. It is intervened surgically without complications and with a satisfactory recovery.

  17. Delayed epidural hematoma. A review.

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    Milo, R; Razon, N; Schiffer, J

    1987-01-01

    Since the CT has become the main diagnostic tool in head trauma, more cases of DEDH have become confirmed and published although some have been classified among other entities and under different criteria. This review tries to describe the characteristics of DEDH based on the cases previously published, as well as on three of our own cases. The entity is mainly radiological i.e. appearance of an epidural hematoma in a CT scan following up a previous one which has not shown this pathology. Although not specific, we have found some common features among the cases published. The patients are usually young people. The cause of many injuries is either a fall injury or involvement of a pedestrian in a road accident. Skull fracture under which the DEDH develops is the rule. DEDH is not found in the usual location of the classic epidural hematoma (the temporal fossa). Some of the patients developed DEDH after an earlier neurosurgical operation for evacuation of another traumatic mass lesion for urgent decompression. Others developed DEDH after medical treatment aimed at restoring normal blood pressure or reducing increased ICP. This main group of patients had other associated lesions, mainly intracranial. The others (including our case no. 1) were considered to have a skull fracture associated only with concussion of the brain, as the clinical picture changed or persistent headache developed, another CT scan was indicated and DEDH was then found. This group constitutes those patients in whom the prognosis is expected to be good or excellent. Keeping in mind the necessity for repeated CT scans in this group (we think the number will increase in the future), other patients will benefit from the awareness of the clinician of the importance of this diagnostic tool. CT scan is efficient, accurate and can be repeated at short intervals. It enables a correct diagnosis to be made in nearly 100% of cases of head trauma. Although this liberal use of CT may increase the number of

  18. Diagnostic value of multiplanar reconstruction in CT recognition of lumbar spinal disorders

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    Im, S. K.; Choi, J. H.; Kim, C. H.; Sohn, M. H.; Lim, K. Y.; Choi, K. C. [Chonbuk National University College of Medicine, Chonju (Korea, Republic of)

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    The computer tomography is useful in evaluation of bony structures and adjacent soft tissues of the lumbar spine. Recently, the multiplanar reconstruction of lumbar spine of CT of significant value for the anatomical localization and for the myelographic and surgical correlation. We observed 177 cases of lumbar spine CT, who complains of spinal symptom, during the period from Dec. 1982 to Aug. 1984. The results were as follows: 1. The sex distribution of cases were 113 males and 44 females. The CT diagnosis showed 152 cases of herniated lumbar disc, 15 cases of degenerative disease, 5 cases of spine tbc., 3 cases of spine trauma and 2 cases of meningocele. 2. CT findings of herniated disc were as follows: focal protrusion of posterior disc margin and obliteration of anterior epidural fat in all cases, indentation on dural sac in 92 cases (60.5%) soft tissue mass in epidural fat in 85 cases (55.9%), compression or displacement of nerve root sheath in 22 cases(14.4%). 3. Sites of herniated lumbar disc were at L4-L5 level in 100 cases(59.1%) and at L5-S1 level in 65 cases (38.4%). Location of it were central type in 70 cases(41.1%), left-central type in 46 cases (27.2%), right-central type in 44 cases(26.0%) and lateral type in 9 cases (5.1%). 4. The sagittal reconstruction images were helpful in evaluating neural foramina, size of disc bluge into spinal canal, especially at L5-S1, and patients with spondylolisthesis. The coronal reconstruction images were the least informative, although they contributed to the evaluation of lumbar nerve roots of course, the axial CT scans were the most sensitive and specific.

  19. Epidural steroid injection for lumbosacral radiculopathy

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    Sung, Mi Sook [The Catholic University of Korea, Pucheon (Korea, Republic of)

    2006-06-15

    Low back pain combined with radicular pain remains as one of the most challenging musculoskeletal problems for its therapeutic management. This malady results from nerve root impingement and/or inflammation that causes neurologic symptoms in the distribution of the affected nerve root(s) Conservative treatment, percutaneous spine interventions and surgery have all been used as treatment; and the particular treatment that's chosen depends on the severity of the clinical and neurologic presentation. In 1930, Evans reported that sciatica could treated by epidural injection. The use of epidural corticosteroid injections for the treatment of axial and radicular back pain was first reported in 1953. Epidural steroid injections are currently used by many medical professionals for the treatment of lumbosacral radiculopathy. Performing 'blind' epidural steroid injection lacks target specificity that often results in incorrect delivery of medication to the lesion. Imaging-guided steroid injections are now becoming more popular despite the controversy regarding their efficacy. Many reports, including a few randomized controlled trials, have documented the clinical utility of epidural steroid injections.

  20. Unusual Spinal Epidural Lipomatosis and Lumbosacral Instability

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    Ruiz Picazo, David; Ramírez Villaescusa, José

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    Introduction. Epidural lipomatosis is most frequently observed in patients on chronic steroid treatment. Only a few idiopathic epidural lipomatosis cases have been described. Material and Methods. 64-year-old male patient presented with low back pain and left leg pain. Later, the patient experienced neurogenic claudication and radicular pain in the left leg without urinary dysfunction. Plain radiography and magnetic resonance imaging demonstrated an abnormal fat tissue overgrowth in the epidural space with compression of the dural sac, degenerative disc disease at L4-L5 level, and instability at L5-S1. Endocrinopathic diseases and chronic steroid therapy were excluded. If conservative treatment failed, surgical treatment can be indicated. Results. After surgery, there was a gradual improvement in symptoms and signs, and six months later the patient returned to daily activities and was neurologically normal. Conclusion. In the absence of common causes of neurogenic claudication, epidural lipomatosis should be considered. The standard test for the diagnosis of epidural lipomatosis is magnetic resonance (MR). At first, conservative treatment must be considered; weight loss and the suspension of prior corticosteroid therapy are indicated. In the presence of neurological impairment, the operative treatment of wide surgical decompression must be performed soon after diagnosis. PMID:27069704

  1. Solitary Spinal Epidural Metastasis from Gastric Cancer

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    Taisei Sako

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Solitary epidural space metastasis of a malignant tumor is rare. We encountered a 79-year-old male patient with solitary metastatic epidural tumor who developed paraplegia and dysuria. The patient had undergone total gastrectomy for gastric cancer followed by chemotherapy 8 months priorly. The whole body was examined for suspected metastatic spinal tumor, but no metastases of the spine or important organs were observed, and a solitary mass was present in the thoracic spinal epidural space. The mass was excised for diagnosis and treatment and was histopathologically diagnosed as metastasis from gastric cancer. No solitary metastatic epidural tumor from gastric cancer has been reported in English. Among the Japanese, 3 cases have been reported, in which the outcome was poor in all cases and no definite diagnosis could be made before surgery in any case. Our patient developed concomitant pneumonia after surgery and died shortly after the surgery. When a patient has a past medical history of malignant tumor, the possibility of a solitary metastatic tumor in the epidural space should be considered.

  2. Community-acquired Serratia marcescens spinal epidural abscess in a patient without risk factors: Case report and review.

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    Parkins, Michael D; Gregson, Daniel B

    2008-05-01

    Serratia marcescens has rarely been reported as an agent of invasive disease in patients presenting from the community. Furthermore, S marcescens is frequently opportunistic, affecting individuals with serious medical comorbidities including immune suppression and diabetes. A case of a community-acquired S marcescens spontaneous lumbar epidural abscess presenting as cauda equina syndrome is reported in a previously well 36-year-old man with no identifiable risk factors. To the authors' knowledge, this is the first report of invasive S marcescens causing disease in a patient with no medical comorbidities.

  3. Community-Acquired Serratia Marcescens Spinal Epidural Abscess in a Patient Without Risk Factors: Case Report and Review

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    Michael D Parkins

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Serratia marcescens has rarely been reported as an agent of invasive disease in patients presenting from the community. Furthermore, S marcescens is frequently opportunistic, affecting individuals with serious medical comorbidities including immune suppression and diabetes. A case of a community-acquired S marcescens spontaneous lumbar epidural abscess presenting as cauda equina syndrome is reported in a previously well 36-year-old man with no identifiable risk factors. To the authors’ knowledge, this is the first report of invasive S marcescens causing disease in a patient with no medical comorbidities.

  4. Early diagnosis and treatment of acute or subacute spinal epidural hematoma

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    YU Hang-ping; FAN Shun-wu; YANG Hui-lin; TANG Tian-si; ZHOU Feng; ZHAO Xing

    2007-01-01

    Background Despite low morbidity, acute or subacute spinal epidural hematoma may develop quickly with a high tendency to paralysis. The delay of diagnosis and therapy often leads to serious consequences. In this study we evaluated the effects of a series of methods for the diagnosis and treatment of the hematoma in 11 patients seen in our hospital.Methods Of the 11 patients (8 males and 3 females), 2 had the hematoma involving cervical segments, 2 cervico-thoracic, 4 thoracic, 1 thoraco-lumbar, and 2 lumbar. Three patients had quadriplegia, including one with central cord syndrome; another had Brown-Sequard's syndrome; and the other seven had paraplegia. Five patients were diagnosed at our hospitals within 3-48 hours afterappearance of symptoms, and 6 patients were transferred from community hospitals within 21-106 hours after development of symptoms. Key dermal points, key muscles and the rectal sphincter were determined according to the American Spinal Injury Society Impairment Scales as scale A in two patients,B in 5 and C in 4. Emergency MRI in each patient confirmed that the dura mater was compressed in the spinal canal, with equal intensity or hyperintensity on T1 weighted image and mixed hyperintensity on T2 weighted image. Preventive and curative measures were taken preoperatively and emergency operation was performed in all patients. Open laminoplasty was done at the cervical and cervico-thoracic segments, laminectomy at the thoracic segments, laminectomy with pedicle screw fixation at the thoraco-lumbar and lumbar segments involving multiple levels, and double-sided laminectomy with the integrity of articular processes at the lumbar segments involving only a single level. During the operation, special attention was given to hematoma evacuation, hemostasis and drainage tube placement.Results Neither uncontrollable hemorrhage nor postoperative complications occurred. All patients were followed up for 1-6 years. A marked difference was noted between

  5. Bacteriemia y absceso hepático causado por Yersinia enterocolitica Bacteremia and hepatic abscess caused by Yersinia enterocolitica

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    A. Navascués

    2004-08-01

    Full Text Available Yersinia enterocolitica es un cocobacilo gram negativo de amplia distribución mundial cuyo reservorio natural se encuentra en una gran variedad de animales. La transmisión a los humanos se realiza principalmente a través de la vía fecal-oral aunque también se han descrito casos de transmisión a través de transfusiones sanguíneas. Su aislamiento se realiza habitualmente dentro de un cuadro gastrointestinal y rara vez produce trastornos extraintestinales como bacteriemia, abscesos, manifestaciones cutáneas, etc. Éstos se han asociado a diferentes enfermedades de base como alteraciones del metabolismo del hierro, diabetes mellitus, alcoholismo, malnutrición, tumores, terapia inmunosupresora y cirrosis. Presentamos el caso de un paciente diabético que desarrolló bacteriemia asociada a abscesso hepático por Yersinia enterocolitica.Yersinia enterocolitica is a Gram-negative coccobacillus that is distributed world-wide and whose natural reservoire is found in a great variety of animals. Transmission to humans mainly occurs through the faecal-oral path although cases have been described of transmission through blood transfusions. It is isolated within a gastro-intestinal clinical picture and it rarely produces extra-intestinal disorders such as bacteraemia, abscesses, cutaneous signs, etc. The latter have been associated with different underlying diseases such as alterations of the iron metabolism, diabetes mellitus, alcoholism, malnutrition, tumours, immunosuppressant therapy and cirrhosis. We present the case of a diabetic patient who developed bacteraemia associated with hepatic abscess due to Yersinia enterocolitica.

  6. Tratamiento epidural del dolor en isquemia vascular periférica: Parte II. Revisión bibliográfica basada en la evidencia del tratamiento epidural en la isquemia vascular periférica Epidural pain treatment in peripheral vascular ischemia: (II

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    M.J. Orduña González

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    Full Text Available Introducción: La isquemia arterial periférica puede ser el resultado de diversas enfermedades que afectan la vascularización de los miembros, generando dolor, discapacidad y deterioro de la calidad de vida del paciente, y en los casos de isquemia crítica, produciendo una considerable morbimortalidad y dolor crónico. Objetivo: Realizar una revisión histórica y crítica de publicaciones científicas sobre la analgesia epidural como método de control del dolor por isquemia vascular periférica y de sus efectos tróficos vasculares, y compararlos con otras técnicas analgésicas, así como recopilar diversas pautas de analgesia epidural y sus resultados. Material y métodos: Búsqueda en Medline, recopilación de datos y posterior análisis crítico, siguiendo los criterios de la medicina basada en la evidencia, de las publicaciones científicas sobre analgesia epidural y el dolor en el contexto de la isquemia arterial periférica. Resultados: a La analgesia con infusión de fármacos epidurales en isquemia de miembros sólo alcanzó un nivel de evidencia 4 en la presente revisión; b la anestesia epidural lumbar para cirugía de revascularización de miembros inferiores se relaciona con unas menores tasas de trombosis postoperatoria y de reintervenciones de revascularización que la anestesia general (nivel de evidencia 2b; c no hay evidencia científica concluyente que apoye la utilización de analgesia epidural preventiva de los síndromes de dolor crónico postamputación de extremidades con isquemia, y d la aplicación de neuroestimulación epidural medular en la isquemia crítica de origen ateroclusivo de miembros no reconstruibles mediante técnicas quirúrgicas está apoyada por un nivel de evidencia 1. En la enfermedad de Buerger, la enfermedad de Raynaud y trastornos vasoespásticos, la aplicación de la neuroestimulación eléctrica epidural viene avalada por un nivel de evidencia 4. Conclusiones: a La isquemia arterial perif

  7. Traumatic cervical epidural hematoma in an infant

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    Vithal Rangarajan

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    Full Text Available An 8-month-old male infant had presented with a history of a fall from the crib a fortnight ago. He had developed progressive weakness of both lower limbs. On examination, the infant had spastic paraplegia. Magnetic resonance (MR imaging of the cervical spine showed an epidural hematoma extending from the fourth cervical (C4 to the first dorsal (D1 vertebral level with cord compression. The patient had no bleeding disorder on investigation. He underwent cervical laminoplasty at C6 and C7 levels. The epidural hematoma was evacuated. The cervical cord started pulsating immediately. Postoperatively, the patient′s paraplegia improved dramatically in 48 hours. According to the author′s literature search, only seven cases of post-traumatic epidural hematoma have been reported in pediatric patients, and our patient is the youngest. The present case report discusses the etiopathology, presentation, and management of this rare case.

  8. Delayed epidural hematoma after mild head injury

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    Radulović Danilo

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available Background. Traumatic delayed epidural hematoma (DEH can be defined as insignificant or not seen on the initial CT scan performed after a trauma but seen on the subsequent CT scan as a “massive” epidural bleeding. Case report. We presented two cases of traumatic DEH after mild head injury. Both patients were conscious and without neurological deficit on the admission. Initial CT scan did not reveal intracranial hematoma. Repeated CT scan, that was performed after neurological deterioration, revealed epidural hematoma in both cases. The patients were operated with a favorable surgical outcome. Conclusion. Traumatic DEH could occur in the patients with head injuries who were conscious on the admission with a normal initial CT scan finding. Early detection of DEH and an urgent surgical evacuation were essential for a good outcome.

  9. Spinal epidural hematoma; Spinales epidurales Haematom

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    Papanagiotou, P. [Universitaetsklinikum des Saarlandes, Klinik fuer Diagnostische und Interventionelle Neuroradiologie, Homburg/Saar (Germany)

    2012-05-15

    Spinal epidural hematoma is an accumulation of blood in the potential space between the dura and bone. On unenhanced computed tomography epidural hemorrhage appears as a high-density spinal canal mass with variable cord compression. Magnetic resonance imaging is the modality of choice for evaluating spinal epidural hematoma and can demonstrate the extent of the hematoma and degree of cord compression. When treated surgically the outcome depends on the extent of preoperative neurological deficits and on the operative timing interval. (orig.) [German] Das spinale epidurale Haematom ist eine Blutansammlung zwischen Dura und Knochen. Die klinische Praesentation ist aehnlich dem akuten Bandscheibenvorfall, die Symptomatik ist allerdings in der Regel progredient. In der CT stellt sich ein frisches Haematom hyperdens dar. Die MRT ist die Methode der Wahl zur Diagnose spinaler epiduraler Haematome und kann die Ausdehnung sowie auch das Ausmass der Kompression darstellen. Die wichtigste Differenzialdiagnose vom epiduralen Haematom ist das epidurale Empyem. (orig.)

  10. Lumbar corsets can decrease lumbar motion in golf swing

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    Hashimoto, Koji; Miyamoto, Kei; Yanagawa, Takashi; Hattori, Ryo; Aoki, Takaaki; Matsuoka, Toshio; Ohno, Takatoshi; Shimizu, Katsuji

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    Swinging a golf club includes the rotation and extension of the lumbar spine. Golf-related low back pain has been associated with degeneration of the lumbar facet and intervertebral discs, and with spondylolysis...

  11. Percutaneous treatment of cervical and lumbar herniated disc

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    Kelekis, A., E-mail: akelekis@med.uoa.gr; Filippiadis, D.K., E-mail: dfilippiadis@yahoo.gr

    2015-05-15

    Therapeutic armamentarium for symptomatic intervertebral disc herniation includes conservative therapy, epidural infiltrations (interlaminar or trans-foraminal), percutaneous therapeutic techniques and surgical options. Percutaneous, therapeutic techniques are imaging-guided, minimally invasive treatments for intervertebral disc herniation which can be performed as outpatient procedures. They can be classified in 4 main categories: mechanical, thermal, chemical decompression and biomaterials implantation. Strict sterility measures are a prerequisite and should include extensive local sterility and antibiotic prophylaxis. Indications include the presence of a symptomatic, small to medium sized contained intervertebral disc herniation non-responding to a 4–6 weeks course of conservative therapy. Contraindications include sequestration, infection, segmental instability (spondylolisthesis), uncorrected coagulopathy or a patient unwilling to provide informed consent. Decompression techniques are feasible and reproducible, efficient (75–94% success rate) and safe (>0.5% mean complications rate) therapies for the treatment of symptomatic intervertebral disc herniation. Percutaneous, imaging guided, intervertebral disc therapeutic techniques can be proposed either as an initial treatment or as an attractive alternative prior to surgery for the therapy of symptomatic herniation in both cervical and lumbar spine. This article will describe the mechanism of action for different therapeutic techniques applied to intervertebral discs of cervical and lumbar spine, summarize the data concerning safety and effectiveness of these treatments, and provide a rational approach for the therapy of symptomatic intervertebral disc herniation in cervical and lumbar spine.

  12. A Symptomatic Spinal Extradural Arachnoid Cyst with Lumbar Disc Herniation

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    Yoshinori Kadono

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Spinal epidural arachnoid cyst (EAC is a rare, usually asymptomatic condition of unknown origin, which typically involves the lower thoracic spine. We report a case of posttraumatic symptomatic EAC with lumbar disc herniation. A 22-year-old man experienced back pain and sciatica after a traffic accident. Neurological examination revealed a right L5 radiculopathy. Magnetic resonance imaging demonstrated a cystic lesion at the L3 to L5 level and an L4-5 disc herniation; computed tomography myelography showed that the right L5 root was sandwiched between the cyst and the herniation. A dural defect was identified during surgery. The cyst was excised completely and the defect was repaired. A herniation was excised beside the dural sac. Histology showed that the cyst wall consisted of collagen and meningothelial cells. Postoperatively the symptoms resolved. Lumbar spinal EACs are rare; such cysts may arise from a congenital dural crack and grow gradually. The 6 cases of symptomatic lumbar EAC reported in the literature were not associated with disc herniation or trauma. In this case, the comorbid disc herniation was involved in symptom progression. Although many EACs are asymptomatic, comorbid spinal disorders such as disc herniation or trauma can result in symptom progression.

  13. Rapidly Progressive Spontaneous Spinal Epidural Abscess

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    Abdurrahman Aycan

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Spinal epidural abscess (SEA is a rare disease which is often rapidly progressive. Delayed diagnosis of SEA may lead to serious complications and the clinical findings of SEA are generally nonspecific. Paraspinal abscess should be considered in the presence of local low back tenderness, redness, and pain with fever, particularly in children. In case of delayed diagnosis and treatment, SEA may spread to the epidural space and may cause neurological deficits. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI remains the method of choice in the diagnosis of SEA. Treatment of SEA often consists of both medical and surgical therapy including drainage with percutaneous entry, corpectomy, and instrumentation.

  14. Rapidly Progressive Spontaneous Spinal Epidural Abscess.

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    Aycan, Abdurrahman; Aktas, Ozgür Yusuf; Guzey, Feyza Karagoz; Tufan, Azmi; Isler, Cihan; Aycan, Nur; Gulsen, İsmail; Arslan, Harun

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    Spinal epidural abscess (SEA) is a rare disease which is often rapidly progressive. Delayed diagnosis of SEA may lead to serious complications and the clinical findings of SEA are generally nonspecific. Paraspinal abscess should be considered in the presence of local low back tenderness, redness, and pain with fever, particularly in children. In case of delayed diagnosis and treatment, SEA may spread to the epidural space and may cause neurological deficits. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) remains the method of choice in the diagnosis of SEA. Treatment of SEA often consists of both medical and surgical therapy including drainage with percutaneous entry, corpectomy, and instrumentation.

  15. Traumatic extradural lumbar haematoma due to a pathological metastatic vertebral body fracture L3. Case report and review of the literature

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    Balasa Daniel

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Spinal epidural haematoma (SEH is a rare entity. We present the case of a 45 years old patient with lumbar epidural hematoma produced by a L3 vertebral tumoral (metastatic fracture. Neurological status: cauda equina syndrome with sphincterian deficits, incomplete paraplegia (Frankel C, with neurological level L1. Emergency surgery was performed (L3-L2-bilateral laminectomy, L1 left laminectomy, posterior stabilization L2-L4 by titan screws offering the possibility to progressive motor, sensitive and sphincterian deficites recovery.

  16. Effect of postoperative epidural analgesia on surgical outcome

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    Holte, K; Holte, Kathrine

    2002-01-01

    Pain relief allowing sufficient mobilization after major surgical procedures can only be achieved by continuous epidural analgesia with local anesthetics, which also reduces the stress response to surgery. However, the role of postoperative epidural analgesia on postoperative morbidity is controv......Pain relief allowing sufficient mobilization after major surgical procedures can only be achieved by continuous epidural analgesia with local anesthetics, which also reduces the stress response to surgery. However, the role of postoperative epidural analgesia on postoperative morbidity...... is controversial. We therefore update the effects of postoperative analgesia on surgical outcome. After major abdominal surgery, postoperative epidural analgesia with local anesthetics significantly reduces postoperative ileus and pulmonary complications while effects on cardiac morbidity are debatable. Continuous...... regimen does not contain a sufficient amount of local anesthetics. Future evaluation of the effects of epidural analgesia on postoperative outcome also requires integration of epidural analgesia within a multimodal rehabilitation programme....

  17. How first time mothers experience the use of epidural analgesia

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    Jepsen, Ingrid

    2010-01-01

    How first time mothers experience the use of epidural analgesia during birth Ingrid Jepsen, Midwife, SD, MPH, Kurt Dauer Keller cand.psych, PhD Contact email irj@ucn.dk Aim: to investigate the experiences of epidural analgesia as to the choice of epidurals, the changes in pain, the period from th...... midwives handle the epidurals. Conclusion: In particular, the use of an epidural does not diminish the need for an individual approach. The woman’s level of consciousness and the entire situation makes her very sensitive to the midwives care....... factors influencing the relationship with the midwives were: the very choice of an epidural, the midwives accept of that choice, satisfaction with the presence of the midwifes, the continuity of the process, and a high level of information. Clearly, the establishment of an epidural implies important...

  18. SACRALISATION OF LUMBAR VERTEBRAE

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    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Background: Lumbar backache is a very common problem nowadays. Sacralisation of lumbar vertebrae is one of the cause for that. During routine osteology teaching a sacrum with incomplete attached lumbar 5 vertebrae is seen. Observation: Incompletely fused L 5 vertebrae with sacrum is seen. The bodies of the vertebrae are fused but the transverse process of left side is completely fused with the ala of sacrum.But on the right side is incompletely fused. Conclusion: The person is usually asymptomatic or may present with symptoms which include spinal or radicular pain, disc degeneration, L4/L5 disc prolapse, lumbar scoliosis and lumbar extradural defects. In transitional lumbosacral segmentation, it was observed that the lumbosacral intervertebral disc is significantly narrowed. The incidence of disc herniation is found to be higher and can occur even at young ages. There was also relationship established between transitional vertebrae and the degree of slippage in spondylolytic spondylolisthesis. In addition, this anomaly has known implications in the field of disc surgery.

  19. Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion

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    Hughes, Alexander; Girardi, Federico; Sama, Andrew; Lebl, Darren; Cammisa, Frank

    2015-01-01

    The lateral lumbar interbody fusion (LLIF) is a relatively new technique that allows the surgeon to access the intervertebral space from a direct lateral approach either anterior to or through the psoas muscle. This approach provides an alternative to anterior lumbar interbody fusion with instrumentation, posterior lumbar interbody fusion, and transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion for anterior column support. LLIF is minimally invasive, safe, better structural support from the apophyseal ring, potential for coronal plane deformity correction, and indirect decompression, which have has made this technique popular. LLIF is currently being utilized for a variety of pathologies including but not limited to adult de novo lumbar scoliosis, central and foraminal stenosis, spondylolisthesis, and adjacent segment degeneration. Although early clinical outcomes have been good, the potential for significant neurological and vascular vertebral endplate complications exists. Nevertheless, LLIF is a promising technique with the potential to more effectively treat complex adult de novo scoliosis and achieve predictable fusion while avoiding the complications of traditional anterior surgery and posterior interbody techniques. PMID:26713134

  20. Absceso del psoas en la edad pediátrica. Caso clínico y revisión de la literatura.

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    Daniel Muñoz S.

    2009-07-01

    Full Text Available El absceso del músculo psoas ilíaco (AP, es una entidad clínica poco frecuente y de presentación insidiosa, pero de importancia creciente. Descrito inicialmente como una tríada de dolor, fiebre y dificultad en la deambulación, rara vez se presenta así, ya que en general la clínica es inespecífica. En los últimos años ha ocurrido un cambio en el espectro etiopatogénico de los AP, con un aumento relativo en la descripción de los AP piógenos de origen primario, lo que adquiere relevancia en pacientes inmunosuprimidos, más frecuentes en la actualidad. Los abscesos primarios tienen incidencia variable, siendo cercana al 95% en países subdesarrollados y tropicales, 60% en Estados Unidos y 20% en Europa. Suelen ser unilaterales (98%, más frecuentes en menores de 30 años y de sexo masculino (75%. El 88% son producidos por estafilococo aureus, preferentemente monomicrobianos. En los últimos años ha ocurrido un aumento del número de casos diagnosticados, debido posiblemente a la disponibilidad de mejores técnicas diagnósticas, al aumento de la prevalencia de enfermedades crónicas y los casos de inmunosupresión.

  1. Absceso primario del músculo psoas: Presentación de 1 caso y revisión de la literatura

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    Rafael Pila Pérez

    2001-06-01

    Full Text Available El absceso primario del psoas es una entidad infrecuente que afecta principalmente a adultos jóvenes y adolescentes. Se describe un caso de absceso primario del psoas en un paciente de 77 años de edad. Los síntomas predominantes fueron fiebre, dolor abdominal y deterioro progresivo del estado general. El diagnóstico se realizó mediante tomografía axial computadorizada. El tratamiento consistió en antibioticoterapia y drenaje percutáneo, con éxito. Se revisó la literatura medica; se señaló la patogenia, la clínica, el diagnóstico y el tratamiento de esta enfermedadPrimary psoas abscess is an uncommon entity affecting mainly young adults and adolescents. A case of primary psoas abscess in a patient aged 77 is described. Prevailing symptoms were: fever, abdominal pain and progressive deterioration of the general state. The diagnosis was made using computerized axial tomography (CAT. The treatment with antibiotic therapy and percutaneous drainage was successful. Medical literature was reviewed and the pathogeny, clinic, diagnosis and treatment of this disease were stressed

  2. Absceso cerebral por Haemophilus influenzae serotipo e en un paciente pediátrico con síndrome de Apert

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    Adela M Isasmendi

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Se presenta el caso de un absceso cerebral causado por Haemophilus influenzae tipo e, en un paciente de 12 años con síndrome de Apert. El síndrome de Apert se caracteriza por el cierre prematuro de las suturas craneales. En 2010, el paciente presentó traumatismo craneano en región frontal, fractura y fístula de líquido cefalorraquídeo. En febrero de 2013 consultó por fiebre, vómitos y convulsión tónica clónica generalizada, con deterioro progresivo del sensorio. La tomografía axial computarizada mostró una lesión frontal derecha, edema perilesional, leve dilatación ventricular y pansinusitis. Se diagnosticó absceso cerebral con pioventriculitis y se realizó drenaje. Se obtuvo desarrollo de un cocobacilo gram negativo, que fue identificado como H. influenzae serotipo e. Se realizó tratamiento empírico con meropenem (120 mg/kg/día y vancomicina (60 mg/kg/día. Luego del resultado del cultivo, se rotó a ceftriaxona (100 mg/kg/día y metronidazol (500 mg/8 h. El paciente cumplió 8 semanas de tratamiento y se observó evolución favorable.

  3. Spinal epidural abscess and meningitis following short-term epidural catheterisation for postoperative analgaesia.

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    van Rappard, Juliaan R M; Tolenaar, Jip L; Smits, Anke B; Go, Peter M N Y H

    2015-08-20

    We present a case of a patient with a spinal epidural abscess (SEA) and meningitis following short-term epidural catheterisation for postoperative pain relief after a laparoscopic sigmoid resection. On the fifth postoperative day, 2 days after removal of the epidural catheter, the patient developed high fever, leucocytosis and elevated C reactive protein. Blood cultures showed a methicillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus infection. A photon emission tomography scan revealed increased activity of the spinal canal, suggesting S. aureus meningitis. A gadolinium-enhanced MRI showed a SEA that was localised at the epidural catheter insertion site. Conservative management with intravenous flucloxacillin was initiated, as no neurological deficits were seen. At last follow-up, 8 weeks postoperatively, the patient showed complete recovery.

  4. Postoperative epidural hematoma. Five cases of epidural hematomas developed after supratentorial craniotomy on the contralateral side

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    Sato, M. (Shiga Univ. of Medical Science, Ohtsu (Japan)); Mori, K.; Handa, H.

    1981-10-01

    Postoperative epidural hematomas developed far from the operative field are generally recognized as a complication of ventriculo-peritoneal shunt, ventricular drainage or suboccipital craniotomy. It is very rare but may occur after supratentorial craniotomy on the contralateral side. Five such cases are presented with a review of the relevant literature. The mechanism of this complication is not clearly understood. In hydrocephalus, these massive epidural hematomas are probably caused by dura-skull detachment when the brain volume is strikingly reduced by a decompressive procedure. On rare occasions, pins of head rest may detach the dura and cause epidural hematomas. When sudden brain swelling during craniotomy is encountered, attention should be directed not only to intracerebral hemorrhage but also epidural hematoma developed on the contralateral side.

  5. Epidural fentanyl decreases the minimum local analgesic concentration of epidural lidocaine

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    ZHANG Jian; ZHENG Yue-ying; FENG Zhi-ying; CHEN Chao-qin; ZHU Sheng-mei

    2012-01-01

    Background Epidural lidocaine can be used when regional anesthesia needs to be established quickly,but the effect of co-administering epidural fentanyl on the minimum local analgesic concentration(MLAC)of lidocaine is not known.We compared the MLAC of epidural lidocaine in combination with different doses of fentanyl for epidural anesthesia in adults.Methods One hundred and twenty patients requiring epidural analgesia were randomly allocated to receive 20 ml of one of four solutions:lidocaine,or lidocaine plus fentanyl 1 μg/ml,2 μg/ml,or 3 μg/ml.The first patient in each group was administered 1% lidocaine weight by volume;subsequent patients received a concentration determined by the response of the previous patient to a higher or lower concentration according to up and down sequential allocation in 0.1% increments.Efficacy was assessed using a visual analog pain scale,and accepted if this was ≤10 mm on a 100 mm scale within 30 minutes.The extent of motor block and of nausea and vomiting were recorded at 30 minutes after administration of the epidural solution and two hours after surgery,respectively.Results The MLAC of lidocaine in those receiving lidocaine alone was 0.785%(95%C/0.738-0.864).A significant dose-dependent reduction was observed with the addition of fentanyl:the MLAC of lidocaine with fentanyl at 2 μg/ml was 0.596%(95%Cl 0.537-0.660)and 0.387% with fentanyl at 3 μg/ml(95%Cl 0.329-0.446,P<0.001).Conclusion Epidural fentanyl significantly reduces the dose of lidocaine required for effective epidural analgesia in adults without causing adverse side effects.

  6. Incarcerated inferior lumbar (Petit's) hernia.

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    Astarcioğlu, H; Sökmen, S; Atila, K; Karademir, S

    2003-09-01

    Petit's hernia is an uncommon abdominal wall defect in the inferior lumbar triangle. Colonic incarceration through the inferior lumbar triangle, which causes mechanical obstructive symptoms, necessitates particular diagnostic and management strategy. We present a rare case of inferior lumbar hernia, leading to mechanical bowel obstruction, successfully treated with prosthetic mesh reinforcement repair.

  7. Optimal Dose of Epidural Dexmedetomidine Added to Ropivacaine for Epidural Labor Analgesia: A Pilot Study

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    Zhang Wangping

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Background. Dexmedetomidine combined with local anesthetics can decrease the concentration of epidural ropivacaine. However, the optimal dose of epidural dexmedetomidine combined with ropivacaine for labor analgesia is still uncertain. This study investigated the effect of adding different dose of epidural dexmedetomidine to ropivacaine during epidural labor analgesia. Methods. One hundred women were randomly assigned to one of the four groups (Groups A, B, C, and D received 0.25, 0.5, 0.75, and 1 μg/ml of dexmedetomidine plus 0.1% ropivacaine, resp.. The onset of epidural anesthesia and stages of labor were studied, and pain was assessed using a visual analogue scale (VAS. Hemodynamic parameters and fetal heart rate were monitored. Apgar scores and umbilical artery pH were recorded. The side effects, if any, were recorded also. Results. The addition of 0.25, 0.5, and 0.75 μg/ml of dexmedetomidine to 0.1% ropivacaine provided safe and effective analgesia, but 1 μg/ml of dexmedetomidine resulted in increasing incidence of motor block. The hemodynamic parameters were similar between groups (P>0.05. Side effects in Group D were significantly higher than those in the other three groups (P<0.05. Conclusions. When dexmedetomidine is combined with 0.1% ropivacaine, the optimal concentration of dexmedetomidine is 0.5 μg/ml for epidural labor analgesia (this trial is registered with ChiCTR-OPC-16008548.

  8. Computed tomography in lumbar degenerative disease

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    Isu, Toyohiko; Miyasaka, Kazuo; Abe, Satoru; Takei, Hidetoshi; Kaneda, Kiyoshi (Hokkaido Univ., Sapporo (Japan). School of Medicine)

    1984-02-01

    We reported the 18 patients which underwent surgical exploration and reviewed these CT findings. Method All CT scans were obtained on Somatom II, high resolution CT scanner, with the patient in the supine position. A lateral localizer image (Topogram) was used to select the appropriate intervertebral disk space. The slice thickness was 4 mm. Results 1) CT findings in lumbar degenerative diseases include bony canal stenosis (central canal stenosis, narrowed lateral recess), soft tissue abnormalities (herniated nucleus pulposus, bulging annulus, hypertrophy and/or ossification of ligamentum flavum, no delineation of nerve root in lateral recess), and spinal instability (spondylolisthesis, vacuum phenomenon). 2) The above three factors contribute to narrowing of spinal canal. 3) No delineation of nerve root or soft tissue replacement of epidural fat in lateral recess suggests that the nerve root may be compressed by some factors. 4) Herniated nucleus pulposus may cause nerve root compression with or without canal stenosis. Conclusion This study revealed that the CT findings correlated closely with the surgical findings and the site of nerve root compression could be determined.

  9. Incidental durotomy in lumbar spine surgery - incidence, risk factors and management

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    Adam D.

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Incidental durotomy is a common complication of lumbar spine operations for degenerative disorders. Its incidence varies depending on several risk factors and regarding the intra and postoperative management, there is no consensus. Our objective was to report our experience with incidental durotomy in patients who were operated on for lumbar disc herniation, lumbar spinal stenosis and revision surgeries. Between 2009 and 2012, 1259 patients were operated on for degenerative lumbar disorders. For primary operations, the surgical approach was mino-open, interlamar, uni- or bilateral, as for recurrences, the removal of the compressive element was intended: the epidural scar and the disc fragment. 863 patients (67,7% were operated on for lumbar disc herniation, 344 patients (27,3% were operated on for lumbar spinal stenosis and 52 patients (5% were operated for recurrences. The operations were performed by neurosurgeons with the same professional degree but with different operative volume. Unintentional durotomy occurred in 20 (2,3% of the patients with herniated disc, in 14 (4,07% of the patients with lumbar spinal stenosis and in 12 (23% of the patients who were operated on for recurrences. The most frequent risk factors were: obesity, revised surgery and the physician’s low operative volume. Intraoperative dural fissures were repaired through suture (8 cases, by applying muscle, fat graft or by applying curaspon, tachosil. There existed 4 CSF fistulas which were repaired at reoperation. Incidental dural fissures during operations for degenerative lumbar disorders must be recognized and immediately repaired to prevent complications such as CSF fistula, osteodiscitis and increased medical costs. Preventing, identifying and treating unintentional durotomies can be best achieved by respecting a neat surgical technique and a standardized treatment protocol.

  10. [Acute lumbar disk displacement with nerve root compression. Indications for peridural steroid injection].

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    Schlumpf, U; Jöhr, M

    1997-02-18

    The rationale and indication, but also the efficacy and limitation of lumbar epidural corticosteroid injection in patients suffering from acute lumbosacral radicular pain are explained. Epidural administration of corticosteroids with longterm effect and bupivacaine by a translumbar approach in patients suffering from acute low back pain and sciatica causes an immediate, persistent pain relief and a more prompt regression of nerve root compression compared to patients just treated by bed rest and analgesics. The state of the art is based on recent meta-analyses and the understanding of the pathophysiology of discal hernia which includes inflammation. Contemporary concepts and data from recent reviews are summarized to elucidate current recommendations and suggestions for the management of patients with acute sciatica. The postulate of an application performed by an experienced anaesthesiologist is stressed. Advantages of this invasive form of therapy include reduction of addictive analgesic drugs, decreased time of absolute immobilisation, respectively strict bed rest, and of hospitalisation.

  11. Infektioner i forbindelse med epidural kateterisation

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    Holt, H M; Gahrn-Hansen, B; Andersen, S S

    1996-01-01

    coagulase- negative staphylococci (41%), Staphylococcus aureus (35%), Gram-negative bacilli (14%) and other bacteria (10%). The Gram-negative bacilli and S. aureus caused serious infections more frequently than the others. We discuss the symptoms and diagnosis of spinal epidural abscess and propose...

  12. [Maternal postures and epidural analgesia during labour].

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    Ducloy-Bouthors, A-S; De Gasquet, B; Davette, M; Cuisse, M

    2006-06-01

    The evolution of birth is of interest for obstetricians and midwives. Postures with asymmetric stretching and balance, kneeling, or sitting have been claimed to be able to help foetal head rotation. Although walking during labour have no influence on the outcome of labour, hip-flexed postures enlarging the pelvic diameter are yet evaluated to improve the obstetric course of labour. In a prospective randomised study including 93 parturients, we compared the supine 30 degrees lateral tilt (control group) to three hip-flexed postures: sitting (S), right hip-flexed left lateral position (L) and left hip-flexed right lateral position (R). Epidural analgesia with 12 ml ropivacaine 0.1% and sufentanil 0.5 microg/ml was administered over a period of six minutes. The total epidural spread was 15+/-0.3 dermatomes and the upper level of thermo-analgesic blockade reached T7-T8 (T5 to T10) in each group. There were no differences between groups for the left and right total spread and upper level of epidural blockade, for the time to maximal block and pain relief. There was no motor block and no maternal or foetal side effects. We conclude that, for the three hip-flexed postures tested, position does not influence local anesthetic spread or symmetry of analgesia after induction of obstetric epidural anaesthesia.

  13. MRI features of epidural extramedullary hematopoiesis

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    Alorainy, Ibrahim A. E-mail: alorainy@ksu.edu.sa; Al-Asmi, Abdullah R.; Carpio, Raquel del

    2000-07-01

    A case of {beta}-thalassemia intermedia with spinal cord compression due to extramedullary hematopoiesis, which was successfully treated by blood transfusion, is presented. Emphasis was made on the MRI appearance of extramedullary hematopoiesis on different pulse sequences. The theories that aimed to explain the involvement of the epidural space by extramedullary hematopoiesis are discussed.

  14. Neuraxial block and postoperative epidural analgesia

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    Leslie, K; McIlroy, D; Kasza, J

    2016-01-01

    BACKGROUND: We assessed associations between intraoperative neuraxial block and postoperative epidural analgesia, and a composite primary outcome of death or non-fatal myocardial infarction, at 30 days post-randomization in POISE-2 Trial subjects. METHODS: 10 010 high-risk noncardiac surgical pat...

  15. MRI features of spinal epidural angiolipomas

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    Hu, Su; Hu, Chun Hong; Wang, Xi Ming; Dai, Hui [Dept. of Radiology, The First Affiliated Hospital of Soochow University, Jiangsu (China); Hu, Xiao Yun; Fang, Xiang Ming [Dept. of Radiology, Wuxi People' s Hospital Affiliated to Nanjing Medical University, Jiangsu (China); Cui, Lei [Dept. of Radiology, The Second Affiliated Hospital of Nantong University, Jiangsu (China)

    2013-10-15

    To describe the MRI findings in ten patients of spinal epidural angiolipoma for differentiated diagnosis presurgery. Ten surgically proved cases of spinal epidural angiolipomas were retrospectively reviewed, and the lesion was classified according to the MR findings. Ten tumors were located in the superior (n = 4), middle (n = 2), or inferior (n = 4) thoracic level. The mass, with the spindle shape, was located in the posterior epidural space and extended parallel to the long axis of the spine. All lesions contained a fat and vascular element. The vascular content, correlating with the presence of hypointense regions on T1-weighted imaging (T1WI) and hyperintense signals on T2-weighted imaging, had marked enhancement. However, there were no flow void signs on MR images. All tumors were divided into two types based on the MR features. In type 1 (n = 3), the mass was predominantly composed of lipomatous tissue (> 50%) and contained only a few small angiomatous regions, which had a trabeculated or mottled appear. In type 2 (n = 7), the mass, however, was predominantly composed of vascular components (> 50%), which presented as large foci in the center of the mass. Most spinal epidural angiolipomas exhibit hyperintensity on T1WI while the hypointense region on the noncontrast T1WI indicates to be vascular, which manifests an obvious enhancement with gadolinium administration.

  16. Spontaneous extracranial decompression of epidural hematoma

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    Neely, John C. [Marshall University School of Medicine, Huntington, WV (United States); Jones, Blaise V. [Cincinnati Children' s Hospital Medical Center, Department of Radiology, Cincinnati, OH (United States); Crone, Kerry R. [Cincinnati Children' s Hospital Medical Center, Division of Neurosurgery, Cincinnati, OH (United States)

    2008-03-15

    Epidural hematoma (EDH) is a common sequela of head trauma in children. An increasing number are managed nonsurgically, with close clinical and imaging observation. We report the case of a traumatic EDH that spontaneously decompressed into the subgaleal space, demonstrated on serial CT scans that showed resolution of the EDH and concurrent enlargement of the subgaleal hematoma. (orig.)

  17. 透明质酸钠预防术后硬功夫膜外瘢痕粘连性疼痛的研究%Study on sodium hyaluronate product as inhibitor of pain due to epidural cicatrization

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    孟国良; 刘文俊; 刘启明

    2002-01-01

    Objective To evaluate the clinical effect of sodium hyaluronate product(SHP) used as inhibitor to preventing the formation of epidural scar.Method 160 patients suffering from lumbar intervertebral disc herniation were treated by operation,during which SHP was daubed around dura matter as obstruct to prevent epidural scar formation.Result No adverse reaction was observed.Pain was relieved and VAS was decreassed from 8.35 to 0.42 in mean.Using SHP got better curative effect than control group did.The cure and mend rate is 100% .No relapse occurs.Less scar formation was proved by CT in some cases.Conclusion SHP is ideal material used as inhibitor of epidural cicatrization.

  18. Epidural morphine for postoperative pain relief in children

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    Henneberg, S W; Hole, P; Haas, Inge Madsen De

    1993-01-01

    Epidural morphine for postoperative pain relief is in general use, and has proved to be very efficient in adults. The epidural technique and the use of epidural morphine are much less frequent in children. For 2 years we have prospectively followed 76 children who had epidural morphine for postop......Epidural morphine for postoperative pain relief is in general use, and has proved to be very efficient in adults. The epidural technique and the use of epidural morphine are much less frequent in children. For 2 years we have prospectively followed 76 children who had epidural morphine...... for postoperative pain relief after major abdominal surgery. The age distribution was from newborn to 13 years, with a median age of 12 months. It was estimated that 94% of the patients had good analgesia for the first 24 postoperative hours and no other opioids were given. The side effects were few, but one case...... the investigation. We observed a change in the sleeping pattern with an increased number of sleep-induced myoclonia during the administration of epidural morphine. In conclusion, the use of epidural morphine in children for postoperative pain relief is very efficient. The minimal effective dose has not been...

  19. Endogenous endophthalmitis associated with Klebsiella pneumoniae liver abscess. Description of three cases and literature review/Endoftalmitis endogena asociada a absceso hepatico por Klebsiella pneumoniae. Descripcion de tres casos y revision de la literatura/Endoftalmite endogena associadas com abscesso hepatico por Klebsiella Pneumoniae. Descricao de tres casos e revisao de literatura

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    Cuevas-Pelaez, Miguel; Jaramillo-Aristizabal, Maria Clara; Jaramillo-Lozano, James Eduardo

    2016-01-01

    ...; Liver Abscess Se presentan los casos de tres pacientes con endoftalmitis endogena asociada a absceso hepatico por Klebsiella pneumoniae, atendidos en el Hospital Universitario San Vicente Fundacion, de Medellin...

  20. Paraplegia and intracranial hypertension following epidural anesthesia: report of four cases

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    Frederico A. D. Kliemann

    1975-09-01

    Full Text Available Four patients who received epidural anesthesia presented sustained myelopathy; three of them had complete paraplegia and one a lumbo-sacral myelopathy with urinary retention. All four patients complained of very intense radicular pains immediately after the analgesic effect of Lidocaine was over. Two patients in whom lumbar puncture was done in the first 24 hours presented an aseptic meningitic reaction in CSF. Paraplegia completed in two to ten months in three patients and in two of them severe intracranial hypertension developped at this time. It is proposed that the disease runs a two-stages course, at least in some cases, characterized by an aseptic meningitis, followed, after a silent period of some months, by signs of adhesive spinal and intracranial arachnoiditis. Intracranial hypertension was controlled by ventriculo-peritoneal shunt; in two patients a transitory effect of intrathecal injections of methyl-prednisolone acetate was observed. Two patients recovered almost completely from paraplegia.

  1. Reduction of nausea and vomiting from epidural opioids by adding droperidol to the infusate in home-bound patients.

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    Aldrete, J A

    1995-10-01

    In 184 adult patients with severe nonmalignant low back pain from postlaminectomy syndrome, temporary lumbar epidural catheters were infused with either 0.25% bupivacaine 92 mL, fentanyl 600 micrograms, and droperidol 5 mg (Group A), or 0.25% bupivacaine 92 mL, fentanyl 600 micrograms, and NaCl 0.9% 2 mL (Group B). Infusion rates ranged from 0.5 to 2 mL per hour, with an option for turning the infusion off when the patient had no pain and turning it on when the pain returned. Infusions were continued from 2 to 55 days, during which time the patient was at home. In Group A, only two patients had nausea without emesis, while in Group B, nausea occurred in 18 patients (P < 0.04) and four vomited (P < 0.05). The number of patients with headache, pruritus, somnolence, and/or numbness was minimal and without statistically significant group differences. During treatments, pain levels were 2 or less on a 10-cm visual analogue scale. Added to the epidural infusate, droperidol appears to significantly reduce nausea and vomiting in ambulatory patients receiving fentanyl and bupivacaine in extended epidural infusions. The possibility that droperidol potentiates analgesic effects could not be evaluated.

  2. Lumbar hernia: a diagnostic dilemma.

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    Ahmed, Syed Tausif; Ranjan, Rajeeva; Saha, Subhendu Bikas; Singh, Balbodh

    2014-04-15

    Lumbar hernia is one of the rare cases that most surgeons are not exposed to. Hence the diagnosis can be easily missed. This leads to delay in the treatment causing increased morbidity. We report a case of lumbar hernia in a middle-aged woman. It was misdiagnosed as lipoma by another surgeon. It was a case of primary acquired lumbar hernia in the superior lumbar triangle. Clinical and MRI findings were correlated to reach the diagnosis. We also highlight the types, the process of diagnosis and the surgical repair of lumbar hernias. We wish to alert our fellow surgeons to keep the differential diagnosis of the lumbar hernia in mind before diagnosing any lumbar swelling as lipoma.

  3. Variant lumbar pedicle

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    Whelan, M.A.; Feldman, F.

    1982-01-01

    Three cases of aplastic and/or hypoplastic lumbar pedicle are presented and discussed. The importance of plain films, especially the 45/sup 0/ posterior oblique, for making the diagnosis is emphasized. The incidence and embryology of abnormalities of the pedicle are reviewed and the radiological features used to differentiate these congenital abnormalities from neoplasm and trauma are described.

  4. ANALYSIS OF MATERNAL AND FETAL OUTCOME IN SPINAL VERSUS EPIDURAL ANESTHESIA FOR CESAREAN DELIVERY IN SEVERE PRE-ECLAMPSIA

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    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available AIM Our primary aim is to analyze of maternal and fetal outcome in spinal versus epidural anesthesia for cesarean delivery in severe pre-eclampsia. MATERIALS AND METHODS Sixty parturients (60 with severe pre-eclampsia posted for cesarean section were randomized into two groups of thirty (30 each for either spinal anesthesia that is group S or epidural anesthesia that is group E. Spinal group (group S, n=30 received 10mg (2ml of 0.5% of hyperbaric bupivacaine solution intrathecally in left lateral decubitus or sitting position at L3-4 lumbar space with 25G quincke-babcock spinal needle. Patients received 6l/min of oxygen through Hudson’s face mask throughout the surgery. In Epidural group (group E, n=30, after thorough aseptic precautions, an 18G Tuohy’s epidural needle inserted at the L3-4 lumbar space with the patient in lateral decubitus or sitting position. Three ml of 1.5% lidocaine with was given as a test dose. After ruling out any intrathecal injection of the drug, initially 8ml of 0.5% isobaric bupivacaine given and the vitals monitored. Then 3ml top-ups of the same bupivacaine solution is given in a graded manner slowly, simultaneously checking the height of block. A blockade upto T4 to T6 is required. Vitals are carefully monitored and oxygen is provided 6l/min throughout the procedure and surgery. Blood pressure (systolic, mean, diastolic, pulse rate, oxygen saturation are recorded immediately after giving anesthesia, every minute for first 10mins, then every 3mins for the rest of the surgery. Then vitals are also noted post-operatively for the first 24hrs. Apgar score after 1 and 5 minutes, of the newborn baby is also recorded. Other parameters noted were incidence and duration of hypotension or hypertension both intra-operatively and post-operatively, any usage of vasopressors (ephedrine and its dose, convulsions, renal failure, pulmonary edema, requirement for ICU stay and the number of days in the mother, and the incidence of

  5. Percutaneous lumbar foraminoplasty via posterolateral approach and transforaminal endoscopic discectomy%经皮侧后路腰椎间孔成形与经椎间孔完全内镜下腰椎间盘摘除术

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    李振宙; 侯树勋

    2014-01-01

    Conventional open discectomy is a standard surgical method for lumbar disc herniation. But iatrogenic injury to paraspinal muscle and facet joint may cause postoperative chronic low back pain and segamental instability, which can lead to reoccurence of lumbar disc herniation. Epidural scarr fomation arised from flavum resection in open discectomy is inavoidable with 10%of it leading to failed back sugery syndrome. Transforaminal endoscopic discectomy can be performed without iatrogenic injury to paraspinal muscle, facet joint and flavum ligament. Foraminoplasty is a technique that enlarge the low part of intervertebral foramen with different tools so that working channel and endoscope can be introduced into epidural space anterior to dura sac where protruted disc tissue can be targeted resected and nerve root complete decompressed. It can be treated as an alternative surgical technique for lumbar disc herniation.

  6. Is there a difference in treatment outcomes between epidural injections with particulate versus non-particulate steroids?

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    Bensler, Susanne; Sutter, Reto; Pfirrmann, Christian W.A.; Peterson, Cynthia K. [Orthopedic University Hospital Balgrist, Department of Radiology, Zurich (Switzerland); University of Zurich, Faculty of Medicine, Zurich (Switzerland)

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    To compare the outcomes of patients after interlaminar computed tomography (CT)-guided epidural injections of the lumbar spine with particulate vs. non-particulate steroids. 531 consecutive patients were treated with CT-guided lumbar interlaminar epidural injections with steroids and local anaesthetics. 411 patients received a particulate steroid and 120 patients received a non-particulate steroid. Pain levels were assessed using the 11-point numerical rating scale (NRS) and overall reported 'improvement' was assessed using the Patients Global Impression of Change (PGIC) at 1 day, 1 week and 1 month post-injection. Descriptive and inferential statistics were applied. Patients receiving particulate steroids had statistically significantly higher NRS change scores (p = 0.0001 at 1 week; p = 0.0001 at 1 month). A significantly higher proportion of patients receiving particulate steroids reported relevant improvement (PGIC) at both 1 week and 1 month post injection (p = 0.0001) and they were significantly less likely to report worsening at 1 week (p = 0.0001) and 1 month (p = 0.017). Patients treated with particulate steroids had significantly greater pain relief and were much more likely to report clinically relevant overall 'improvement' at 1 week and 1 month compared to the patients treated with non-particulate steroids. (orig.)

  7. Postoperative Spondylodiscitis and Epidural Abscess Becoming Visible on Magnetic Resonance Imaging before Positive Laboratory Tests

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    Aysin Pourbagher

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Post operative disc space infection is relatively uncommon. The incidence of postoperative disc space infection is 0.21%-3.6% in association with all vertebral surgical procedures. Surgery causes a variety of neuroendocrine and metabolic responses which generally results in immunosupression. Clinical results of immunosupression include delayed wound healing and septic complications. In this article, we report magnetic resonance imaging findings of a case with spondylodiscitis and spinal epidural abscess in which the imaging findings were apparent before the infection and inflammation related laboratory findings laboratory findings become positive. She has a history of surgery due to lumbar herniated disc a month. She was complaining of back and left leg pain. We performed contrast-enhanced MR imaging. MR imaging showed post operative changes at level L5 and S1. There was contrast enhancement at the level of the surgical gap in the posterior paravertebral muscles. MR imaging may help to differentiate postoperative spondylodiscitis and epidural abscess from early postoperative changes even before the laboratory tests appearing positive. In our case, surgery induced immunosupression may cause the infection and inflammation related laboratory findings being within normal limits at the beginning. [Cukurova Med J 2015; 40(Suppl 1: 97-101

  8. Novel use of epidural catheter: Air injection for neuroprotection during radiofrequency ablation of spinal osteoid osteoma

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    Doctor, JR; Solanki, SL; Patil, VP; Divatia, JV

    2016-01-01

    Osteoid osteoma (OO) is a benign bone tumor, with a male-female ratio of approximately 2:1 and mainly affecting long bones. Ten percent of the lesions occur in the spine, mostly within the posterior elements. Treatment options for OO include surgical excision and percutaneous imaging-guided radiofrequency ablation (RFA). Lesions within the spine have an inherent risk of thermal damage to the vital structure because of proximity to the neural elements. We report a novel use of the epidural catheter for air injection for the neuroprotection of nerves close to the OO of the spine. A 12-year-old and 30 kg male child with an OO of the L3 vertebra was taken up for RFA. His preoperative examinations were within normal limits. The OO was very close to the L3 nerve root. Under general anesthesia, lumbar epidural catheter was placed in the L3-L4 space under imaging guidance. Ten ml of aliquots of air was injected under imaging guidance to avoid injury to the neural structures due to RFA. The air created a gap between neural elements and the tumor and served as an insulating material thereby protecting the neural elements from damage due to the RFA. Postoperatively, the patient did not develop any neurological deficit. PMID:27375396

  9. Potential Involvement of Obesity-Associated Chronic Inflammation in the Pathogenesis of Idiopathic Spinal Epidural Lipomatosis.

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    Fujita, Nobuyuki; Hosogane, Naobumi; Hikata, Tomohiro; Iwanami, Akio; Watanabe, Kota; Shiono, Yuta; Okada, Eijiro; Ishikawa, Masayuki; Tsuji, Takashi; Shimoda, Masayuki; Horiuchi, Keisuke; Nakamura, Masaya; Matsumoto, Morio; Ishii, Ken

    2016-12-01

    Multicenter case-control study. To characterize the pathogenesis of idiopathic spinal epidural lipomatosis (SEL). SEL is often associated with the history of steroid use or endocrine disorders; however, the pathogenesis of idiopathic SEL remains poorly understood. Sixteen patients who underwent lumbar decompression surgery due to severe idiopathic SEL were included in the study (L group, 15 men and 1 woman; mean age, 71.5 yrs). Fifteen patients without SEL, who underwent decompression surgery for lumbar canal stenosis, were selected as controls (C group, 14 men and 1 woman; mean age, 70.3 yrs). The following parameters were analyzed in these two groups: body mass index (BMI), medical history, histology, the size of adipocytes in the epidural fat (EF) tissues, and the expression level of the transcripts for adiponectin, leptin, tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α), interleukin (IL)-1β, IL-6, and IL-8. The mean BMI of the L group was significantly higher than that of the C group (29.1 vs. 25.2 kg/m, P = 0.006), and there was a significant correlation between BMI and the width of EF in both groups. The average adipocyte size in the EF was significantly larger in the L group than in the C group (2846.8 vs. 1699.0 μm, P = 0.017). Furthermore, the expression levels of the transcripts for TNF-α and IL-1β in the L group were significantly higher than those in the C group [2.59-fold increase (P = 0.023) and 2.60-fold increase (P = 0.015), respectively]. Our data suggest that the pathogenesis of idiopathic SEL is associated with obesity. In addition, the increased expression of two major inflammatory cytokines in the EF in the L group may indicate that SEL is causally related to chronic inflammation. 3.

  10. Pleural puncture with thoracic epidural: A rare complication?

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    Rachna Wadhwa

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Freedom from pain has almost developed to be a fundamental human right. Providing pain relief via epidural catheters in thoracic and upper abdominal surgeries is widely accepted. Pain relief through this technique not only provides continuous analgesia but also reduces post-operative pulmonary complications and also hastens recovery. But being a blind procedure it is accompanied by certain complications. Hypotension, dura puncture, high epidural, total spinal, epidural haematoma, spinal cord injury and infection are some of the documented side effects of epidural block. There are case reports eliciting neurological complications, catheter site infections, paresthesias, radicular symptoms and worsening of previous neurological conditions. Few technical problems related to breakage of epidural catheter are also mentioned in the literature. The patient had no sequelae on long term follow up even when a portion of catheter was retained. We present a case report where epidural catheter punctured pleura in a patient undergoing thoracotomy for carcinoma oesophagus.

  11. Comparison of continuous epidural infusion and programmed intermittent epidural bolus in labor analgesia

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    Lin Y

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available Yunan Lin, Qiang Li, Jinlu Liu, Ruimin Yang, Jingchen Liu Department of Anesthesiology, The First Affiliated Hospital of Guangxi Medical University, Nanning, Guangxi, People’s Republic of China Background: This study aims to investigate differences between continuous epidural infusion (CEI and programmed intermittent epidural bolus (IEB analgesia for the Chinese parturients undergoing spontaneous delivery and to approach their safety to parturients and neonates.Methods: Two hundred healthy American Society of Anesthesiologists class I or II, term (≥37 weeks’ gestation, nulliparous women who requested analgesia for labor were recruited. Epidural analgesia was initiated with a solution of 0.15% ropivacaine 10 mL and maintained with 0.1% ropivacaine mixed with sufentanil 0.3 µg/mL by CEI at a rate of 5 mL/h combined with a patient-controlled epidural analgesia (PCEA bolus of 5 mL of ropivacaine sufentanil mixture or IEB of 5 mL of ropivacaine sufentanil mixture combined with a PCEA bolus of 5 mL of ropivacaine sufentanil mixture. The lockout interval was 20 minutes in each arm between the CEI and the IEB group. After 20 minutes of first dosage, visual analog scale (VAS score was obtained every 60 minutes. The maternal and fetal outcome and total consumption of analgesic solution were compared.Results: There was no difference in demographic characteristics, duration of first and second stages, delivery methods, sensory block, fetal Apgar scores, and the maternal outcomes between the CEI and IEB groups. There was a significant difference in VAS scores and epidural ropivacaine total consumption between the two groups (IEB vs CEI: 51.27±9.61 vs 70.44±12.78 mg, P<0.01. Conclusion: The use of programmed IEB mixed with PCEA improved labor analgesia compared to CEI mixed with PCEA, which could act as maintenance mode for epidural labor analgesia. Keywords: intermittent epidural bolus, continuous epidural infusion, labor analgesia, patient

  12. Lab in a needle for epidural space identification

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    Carotenuto, B.; Micco, A.; Ricciardi, A.; Amorizzo, E.; Mercieri, M.; Cutolo, A.; Cusano, A.

    2016-05-01

    This work relies on the development of a sensorized medical needle with an all-optical guidance (Lab in a Needle) system for epidural space identification. The device is based on the judicious integration of a Fiber Bragg grating sensor inside the lumen of an epidural needle to discriminate between different types of tissue and thus providing continuous and real time measurements of the pressure experienced by the needle tip during its advancement. Experiments carried out on an epidural training phantom demonstrate the validity of our approach for the correct and effective identification of the epidural space.

  13. Serratia marcescens spinal epidural abscess formation following acupuncture.

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    Yang, Chih-Wei; Hsu, Shun-Neng; Liu, Jhih-Syuan; Hueng, Dueng-Yuan

    2014-01-01

    The formation of spinal epidural abscess following acupuncture is very rare. We herein report the case of a 54-year-old woman who presented with progressive low back pain and fever with a root sign. She underwent surgical decompression, with an immediate improvement of the low back pain. A culture of the epidural abscess grew Serratia marcescens. One year postoperatively, magnetic resonance imaging revealed the almost complete eradication of the abscess. This case is the first case of Serratia marcescens-associated spinal epidural abscess formation secondary to acupuncture. The characteristics of spinal epidural abscess that develop after acupuncture and how to prevent such complications are also discussed.

  14. Imaging in spinal posterior epidural space lesions: A pictorial essay

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    Foram B Gala

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Spinal epidural space is a real anatomic space located outside the dura mater and within the spinal canal extending from foramen magnum to sacrum. Important contents of this space are epidural fat, spinal nerves, epidural veins and arteries. Due to close proximity of posterior epidural space to spinal cord and spinal nerves, the lesions present with symptoms of radiculopathy and/or myelopathy. In this pictorial essay, detailed anatomy of the posterior epidural space, pathologies affecting it along with imaging pearls to accurately diagnose them are discussed. Various pathologies affecting the posterior epidural space either arising from the space itself or occurring secondary to vertebral/intervertebral disc pathologies. Primary spinal bone tumors affecting the posterior epidural space have been excluded. The etiological spectrum affecting the posterior epidural space ranges from degenerative, infective, neoplastic - benign or malignant to miscellaneous pathologies. MRI is the modality of choice in evaluation of these lesions with CT scan mainly helpful in detecting calcification. Due to its excellent soft tissue contrast, Magnetic Resonance Imaging is extremely useful in assessing the pathologies of posterior epidural space, to know their entire extent, characterize them and along with clinical history and laboratory data, arrive at a specific diagnosis and guide the referring clinician. It is important to diagnose these lesions early so as to prevent permanent neurological complication.

  15. Abscesos amebianos de hígado: Tres años de experiencia Amebic liver abscesses: Three years´experience

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    G. A. Nari

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    Full Text Available Antecedentes: los abscesos amebianos hepáticos se presentan frecuentemente en zonas endémicas, teniendo mal pronóstico si no son diagnosticados y tratados adecuadamente. Objetivo: evaluar nuestros resultados, ampliar la clasificación ultrasonográfica utilizada y proponer un algoritmo terapéutico. Diseño: retrospectivo observacional. Método: revisión de los expedientes clínicos de los pacientes y valoración de los siguientes datos: sexo, edad, signo-sintomatología, métodos complementarios de imágenes y laboratorio, tamaño, localización, estancia hospitalaria y tratamiento. Resultados: fueron tratados 16 abscesos, 9 fueron hombres, la media etaria fue de 30,56 años, todos fueron únicos, 14 se localizaron en el lóbulo derecho, la media en medida fue de 63,25 milímetros, 10 fueron del tipo coleccionado en la clasificación de N’Gbesso. Siete pacientes tuvieron buena respuesta con el tratamiento médico, en 6 se realizó drenaje percutáneo y en 3 cirugía. La morbilidad fue del 12,5% y la mortalidad del 0%. La estancia hospitalaria global tuvo una media de 7,68 días. Conclusión: nuestros resultados son similares a otras series, el agregado a la clasificación de N’Gbesso de abscesos intermedios y complicados o con signos de alarma mejora la orientación terapéutica, creemos que el drenaje precoz en abscesos coleccionados de 5 o más cm mejora la sintomatología y disminuye la estancia hospitalaria.Background: amebic liver abscess is frequently seen in endemic regions, and has a poor prognosis when diagnosis and treatment are inappropriate. Aim: to evaluate and compare our own results; to propose a new classification and therapeutic algorithm. Design: an observational and retrospective study. Method: medical records were reviewed for sex, age, signs and symptoms, images, laboratory tests, size, location, treatment, hospital stay, and morbidity-mortality. Results: sixteen patients with amebic liver abscess had been treated

  16. A comparison of the postoperative analgesic efficacy between epidural and intravenous analgesia in major spine surgery: a meta-analysis

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    Meng Y

    2017-02-01

    Full Text Available Yichen Meng,* Heng Jiang,* Chenglin Zhang,* Jianquan Zhao, Ce Wang, Rui Gao, Xuhui Zhou Department of Orthopedics, Changzheng Hospital, Second Affiliated Hospital of Second Military Medical University, Shanghai, People’s Republic of China *These authors contributed equally to this work Abstract: Postoperative analgesia remains a challenge for orthopedic surgeons. The aim of this meta-analysis is to compare the efficacy of epidural analgesia (EA and intravenous patient-controlled analgesia (IV-PCA following major spine surgery. We searched electronic databases, including the PubMed, EMBASE, Ovid and Cochrane databases, for randomized controlled trials (RCTs published before June 2016. The quality of the included trials was assessed using the Cochrane risk-of-bias tool. Random effects models were used to estimate the standardized mean differences (SMDs and relative risks (RRs, with the corresponding 95% confidence intervals (CI. Subgroup analyses stratified by the type of epidural-infused medication and epidural delivery were also performed. A total of 17 trials matched the inclusion criteria and were chosen for the following meta-analysis. Overall, EA provided significantly superior analgesia, higher patient satisfaction and decreased overall opioid consumption compared with IV-PCA following major spine surgery. Additionally, no differences were found in the side effects associated with these two methods of analgesia. Egger’s and Begg’s tests showed no significant publication bias. We suggest that EA is superior to IV-PCA for pain management after major spine surgery. More large-scale, high-quality trials are needed to verify these findings. Keywords: adolescent idiopathic scoliosis, lumbar fusion, epidural analgesia, intravenous application, perioperative pain

  17. Myelopathy with syringomyelia following thoracic epidural anaesthesia.

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    Aldrete, J A; Ferrari, H

    2004-02-01

    Under general anaesthesia and muscle relaxation, a thoracic epidural catheter was inserted at the T8-T9 level in a 7-year-old boy scheduled to have a Nissen fundoplication to provide postoperative analgesia. After 4 ml of lignocaine 1.5% was injected through the catheter, hypotension resulted. Fifty-five minutes later 5 ml of bupivacaine 0.25% produced the same effect. In the recovery room a similar injection resulted in lower blood pressure and temporary apnoea. Sensory and motor deficits were noted the next day and four days later magnetic resonance imaging demonstrated spinal cord syringomyelia extending from T5 to T10. Four years later, dysaesthesia from T6 to T10 weakness of the left lower extremity and bladder and bowel dysfunction persist. The risks of inserting thoracic epidural catheters in patients under general anaesthesia and muscle relaxation are discussed, emphasising the possibility of spinal cord injury with disastrous consequences.

  18. Epidural Analgesia and Fever at Labor

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    Ye. M. Shifman

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective: to study the incidence of labor fever under epidural analgesia (EA and to evaluate its impact on the courses of puerperium and early neonatality. Subjects and methods. The paper presents the data of a prospective study of the course of labor, puerperium, and early neonatality in 397 women in whom labors occurred at the Republican Peritoneal Center in 2006. A study group included 324 parturients in whom labor pain was relieved by EA. A comparison group comprised 55 parturients in whom no analgesics were used at labor. Results. There were no significant statistical differences between the groups in the incidence of labor fever and complicated puerperium and in that of neonatal pyoseptic diseases. Key words: labor hyperthermia, epidural analgesia, labor pain relief.

  19. Infección diseminada crónica con abscesos cerebralesmúltiples por Paracoccidioides brasiliensis Chronic disseminated infection with multiple cerebralabscesses caused by Paracoccidioides brasiliensis

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    Marcelo Corti

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available La paracoccidioidomicosis es una micosis sistémica, endémica de áreas tropicales y subtropicales de América Central y del Sur, causada por un hongo dimorfo denominado Paracoccidioides brasiliensis. El compromiso del sistema nervioso central es una rara complicación de la forma diseminada crónica de la enfermedad y puede comprometer el cerebro, el cerebelo, el tronco cerebral y la médula espinal. La forma clínica más común de la neuroparacoccidioidomicosis es el granuloma o absceso cerebral y, con menos frecuencia, la meningoencefalitis crónica. Se presenta un paciente con diagnóstico de paracoccidioidomicosis diseminada crónica con múltiples lesiones cerebrales compatibles con abscesos. La biopsia estereotáxica seguida del estudio histopatológico y microbiológico del material obtenido de las lesiones permitió observar las levaduras redondeadas con los brotes característicos de Paracoccidioides brasiliensis.Paracoccidioidomycosis is an endemic systemic disease in subtropical areas of Central and South America caused by a dimorphic fungus Paracoccidioides brasiliensis. Central nervous system involvement is a rare complication of the chronic disseminated disease that can affect the brain, cerebellum, brainstem and the spinal cord. The most frequent clinical form of neuroparacoccidiodomycosis is the cerebral abscess; with less frequency, the disease presents as a diffuse chronic meningoencephalitis. Here we present a patient with diagnosis of disseminated paracoccidioidomycosis and multiple cerebral lesions compatible with abscesses. Stereotactic biopsy followed by the microbiological and histopathological examination of the smears showed the characteristic yeast cells that confirmed the diagnosis of neuroparacoccidioidomycosis.

  20. Evaluation of the clinical efficiency of transforaminal epidural steroid injection in the treatment of sciatica

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    Gündoğdu Zafer

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Objective: Evaluation of clinical efficiancy of fluoroscopy-accompanied transforaminal epidural steroid injection in patients with symptomatic lumbar foraminal intervertebral disc herniation and foraminal stenosis. Methods: Fifty patients, who underwent fluoroscopic-guided epidural steroid injection between 19.12.2013 - 28.02.2014, were evaluated retrospectively. Pain levels of patients before the procedure, after 3 weeks and after 6 months were compared using visuel analog scale (VAS. Fifty percent or more decrease, less than 50% decrease and no change in VAS were evaluated as sufficient response, insufficient response and unresponsiveness, respectively. The patients were asked whether they would undergo this process again and “Yes”, “Maybe” and “No” answers were evaluated for patient satisfaction score. Results: In 50 patients (32 female, 18 male, average pain levels were found to be 8.4 (VAS 7-9, 4.3 (VAS 1-9 and 4.4 (VAS 0-9 before the procedure, 3 weeks after the procedure and 6 months after the procedure, respectively. While thirty-seven (74% of the patients were found to have sufficient response to treatment 3 weeks after the procedure, 10 (20% patients were found to have insufficient response. There was no response to treatment in 3 (6% patients. While thirty-five (70% of the patients were found to have sufficient response to treatment 6 months after the procedure, 10 (20% patients were found to have insufficient response. Six months after the procedure, there was no response to treatment in 5 patients (%10. Statistically significant improvement was observed when the pre and post-procedure VAS scores were compared. Forty (80% patients gave the answer “Yes” to the question whether they would undergo this procedure again. Conclusion: We found that fluoroscopic guided transforaminal epidural steroid injection is effective in pain relief in patients with lumbar foraminal intervertebral disc herniation and foraminalstenosis

  1. Lumbar facet syndromes.

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    Beresford, Zach M; Kendall, Richard W; Willick, Stuart E

    2010-01-01

    Low back pain is a common presenting complaint to sports medicine providers. The lumbar spine is a complex anatomic structure with multiple potential pain generators. Epidemiologic studies have shown that the intervertebral disc is the most common pain generator in all patients with low back pain. The facet joints may account for 15%-40% of low back pain. It can be challenging at times to establish a firm diagnosis of facet pain. Facet pain can have different presentations, and pain emanating from other lumbopelvic structures can present similarly as facet joint pain. This article reviews the anatomy and biomechanics of the lumbar facet joints, presenting symptoms and physical examination findings seen with facet pain. We also will discuss diagnostic and treatment paradigms that are helpful to the clinician treating low back pain in athletes.

  2. Ketamina epidural en cirugía de hemiabdomen inferior Epidural ketamine in low abdominal surgery

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    S. F. González-Pérez

    2006-04-01

    Full Text Available Introducción: La ketamina de uso corriente es una droga utilizada principalmente para la inducción y el mantenimiento de la anestesia, compuesta por una mezcla racémica de enantiómeros R (- y S (+. En la década de los años 80 comienza la administración humana de la ketamina por vía epidural. A partir de entonces se han presentado disímiles investigaciones para justificar su acción analgésica en este espacio con varias hipótesis: 1 supresión específica laminar de las astas dorsales, 2 mediación por el sistema opioide endógeno y sustancia gris periacueductal, y 3 bloqueo de los canales del calcio por antagonismo no competitivo de los receptores N-metil-d-aspartato. Objetivo: Demostrar la eficacia de la ketamina por vía epidural como analgésico postoperatorio en la cirugía de hemiabdomen inferior. Material y Método: Se realizó un ensayo clínico aleatorizado y prospectivo en una muestra de 50 pacientes operados de hernia inguinal electiva. Los pacientes fueron divididos en dos grupos, un grupo tratado con 50 mg de ketamina y otro grupo al que se le administró una dosis de 2 mg de morfina liofilizada. Resultados: la ketamina por vía epidural en una dosis de 50 mg proporciona una analgesia adecuada por un período de al menos de 6 horas. La morfina brinda una analgesia por encima de las 18 horas. Conclusión: La ketamina por vía epidural es menos efectiva que la morfina desde el punto de vista analgésico, pero es una alternativa importante pues permite disminuir la dosis de morfina si se combinan ambos fármacos o se asocia a anestésicos locales.Introduction: Ketamine is a drug used for induction and maintenance of anesthesia, exists as a racemic mixture of R- and S+-enantiomers. Epidural ketamine starts to human administration about 80’ years. After that, various studies have been published about the mechanism of analgesic action of ketamine: lamina-specific suppression of dorsal-horn unit activity (1, opiate agonist at

  3. Lumbar-sacral dysplasias

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    Schumacher, M.; Thron, A.

    1984-09-01

    By means of some selected examples, the myelographic and CT characteristics are presentated of different lumbar-sacral dysplasias. The advantage of the different methods of examination (CT, CT myelography and myelography) and the improved presentation of pathological-anatomical details by means of a combination of these methods in the diagnosis of hyperplasia of the filum terminale, diastematomyelia, tethered conus, intracorporal and anterior sacral meningocele have been shown.

  4. Electrodiagnosis of lumbar radiculopathy.

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    Barr, Karen

    2013-02-01

    The evaluation of patients with suspected lumbar radiculopathy is one of the most common reasons patients are referred for electrodiagnostic testing. The utility of this study depends on the expertise of the physician who plans, performs, and completes the study. This article reviews the strengths and weaknesses of electrodiagnosis to make this diagnosis, as well as the clinical reasoning of appropriate study planning. The current use of electrodiagnostic testing to determine prognosis and treatment outcomes is also discussed.

  5. Epidural anesthesia in repeated cesarean section.

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    Rolando T. Espín González

    2003-04-01

    Full Text Available Background: A spectacular development has been experimented in the Anesthesiology branch in the last few years in the different areas of its competence in which the attendance activity on obstetric patients as well as every aspect related with its adequate practice is of a great importance. Objective: to evaluate the efficacy of epidural anesthesia in repetitive cesarean. Methods: a descriptive retrospective study of a series of cases (112in which epidural anesthesia in repetitive cesarean was applied from January 2001 to December 2001 in the surgical unit of the Gynecological obstetric service at the University Hospital ¨Dr. Gustavo Aldereguía Lima¨ in Cienfuegos city, Cuba. Some variables such as fixation time of the anesthesia, its duration, transurgical and postsurgical hemodynamic behavior, complications related with the anesthesia, evaluation of the new born baby and, the level of satisfaction of the patients were analyzed. Results: The immediate transurgical and postsurgical hemodynamic behavior was stable predominating normotension and the normal cardiac frequency. The complications related to anesthesia were minimal. The level of satisfaction of the patients was elevated. No alterations in new born babies were presented. As a conclusion, it may be stated that epidural anesthesia in repetitive cesarean is a safety and reliable anesthetic method.

  6. Epidural analgesia in cattle, buffalo, and camels

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    Zuhair Bani Ismail

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available Epidural analgesia is commonly used in large animals. It is an easy, cheap, and effective technique used to prevent or control pain during surgeries involving the tail, anus, vulva, perineum, caudal udder, scrotum, and upper hind limbs. The objectives of this article were to comprehensively review and summarize all scientific data available in the literature on new techniques and drugs or drug combinations used for epidural anesthesia in cattle, camel, and buffalo. Only articles published between 2006 and 2016 were included in the review. The most common sites for epidural administration in cattle, camels, and buffalos were the sacrococcygeal intervertebral space (S5-Co1 and first intercoccygeal intervertebral space (Co1-Co2. The most frequently used drugs and dosages were lidocaine (0.22-0.5 mg/kg, bupivacaine (0.125 mg/kg, ropivacaine (0.11 mg/kg, xylazine (0.05 mg/kg, medetomidine (15 μg/kg, romifidine (30-50 μg/kg, ketamine (0.3-2.5 mg/kg, tramadol (1 mg/kg, and neostigmine (10 μg/kg, and the clinical applications, clinical effects, recommendations, and side effects were discussed.

  7. Epidural anesthesia in agoutis (Dasyprocta azarae

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    Leandro Luis Martins

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available In this research, the epidural anesthesia technique in nulliparous and non non-nulliparous submitted to ovarysalpingohysterectomy was studied. These are rodents belonging to the “Missina Palmeira Zancaner” municipal zoo of catanduva in São Paulo. The tranquilizationwas achieved using azaperone (4mg/kg and meperidine (4mg/kg followed by injection of cetamine (20mg/kg and xylazine (0.4mg/kg, intramuscularly from the same syringe. Subsequently, lidocaine (5mg/kg was injected into the lumbosacral space. The time of latency of the anesthesic association (4.0±1.51min, time of latency of epidural lidocaine (6.87±2.35min and time of analgesia (115.0±12.49min were analyzed, in addition to rectal temperature, which decreased 2.12±0.86°C on average from the beginning of the anesthesia to the end of its effective time. All animals recovered satisfactorily without presenting signs of excitation or complications due to the epidural tecnique. It was concluded that the balanced anesthesia tecnique provided adequate analgesia during a time considered sufficient for several procedures, by means of low doses of xylazine and ketamine.

  8. Epidural analgesia in cattle, buffalo, and camels.

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    Ismail, Zuhair Bani

    2016-12-01

    Epidural analgesia is commonly used in large animals. It is an easy, cheap, and effective technique used to prevent or control pain during surgeries involving the tail, anus, vulva, perineum, caudal udder, scrotum, and upper hind limbs. The objectives of this article were to comprehensively review and summarize all scientific data available in the literature on new techniques and drugs or drug combinations used for epidural anesthesia in cattle, camel, and buffalo. Only articles published between 2006 and 2016 were included in the review. The most common sites for epidural administration in cattle, camels, and buffalos were the sacrococcygeal intervertebral space (S5-Co1) and first intercoccygeal intervertebral space (Co1-Co2). The most frequently used drugs and dosages were lidocaine (0.22-0.5 mg/kg), bupivacaine (0.125 mg/kg), ropivacaine (0.11 mg/kg), xylazine (0.05 mg/kg), medetomidine (15 µg/kg), romifidine (30-50 µg/kg), ketamine (0.3-2.5 mg/kg), tramadol (1 mg/kg), and neostigmine (10 µg/kg), and the clinical applications, clinical effects, recommendations, and side effects were discussed.

  9. Epidural analgesia in cattle, buffalo, and camels

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    Ismail, Zuhair Bani

    2016-01-01

    Epidural analgesia is commonly used in large animals. It is an easy, cheap, and effective technique used to prevent or control pain during surgeries involving the tail, anus, vulva, perineum, caudal udder, scrotum, and upper hind limbs. The objectives of this article were to comprehensively review and summarize all scientific data available in the literature on new techniques and drugs or drug combinations used for epidural anesthesia in cattle, camel, and buffalo. Only articles published between 2006 and 2016 were included in the review. The most common sites for epidural administration in cattle, camels, and buffalos were the sacrococcygeal intervertebral space (S5-Co1) and first intercoccygeal intervertebral space (Co1-Co2). The most frequently used drugs and dosages were lidocaine (0.22-0.5 mg/kg), bupivacaine (0.125 mg/kg), ropivacaine (0.11 mg/kg), xylazine (0.05 mg/kg), medetomidine (15 µg/kg), romifidine (30-50 µg/kg), ketamine (0.3-2.5 mg/kg), tramadol (1 mg/kg), and neostigmine (10 µg/kg), and the clinical applications, clinical effects, recommendations, and side effects were discussed. PMID:28096620

  10. Randomized trial of epidural injections for spinal stenosis published in the New England Journal of Medicine: further confusion without clarification.

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    Manchikanti, Laxmaiah; Candido, Kenneth D; Kaye, Alan D; Boswell, Mark V; Benyamin, Ramsin M; Falco, Frank J E; Gharibo, Christopher G; Hirsch, Joshua A

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    design of the trial was inappropriate with failure to include existing randomized trials, with inclusion criteria that did not incorporate conservative management,or caudal epidural injections. Simultaneously, acute pain patients were included, multilevel stenosis and various other factors were not identified. The interventions included lumbar interlaminar and transforaminal epidural injections with highly variable volumes of medication being injected per patient. Outcomes assessment was not optimal with assessment of the patients at 3 and 6 weeks for a procedure which provides on average 3 weeks of relief and utilizing an instrument which is more appropriately utilized in acute and subacute low back pain. Analysis of the data was hampered by inadequate subgroup analysis leading to inappropriate interpretation. Based on the available data epidural local anesthetic with steroids was clearly superior at 3 weeks and potentially at 6 weeks. Further, both treatments were effective considering the baseline to 3 week and 6 week assessment, appropriate subgroup analysis seems to have yielded significant superiority for interlaminar epidural injections compared to transforaminal epidural injections with local anesthetic with or without steroids specifically with proportion of patients achieving greater than 50% improvement at 3 and 6 week levels. This critical assessment shows that this study suffers from a challenging design, was premised on the exclusion of available high-quality literature, and had inadequate duration of follow-up for an interventional technique with poor assessment criteria and reporting. Finally the analysis and interpretation of data has led to inaccurate and inappropriate conclusions which we do not believe is based on scientific evidence.

  11. Quebra de cateter no espaço peridural Rotura de catéter en el espacio epidural Breakage of a catheter in the epidural space

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    Cristian Sbardelotto

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    ólogo. El objetivo de este relato fue presentar un caso de rotura de catéter epidural en analgesia de parto. RELATO DEL CASO: Paciente del sexo femenino, 33 años, GII, PI, entró en la maternidad en trabajo de parto. Después de dos horas de evolución, la paciente solicitó analgesia. Al realizársele el examen, se encontraba en fase activa del trabajo de parto, con dilatación cervical de 5 cm, dinámica uterina regular, bolsa rota, con dolor clasificado por la Escala Visual Analógica - VAS 10. Se inicia la analgesia de parto por la técnica combinada con doble punción. Durante la evolución se hizo una complementación analgésica por catéter. En la retirada hubo una pequeña dificultad y su consiguiente rotura. Se optó entonces por la realización de una tomografía axial computadorizada y una radiografía de la región lumbar que no mostró la presencia del fragmento del catéter. Visto que la paciente evolucionó asintomática y clínicamente, y sin señales de irritación radicular, dolor o infección, se procedió a las debidas orientaciones y a su alta. CONCLUSIONES: Los catéteres epidurales en la región lumbar son a veces raros, difíciles de retirar. Los factores que pueden aumentar las chances de formación de nudos y el riesgo de rotura del catéter se relacionaron. En ese caso, uno de los principales factores involucrados fue la introducción excesiva del catéter epidural lumbar. Por suerte, las complicaciones neurológicas son todavía más raras y secundando las directrices de una tracción lenta y suave en la falta de parestesias en la mayoría de los casos, el catéter se retira con éxito.BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Breakage of epidural catheters during their removal is rare, but it has been described. The anesthesiologist should be aware of the complications and proper handling of those catheters. The objective of this report was to present a case of breakage of an epidural catheter in labor analgesia. CASE REPORT: A 33-year old female, gravida

  12. Extensive spinal epidural abscess as a complication of Crohn's disease.

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    Smith, Chez; Kavar, Bhadrakant

    2010-01-01

    A spinal epidural abscess is a neurosurgical emergency. Successful treatment frequently requires decompression of the spinal canal in combination with intravenous antibiotics. We report a patient with Crohn's disease who developed an extensive spinal epidural abscess communicating with an intra-abdominal collection.

  13. Minimally invasive treatment of multilevel spinal epidural abscess.

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    Safavi-Abbasi, Sam; Maurer, Adrian J; Rabb, Craig H

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    The use of minimally invasive tubular retractor microsurgery for treatment of multilevel spinal epidural abscess is described. This technique was used in 3 cases, and excellent results were achieved. The authors conclude that multilevel spinal epidural abscesses can be safely and effectively managed using microsurgery via a minimally invasive tubular retractor system.

  14. Effect of epidural and intravenous use of the neurokinin-1 (NK-1) receptor antagonist maropitant on the sevoflurane minimum alveolar concentration (MAC) in dogs.

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    Alvillar, Brittany M; Boscan, Pedro; Mama, Khursheed R; Ferreira, Tatiana H; Congdon, Jonathan; Twedt, David C

    2012-03-01

    To determine the effect of maropitant, an NK-1 receptor antagonist on the minimum alveolar concentration (MAC) of sevoflurane after intravenous and epidural administration to dogs. Prospective experimental study. Seven, adult, spayed-female dogs (24.8 ± 1.9 kg). Each dog was anesthetized twice with sevoflurane in oxygen, with at least 10 days separating the anesthetic events. The minimum alveolar concentration (MAC) of sevoflurane was determined using the tail-clamp technique. During the first anesthetic event, the MAC of sevoflurane was determined initially and again after intravenous administration of maropitant (5 mg kg(-1)) and an infusion (150 μg kg(-1) hour(-1)). During the second anesthetic event, an epidural catheter was advanced to the 4th lumbar vertebra and MAC was determined after administration of saline and maropitant (1 mg kg(-1)) epidurally. All MAC determinations were done in duplicate. The MAC values were adjusted to sea level and compared using student's t-test. The baseline MAC for sevoflurane was 2.08 ± 0.25%. Intravenous maropitant decreased (p MAC by 16% (1.74 ± 0.17%). In contrast, epidural administration of either saline or maropitant did not change (p > 0.05) the MAC (2.17 ± 0.34% and 1.92 ± 0.12%, respectively). Maropitant decreased the MAC of sevoflurane when administered intravenously to dogs but not after epidural administration. © 2011 The Authors. Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia. © 2011 Association of Veterinary Anaesthetists and the American College of Veterinary Anesthesiologists.

  15. Acute onset headache complicating labor epidural caused by intrapartum pneumocephalus.

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    Smarkusky, Loren; DeCarvalho, Helena; Bermudez, Ady; González-Quintero, Víctor Hugo

    2006-09-01

    Epidural placement for obstetric anesthesia is a common procedure. Pneumocephalus, the introduction of air into the cranial cavity after epidural placement, is a rare complication encountered when air is used for identification of the epidural space. A 42-year-old primipara undergoing epidural placement reported sudden onset of severe headache with associated neurologic symptoms and nuchal rigidity. Emergent CT scan revealed pneumocephalus. With conservative management, her symptoms resolved with interval resumption of the air collection evidenced on interval CT. Acute onset headache after epidural placement can present with impressive neurologic signs and symptoms. Prompt identification of the cause of this pathology is of vital importance to delineate pneumocephalus from potentially treatable or life-threatening disorders.

  16. Citrobocter kasori spinal epidural abscess: a rare occurrence.

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    Kumar, Ashok; Jain, Pramod; Singh, Pritish; Divthane, Rupam; Badole, C M

    2013-01-01

    Pyogenic spinal epidural abscess Is an uncommon Infectious occurrence. Clinical prospects of pyogenic spinal epidural abscess are graver if not promptly diagnosed and treated appropriately. A case of spinal epidural abscess has been presented with sinus tract formation at L4-L5 level, of pyogenic aetiology that progressed to paraplegia over the course of the disease. MRI pointed towards an epidural abscess extending from T12 vertebral level to S1 vertebral level. Surgical decompression in the form of laminectomy and evacuation of pus was done and antibiotics were given according to culture and sensitivity. Histopathological analysis revealed the acute suppurative nature of the abscess. Citrobacter kasori was isolated on pus culture. Pyogenic epidural abscess with causative organism being Citrobacter kasori has least been documented.

  17. [Spontaneous epidural hematoma after open heart surgery: case report].

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    Anegawa, S; Hayashi, T; Furukawa, Y; Nagashima, T; Kumate, M

    1999-11-01

    Acute epidural hematoma not associated with head injury is rarely encountered and is known as spontaneous epidural hematoma. To our knowledge, only five cases with epidural hematoma after open-heart surgery have been published. Pathogenesis and preventive measures have not yet been determined. We report a case of such spontaneous epidural hematoma and consider the possible pathogenesis. A 12-year-old female received a radical operation for severe subaortic stenosis. The intraoperative course was uneventful except for massive hemorrhage which was adequately controlled. Postoperatively, she was moved to the CCU still not having aroused from anesthesia. Eleven hours later, it was found that her pupils were fixed and dilated. CT scan demonstrated a huge bifrontal epidural hematoma with disappearance of the basal cistern. Even though immediate emergency evacuation was performed, the patient died of acute brain swelling four days after the operation.

  18. Effects of 4% Icodextrin on Experimental Spinal Epidural Fibrosis.

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    Karanci, Turker; Kelten, Bilal; Karaoglan, Alper; Cinar, Nilgun; Midi, Ahmet; Antar, Veysel; Akdemir, Hidayet; Kara, Zeynep

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    The aim of this experimental study was to investigate whether spinal epidural 4% glucose polymer solution is effective in the prevention of postoperative fibrosis. Twenty eight adult Wistar albino rats were randomly divided into two equal groups, including treatment and control. Both groups underwent L1 vertebral total laminectomy to expose the dura. Topical treatment group received 4% icodextrin. Four weeks later, epidural fibrosis was examined in both groups histologically, biochemically and macroscopically. Topical use of 4% icodextrin prevented significantly epidural fibrosis following the laminectomy operation. Topical 4% icodextrin application inhibits postoperative epidural fibrosis with various mechanisms and prevents adhesions by playing barrier role between tissue surfaces through flotation. Our study is first to present evidence of experimental epidural fibrosis prevention with 4% icodextrin.

  19. Pulmonary edema following lumbar puncture

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    Full Text Available In a boy of 17 years with disseminated tuberculosis, sudden onset of pulmonary edema following lumbar puncture is described. Possible pat ho-mechanisms have been discussed. The link bet-ween the lumbar puncture and the development of pulmonary edema is not casual.

  20. Spinal epidural abscess presenting as intra-abdominal pathology: a case report and literature review.

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    Bremer, Andrew A; Darouiche, Rabih O

    2004-01-01

    Spinal epidural abscess is a rare infectious disease. However, if left unrecognized and untreated, the clinical outcome of spinal epidural abscess can be devastating. Correctly diagnosing a spinal epidural abscess in a timely fashion is often difficult, particularly if the clinician does not actively consider the diagnosis. The most common presenting symptoms of spinal epidural abscess include backache, radicular pain, weakness, and sensory deficits. However, early in its course, spinal epidural abscess can also present with vague and nondescript manifestations. In this report, we describe a case of spinal epidural abscess presenting as abdominal pain, and review the literature describing other cases of spinal epidural abscess presenting as intra-abdominal pathology.

  1. The experience of giving birth with epidural analgesia.

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    Jepsen, Ingrid; Keller, Kurt Dauer

    2014-06-01

    There is a lack of literature about what constitutes good midwifery care for women who have epidural analgesia during labour. It is known that an increasing number of women receive epidural analgesia for labour pain. We also know that while women rate the painkilling effect of the epidural analgesia as high, in general, their satisfaction with labour is unchanged or even lower when epidural analgesia is used. How do women experience being in labour with epidural analgesia, and what kind of midwifery care do they, consequently, need? A field study and semi-structured interviews were conducted on a phenomenological basis. Nine nulliparous women were observed from initiation of epidural analgesia until birth of their baby. They were interviewed the day after the birth and again 2 months later. The involved midwives were interviewed 2-3h after the birth. Initiation of epidural analgesia can have considerable implications for women's experience of labour. Two different types of emotional reactions towards epidural analgesia are distinguished, one of which is particularly marked by a subtle sense of worry and ambivalence. Another important finding refers to the labouring woman's relationship with the midwife, which represents an essential influencing factor on the woman' experience of labour. Within this relationship, some rather unnoticed matters of communication and recognition appear to be of decisive significance. After initiation of epidural analgesia the requirements of midwifery care seem to go beyond how women verbalise and define their own needs. The midwife should be attentive to the labouring woman's type of emotional reaction to epidural analgesia and her possible intricate worries. Copyright © 2014 Australian College of Midwives. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  2. Epidural analgesia during labor vs no analgesia: A comparative study

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    Wesam Farid Mousa

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Epidural analgesia is claimed to result in prolonged labor. Previous studies have assessed epidural analgesia vs systemic opioids rather than to parturients receiving no analgesia. This study aimed to evaluate the effect of epidural analgesia on labor duration compared with parturients devoid of analgesia. Methods: One hundred sixty nulliparous women in spontaneous labor at full term with a singleton vertex presentation were assigned to the study. Parturients who request epidural analgesia were allocated in the epidural group, whereas those not enthusiastic to labor analgesia were allocated in the control group. Epidural analgesia was provided with 20 mL bolus 0.5% epidural lidocaine plus fentanyl and maintained at 10 mL for 1 h. Duration of the first and second stages of labor, number of parturients receiving oxytocin, maximal oxytocin dose required for each parturient, numbers of instrumental vaginal, vacuum-assisted, and cesarean deliveries and neonatal Apgar score were recorded. Results: There was no statistical difference in the duration of the active-first and the second stages of labor, instrumental delivery, vacuum-assisted or cesarean delivery rates, the number of newborns with 1-min and 5-min Apgar scores less than 7 between both groups and number of parturients receiving oxytocin, however, the maximal oxytocin dose was significantly higher in the epidural group. Conclusion: Epidural analgesia by lidocaine (0.5% and fentanyl does not prolong labor compared with parturients without analgesia; however, significant oxytocin augmentation is required during the epidural analgesia to keep up the aforementioned average labor duration.

  3. Low-dose epidural dexmedetomidine improves thoracic epidural anaesthesia for nephrectomy.

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    Zeng, X Z; Xu, Y M; Cui, X G; Guo, Y P; Li, W Z

    2014-03-01

    Thoracic epidural anaesthesia alone is an applied technique of anaesthesia for nephrectomy which has both advantages and limitations. Dexmedetomidine is a highly selective alpha2-adrenoreceptor agonist which has both central and peripheral analgesic properties. Forty patients undergoing nephrectomy were enrolled in this clinical trial and allocated randomly to two groups, a control group (C group) and a dexmedetomidine group (D group). The C group received epidural 0.75% levobupivacaine 12 ml with 1 ml of isotonic sodium chloride solution, while the D group received epidural 0.75% levobupivacaine 12 ml with 1 ml (0.5 µg/kg) of dexmedetomidine. Haemodynamic changes, onset time and duration of sensory and motor block, muscle relaxation score, verbal rating score for pain, sedation score and the total postoperative analgesic consumption were evaluated. Sensory blockade duration was longer in the D group than in the C group (P=0.01). The incidence of motor block and the muscle relaxation score were significantly higher in the D group compared with the C group (P=0.01). Compared with the C group, pain scores were significantly lower in the first four postoperative hours in the D group (two hours rest P=0.038; two hours activity P=0.009; four hours rest P=0.044; four hours activity P=0.003). The total amount of flurbiprofen analgesic was significantly lower in the D group compared with the C group (P=0.03). Epidural dexmedetomidine 0.5 µg/kg appears to intensify thoracic epidural anaesthesia with levobupivacaine.

  4. An epidural catheter removal after recent percutaneous coronary intervention and coronary artery stenting: Epidural catheter and antiaggregation therapy

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    Joksić Nikola

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    Full Text Available Introduction: Anticoagulation and antiplatelet therapy in the presence of the epidural catheter is still controversial. It is well known that dual antiplatelet therapy is indicated for 12 months after the placement of drug-eluting stents (DES. Removal of an epidural catheter during that period is related to an increased risk of stent occlusion in case of discontinuation of platelet function inhibitors or, on the other hand, increased risk of epidural hematoma associated with neurological deficit if suppressed platelet function is still present. Case Report: Here we present a case of a 63-year-old man who was admitted to Institute for Cardiovascular Diseases Dedinje for elective aortic surgery. Before the induction, an epidural catheter was inserted at the Th10-Th11 epidural space. Uneventful surgery was performed under the combined epidural and general anesthesia. On the 2nd postoperative day, the patient sustained a ST depression myocardial infarction treated with percutaneous coronary intervention with DES placement, while epidural catheter was still in place. Dual antiplatelet therapy with 600mg of clopidogrel, 100 mg of acetilsalicylic acid (ASA and low molecular weight heparin (LMWH were started during the procedure. The next day, clopidogrel (75 mg and ASA (100 mg were continued as well as LMWH. The decision to remove the epidural catheter was made on the 9th postoperative day, after platelet aggregation assays were performed. Six hours after catheter removal the patient again received clopidogrel, ASA and LMWH. There were no signs of epidural hematoma. Conclusion: This case shows that point-of-care testing with platelet aggregation assays may be useful in increasing the margin of safety for epidural catheter removal during dual antiplatelet therapy.

  5. Extensive spinal epidural abscess complicated with hydrocephalus

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    Balan Corneliu

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    Full Text Available Spinal epidural abscess is a rare but severe infection requiring prompt recognition in order to have a favorable outcome and appropriate treatment, mainly surgical. We present one of the largest extensions of such abscess in literature, involving the whole spine. No surgical treatment was tempted due to the involvement of 19 levels but antibiotics. The evolution of the lesion was complicated with hydrocephalus, by mechanism of cervical block of CSF flow, and needed first external derivation and later ventriculo-peritoneal drainage.

  6. An unexpected lumbar lesion

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    Laura Beard

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    Full Text Available This case report details an interesting case of suspected spinal bifida in an obstetric patient who presented for an elective cesarean section. A large scarred/dimpled area, surrounded by significant hair growth in the region of the lumbar spine had been missed in multiple antenatal and preoperative assessments and was recognized on the day of the surgery as the patient was being prepared for spinal anesthesia. The patient was uncertain regarding the pathology of the lesion, and all investigations relating to this had been undertaken in Pakistan where she lived as a child. General anesthesia was undertaken because magnetic resonance imaging had not been performed and tethering of the spinal cord could not be ruled out clinically. The patient suffered from significant blood loss intra and postoperatively, requiring a two unit blood transfusion. She was discharged after 5 days in the hospital. This case highlights the need for thorough examination in all obstetric patients presenting to the preoperative clinic, focusing on the airway, vascular access, and lumbar spine. Patients may not always disclose certain information due to a lack of understanding, embarrassment, forgetfulness, or language barriers. Significant aspects of their care may have been undertaken abroad and access to these notes is often limited. Preoperative detection of the lesion would have allowed further investigation and imaging of the lesion and enabled more comprehensive discussions with the patient regarding anesthetic options and risk.

  7. Participación del óxido nítrico durante el desarrollo del absceso hepático amebiano Nitric oxide participation during amoebic liver abscess development

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    Joel Ramírez-Emiliano

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    Full Text Available El óxido nítrico participa en funciones fisiológicas y fisiopatológicas, así como en el mecanismo de defensa del sistema inmunológico de mamíferos contra parásitos, virus y bacterias. La Entamoeba histolytica es un parásito protozoario causante de la amebiasis, la cual se caracteriza por el daño intestinal y la formación del absceso hepático amebiano (AHA. El desarrollo del absceso hepático amebiano en el hámster es similar al que desarrolla el humano, mientras que el ratón es resistente a la formación de este absceso, debido a un incremento en la producción de óxido nítrico. A diferencia del ratón, el desarrollo del absceso hepático amebiano en el hámster es debido a un exceso en la producción de óxido nítrico o posiblemente a una mayor susceptibilidad del hámster al daño producido por el óxido nítrico. Por lo tanto, sería importante realizar más estudios para determinar si en el humano, un exceso en la producción de óxido nítrico favorece la formación del absceso hepático amebiano.Nitric oxide participates in both physiological and pathophysiological functions, and it plays an important role in the mammalian immune system in killing or inhibiting the growth of many pathogens, including parasites, viruses and bacteria. Entamoeba histolytica is a protozoan parasite that causes amoebiasis, which is characterized by intestinal damage and amoebic liver abscess development. The development of amoebic liver abscess in hamsters is similar to that in humans, whereas mice are resistant to amoebic liver abscess development due to an increase in nitric oxide production. Unlike in mice, amoebic liver abscess development in hamsters is due to an excess in nitric oxide production or possibly to a greater susceptibility of the hamster to damage caused by nitric oxide. Therefore, it could be important to elucidate if, in humans, an excess in nitric oxide production favors amoebic liver abscess development.

  8. Epidural abscess caused by Streptococcus milleri in a pregnant woman

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    Bearman Gonzalo

    2005-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Bacteria in the Streptococcus milleri group (S. anginosus, S. constellatus, and S. intermedius are associated with bacteremia and abscess formation. While most reports of Streptococcus milleri group (SMG infection occur in patients with underlying medical conditions, SMG infections during pregnancy have been documented. However, SMG infections in pregnant women are associated with either neonatal or maternal puerperal sepsis. Albeit rare, S. milleri spinal-epidural abscess in pregnancy has been reported, always as a complication of spinal-epidural anesthesia. We report a case of spinal-epidural abscess caused by SMG in a young, pregnant woman without an antecedent history of spinal epidural anesthesia and without any underlying risk factors for invasive streptococcal disease. Case presentation A 25 year old pregnant woman developed neurological symptoms consistent with spinal cord compression at 20 weeks gestation. She underwent emergency laminectomy for decompression and was treated with ceftriaxone 2 gm IV daily for 28 days. She was ambulatory at the time of discharge from the inpatient rehabilitation unit with residual lower extremity weakness. Conclusion To our knowledge, this is the first reported case of a Streptococcus milleri epidural abscess in a healthy, pregnant woman with no history of epidural anesthesia or invasive procedures. This report adds to the body of literature on SMG invasive infections. Treatment of SMG spinal-epidural abscess with neurologic manifestations should include prompt and aggressive surgical decompression coupled with targeted anti-infective therapy.

  9. Absceso recidivante por Nocardia asteroides en una paciente portadora de poliglobulia primaria Recurrent brain abscess caused by Nocardia asteroides in a patient with primary polycythaemia

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    Carlos Aboal

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    Full Text Available La nocardiosis del sistema nervioso central (SNC es una enfermedad poco común, cuya frecuencia ha aumentado con el crecimiento de los tratamientos inmunosupresores. El hombre se infecta por inhalación, inoculación traumática cutánea directa y tras una infección periodontal ingiriendo alimentos contaminados. La localización pulmonar es la más frecuente, siendo la fuente inicial de diseminación hemática, con predominio en piel, tejido celular subcutáneo y SNC. Es conocida la predilección de Nocardia por el SNC. Estos abscesos, asociados a altos índices de mortalidad, especialmente en pacientes inmunocomprometidos, siguen constituyendo un desafío diagnóstico y terapéutico, permaneciendo no aclarado su manejo terapéutico óptimo. A pesar de la controversia en cuanto al manejo quirúrgico de estas lesiones, el diagnóstico precoz, por aspiración esterotáxica, y la iniciación de una terapia antimicrobiana son esenciales para la buena evolución del paciente. Se presenta una paciente portadora de una poliglobulia primaria, con absceso cerebral recidivante por Nocardia asteroides de posible origen dentario.Nocardiosis of the central nervous system (CNS is an uncommon disease, but its frequency has increased due to the high number of immunosuppressive treatments. People become infected by inhalation, direct traumatic cutaneous inoculation and eating contaminated food after a periodontal abscess. Lung localization is the most frequent one, being the origin of haematic dissemination, with a high incidence in skin, subcutaneous tissue and the CNS. The preference of Nocardia for the CNS is well-known. These abscesses are a diagnostic and therapeutic challenge, since they are associated to high mortality rates, specially in immunocompromised patients; the best therapeutic management remains unclear. In spite of the existing controversy with regard to the surgical management of these lesions, an early diagnosis through stereotactic

  10. Analgesia epidural para parto en la gestante obesa Epidural analgesia for labour in obese patients

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    E. Guasch

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    Full Text Available La obesidad es un problema global de salud en continuo aumento en el mundo desarrollado. Dado que la incidencia de la obesidad es mayor en mujeres que en hombres, los anestesiólogos con especial dedicación a la obstetricia, tendrán mayor oportunidad de enfrentarse a este tipo de pacientes. Nuestro objetivo es determinar la dificultad en la realización de la técnica epidural para analgesia de parto y analizar la incidencia de complicaciones ocurridas durante la punción en las gestantes obesas, así como evaluar la eficacia de la analgesia epidural en este grupo de pacientes en un estudio observacional retrospectivo de todos los bloqueos epidurales para analgesia de parto realizados en un hospital universitario de nivel 4 durante un periodo de cuatro años. Se ha estudiado un total de 13616 pacientes, clasificándolas según el índice de masa corporal en Kg./m² (IMC. En las pacientes no obesas (IMCObesity is an increasing global health problem in Developer countries. As its incidence is grater in women than men, obstetric anesthesiologists wil be envolved in the care of the obese patient more often. Our aim is to study punction dificulties in obese parturients requiring epidural analgesia for labor, and to compare punction complications between obese and non obese parturients as analgesic efficacy between obese and non obese patients in a retrospective observational study among all the epidural analgesic blocks performed in a universitary hospital in a four years period. We studied 13616 patients, who were classified according to body mass index in Kg/m² (BMI. In the non obese group patients (BMI<30; first attempt epidural success was achieved in 76,5%. Mild obese patients (BMI 30-32, severe obese (BMI 33-39 and morbid obese (BMI≥40, the percents were 69, 3%, 63,2% y 47,4% respectively. The comparison among obese and non obese patients was significati-vely different (p<0,001. Punction complications did not show differences among groups

  11. Pneumomediastinum Associated with Pneumopericardium and Epidural Pneumatosis

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    Ozlem Bilir

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    Full Text Available Spontaneous pneumomediastinum is a relatively rare benign condition. It may rarely be associated with one or combination of pneumothorax, epidural pneumatosis, pneumopericardium, or subcutaneous emphysema. We present a unique case with four of the radiological findings in a 9-year-old male child who presented to our emergency department with his parents with complaints of unproductive cough, dyspnea, and swelling on chest wall. Bilateral subcutaneous emphysema was palpated on anterior chest wall from sternum to midaxillary regions. His anteroposterior and lateral chest radiogram revealed subcutaneous emphysema and pneumomediastinum. His thorax computed tomography to rule out life-threatening conditions revealed bilateral subcutaneous, mediastinal, pericardial, and epidural emphysema without pneumothorax. He was transferred to pediatric intensive care unit for close monitorization and conservative treatment. He was followed-up by chest radiographs. He was relieved from symptoms and signs around the fifth day and he was discharged at the seventh day. Diagnosis of pneumomediastinum is often made based on physical findings and plain radiographs. It may not be as catastrophic as it is seen. Close cardiopulmonary monitorization is mandatory for complications and accompanying conditions. Most patients with uncomplicated spontaneous pneumomediastinum respond well to oxygen and conservative management without any specific treatment.

  12. The imaging of lumbar spondylolisthesis

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    Butt, S. [Department of Radiology, Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust, Stanmore, Middlesex HA7 4LP (United Kingdom); Saifuddin, A. [Department of Radiology, Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust, Stanmore, Middlesex HA7 4LP (United Kingdom) and Institute of Orthopaedics and Musculo-Skeletal Sciences, University College, London (United Kingdom)]. E-mail: asaifuddin@aol.com

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    Lumbar spondylolisthesis is a common finding on plain radiographs. The condition has a variety of causes which can be differentiated on the basis of imaging findings. As the treatment is dependent upon the type of spondylolisthesis, it is important for the radiologist to be aware of these features. We present a pictorial review of the imaging features of lumbar spondylolisthesis and explain the differentiating points between different groups of this disorder. The relative merits of the different imaging techniques in assessing lumbar spondylolisthesis are discussed.

  13. Reproduction of the lumbar lordosis

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    Andreasen, Marianne Løgtholt; Langhoff, Lotte; Jensen, Tue Secher;

    2007-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: This study investigates whether it is possible to reproduce the lumbar lordosis in the upright position during magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) by positioning the patient supine with straightened lower extremities and investigates intra- and interexaminer reliability of measurements...... supine with straightened lower extremities. These measurements were compared statistically. Intra- and interexaminer reliability was calculated applying the Bland and Altman method. RESULTS: The lumbar lordosis in the standing position was reproduced in the straightened supine position with a median......: The findings of this study show that lumbar lordosis in the upright position can be reproduced by positioning the patient supine with straightened lower extremities....

  14. Correlación clinicorradiográfica de la fibrosis epidural en el síndrome poslaminectomía mediante epidurografía Clinical/radiography correlation of epidural fibrosis in postlaminectomy syndrome by epidurography

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    G. Cardona

    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available Introducción: La epidurografía es un recurso invasivo que evalúa deformidades y eventual ocupación del espacio epidural, además de ser un estudio fácilmente realizable, confiable, económico y que forma parte del algoritmo de manejo del síndrome poslaminectomía. Objetivo: Verificar si la localización y la extensión de la fibrosis epidural se correlacionan con el cuadro clínico presente en los pacientes con síndrome poslaminectomía. Material y métodos: Se incluyó a 30 pacientes con diagnóstico de síndrome poslaminectomía lumbar divididos en dos grupos: grupo A (n=15 pacientes con lumbalgia y dolor neuropático del miembro pélvico unilateral y grupo B (n=15 pacientes con lumbalgia con dolor neuropático bilateral. En todos los pacientes se realizó el abordaje caudal bajo control fluoroscópico en decúbito prono con aguja Tuohy #17. La epidurografía se realizó inyectando medio de contraste ioversol al 63%, acetato de metilprednisolona y lidocaína al 2%. Se relacionó la localización de la fibrosis con el cuadro clínico además de valorar la intensidad del dolor utilizando la escala visual analógica previa al procedimiento a las 2 y a las 4 semanas de realizado este. Resultados: Del total de la población, el 53,3% (16 tuvo correlación clinicorradiográfica, lo cual no se considera estadísticamente significativo (p=0,259. En relación con la evaluación de la escala visual analógica inicial se observó disminución significativa a las 2 semanas de realizado el procedimiento (p=0,0001. Conclusión: La epidurografía diagnóstica no tiene utilidad al momento de intentar correlacionar el sitio de fibrosis epidural con la presentación clínica en los pacientes con síndrome poslaminectomía.Introduction: Epidurography is an invasive technique that evaluates deformities and eventual occupation of the epidural space, besides being easy to perform, reliable and inexpensive, is part of the management algorithm of post

  15. Measurements of Epidural Space Depth Using Preexisting CT Scans Correlate with Loss of Resistance Depth during Thoracic Epidural Catheter Placement

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    Nathaniel H. Greene

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Background. Thoracic epidural catheters provide the best quality postoperative pain relief for major abdominal and thoracic surgical procedures, but placement is one of the most challenging procedures in the repertoire of an anesthesiologist. Most patients presenting for a procedure that would benefit from a thoracic epidural catheter have already had high resolution imaging that may be useful to assist placement of a catheter. Methods. This retrospective study used data from 168 patients to examine the association and predictive power of epidural-skin distance (ESD on computed tomography (CT to determine loss of resistance depth acquired during epidural placement. Additionally, the ability of anesthesiologists to measure this distance was compared to a radiologist, who specializes in spine imaging. Results. There was a strong association between CT measurement and loss of resistance depth (P35 changed this relationship (P=0.007. The ability of anesthesiologists to make CT measurements was similar to a gold standard radiologist (all individual ICCs>0.9. Conclusions. Overall, this study supports the examination of a recent CT scan to aid in the placement of a thoracic epidural catheter. Making use of these scans may lead to faster epidural placements, fewer accidental dural punctures, and better epidural blockade.

  16. Assessment of Effectiveness of Percutaneous Adhesiolysis in Managing Chronic Low Back Pain Secondary to Lumbar Central Spinal Canal Stenosis

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    Laxmaiah Manchikanti, Kimberly A. Cash, Carla D. McManus, Vidyasagar Pampati

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Chronic persistent low back and lower extremity pain secondary to central spinal stenosis is common and disabling. Lumbar surgical interventions with decompression or fusion are most commonly performed to manage severe spinal stenosis. However, epidural injections are also frequently performed in managing central spinal stenosis. After failure of epidural steroid injections, the next sequential step is percutaneous adhesiolysis and hypertonic saline neurolysis with a targeted delivery. The literature on the effectiveness of percutaneous adhesiolysis in managing central spinal stenosis after failure of epidural injections has not been widely studied.Study Design: A prospective evaluation.Setting: An interventional pain management practice, a specialty referral center, a private practice setting in the United States.Objective: To evaluate the effectiveness of percutaneous epidural adhesiolysis in patients with chronic low back and lower extremity pain with lumbar central spinal stenosis.Methods: Seventy patients were recruited. The initial phase of the study was randomized, double-blind with a comparison of percutaneous adhesiolysis with caudal epidural injections. The 25 patients from the adhesiolysis group continued with follow-up, along with 45 additional patients, leading to a total of 70 patients. All patients received percutaneous adhesiolysis and appropriate placement of the Racz catheter, followed by an injection of 5 mL of 2% preservative-free lidocaine with subsequent monitoring in the recovery room. In the recovery room, each patient also received 6 mL of 10% hypertonic sodium chloride solution, and 6 mg of non-particulate betamethasone, followed by an injection of 1 mL of sodium chloride solution and removal of the catheter.Outcomes Assessment: Multiple outcome measures were utilized including the Numeric Rating Scale (NRS, the Oswestry Disability Index 2.0 (ODI, employment status, and opioid intake with assessment at 3, 6

  17. LUMBAR CORSETS CAN DECREASE LUMBAR MOTION IN GOLF SWING

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    Koji Hashimoto

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Swinging a golf club includes the rotation and extension of the lumbar spine. Golf-related low back pain has been associated with degeneration of the lumbar facet and intervertebral discs, and with spondylolysis. Reflective markers were placed directly onto the skin of 11young male amateur golfers without a previous history of back pain. Using a VICON system (Oxford Metrics, U.K., full golf swings were monitored without a corset (WOC, with a soft corset (SC, and with a hard corset (HC, with each subject taking 3 swings. Changes in the angle between the pelvis and the thorax (maximum range of motion and angular velocity in 3 dimensions (lumbar rotation, flexion-extension, and lateral tilt were analyzed, as was rotation of the hip joint. Peak changes in lumbar extension and rotation occurred just after impact with the ball. The extension angle of the lumbar spine at finish was significantly lower under SC (38° or HC (28° than under WOC (44° conditions (p < 0.05. The maximum angular velocity after impact was significantly smaller under HC (94°/sec than under SC (177°/sec and WOC (191° /sec conditions, as were the lumbar rotation angles at top and finish. In contrast, right hip rotation angles at top showed a compensatory increase under HC conditions. Wearing a lumbar corset while swinging a golf club can effectively decrease lumbar extension and rotation angles from impact until the end of the swing. These effects were significantly enhanced while wearing an HC

  18. [Intradural lumbar disk hernia].

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    Alonso-Bartolomé, P; Canga, A; Vázquez-Barquero, A; García-Valtuille, R; Abascal, F; Cerezal, L

    2001-04-01

    Intradural disc herniation is a rare complication of degenerative disc disease. A correct diagnosis of this process is frequently difficult. If this entity is not preoperatively diagnosed and is omitted at surgery, severe neurologic sequels may be provoked. We report a case of a pathologically proven intradural disc herniation preoperatively diagnosed by MR imaging. Clinically, it was manifested by sudden onset of right leg ciatalgia and progressive right lower extremity weakness. The patient also referred a one-month history of sexual dysfunction. MR imaging revealed interruption of the low signal of the anulus fibrosus and of the posterior longitudinal ligament at L2-L3 level and a voluminous disc fragment migrated in the dural sac that showed rim enhancement with gadolinium.The clinical, neuroradiological, and surgical management of lumbar intradural disc herniation are reviewed.

  19. Lumbar spondylolysis: a review

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    Leone, Antonio; Magarelli, Nicola; Bonomo, Lorenzo [Dept. of Bioimaging and Radiological Sciences, Catholic Univ., Rome (Italy); Cianfoni, Alessandro [Dept. of Radiology and Radiological Sciences, Medical Univ. of South Carolina, Charleston (United States); Cerase, Alfonso [General Hospital, Unit Neuroimaging and Neurointervention (NINT), Department of Neurosciences, Azienda Ospedaliera Universitaria Senese, Siena (Italy)

    2011-06-15

    Spondylolysis is an osseous defect of the pars interarticularis, thought to be a developmental or acquired stress fracture secondary to chronic low-grade trauma. It is encountered most frequently in adolescents, most commonly involving the lower lumbar spine, with particularly high prevalence among athletes involved in certain sports or activities. Spondylolysis can be asymptomatic or can be a cause of spine instability, back pain, and radiculopathy. The biomechanics and pathophysiology of spondylolysis are complex and debated. Imaging is utilized to detect spondylolysis, distinguish acute and active lesions from chronic inactive non-union, help establish prognosis, guide treatment, and to assess bony healing. Radiography with satisfactory technical quality can often demonstrate a pars defect. Multislice CT with multiplanar reformats is the most accurate modality for detecting the bony defect and may also be used for assessment of osseous healing; however, as with radiographs, it is not sensitive for detection of the early edematous stress response without a fracture line and exposes the patient to ionizing radiation. Magnetic resonance (MR) imaging should be used as the primary investigation for adolescents with back pain and suspected stress reactions of the lumbar pars interarticularis. Several imaging pitfalls render MR imaging less sensitive than CT for directly visualizing the pars defects (regional degenerative changes and sclerosis). Nevertheless, the presence of bone marrow edema on fluid-sensitive images is an important early finding that may suggest stress response without a visible fracture line. Moreover, MR is the imaging modality of choice for identifying associated nerve root compression. Single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) use is limited by a high rate of false-positive and false-negative results and by considerable ionizing radiation exposure. In this article, we provide a review of the current concepts regarding spondylolysis, its

  20. Lumbar peritoneal shunt

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    Yadav Yad

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available A lumbar peritoneal (LP shunt is a technique of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF diversion from the lumbar thecal sac to the peritoneal cavity. It is indicated under a large number of conditions such as communicating hydrocephalus, idiopathic intracranial hypertension, normal pressure hydrocephalus, spinal and cranial CSF leaks, pseudomeningoceles, slit ventricle syndrome, growing skull fractures which are difficult to treat by conventional methods (when dural defect extends deep in the cranial base or across venous sinuses and in recurrent cases after conventional surgery, raised intracranial pressure following chronic meningitis, persistent bulging of craniotomy site after operations for intracranial tumors or head trauma, syringomyelia and failed endoscopic third ventriculostomy with a patent stoma. In spite of the large number of indications of this shunt and being reasonably good, safe, and effective, very few reports about the LP shunt exist in the literature. This procedure did not get its due importance due to some initial negative reports. This review article is based on search on Google and PubMed. This article is aimed to review indications, complications, results, and comparison of the LP shunt with the commonly practiced ventriculoperitoneal (VP shunt. Shunt blocks, infections, CSF leaks, overdrainage and acquired Chiari malformation (ACM are some of the complications of the LP shunt. Early diagnosis of overdrainage complications and ACM as well as timely appropriate treatment especially by programmable shunts could decrease morbidity. Majority of recent reports suggest that a LP shunt is a better alternative to the VP shunt in communicating hydrocephalus. It has an advantage over the VP shunt of being completely extracranial and can be used under conditions other than hydrocephalus when the ventricles are normal sized or chinked. More publications are required to establish its usefulness in the treatment of wide variety of indications.

  1. Acoustic puncture assist device versus loss of resistance technique for epidural space identification

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    Amit Kumar Mittal

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Background and Aims: The conventional techniques of epidural space (EDS identification based on loss of resistance (LOR have a higher chance of complications, patchy analgesia and epidural failure, which can be minimised by objective confirmation of space before catheter placement. Acoustic puncture assist device (APAD technique objectively confirms EDS, thus enhancing success, with lesser complications. This study was planned with the objective to evaluate the APAD technique and compare it to LOR technique for EDS identification and its correlation with ultrasound guided EDS depth. Methods: In this prospective study, the lumbar vertebral spaces were scanned by the ultrasound for measuring depth of the EDS and later correlated with procedural depth measured by either of the technique (APAD or LOR. The data were subjected to descriptive statistics; the concordance correlation coefficient and Bland-Altman analysis with 95% confidence limits. Results: Acoustic dip in pitch and descent in pressure tracing on EDS localisation was observed among the patients of APAD group. Analysis of concordance correlation between the ultrasonography (USG depth and APAD or LOR depth was significant (r ≥ 0.97 in both groups. Bland-Altman analysis revealed a mean difference of 0.171cm in group APAD and 0.154 cm in group LOR. The 95% limits of agreement for the difference between the two measurements were − 0.569 and 0.226 cm in APAD and − 0.530 to 0.222 cm in LOR group. Conclusion: We found APAD to be a precise tool for objective localisation of the EDS, co-relating well with the pre-procedural USG depth of EDS.

  2. Acoustic puncture assist device versus loss of resistance technique for epidural space identification.

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    Mittal, Amit Kumar; Goel, Nitesh; Chowdhury, Itee; Shah, Shagun Bhatia; Singh, Brijesh Pratap; Jakhar, Pradeep

    2016-05-01

    The conventional techniques of epidural space (EDS) identification based on loss of resistance (LOR) have a higher chance of complications, patchy analgesia and epidural failure, which can be minimised by objective confirmation of space before catheter placement. Acoustic puncture assist device (APAD) technique objectively confirms EDS, thus enhancing success, with lesser complications. This study was planned with the objective to evaluate the APAD technique and compare it to LOR technique for EDS identification and its correlation with ultrasound guided EDS depth. In this prospective study, the lumbar vertebral spaces were scanned by the ultrasound for measuring depth of the EDS and later correlated with procedural depth measured by either of the technique (APAD or LOR). The data were subjected to descriptive statistics; the concordance correlation coefficient and Bland-Altman analysis with 95% confidence limits. Acoustic dip in pitch and descent in pressure tracing on EDS localisation was observed among the patients of APAD group. Analysis of concordance correlation between the ultrasonography (USG) depth and APAD or LOR depth was significant (r ≥ 0.97 in both groups). Bland-Altman analysis revealed a mean difference of 0.171cm in group APAD and 0.154 cm in group LOR. The 95% limits of agreement for the difference between the two measurements were - 0.569 and 0.226 cm in APAD and - 0.530 to 0.222 cm in LOR group. We found APAD to be a precise tool for objective localisation of the EDS, co-relating well with the pre-procedural USG depth of EDS.

  3. The suprasacral parallel shift vs lumbar plexus blockade with ultrasound guidance in healthy volunteers - a randomised controlled trial

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    Bendtsen, T F; Pedersen, E M; Haroutounian, S

    2014-01-01

    discomfort, arterial blood pressure change, block performance time, lidocaine pharmacokinetics and complications. Only one volunteer in the suprasacral group had sensory blockade of all dermatomes L2-S1. Epidural spread was verified by magnetic resonance imaging in seven of the 34 trials (two suprasacral...... in a randomised crossover trial comparing the new suprasacral with a lumbar plexus block. The primary outcome was sensory dermatome anaesthesia of L2-S1. Secondary outcomes were peri-neural analgesic spread estimated with magnetic resonance imaging, sensory blockade of dermatomes L2-S3, motor blockade, volunteer...

  4. COMPARISON OF PATIENT CONTROLLED EPIDURAL ANALGESIA WITH CONTINUOUS EPIDURAL INFUSION FOR LABOUR ANALGESIA

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    Sumaiah Tahseen

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available We conducted a study to compare the efficacy and safety of Patient Controlled Epidural Analgesia (PCEA with that of Continuous Infusion of Epidural Analgesia (CIEA for maintenance of labour analgesia and evaluated the quality of analgesia and obstetric and safety outcomes. METHODS The study was a hospital-based prospective, randomised control trial on 80 parturients who had a normal antenatal period. Each parturient received 500-1000 mL lactated ringer solution Intravenously (IV prior to initiating epidural blockade. Epidural catheter placement was performed in a standard manner and all patients received an initial dose of 8-10 mL bupivacaine 0.25%. Parturients self-administered 0.125% bupivacaine with fentanyl 2.5 µg/mL using PCA pumps programmed as follows: 4 mL bolus with a 20 mins Lockout Interval (LI. Group B received CIEA of 8 mL 0.125% bupivacaine with fentanyl 2.5/mL. Hourly assessments included: VAS scores for pain and satisfaction, sensory and motor block, analgesic supplements, bupivacaine and fentanyl consumption. RESULTS Data from 80 patients showed no differences among groups in pain relief. Maternal satisfaction was greater in PCEA group. Anaesthetic interventions by way of supplemental doses of Bupivacaine and Fentanyl in the PCEA group were minimal (4 and 2 vs 25 and 12 P <0.001 compared to CEI group. PCEA group received less local anaesthetic (5.2 vs 9.4 p <0.001 and few patients in PCEA group had motor weakness compared to CEI group (6 vs 17 p <0.05. Both methods were safe for mother and newborn. CONCLUSION Patients who received PCEA required less anaesthetic interventions, required lower doses of local anaesthetic, fentanyl and have less motor weakness than those who received CEI.

  5. [Idiopathic intracranial hypertension: a caesarean with epidural anaesthesia after bringing the cerebrospinal fluid pressure back to normal].

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    Pérez Rodríguez, M; de Carlos Errea, J; Dorronsoro Auzmendi, M; Batllori Gastón, M

    2013-12-01

    Idiopathic intracranial hypertension is diagnosed by exclusion. Because of its uncertain physiopathology and infrequent occurrence, its anaesthetic management is not well defined. The patient in this case is a pregnant woman with this disease with no lumbar-peritoneal shunt who was referred for non-urgent caesarean section, consisting of CSF drainage and pressure normalisation before the administration of epidural anaesthesia. We believe this technique can de effective to achieve adequate blockage and increased patient comfort, as well as improving postoperative recovery. Copyright © 2012 Sociedad Española de Anestesiología, Reanimación y Terapéutica del Dolor. Published by Elsevier España. All rights reserved.

  6. Continuous positive airway pressure breathing increases the spread of sensory blockade after low-thoracic epidural injection of lidocaine.

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    Visser, W.A.; Gielen, M.J.M.; Giele, J.L.P.

    2006-01-01

    Factors affecting the distribution of sensory blockade after epidural injection of local anesthetics remain incompletely clarified. To evaluate if increasing intrathoracic pressure affects the spread of thoracic epidural anesthesia, we randomized 20 patients who received an epidural catheter at the

  7. Epidural analgesia during labour - maternal understanding and experience - informed consent.

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    Mahomed, K; Chin, D; Drew, A

    2015-01-01

    Women obtain information on epidural analgesia from various sources. For epidural for pain relief in labour this is provided by the anaesthetist as part of the consenting process. There is much discussion about the inadequacy of this consenting process; we report on women's knowledge, experience and recall of this process at a regional hospital with a 24-h epidural service. Fifty-four women were interviewed within 72 h of a vaginal birth. 91% of the women had acquired information from friends, relatives and antenatal classes. Lack of recall of benefits of epidural analgesia accounted for 26 (38%) and 25 (26%) of the responses, respectively. Similarly in terms of amount of pain relief they could expect, 13 (21%) could not remember and 13 (21%) thought that it may not work. We suggest use of varying methods of disseminating information and wider utilisation of anaesthetists in the antenatal educational programmes.

  8. Epidural analgesia for labour: maternal knowledge, preferences and informed consent.

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    2012-02-29

    Epidural analgesia has become increasingly popular as a form of labour analgesia in Ireland. However obtaining true inform consent has always been difficult. Our study recruited 100 parturients who had undergone epidural analgesia for labour, aimed to determine the information they received prior to regional analgesia, and to ascertain their preferences regarding informed consent. Only 65 (65%) of patients planned to have an epidural. Knowledge of potential complications was variable and inaccurate, with less than 30 (30%) of women aware of the most common complications. Most women 79 (79%) believed that discomfort during labour affected their ability to provide informed consent, and believe consent should be taken prior to onset of labour (96, 96%). The results of this study helps define the standards of consent Irish patients expect for epidural analgesia during labour.

  9. [Epidural obstetric analgesia, maternal fever and neonatal wellness parameters].

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    Fernández-Guisasola, J; Delgado Arnáiz, C; Rodríguez Caravaca, G; Serrano Rodríguez, M L; García del Valle, S; Gómez-Arnau, J I

    2005-04-01

    To study the relation between epidural analgesia and the development of maternal fever during labor and childbirth, and to determine the possible relation between that association and neonatal welfare and in the performance of tests to rule out sepsis in newborns. Prospective study of all women who gave birth at Fundación Hospital Alcorcón over a period of 3 years. All the women were offered epidural analgesia based on infusion of 0.0625% bupivacaine and 2 microg x mL(-1). Data collected were age, nulliparity, epidural analgesia infusion, induction of labor, uterine stimulation with oxytocin, type of birth, fetal weight, duration of dilation and expulsion, Apgar score (at 1 and 5 minutes), umbilical artery pH, and maternal temperature. Data for 4364 women were analyzed. Fever developed during labor in 5.7%; 93.7% of the fevers occurred in women receiving epidural analgesia (Pneonatal wellness parameters studied.

  10. Spinal epidural abscess in a patient with piriformis pyomyositis

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    Gerald S Oh

    2016-01-01

    Conclusion: A 19-year-old male presented with a holospinal epidural abscess (C2 to sacrum originating from piriformis pyomyositis. The multilevel cord abscess was emergently decompressed, leading to a marked restoration of neurological function.

  11. [Combined epidural and spinal anesthesia for cesarean section].

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    Hody, J L

    1994-01-01

    Combined spinal epidural block has proven its efficacy in skilled hands. This technique allies advantages of spinal anaesthesia, regarding its speed of action and intensity of motor blockade and advantages of postoperative epidural analgesia. This block must be performed with great care and method to reach a success rate of almost 100%. Local anaesthetics and additives are reviewed and commented. The two main complications, hypotension and post dural puncture headache can be contained in very low limits.

  12. Sciatica caused by a dilated epidural vein: MR findings

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    Demaerel, P.; Petre, C.; Wilms, G. [Dept. of Radiology, Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium); Plets, C. [Dept. of Neurosurgery, Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium)

    1999-02-01

    We report the MR imaging findings in a 41-year-old woman presenting with sudden low back pain and sciatica. At surgery a dilated epidural vein was found compressing the nerve root. The MR findings may suggest the diagnosis. Magnetic resonance imaging of a dilated epidural vein or varix causing sciatica has not been reported until now. (orig.) (orig.) With 1 fig., 4 refs.

  13. Analgesia epidural obstétrica: fallos y complicaciones neurológicas de la técnica Obstetric epidural analgesia: failures and neurological complications of the technique

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    M. I. Segado-Jiménez

    2011-10-01

    pathogenesis. Patients and methods: Prospective and descriptive study in pregnant women who received an epidural analgesia for labour in a third level hospital over a 11-month period. The following data were registered: demographic mother and child information, labour, type of childbirth and complications during the procedure and during the peripartum and postpartum periods. All women were followed up to their hospitable discharge with an identification and treatment of the observed complications up to their resolution. Results: We enrolled 438 patients. Complications were separated in 2 phases: peripartum and postpartum. In the peripartum period were identified, from bigger than minor frequency, the following complications: unilateral analgesia (16,4%, hematic punction (8.7%, paresthesias (8.2%, difficult technique (5.2%, ineffective analgesia (2.7%, hypotension (2.5% and subdural block (0.2%. In the postpartum period: lumbar pain (18.5%, urinary retention (3.4%, post-dural puncture headache (1.4%, peripheral neurophaty (0.9% and prolonged hypoesthesia (0.2%. All complications were resolved ad integrum by a conservative treatment except one patient who needed an epidural blood patching because of a refractory headache. Conclusions: The high frequency of failure of the epidural analgesia in obstetrics as well as the possibility of neurological complications can be solved following several norms of a good practice that include the previous aspiration to the injection, the test-dose and the continuous inspection of the catheter. It's essential to know these complications for their evaluation and precocious treatment.

  14. Combined Spinal Epidural versus Epidural Sufentanil and Bupivacaine in Labour (Clinical and Histological comparative Study

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    Nagia M. Abd El Moeti, *Zinab B. Youssef, *Soaad S. Abd El Aal

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available Introduction:- Regional analgesia provides excellent pain relif in labour. This study was designed to compare combined spinal eqidural (CSE versus epidural block using a narcotic (sufentanil and local anaesthetic bupivacaine regarding their effects on progress of labour, method of delivery, pain relif, side effects and neonatal outcome. Patients and Methods :-Forty pregnant women ASA I and II were enrolled in this study. The women were randomly allocated to receive either CSE or epidural ( 20 patient of each . In CSE group analgesia was initiated with 10ug sufentanil with 2mg bupivacaine. In epidural group 10ml bupivacaine 0.125%.and 10ug sufentanil injected epidurally. In both groups the continuous infusion of 0.83% bupivacaine with 0.33ug/ml sufentanil at 10ml/hr adjusted as required. Maternal haemodynamics, analgesia characteristics VAPS, degree of motor block, were measured. Duration of labour, cervical dilation, maternal satisfaction and mode of delivery were assessed. Foetal outcome was assessed by 1 and 5 min. Apgar score and umbilical venous blood gases. Maternal and neonatal side effects were observed. The experimental study was done on 30 rats divided into 3 groups 10 rats of each. Control group (A injected intrathecally with saline, group (B injected intrathecally with 1.5ug/kg sufentanil (low dose, and group (C injected intrathecally with 7.5ug/kg sufentanil (high dose, the pervious doses were injected every 2hr. for 3 times then the spinal cord was obtained and stained for histological evaluation. Results:- The clinical study showed that no difference between the 2 groups for the degree of motor block or adequacy of analgesia, mode of delivery and Foetal outcome. The onset of analgesia was faster with CSE technique, more patient satisfaction and more pruritis. The histological results revealed that no detectable significant neurotoxic changes with the use of small dose of intrathecal sufentanil but mild changes occurred with high

  15. Epidural and opioid analgesia following the Nuss procedure

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    Walaszczyk, Malgorzata; Knapik, Piotr; Misiolek, Hanna; Korlacki, Wojciech

    2011-01-01

    Summary Background Parents have the right to decide on behalf of their children and deny consent to regional anaesthesia. The investigators decided to investigate quality of postoperative analgesia in adolescents undergoing epidural and opioid analgesia following the Nuss procedure. Material/Methods The study subjects were 61 adolescents aged 11–18 years who underwent pectus excavatum repair with the Nuss procedure. Patients were divided into epidural (n=41) and opioid (n=20) groups, depending on their parents’ consent to epidural catheter insertion. Intraoperatively, 0.5% epidural ropivacaine with fentanyl or intermittent intravenous injections of fentanyl were used. Postoperative analgesia was achieved with either epidural infusion of 0.1% ropivacaine with fentanyl, or subcutaneous morphine via an intraoperatively inserted “butterfly” cannula. Additionally, both groups received metamizol and paracetamol. Primary outcome variables were postoperative pain scores (Numeric Rating Scale and Prince Henry Hospital Pain Score). Secondary outcome variables included hemodynamic parameters, additional analgesia and side effects. Results Heart rate and blood pressure values in the postoperative period were significantly higher in the opioid group. Pain scores requiring intervention were noted almost exclusively in the opioid group. Conclusions Denial of parental consent to epidural analgesia following the Nuss procedure results in significantly worse control of postoperative pain. Our data may be useful when discussing with parents the available anaesthetic techniques for exceptionally painful procedures. PMID:22037752

  16. Epidural catheterization in cardiac surgery: The 2012 risk assessment

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    Thomas M Hemmerling

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Aims and Objectives: The risk assessment of epidural hematoma due to catheter placement in patients undergoing cardiac surgery is essential since its benefits have to be weighed against risks, such as the risk of paraplegia. We determined the risk of the catheter-related epidural hematoma in cardiac surgery based on the cases reported in the literature up to September 2012. Materials and Methods: We included all reported cases of epidural catheter placement for cardiac surgery in web and in literature from 1966 to September 2012. Risks of other medical and non-medical activities were retrieved from recent reviews or national statistical reports. Results: Based on our analysis the risk of catheter-related epidural hematoma is 1 in 5493 with a 95% confidence interval (CI of 1/970-1/31114. The risk of catheter-related epidural hematoma in cardiac surgery is similar to the risk in the general surgery population at 1 in 6,628 (95% CI 1/1,170-1/37,552. Conclusions: The present risk calculation does not justify not offering epidural analgesia as part of a multimodal analgesia protocol in cardiac surgery.

  17. A randomised controlled trial using the Epidrum for labour epidurals.

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    Deighan, M

    2015-03-01

    The aim of our study was to determine if using the Epidrum to site epidurals improves success and reduces morbidity. Three hundred parturients requesting epidural analgesia for labour were enrolled. 150 subjects had their epidural sited using Epidrum and 150 using standard technique. We recorded subject demographics, operator experience, number of attempts, Accidental Dural Puncture rate, rate of failure to site epidural catheter, rate of failure of analgesia, Post Dural Puncture Headache and Epidural Blood Patch rates. Failure rate in Epidrum group was 9\\/150 (6%) vs 0 (0%) in the Control group (P = 0.003). There were four (2.66%) accidental dural punctures in the Epidrum group and none in the Control group (P = 0.060), and 2 epidurals out of 150 (1.33%) in Epidrum group were re-sited, versus 3\\/150 (2%) in the control group (P = 1.000). The results of our study do not suggest that using Epidrum improves success or reduces morbidity.

  18. Epidural fibrosis after permanent catheter insertion and infusion.

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    Aldrete, J A

    1995-11-01

    Forty-six permanent epidural catheters and life-port units were implanted in 43 patients with severe, recurrent low back pain who had been considered not to be candidates for surgical intervention and in whom other therapeutic modalities had failed. Eight cases developed epidural fibrosis (EF). For analgesia, patients received either infusions with preservative-free solutions of fentanyl and bupivacaine or daily boluses of morphine and bupivacaine. Catheters remained from 75 days to 433 days. Signs of EF appeared from 21 days to 320 days after implantation. Pain at injection or resistance to injection were initial manifestations of EF, followed by poor, and eventually, nil analgesic effect. The epidural catheters were made of either polyamide, silicone, or polyurethane. Epidurograms revealed encapsulation, narrowing, and loculation of epidural space with gradually reduced spread of the contrast material. The occurrence of EF limits the permanency of implanted epidural catheters. The infusate does not cause this complication, which appears to be a foreign body reaction due to the presence of the catheter in the epidural space.

  19. Spinal epidural abscess treated with antibiotics alone.

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    Pathak, Ashish; Singh, Poonam; Gehlot, Prateek; Dhaneria, Mamta

    2013-04-30

    Spinal epidural abscess (SEA) is a rare clinical condition among children. Most patients do not present with classical signs. A 13-year-old boy without any predisposing factors presented with paraparesis, bladder and bowel involvement. MRI spine demonstrated an SEA at the C7 and D1 levels on both sides of the midline with cord oedema at the C2-3 to C6 level with minimal marrow oedema in the C6 vertebral body. We treated the patient with antibiotics (ceftriaxone and vancomycin) alone. The patient showed excellent response with only minimal residual gait disturbance at the end of 6 weeks of antibiotic therapy. This is the first paediatric report of complete recovery of a patient at clinical stage 4 following antibiotic treatment alone from India. However, caution should be exercised to closely monitor the patient's recovery as any progression in the neurological state warrants surgery.

  20. Primary epidural lymphoma without vertebral involvement in a HIV-positive patient; Linfoma epidural primario sin afectacion vertebral en un paciente VIH positivo

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    Perez, M. O.; Grive, E.; Quiroga, S.; Rovira, A. [Hospital General Universitari Vall d`Hebron. Barcelona. (Spain)

    1999-05-01

    Epidural involvement is rarely associated with lymphoma, it being more typical of non-Hodgkin`s lymphoma in advanced stages of the disease. The invasion of the epidural space is usually caused by the extension of a paravertebral mass or by the affected vertebrae. However, the epidural space alone can be involved. We present a case of epidural lymphoma in a patient who presented with clinical evidence of spinal cord compression. Magnetic resonance disclosed the existence of an epidural mass compressing and displacing the spinal cord without involving the adjacent vertebra or the associated paravertebral mass. (Author) 9 refs.

  1. The shape of the human lumbar vertebral canal A forma do canal vertebral lombar humano

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    Edmundo Zarzur

    1996-09-01

    Full Text Available Literature on the anatomy of the human vertebral column characterizes the shape of the lumbar vertebral canal as triangular. The purpose of the present study was to determine the precise shape of the lumbar vertebral canal. Ten lumbar vertebral columns of adult male cadavers were dissected. Two transverse sections were performed in the third lumbar vertebra. One section was performed at the level of the lower border of the ligamenta flava, and the other section was performed at the level of the pedicles. The shape of the lumbar vertebral canal at the level of the pedicles tends to be oval or circular, whereas the shape of the lumbar vertebral canal at the level of the lower border of the ligamenta flava is triangular. Thus, the shape of the human lumbar vertebral canal is not exclusively triangular, as reported in the literature. It is related to the level of the transversal section performed on the lumbar vertebra. This finding should be taken into consideration among factors involved in the spread of solutions introduced into the epidural space.A literatura sobre a anatomia da coluna vertebral descreve como sendo triangular o formato do canal vertebral na região lombar. O objetivo deste estudo é determinar a real forma do canal da coluna vertebral lombar.Dez colunas vertebrais de cadáveres de homens adultos foram dissecadas. Dois cortes transversais foram executados na terceira vértebra lombar. Um corte foi feito no nível das bordas inferiores de dois ligamentos amarelos vizinhos e o outro corte foi transversal, no nível dos pedículos. A forma do canal vertebral variou: no nível dos pedículos ela tende a ser oval ou circular e junto às bordas inferiores dos ligamentos amarelos passa a ser triangular. Portanto, a forma do canal vertebral lombar não é somente triangular; ela depende do nível em que se faz o corte transversal da vértebra. Estes achados devem ser levados em consideração entre os fatores envolvidos na difusão das

  2. A prospective, randomized, blinded-endpoint, controlled study - continuous epidural infusion versus programmed intermittent epidural bolus in labor analgesia

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    Joana Nunes

    Full Text Available Abstract Background: There is evidence that administration of a programmed intermittent epidural bolus (PIEB compared to continuous epidural infusion (CEI leads to greater analgesia efficacy and maternal satisfaction with decreased anesthetic interventions. Methods: In this study, 166 women with viable pregnancies were included. After an epidural loading dose of 10 mL with Ropivacaine 0.16% plus Sufentanil 10 µg, parturient were randomly assigned to one of three regimens: A - Ropivacaine 0.15% plus Sufentanil 0.2 µg/mL solution as continuous epidural infusion (5 mL/h, beginning immediately after the initial bolus; B - Ropivacaine 0.1% plus Sufentanil 0.2 µg/mL as programmed intermittent epidural bolus and C - Same solution as group A as programmed intermittent epidural bolus. PIEB regimens were programmed as 10 mL/h starting 60 min after the initial bolus. Rescue boluses of 5 mL of the same solution were administered, with the infusion pump. We evaluated maternal satisfaction using a verbal numeric scale from 0 to 10. We also evaluated adverse, maternal and neonatal outcomes. Results: We analyzed 130 pregnants (A = 60; B = 33; C = 37. The median verbal numeric scale for maternal satisfaction was 8.8 in group A; 8.6 in group B and 8.6 in group C (p = 0.83. We found a higher caesarean delivery rate in group A (56.7%; p = 0.02. No differences in motor block, instrumental delivery rate and neonatal outcomes were observed. Conclusions: Maintenance of epidural analgesia with programmed intermittent epidural bolus is associated with a reduced incidence of caesarean delivery with equally high maternal satisfaction and no adverse outcomes.

  3. Controlled release ibuprofen-poloxamer gel for epidural use - A pharmacokinetic study using microdialysis in pigs.

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    Paavola, Anne; Bernards, Christopher M; Rosenberg, Per H

    2016-11-01

    In order to avoid the risks of sideeffects of epidural local anesthetics and opioids, the use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) epidurally would be an interesting option of analgesic therapy. The fairly short duration of action of spinally administered NSAIDs, e.g., ibuprofen, may be prolonged by using controlled release poloxamer gel formulation. Using a microdialysis technique we studied the epidural and intrathecal pharmacokinetics of ibuprofen after its epidural administration as a poloxamer 407 formulation or a solution formulation. In addition, plasma ibuprofen concentrations were analyzed from central venous blood samples. Ibuprofen concentrations in the epidural space were significantly higher and longer lasting after the epidural gel injection compared with the epidural solution injection. The epidural AUC of ibuprofen was over threefold greater after epidural ibuprofen gel injection compared with the ibuprofen solution injection (pgel was very low. The in situ forming poloxamer gel acted as a reservoir allowing targeted ibuprofen release at the epidural injection site and restricted ibuprofen molecules to a smaller spinal area. Ibuprofen diffusion from the epidural space to the intrathecal space was steady and prolonged. These results demonstrate that the use of epidurally injectable poloxamer gel can increase and prolong ibuprofen delivery from epidural space to the CSF enhancing thus ibuprofen entry into the central neuroaxis for spinal analgesia. Further toxicological and dose-finding studies are justified.

  4. [Lateral lumbar disk hernia].

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    Monod, A; Desmoineaux, P; Deburge, A

    1990-01-01

    Lateral lumbar disc herniations (L.D.H.) develop in the foramen, and compress the nerve root against the overlying vertebral pedicle. In our study of L.D.H. from the clinical, radiographical, and therapeutical aspects, we reviewed 23 cases selected from the 590 patients treated for discal herniation from 1984 to 1987. The frequency of L.D.H. in this series was 3.8 per cent. The clinical pattern brings out some suggestive signs of L.D.H. (frequency of cruralgia, a seldom very positive Lasegue's test, the paucity of spinal signs, non impulsive pain). Saccoradiculography and discography rarely evidenced the L.D.H.. The T.D.M. was the investigation of choice on condition that it was correctly used. When the image was doubtful, disco-CT confirmation should be proceeded too. This latter method of investigation enabled the possibility of sequestration to be explored. 14 patients were treated by chemonucleolysis, with 9 successful outcomes. The 5 failures were cases where chemonucleolysis should not have been indicated, mainly due to associated osseous stenosis. 9 patients underwent immediate surgery with good results in each case.

  5. [Lumbar stabilization exercises].

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    Vásquez-Ríos, Jorge Rodrigo; Nava-Bringas, Tania Inés

    2014-01-01

    Antecedentes: el ejercicio es la intervención con mayor grado de evidencia de eficacia para el tratamiento del dolor crónico de la espalda baja, con beneficio superior en términos de dolor y funcionalidad, en comparación con cualquiera otra intervención. Existe una amplia variedad de ejercicios diseñados; sin embargo, actualmente los llamados ejercicios de estabilización lumbar adquiririeron una popularidad creciente entre los clínicos que están en contacto con enfermedades de la columna. Sin embargo, existe controversia en cuanto a la prescripción adecuada de los mismos y los múltiples protocolos publicados. Objetivo: analizar la bibliografía científica acerca del uso y prescripción de estos ejercicios para favorecer la mejor toma de decisiones enlos clínicos y diseñar, con base a la evidencia, el programa más adecuado para cada paciente. Conclusión: se encontró que este programa es una herramienta esencial en el tratamiento del dolor de espalda baja, en la etapa terapéutica y en la preventiva.

  6. Comparison of Epidural Analgesia with Transversus Abdominis Plane Analgesia for Postoperative Pain Relief in Patients Undergoing Lower Abdominal Surgery: A Prospective Randomized Study

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    Iyer, Sadasivan Shankar; Bavishi, Harshit; Mohan, Chadalavada Venkataram; Kaur, Navdeep

    2017-01-01

    Background: Anesthesiologists play an important role in postoperative pain management. For analgesia after lower abdominal surgery, epidural analgesia and ultrasound-guided transversus abdominis plane (TAP) block are suitable options. The study aims to compare the analgesic efficacy of both techniques. Materials and Methods: Seventy-two patients undergoing lower abdominal surgery under spinal anesthesia were randomized to postoperatively receive lumbar epidural catheter (Group E) or ultrasound-guided TAP block (Group T) through intravenous cannulas placed bilaterally. Group E received 10 ml 0.125% bupivacaine stat and 10 ml 8th hourly for 48 h. Group T received 20 ml 0.125% bupivacaine bilaterally stat and 20 ml bilaterally 8th hourly for 48 h. Pain at rest and on coughing, total paracetamol and tramadol consumption were recorded. Results: Analgesia at rest was comparable between the groups in the first 16 h. At 24 and 48 h, Group E had significantly better analgesia at rest (P = 0.001 and 0.004 respectively). Patients in Group E had significantly higher number of patients with nil or mild pain on coughing at all times. Paracetamol consumption was comparable in both groups, but tramadol consumption was significantly higher in Group T at the end of 48 h (P = 0.001). Conclusion: For lower abdominal surgeries, analgesia provided by intermittent boluses of 0.125% is comparable for first 16 h between epidural and TAP catheters. However, the quality of analgesia provided by the epidural catheter is superior to that provided by TAP catheters beyond that both at rest and on coughing with reduced opioid consumption. PMID:28928569

  7. Reporte de un caso clínico Técnica quirúrgica combinada de omentalización y drenaje transabdominal múltiple en un paciente canino con abscesos prostáticos

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    Diego Fernando Echeverry Bonilla; Edwin Fernando Buriticá Gaviria

    2006-01-01

    Se expone el caso clínico de un paciente canino mestizo de 7 años de edad, que fue presentado a consulta médica en la clínica de Pequeños Animales de la Facultad de Medicina Veterinaria y Zootecnia de la Universidad del Tolima, por presentar un cuadro clínico consistente en: polaquiuria, disuria, tenesmo, fiebre, pérdida ponderal. La información obtenida a partir de la anamnesis, examen físico y estudios paraclínicos permitieron diagnosticar abscesos prostáticos, el tratamiento quirúrgico con...

  8. NEUROMUSCULAR CONTROL IN LUMBAR DISORDERS

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    Ville Leinonen

    2004-03-01

    Full Text Available Impaired motor and sensory functions have been associated with low back pain (LBP. This includes disturbances in a wide range of sensorimotor control e.g. sensory dysfunctions, impaired postural responses and psychomotor control. However, the physiological mechanisms, clinical relevance and characteristics of these findings in different spinal pathologies require further clarification. The purposes of this study were to investigate postural control, lumbar muscle function, movement perception and associations between these findings in healthy volunteers (n=35, patients with lumbar disc herniation (n=20 and lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS, n=26. Paraspinal muscle responses for sudden upper limb loading and muscle activation during flexion-extension movement and the lumbar endurance test were measured by surface electromyography (EMG. Postural stability was measured on a force platform during two- and one-footed standing. Lumbar movement perception was assessed in a motorised trunk rotation unit in the seated position. In addition, measurements of motor-(MEP and somatosensory evoked potentials (SEP and needle EMG examination of lumbar multifidus muscles were performed in the LSS patients. Clinical and questionnaire data were also recorded. A short latency paraspinal muscle response (~50 ms for sudden upper limb loading was observed. The latency of the response was shortened by expectation (p=0.017. The response latency for unexpected loading was similar in healthy persons and disc herniation patients but the latency was not shortened by expectation in the patients (p = 0.014. Also impaired postural control (p < 0.05 and lumbar movement perception (p = 0.012 were observed in disc herniation patients. The impaired lumbar movement perception (p=0.054 and anticipatory muscle activation (p = 0.043 tended to be restored after successful surgery but postural control had still not recovered after 3 months of follow-up. The majority of LSS patients were unable

  9. The effects of needle deformation during lumbar puncture

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    Özdemir, Hasan Hüseyin; Demir, Caner F.; Varol, Sefer; Arslan, Demet; Yıldız, Mustafa; Akil, Eşref

    2015-01-01

    Objective: The aim of this study is to assess deformation of the tip and deflection from the axis of 22-gauge Quincke needles when they are used for diagnostic lumbar puncture (LP). Thus, it can be determined whether constructional alterations of needles are important for predicting clinical problems after diagnostic LP. Materials and Methods: The 22-gauge Quincke needles used for diagnostic LP were evaluated. A specially designed protractor was used for measurement and evaluation. Waist circumference was measured in each patient. Patients were questioned about headaches occurring after LP. Results: A total of 115 Quincke-type spinal needles used in 113 patients were evaluated. No deflection was detected in 38 (33.1%) of the needles. Deflection between 0.1° and 5° occurred in 43 (37.3%) of the needles and deflection ≥ 5.1° occurred in 34 patients (29.6%). Forty-seven (41.5%) patients experienced post lumbar puncture headache (PLPH) and 13 (11.5%) patients experienced intracranial hypotension (IH). No statistically significant correlation between the degree of deflection and headache was found (P > 0.05). Epidural blood patch was performed for three patients. Deformity in the form of bending like a hook occurred in seven needles and IH occurred in six patients using these needles. Two of the needles used in three patients requiring blood patch were found to be bent. Conclusion: Deformation of needles may increase complications after LP. Needle deformation may lead to IH. In case of deterioration in the structure of the needle, termination of the puncture procedure and the use of a new needle could reduce undesirable clinical consequences, especially IH. PMID:25883480

  10. The effects of needle deformation during lumbar puncture

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    Hasan Hüseyin Özdemir

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective: The aim of this study is to assess deformation of the tip and deflection from the axis of 22-gauge Quincke needles when they are used for diagnostic lumbar puncture (LP. Thus, it can be determined whether constructional alterations of needles are important for predicting clinical problems after diagnostic LP. Materials and Methods: The 22-gauge Quincke needles used for diagnostic LP were evaluated. A specially designed protractor was used for measurement and evaluation. Waist circumference was measured in each patient. Patients were questioned about headaches occurring after LP. Results: A total of 115 Quincke-type spinal needles used in 113 patients were evaluated. No deflection was detected in 38 (33.1% of the needles. Deflection between 0.1° and 5° occurred in 43 (37.3% of the needles and deflection ≥ 5.1° occurred in 34 patients (29.6%. Forty-seven (41.5% patients experienced post lumbar puncture headache (PLPH and 13 (11.5% patients experienced intracranial hypotension (IH. No statistically significant correlation between the degree of deflection and headache was found (P > 0.05. Epidural blood patch was performed for three patients. Deformity in the form of bending like a hook occurred in seven needles and IH occurred in six patients using these needles. Two of the needles used in three patients requiring blood patch were found to be bent. Conclusion: Deformation of needles may increase complications after LP. Needle deformation may lead to IH. In case of deterioration in the structure of the needle, termination of the puncture procedure and the use of a new needle could reduce undesirable clinical consequences, especially IH.

  11. Epidural anesthesia for cesarean delivery in a morbidly obese parturient with spinal meningioma.

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    Clark, Allison; Digiovanni, Neil; Hart, Stuart; Russo, Melissa; Bui, Cuong

    2012-01-01

    We report our experience with epidural anesthesia for cesarean section in a morbidly obese parturient with progressive paraplegia from a spinal meningioma. Epidural anesthesia may represent a safe anesthetic choice in such clinical situations.

  12. Epidural anesthesia in repeated cesarean section. Anestesia epidural en la cesárea iterativa.

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    Norma Mur Villar

    2003-05-01

    Full Text Available Background: A spectacular development has been experimented in the Anesthesiology branch in the last few years in the different areas of its competence in which the attendance activity on obstetric patients as well as every aspect related with its adequate practice is of a great importance. Objective: to evaluate the efficacy of epidural anesthesia in repetitive cesarean. Methods: a descriptive retrospective study of a series of cases (112in which epidural anesthesia in repetitive cesarean was applied from January 2001 to December 2001 in the surgical unit of the Gynecological obstetric service at the University Hospital ¨Dr. Gustavo Aldereguía Lima¨ in Cienfuegos city, Cuba. Some variables such as fixation time of the anesthesia, its duration, transurgical and postsurgical hemodynamic behavior, complications related with the anesthesia, evaluation of the new born baby and, the level of satisfaction of the patients were analyzed. Results: The immediate transurgical and postsurgical hemodynamic behavior was stable predominating normotension and the normal cardiac frequency. The complications related to anesthesia were minimal. The level of satisfaction of the patients was elevated. No alterations in new born babies were presented. As a conclusion, it may be stated that epidural anesthesia in repetitive cesarean is a safety and reliable anesthetic method.

    Fundamento: La anestesiología ha experimentado durante los últimos años un desarrollo espectacular en las diferentes áreas de su competencia, entre las que se encuentra sin lugar a dudas, la que centra su actividad asistencial en la paciente obstétrica y todo lo relacionado con su práctica adecuada en estas. Objetivo: Evaluar la eficacia de la anestesia epidural en la cesárea iterativa. Métodos: Estudio descriptivo retrospectivo de una serie de casos (112 en que fue

  13. A COMPARATIVE STUDY OF EPIDURAL BUPIVACAINE WITH CLONIDINE AND EPIDURAL BUPIVACAINE FOR POST OPERATIVE ANALGESIA

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    Durga Prasad

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Clonidine, an α 2 - adrenoreceptor agonist, administered epidurally, is gaining popularity for its analgesic, sympatholytic, hemodynamic stabilizing and sedative properties without significant side effects. METHODS: This present study “ A Comparative Study o f Epidural Bupivac aine w ith Clonidine a nd Epidural Bupivacaine f or Post - o perative Analgesia ” was conducted in 70 cases of ASA grade I and II, between the age groups of 30 - 75yrs undergoing abdominal, gynecological and orthopedic surgeries under epidural anaesthesia. At the e nd of surgery, patients were shifted to recovery room. When patients complained of pain with VAS > 4/10, they were allocated to receive either of B: Plain Bupivacaine 0.125% 10ml (n = 35. B+C: Clonidine 150 mcg (1ml + 0.125% Bupivacaine 9ml (n = 35. The following parameters were monitored: A. Onset of analgesia . B. Duration of analgesia . C. VAS and Quality of analgesia . D. ardio - respiratory effects: Pulse rate, blood pressure, respiratory rate. E. Side effects like: nausea, vomiting, pruritus, hypotensio n, sedation and respiratory depression were studied. ONSET OF ANALGESIA: The time of onset of analgesia in group (B+C was significantly less (12.7 ± 0.87 (S.D min when compared to g roup (B (16 ± 3.34 (S.D min. DURATION OF ANALGESIA: The duration of a nalgesia in group (B+C (225.2 ± 45.74 (SD min was significantly more when compared to group (B (119 ± 29.29 (SD min. VISUAL ANALOGUE SCORE: In comparison of group B and group B+C, highly significant difference in VAS was seen from 15min till 3.5hrs in between the groups. The quality of analgesia in Group B+C was VAS 3 - 4 (good to excellent pain relief, as compared to Group B, where VAS was 2 - 3 (fair to good pain relief. SEDATION: In Group B+C from 30min till 2hrs, 100% of patients were asleep (sedat ion score 3. Even in patients with sedation score 3, patients were calm, quiet and asleep but when questions were asked, they answered with

  14. Racial differences in the use of epidural analgesia for labor.

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    Glance, Laurent G; Wissler, Richard; Glantz, Christopher; Osler, Turner M; Mukamel, Dana B; Dick, Andrew W

    2007-01-01

    There is strong evidence that pain is undertreated in black and Hispanic patients. The association between race and ethnicity and the use of epidural analgesia for labor is not well described. Using the New York State Perinatal Database, the authors examined whether race and ethnicity were associated with the likelihood of receiving epidural analgesia for labor after adjusting for clinical characteristics, demographics, insurance coverage, and provider effect. This retrospective cohort study was based on 81,883 women admitted for childbirth between 1998 and 2003. Overall, 38.3% of the patients received epidural analgesia for labor. After adjusting for clinical risk factors, socioeconomic status, and provider fixed effects, Hispanic and black patients were less likely than non-Hispanic white patients to receive epidural analgesia: The adjusted odds ratio was 0.85 (95% CI, 0.78-0.93) for white/Hispanic and 0.78 (0.74-0.83) for blacks compared with non-Hispanic whites. Compared with patients with private insurance, patients without insurance were least likely to receive epidural analgesia (adjusted odds ratio, 0.76; 95% CI, 0.64-0.89). Black patients with private insurance had similar rates of epidural use to white/non-Hispanic patients without insurance coverage: The adjusted odds ratio was 0.66 (95% CI, 0.53-0.82) for white/non-Hispanic patients without insurance versus 0.69 (0.57-0.85) for black patients with private insurance. Black and Hispanic women in labor are less likely than non-Hispanic white women to receive epidural analgesia. These differences remain after accounting for differences in insurance coverage, provider practice, and clinical characteristics.

  15. Paraplegia and intracranial hypertension following epidural anesthesia: report of four cases Paraplegia e hipertensão craniana após anestesia epidural: relato de 4 casos

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    Frederico A. D. Kliemann

    1975-09-01

    Full Text Available Four patients who received epidural anesthesia presented sustained myelopathy; three of them had complete paraplegia and one a lumbo-sacral myelopathy with urinary retention. All four patients complained of very intense radicular pains immediately after the analgesic effect of Lidocaine was over. Two patients in whom lumbar puncture was done in the first 24 hours presented an aseptic meningitic reaction in CSF. Paraplegia completed in two to ten months in three patients and in two of them severe intracranial hypertension developped at this time. It is proposed that the disease runs a two-stages course, at least in some cases, characterized by an aseptic meningitis, followed, after a silent period of some months, by signs of adhesive spinal and intracranial arachnoiditis. Intracranial hypertension was controlled by ventriculo-peritoneal shunt; in two patients a transitory effect of intrathecal injections of methyl-prednisolone acetate was observed. Two patients recovered almost completely from paraplegia.Quatro pacientes que receberam anestesia epidural apresentaram mielopatia de longa evolução; em três ocorreu paraplegia completa e um apresentou uma síndrome medular lombo-sacra com retenção urinária. Todos os pacientes se queixaram de intensas dores radiculares imediatamente após a cessação do efeito analgésico da lidocaína. Dois pacientes apresentaram uma reação meningítica asséptica no líquido cefalorraqueano nas primeiras 24 horas. A paraplegia tornou-se completa em 2 a 10 meses após a anestesia; dois pacientes tiveram hipertensão craniana severa. Em alguns casos, senão em todos, esta afecção apresenta uma evolução em duas etapas, caracterizadas por meningite asséptica imediata, seguida, depois de um período silencioso de poucos meses, de sinais de aracnoidite adesiva espinal e intracraniana. A hipertensão intracraniana foi controlada por derivação ventriculo-peritoneal; em 2 pacientes houve melhora transit

  16. Preoperative education for lumbar surgery for radiculopathy

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    2009-01-01

    To date no studies have been published on preoperative education forpatients who had lumbar surgery. The aim of this study was to determine if there is a demand for preoperative education for patients who had lumbar surgery for radiculopathy. A convenience sample of 47 patients who had lumbar surgery and a random sample of 141 physiotherapists involved in treating patients who had lumbar surgery completed a newly developed spinal surgery questionnaire. The data were analyzed using descriptive...

  17. Spontaneous epidural emphysema and pneumomediastinum during an asthmatic attack in a child

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    Caramella, D.; Bulleri, A.; Battolla, L.; Bartolozzi, C. [Department of Radiology, University of Pisa, Via Roma 67, I-56 100 Pisa (Italy); Pifferi, M.; Baldini, G. [Department of Pediatrics, University of Pisa, Pisa (Italy)

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    CT revealed the presence of epidural emphysema as an incidental finding in a 13-year-old boy in whom mild infrequent coughing during an asthmatic attack resulted in a pneumomediastinum and subcutaneous emphysema. Epidural emphysema was not associated with neurological symptoms. The CT images demonstrated the pathway of air leakage from the posterior mediastinum through the intervertebral foramina into the epidural space. Repeat CT showed spontaneous resolution of the epidural emphysema. (orig.) With 2 figs., 9 refs.

  18. Vertebral metastases: characteristic MRI findings due to epidural carcinomatous inflitration; Wirbelkoerpermetastasen: Charakteristische MR-Befunde bei epiduraler Infiltration

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    Hutzelmann, A. [Kiel Univ. (Germany). Klinik fuer Radiologische Diagnostik; Palmie, S. [Kiel Univ. (Germany). Klinik fuer Radiologische Diagnostik; Freund, M. [Kiel Univ. (Germany). Klinik fuer Radiologische Diagnostik

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    Purpose: In cases of lumbar vertebral metastasis associated with anterior epidural carcinomatous infiltration, we have observed that infiltrations tend to respect the midline. This study led to the systematic recognition of these phenomena in vertebral metastases. Materials and Methods: 11 Patients with 17 vertebral metastases and adjacent anterior epidural infiltration were reviewed retrospectively. All cases were studied by MRI. The routinely used imaging technique included spin echo (SE) T{sub 1} and T{sub 2} weighted sequences in the sagittal plane native and T{sub 1}-SE without and with Gd-DTPA in the axial planes. The radiological findings of these phenomena and the anatomy were studied. Results: We observed these phenomena to be uni- or bilateral in 88.3% of all cases with intraspinal anterior epidural carcinomatous infiltration, especially in that part of the vertebral body where the basal vertebral venous plexus was located. Conclusion: We conclude that vertebral metastases respect the midline. We interpret this fact as being due the anatomy of the vertebral body and especially its stabilization by the posterior longitudinal ligament. These findings may be helpful in the differential diagnosis of vertebral body metastases with epidural infiltration in contrast to intraspinal processes which proceed with the destruction of the vertebral body. (orig.) [Deutsch] Ziel: Wirbelkoerpermetastasen mit Infiltration des ventralen Epiduralraumes scheinen nicht per continuitatem nach intraspinal zu infiltrieren, sondern respektieren die Mittellinie. Ziel der Studie war es, dieses Phaenomen auf die Haeufigkeit seines Auftretens systematisch zu untersuchen. Patienten und Methoden: Retrospektiv wurden MRT-Untersuchungen von 11 Patienten mit 17 lumbalen Wirbelkoerpermetastasen ausgewertet. Es wurde untersucht, ob bei Infiltration des ventralen Epiduralraumes durch die Wirbelkoerpermetastasen die Mittellinie respektiert wurde. Die Untersuchungen waren an einem 1,5-T

  19. Segmentalliverincarcerationthrougha recurrent incisional lumbar hernia

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    Nikolaos S. Salemis; Konstantinos Nisotakis; Stavros Gourgiotis; Efstathios Tsohataridis

    2007-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Lumbar hernia is a rare congenital or acquired defect of the posterior abdominal wall. The acquired type is more common and occurs mainly as an incisional defect after lfank surgery. Incarceration or strangulation of hernia contents is uncommon. METHOD: Segmental liver incarceration through a recurrent incisional lumbar defect was diagnosed in a 58 years old woman by magnetic resonance imaging. RESULTS: The patient underwent an open repair of the com-plicated hernia. An expanded polytetralfouoroethylene (e-PTFE) mesh was fashioned as a sublay prosthesis. She had an uncomplicated postoperative course. Follow-up examinations revealed no evidence of recurrence. CONCLUSIONS: Although lumbar hernia rarely results in incarceration or strangulation, early repair is necessary because of the risks of complications and the increasing dififculty in repairment as it enlarges. Surgical repair is often dififcult and challenging.

  20. [Congenital lumbar hernia and bilateral renal agenesis].

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    Barrero Candau, R; Garrido Morales, M

    2007-04-01

    We report a new case of congenital lumbar hernia. This is first case reported of congenital lumbar hernia and bilateral renal agenesis. We review literature and describe associated malformations reported that would be role out in every case of congenital lumbar hernia.

  1. Cervical CT scan-guided epidural blood patches for spontaneous intracranial hypotension.

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    Maingard, Julian; Giles, Lauren; Marriott, Mark; Phal, Pramit M

    2015-12-01

    We describe two patients with spontaneous intracranial hypotension (SIH), presenting with postural headache due to C1-C2 cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leak. Both patients were refractory to lumbar epidural blood patching (EBP), and subsequently underwent successful CT scan-guided cervical EBP. SIH affects approximately 1 in 50,000 patients, with females more frequently affected. Its associated features are variable, and as such, misdiagnosis is common. Therefore, imaging plays an important role in the diagnostic workup of SIH and can include MRI of the brain and spine, CT myelogram, and radionuclide cisternography. In patients with an established diagnosis and confirmed CSF leak, symptoms will usually resolve with conservative management. However, in a select subgroup of patients, the symptoms are refractory to medical management and require more invasive therapies. In patients with cervical leaks, EBP in the cervical region is an effective management approach, either in close proximity to, or directly targeting a dural defect. CT scan-guided cervical EBP is an effective treatment approach in refractory SIH, and should be considered in those patients who are refractory to conservative management.

  2. Catheter-related epidural abscesses -- don't wait for neurological deficits.

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    Royakkers, A.A.; Willigers, H.; Ven, A.J.A.M. van der; Wilmink, J.T.; Durieux, M.; Kleef, M. van

    2002-01-01

    Epidural abscess is a rare but serious complication of epidural anesthesia for peri- and postoperative analgesia. It is feared because of possible persistent neurological deficits. Epidural abscess presents mostly with a classic triad of symptoms: back pain, fever and variable neurological signs and

  3. Epidural anaesthesia with levobupivacaine and ropivacaine : effects of age on the pharmacokinetics, neural blockade and haemodynamics

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    Simon, Mischa J.G.

    2006-01-01

    Epidural neural blockade results from processes after the administration of a local anaesthetic in the epidural space until the uptake in neural tissue. The pharmacokinetics, neural blockade and haemodynamics after epidural anaesthesia may be influenced by several factors, with age as the most impor

  4. OUR EXPERIENCE WITH EPIDURAL LABOUR ANALGESIA

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    Uršula Reš Muravec

    2003-12-01

    Full Text Available Background. To evaluate the effects of regional labour analgesia used at the Hospital for Gynecology and Obstetrics in Postojna, Slovenia, in the year 2002.Patients and methods. In this retrospective study we enrolled 294 parturients who delivered in the year 2002 in the Postojna Maternity Hospital: in group 1 there were 147 parturients in whom three different regional analgesic techniques (study group were used at labour; in group 2 there were 147 parturients in whom regional analgesia was not used (control group. In the first step the two groups were compared in terms of maternal demographic data, duration and outcome of labour and 1' and 5' Apgar scores. In the second step the three regional analgesic groups were compared in terms of the course and outcome of labour, fetal condition, side and adverse effects of regional analgesic techniques, and patient satisfaction with a particular analgesic technique.Results. Regional labour analgesia was used in 147 (14% of the 1048 women who delivered in 2002: epidural analgesia (EPI was performed in 51.0%, combined spinal-epidural (CSE in 42.2% and spinal analgesia (SA in 6.8% of cases. The women in the regional analgesia group were significantly older, more educated, more often nulliparous and accompanied by their partner at labour than the women in the control group. Further, the duration of labour was significantly longer, oxytocin more frequently administered than in the control group. In terms of labour outcome there were no differences in the Cesarean section rates and 1- and 5-min Apgar scores minutes, but and the vacuum extraction rate was significantly higher in the regional analgesia group. Among the three regional analgesia techniques used, there were no statistically significant differences observed in terms of labour duration and outcome, and Apgar scores. The patient satisfaction was greatest with CSE. Adverse side effects such as weak muscles, reduced motion abilities, itching, nausea

  5. Epidural Bovine Pericardium Facilitates Dissection During Cranioplasty: A Technical Note.

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    Griessenauer, Christoph J; He, Lucy; Salem, Mohamed; Chua, Michelle; Ogilvy, Christopher S; Thomas, Ajith J

    2015-12-01

    Adhesions and scarring of the subcutaneous tissue to the dura mater or dural substitute often complicate cranioplasty. We present our experience with epidural bovine pericardium as a barrier membrane to minimize adhesions and facilitate separation of tissue layers. A cohort of patients who underwent decompressive craniectomy and subsequent cranioplasty at a major academic institution in the United States from August 2007 to October 2013 and had epidural bovine pericardium placed as a barrier membrane was retrospectively reviewed. Medical records and imaging studies were reviewed for a number of variables including presence of adhesions, infection, contusions, and operative complications. Twenty-nine patients (male-to-female = 1:1.1; mean age 45 ± 14.7 years) who underwent decompressive craniectomy with placement of epidural bovine pericardium with subsequent cranioplasty were identified. The median interval between craniectomy and cranioplasty was 64 days, and autologous bone was used for cranioplasty in 86.2% of cases. The average size of cranial defect was 71.2 ± 28.5 cm(2). At the time of cranioplasty, no or minimal adhesions were found between the subcutaneous tissue and the epidural bovine pericardium. There were 2 (6.9%) infections, 2 (6.9%) patients had contusion after the cranioplasty, and no patient had a complication after cranioplasty that required reoperation. Epidural bovine pericardium at the time of decompressive craniectomy facilitates dissection at the time of cranioplasty and is not associated with any additional risks. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  6. Hemodynamic Changes during Epidural Anesthesia with Various Local Anesthetics

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    Ye. M. Shifman

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Central hemodynamic stability during gynecological laparoscopic operations remains an important problem of anes-thesiological monitoring. Subjects and methods. Fifty-eight patients who had undergone various gynecological laparoscopic operations were examined. According to the mode of anesthesia, the patients were divided into 2 groups: 1 29 patients who received epidural anesthesia with ropivacaine; 2 29 who had epidural anesthesia using lidocaine. The indices of cardiac performance (stroke volume, stroke index, and cardiac output, blood (diastolic, systolic, and mean pressure, vascular parameters (linear blood flow velocity, total peripheral vascular resistance were determined by volumetric compression oscillometry. Results. The study indicated that all the modes of anesthesia demonstrated the satisfactory condition of the cardiovascular system, but the highest stability of hemodynamic parameters was recorded in the epidural ropivacaine group. In this group, there were steady-state reductions in diastolic, systolic, mean blood pressures, and total vascular peripheral resistance and increases in stroke index, stroke volume, and linear blood flow velocity. Conclusion. Epidural anesthesia using ropivacaine during gynecological surgical endoscopic interventions is the method of analgesia causing minimal hemodynamic disorders. Key words: hemodynamics, epidural anesthesia, laparoscopic gynecological operations.

  7. Lumbar discography: an update.

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    Anderson, Mark W

    2004-01-01

    and then come back to reinject more contrast into the disk in question. As radiologists, we tend to focus on the technical aspects of a procedure and the anatomic/morphologic information it provides. However, it cannot be emphasized enough that when performing lumbar discography, the assessment of the patient's pain response during the injection is the most important component of the procedure, and requires not only technical skills, but an understanding of how best to avoid some of the pitfalls that can lead to inaccurate results.

  8. A lumbar disc surgery predictive score card.

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    Finneson, B E

    1978-06-01

    A lumbar disc surgery predictive score card or questionnaire has been developed to assess potential candidates for excision of a herniated lumbar disc who have not previously undergone lumbar spine surgery. It is not designed to encompass patients who are being considered for other types of lumbar spine surgery, such as decompressive laminectomy or fusion. In an effort to make the "score card" usable by almost all physicians who are involved in lumbar disc surgery, only studies which have broad acceptance and are generally employed are included. Studies which have less widespread use such as electromyogram, discogram, venogram, special psychologic studies (MMPI, pain drawings) have been purposely excluded.

  9. Evaluation and management of spinal epidural abscess.

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    DeFroda, Steven F; DePasse, J Mason; Eltorai, Adam E M; Daniels, Alan H; Palumbo, Mark A

    2016-02-01

    Spinal epidural abscess (SEA) is an uncommon and potentially catastrophic condition. SEA often presents a diagnostic challenge, as the "classic triad" of fever, spinal pain, and neurological deficit is evident in only a minority of patients. When diagnosis is delayed, irreversible neurological damage may ensue. To minimize morbidity, an appropriate level of suspicion and an understanding of the diagnostic evaluation are essential. Infection should be suspected in patients presenting with axial pain, fever, or elevated inflammatory markers. Although patients with no known risk factors can develop SEA, clinical concern should be heightened in the presence of diabetes, intravenous drug use, chronic renal failure, immunosuppressant therapy, or a recent invasive spine procedure. When the clinical profile is consistent with the diagnosis of SEA, gadolinium-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging of the spinal column should be obtained on an emergent basis to delineate the location and neural compressive effect of the abscess. Rapid diagnosis allows for efficient treatment, which optimizes the potential for a positive outcome.

  10. Epidural block and neostigmine cause anastomosis leak

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    Ataro G

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available Getu Ataro Department of Anesthesia, Jimma University, Jimma, EthiopiaI read the article by Phillips entitled, “Reducing gastrointestinal anastomotic leak rates: review of challenges and solutions”, published in the journal of Open Access Surgery with enthusiasm and found it crucial for perioperative management of patients with gastrointestinal (GI surgery, particularly anastomosis. I appreciate the author’s exhaustive search of literature and discussion with some limitation on review basics like methodology, which may affect the reliability of the review findings. The effects of risk factors for anastomosis leak, such as malnutrition, smoking, steroid use, bowel preparation, chemotherapy, duration of surgery, use of pressors, intravenous fluid administration, blood transfusion, and surgical anastomotic technique, were well discussed.1 However, from anesthesia perspective, there are some other well-studied risk factors that can affect healing of anastomosis wound and cause anastomosis leak. Among others, the effect of neostigmine and epidural block has been reported in many studies since half a century ago. View the original paper by Phillips

  11. Combined general-epidural anesthesia with continuous postoperative epidural analgesia preserves sigmoid colon perfusion in elective infrarenal aortic aneurysm repair

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    Venetiana Panaretou

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: In elective open infrarenal aortic aneurysm repair the use of epidural anesthesia and analgesia may preserve splanchnic perfusion. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of epidural anesthesia on gut perfusion with gastrointestinal tonometry in patients undergoing aortic reconstructive surgery. Methods: Thirty patients, scheduled to undergo an elective infrarenal abdominal aortic reconstructive procedure were randomized in two groups: the epidural anesthesia group (Group A, n=16 and the control group (Group B, n=14. After induction of anesthesia, a transanally inserted sigmoid tonometer was placed for the measurement of sigmoid and gastric intramucosal CO 2 levels and the calculation of regional-arterial CO 2 difference (ΔPCO 2 . Additional measurements included mean arterial pressure (MAP, cardiac output (CO, systemic vascular resistance (SVR, and arterial lactate levels. Results: There were no significant intra- and inter-group differences for MAP, CO, SVR, and arterial lactate levels. Sigmoid pH and PCO 2 increased in both the groups, but this increase was significantly higher in Group B, 20 min after aortic clamping and 10 min after aortic declamping. Conclusions: Patients receiving epidural anesthesia during abdominal aortic reconstruction appear to have less severe disturbances of sigmoid perfusion compared with patients not receiving epidural anesthesia. Further studies are needed to verify these results.

  12. Combined general–epidural anesthesia with continuous postoperative epidural analgesia preserves sigmoid colon perfusion in elective infrarenal aortic aneurysm repair

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    Panaretou, Venetiana; Siafaka, Ioanna; Theodorou, Dimitrios; Manouras, Andreas; Seretis, Charalampos; Gourgiotis, Stavros; Katsaragakis, Stylianos; Sigala, Fragiska; Zografos, George; Filis, Konstantinos

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    Background: In elective open infrarenal aortic aneurysm repair the use of epidural anesthesia and analgesia may preserve splanchnic perfusion. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of epidural anesthesia on gut perfusion with gastrointestinal tonometry in patients undergoing aortic reconstructive surgery. Methods: Thirty patients, scheduled to undergo an elective infrarenal abdominal aortic reconstructive procedure were randomized in two groups: the epidural anesthesia group (Group A, n=16) and the control group (Group B, n=14). After induction of anesthesia, a transanally inserted sigmoid tonometer was placed for the measurement of sigmoid and gastric intramucosal CO2 levels and the calculation of regional–arterial CO2 difference (ΔPCO2). Additional measurements included mean arterial pressure (MAP), cardiac output (CO), systemic vascular resistance (SVR), and arterial lactate levels. Results: There were no significant intra- and inter-group differences for MAP, CO, SVR, and arterial lactate levels. Sigmoid pH and PCO2 increased in both the groups, but this increase was significantly higher in Group B, 20 min after aortic clamping and 10 min after aortic declamping. Conclusions: Patients receiving epidural anesthesia during abdominal aortic reconstruction appear to have less severe disturbances of sigmoid perfusion compared with patients not receiving epidural anesthesia. Further studies are needed to verify these results. PMID:23493852

  13. Lumbar myelography with Omnipaque (iohexol)

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    Lilleaas, F.; Bach-Gansmo, T.; Weber, H.

    1986-07-01

    Lumbar myelography with iohexol (Omnipaque) was performed in 103 consecutive adult patients with low back pain or sciatica. The patients were observed for 48 h with registration of possible adverse reactions. Mild or moderate transient side effects were recorded in 24 patients. No serious adverse reactions were noted, and EEG recorded in 25 patients showed no changes.

  14. Chondroblastoma of the lumbar vertebra

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    Leung, L.Y.J.; Shu, S.J.; Chan, M.K.; Chan, C.H.S. [Dept. of Radiology and Imaging, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Hong Kong (Hong Kong)

    2001-12-01

    Chondroblastoma of the vertebra is a very rare condition. To our knowledge fewer than 20 cases have been reported in the world literature. We report a 54-year-old man with chondroblastoma of the fifth lumbar vertebra. The clinical and radiological aspects of the tumor are discussed, emphasizing the presence of an extraosseous mass suggestive of locally aggressive behavior. (orig.)

  15. Clinical evaluation of a new epidural pressure monitor.

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    Czech, T; Korn, A; Reinprecht, A; Schramm, W; Kimla, T; Spiss, C K

    1993-01-01

    Comparative measuring of epidural pressure using the Spiegelberg probe 1 and ventricular fluid pressure was carried out in 15 neurosurgical intensive-care patients. Deviations in both directions were established, with a trend toward overestimating ventricular pressure in epidural pressure measuring (r = 0.77). Individual pulsations, spontaneous wave courses and therapy-induced pressure changes were reflected without delays. There were no complications observed with probe implantation periods for up to 6 days. The system has been shown to be mechanically stable and easy to implant. We believe the device to be fit for trend monitoring of intracranial pressure. As with other epidural pressure monitoring systems, false assessments of ventricular pressure may lead to wrong decisions as to required therapy.

  16. Acute lymphocytic leukemia recurring in the spinal epidural space.

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    Higashida, Tetsuhiro; Kawasaki, Takashi; Sakata, Katsumi; Tanabe, Yutaka; Kanno, Hiroshi; Yamamoto, Isao

    2007-08-01

    A 27-year-old man presented with a very rare spinal epidural mass associated with recurrence of acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL) manifesting as acute progressive neurological deficits. The patient presented with shoulder pain and ambulatory difficulties 3 years after remission of ALL treated by bone marrow transplantation. Magnetic resonance imaging revealed an epidural mass extending from C-7 to T-3, which compressed the cord and extended to the intervertebral foramen along the roots. After decompression surgery, the symptoms dramatically improved. Histological examination showed clusters of immature lymphocytes consistent with recurrence of leukemia, so chemotherapy and radiation therapy were carried out. At 1 year after the operation, no local mass expansion or systemic progression of leukemia had occurred. Leukemic mass must be considered in the differential diagnosis of spinal epidural mass, even in patients with ALL.

  17. [Intracranial epidural abscess in a newborn secondary to skin catheter].

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    Fernández, L M; Domínguez, J; Callejón, A; López, S; Pérez-Avila, A; Martín, V

    2001-08-01

    Intracranial epidural abscesses are uncommon lesions, being more frequents in older children and adults. They commonly arise as a result of direct extension of a preexisting infection and rarely present with focal deficit. We present a case of a 11-days old preterm infant who developed an intracranial epidural abscess as a result of an infected scalp vein catheter. The diagnosis was made on the basis of the cranial ultrasound and CT scan images. An identified strain of Enterococcus faecium was cultured from all the samples. The patient underwent a right frontal craniotomy with drainage of the abscess and a 2-week total course of intravenous antibiotics was administrated. CT scan imaging 3 week after the procedure demonstrated no evidence of residual lesion. When present, a scalp vein catheter, in absence of others predisponing factors, must be considered as an etiologic agent for an intracranial epidural abscess in this age-group.

  18. MR imaging of herniated lumbar disc : morphologic change between supine and flexed-prone position

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    Seong, Jin Yong; Lee, Seung Ro; Moon, Won Jin; Park, Dong Woo; Hahm, Chang Kok [Hanyang Univ., Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Sung Tae [Sungnam Inha Hospital, Sungnam (Korea, Republic of)

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    The purpose of this study is to determine morphologic change in a herniated lumbar disc, as seen on MR imaging according to position change (supine and flexed-prone positions). A hundred and twenty-two patients with herniated lumbar discs, as seen on supine MR imaging, underwent repeat MR imaging in the flexed-prone position; 100 patients, who showed more than 2 deg of flexion angle difference, were included in this study. Sixty-two were men and thirty-eight were women, and their ages ranged from 13 to 59 (mean, 30) years. Disc degeneration was graded as 1,2 or 3, depending on the area of decreased signal intensity seen on a T2-weighted MR image. Difference in the angle of flexion is defined as the angle difference of lumbar curvature, calculated by the Begg-falconer method in supine and flexed-prone positions. Morphologic changes in herniated discs in difference positions were analysed on the basis of shape change of anterior epidural spaces, thecal sacs and posterior margins of herniated discs, and classified as either A (not changed) or B (changed). Group B was subtyped as type I (decreased herniation without change of shape), type II (decreased herniation with change of shape) or type III (increased disc herniation). We statistically analysed correlations between a patient`s age, morphologic change in a herniated disc in different positions, and degree of degeneration in such a disc, as well as the correlation between morphologic change in a herniated disc in different positions and the degree of the flexion angle. In the flexed-prone position, which is similar to that used during surgery, MRI can reveal various morphologic changes in a herniated lumbar disc, mainly decreased herniation, and is helpful in making decisions related to surgery. (author). 12 refs., 2 tabs., 4 figs.

  19. Epidural analgesia associated with better survival in colon cancer.

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    Vogelaar, F J; Abegg, R; van der Linden, J C; Cornelisse, H G J M; van Dorsten, F R C; Lemmens, V E; Bosscha, K

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    Surgery remains the mainstay of treatment for potentially curable colon cancer. Otherwise, the surgical stress response might increase the likelihood of cancer dissemination during and after cancer surgery. There is growing evidence that the type of anaesthesia during cancer surgery plays a role in the metastatic process. Therefore, we assessed if the method of anaesthesia is associated with long-term survival after colon cancer surgery. A retrospective single-centre study was conducted including 588 patients who underwent colorectal cancer surgery, TNM stage I-IV, in the Jeroen Bosch Hospital between 1995 and 2003. The Cox proportional hazard model was used for statistical analysis. Adjustments were made for age, sex, comorbidity, TNM stage, chemotherapy, emergency surgery status and year of incidence. Of the 588 primary colon cancer patients with a median age of 70 years, 399 (68 %) patients underwent colon surgery with epidural anaesthesia, whilst 189 (32 %) patients were operated without epidural anaesthesia. Five-year survival for patients not receiving epidural analgesia was 42 % versus 51 % for patients receiving epidural analgesia (p = 0.03). This effect remained after adjustment for relevant patient, tumour, and treatment characteristics (hazard ratio (HR) 1.30 (95 % confidence interval (CI) 1.05-1.59), p = 0.01). Subgroup analysis in patients of 80 years and older (n = 100) showed also a better overall survival after receiving epidural analgesia (HR 1.74 (95 % CI 1.11-2.72), p = 0.01). Epidural analgesia during colon cancer surgery was associated with a better overall survival. Prospective trials evaluating the effects of locoregional analgesia on colon cancer recurrence are warranted.

  20. Continuous epidural block of the cervical vertebrae for cervicogenic headache

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    HE Ming-wei; NI Jia-xiang; GUO Yu-na; WANG Qi; YANG Li-qiang; LIU Jing-jie

    2009-01-01

    Background Cervicogenic headache (CEH) is caused by a structural abnormality in the cervical spine. Available treatments for CEH include medical therapy, local botulinum toxin injection, cervical epidural corticosteroid injection, and surgery. The objective of this study was to investigate the safety and efficacy of a continuous epidural block of the cervical vertebra.Methods Medical records were retrospectively analyzed for 37 patients diagnosed with CEH treated by a continuous epidural block of the cervical vertebra with lidocaine, dexamethasone, and saline (5 ml/min) for 3-4 weeks and triamcinolone acetonide 5 mg once weekly for 3-4 weeks. Pain was measured via the visual analogue scale (VAS) in combination with quality of life assessment. Outcome measures were patient-reported days with mild or moderate pain, occurrence of severe pain, and the daily oral dosages of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug use (NSAID).Results In the 3 months immediately preceding placement of the epidural catheter, the mean number of days with mild or moderate pain was 22.0±4.3. The mean occurrence of severe pain was (3.20±0.75) times and the mean oral dosage of NSAID was (1267±325) mg. During the first 6 months after epidural administration of lidocaine and corticosteroids, the mean number of days with mild or moderate pain, the mean occurrence of severe pain, and the mean daily oral dosages of NSAIDs were significantly decreased compared to 3-month period immediately preceding treatment (P <0.01). By 12 months post-treatment, no significant difference in these three outcome measures was noted.Conclusions Continuous epidural block of the cervical vertebra for patients with CEH is effective for at least six months. Further research is needed to elucidate mechanisms of action and to prolong this effect.

  1. COMPARATIVE STUDY OF EPIDURAL BUPIVACAINE AND BUPIVACINE WITH NEOSTIGMINE

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    Pavani

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Many drugs have been used to prolong analgesic effects of epidural local anesthetics. These are called adjuvants. We studied the epidural effect of Neostigmine when adminstered with Bupivacaine in comparison with Bupivacaine . OBJECTIVE: The objective for the study was to find a drug which enhances the onset of action, increases the duration of action of the local anesthetic with minimal or no side effects, instead of increasing the dose of local anaesthetic. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A prospecti ve study was conducted on 100 adult patients, selected at random of either sex, of age between 20 - 65 years and belonging to ASA grade I or II. The study was designed to compare the effects of epidural Neostigmine with Bupivacaine and epidural Bupivacaine u sed alone with regard to onset, duration of analgesia, hemodynamic stability and level of anaesthesia. Patients were divided into two groups of 50 each. Group I received 19ml of 0.5% Bupivacaine+1ml of normal saline. Group II received 19ml of 0.5% Bupivaca ine+100μg of Neostigmine in 1ml of normal saline. In the operating room the patients were assessed for time of onset of analgesia, duration of anaesthesia, level of analgesia and complications. RESULTS : The addition of Neostigmine resulted in significant r apid onset of action, longer duration of analgesia and motor blockade. There was no incidence of respiratory depression, pruritus, fluctuations in blood pressure, or change in pulse rate, except one patient who developed bradycardia. CONCLUSION : Co adminis tration of epidural Neostigmine and Bupivacaine appears to be a useful technique for epidural anaesthesia as it provides faster onset, longer duration of action and haemodynamic stability.

  2. Hyperventilation-induced tetany associated with epidural analgesia for labor.

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    Ray, N; Camann, W

    2005-01-01

    We report a case of painful carpo-pedal spasm associated with the initiation of epidural analgesia for labor. The patient, an otherwise healthy primigravida in early labor at term, was experiencing severe hyperventilation as a result of inappropriate use of the Lamaze breathing technique. Bilateral carpo-pedal spasm occurred, and produced severe pain. Resolution of symptoms coincided with onset of effective epidural labor pain relief. A diagnostic challenge was presented to the anesthesiologist, as the symptoms could have been consistent with subdural block, local anesthetic toxicity, high sensory level of analgesia or eclamptic neuro-excitation activity.

  3. CLINICAL EFFECTS OF ROPIVACAINE MESYLATE IN EPIDURAL ANESTHESIA AND ANALGESIA

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    Jian-qing Xu; Bo Zhu; Tie-hu Ye

    2005-01-01

    @@ SINCE the report that ropivacaine hydrochloride, a new amide local anesthetic, is of lower cardiac toxicity both in animals and humans,1 several studies have shown it to be a clinically effective local anesthetic widely used for both epidural anesthesia2-4 and analgesia5-7. Ropivacaine mesylate made in China is structurally from ropivacaine hydrochloride by substituting a mesylate group for hydrochloride group.8 This study was designed to clinically provide a double-blind comparison of ropivacaine mesylate with ropivacaine hydrochloride in epidural anesthesia and analgesia.

  4. Sickle cell disease with orbital infarction and epidural hematoma

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    Naran, A.D.; Fontana, L. [Dept. of Diagnostic Radiology, New York Methodist Hospital, Brooklyn, NY (United States)

    2001-04-01

    Although bone infarction is a common feature in sickle cell disease, the involvement of the orbit is an unusual complication. Intracranial bleeding is another uncommon and serious complication. Few cases of orbital infarction alone have been reported. We report imaging findings (CT, bone scan, MRI) in a 16-year-old boy with sickle cell disease with orbital infarction and epidural hematoma. The precise cause of epidural hematoma is not well known, but it is probably related to vaso-occlusive episodes and the tearing of small vessels. (orig.)

  5. Extensive spinal epidural hematoma: a rare complication of aortic coarctation

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    Zizka, J.; Elias, P.; Michl, A. [Dept. of Radiology, Charles University Hospital, Hradec Kralove (Czech Republic); Harrer, J. [Dept. of Cardiac Surgery, Charles University Hospital, Hradec Kralove (Czech Republic); Cesak, T. [Dept. of Neurosurgery, Charles University Hospital, Hradec Kralove (Czech Republic); Herman, A. [1. Dept. of Internal Medicine, Charles University Hospital, Hradec Kralove (Czech Republic)

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    Development of collateral circulation belongs among the typical signs of aortic coarctation. Cerebral or spinal artery aneurysm formation with increased risk of subarachnoid hemorrhage represent the most common neurovascular complication of this disease. We report a case of a 20-year-old sportsman who developed acute non-traumatic paraplegia as a result of extensive spinal epidural hemorrhage from collateral vessels accompanying aortic coarctation which was unrecognized up to that time. To the best of our knowledge, acute spinal epidural hematoma as a complication of aortic coarctation has not been previously reported. (orig.)

  6. Survey of the Factors Associated with a Woman's Choice to Have an Epidural for Labor Analgesia

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    Jennifer Harkins

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Objectives. The purpose of this study was to determine the factors associated with whether a woman received an epidural in labor and to determine the main source used to obtain information about labor epidurals. Methods. Over a one-month period, we surveyed all patients who labored, the day after their delivery. We used multiple logistic regression to identify potential predictive factors after initial univariate analysis. Results. 320 women who met enrollment criteria delivered during the study period and 94% completed the study. Of the 302 patients surveyed, 80% received an epidural for labor. Univariate analysis showed the following variables were associated with whether women received an epidural (P<.01: partner preference, prior epidural, language, education, type of insurance, age, duration, and pitocin use. Using computed multiple logistic regression only partner preference and prior epidural were associated with whether women received an epidural. Conclusion. It was not surprising that a previous epidural was predictive of a patient receiving an epidural. The strong association with partner preference and epidural use suggests this is an important factor when counseling pregnant women with regard to their decision to have a labor epidural.

  7. Epidural Cystic Spinal Meningioma: A Case Report.

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    Zhang, Ji; Chen, Zheng-he; Wang, Zi-feng; Sun, Peng; Jin, Jie-tian; Zhang, Xiang-heng; Zhao, Yi-ying; Wang, Jian; Mou, Yong-gao; Chen, Zhong-ping

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    Cystic spinal meningioma (CSM) is an uncommon meningioma variant. Extradural CSMs are particularly rare and difficult to distinguish from other intraaxial tumors. This study presents a case of a 36-year-old woman with intraspinal extradual CSM at the thoracolumbar spine. She experienced persistent weakness, progressive numbness, and sensory disturbance in the right lower limb. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the patient revealed an irregular cystic mass at the thoracic 11 to lumbar 3 levels dorsally. This case was misdiagnosed as other neoplasms prior to surgery because of the atypical radiographic features and location of the tumor. Extradural CSMs should be considered in the differential diagnosis of intraspinal extradural cystic neoplasms. Complete removal of cystic wall provides an optimal outcome, rendering the lesion curable.

  8. Unusual case of persistent Horner′s syndrome following epidural anaesthesia and caesarean section

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    Shubhra Goel

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available This is a rare case of persistent Horner′s syndrome following epidural anesthesia and Caesarean section. A 33-year-old female presented with persistent ptosis and miosis following epidural anesthesia and Caesarian section several months prior. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI/magnetic resonance angiography (MRA of head, neck, and chest were unremarkable. Medline search using terms Horner′s, epidural, spinal anesthesia, delivery, childbirth, Caesarian, and pregnancy identified 31 articles describing Horner′s syndrome in obstetric epidural anesthesia, of which 11 were following Caesarean section. The increased incidence of Horner′s syndrome in the setting of epidural anesthesia in pregnancy may be related to epidural venous engorgement and cephalic spread of the local anaesthetic, with disruption in the oculosympathetic pathway. It is important to include recent epidural anesthesia within the differential diagnosis of acute Horner′s syndrome in a postpartum female. Rarely, the ptosis may be permanent and require surgical intervention.

  9. Unusual case of persistent Horner's syndrome following epidural anaesthesia and caesarean section.

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    Goel, Shubhra; Burkat, Cat Nguyen

    2011-01-01

    This is a rare case of persistent Horner's syndrome following epidural anesthesia and Caesarean section. A 33-year-old female presented with persistent ptosis and miosis following epidural anesthesia and Caesarian section several months prior. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)/magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) of head, neck, and chest were unremarkable. Medline search using terms Horner's, epidural, spinal anesthesia, delivery, childbirth, Caesarian, and pregnancy identified 31 articles describing Horner's syndrome in obstetric epidural anesthesia, of which 11 were following Caesarean section. The increased incidence of Horner's syndrome in the setting of epidural anesthesia in pregnancy may be related to epidural venous engorgement and cephalic spread of the local anaesthetic, with disruption in the oculosympathetic pathway. It is important to include recent epidural anesthesia within the differential diagnosis of acute Horner's syndrome in a postpartum female. Rarely, the ptosis may be permanent and require surgical intervention.

  10. Adjacent Lumbar Disc Herniation after Lumbar Short Spinal Fusion

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    Koshi Ninomiya

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available A 70-year-old outpatient presented with a chief complaint of sudden left leg motor weakness and sensory disturbance. He had undergone L4/5 posterior interbody fusion with L3–5 posterior fusions for spondylolisthesis 3 years prior, and the screws were removed 1 year later. He has been followed up for 3 years, and there had been no adjacent segment problems before this presentation. Lumbar magnetic resonance imaging (MRI showed a large L2/3 disc hernia descending to the L3/4 level. Compared to the initial MRI, this hernia occurred in an “intact” disc among multilevel severely degenerated discs. Right leg paresis and bladder dysfunction appeared a few days after admission. Microscopic lumbar disc herniotomy was performed. The right leg motor weakness improved just after the operation, but the moderate left leg motor weakness and difficulty in urination persisted.

  11. Comparison of low doses of intrathecal bupivacaine in combined spinal epidural anaesthesia with epidural volume extension for caesarean delivery

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    Jain, Gaurav; Dinesh K. Singh; Bansal, Pranav; Ahmed, Bashir; Dhama, Satyavir S.

    2012-01-01

    Aims and Objectives: This study aims to compare relative efficacy of three different doses of intrathecal bupivacaine in combined spinal epidural anaesthesia (CSEA) for caesarean delivery. Materials and Methods: In a double blinded manner, 204 cases were randomized into three groups: I, II, and III to receive a dose of 4, 5.5, and 7 mg of hyperbaric bupivacaine with a fixed dose of 25 μg fentanyl intrathecally, and Dextran 40 w/v 10 mL given for epidural volume extension (EVE), in CSEA. Our p...

  12. MR imaging and clinical findings of spontaneous spinal epidural hematoma

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    Kim, Sam Soo [Seoul City Boramae Hospital, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Han, Moon Hee; Kim, Hyun Beom [College of Medicine, Seoul National University, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)] [and others

    2000-01-01

    To describe the MR imaging and clinical findings of spontaneous spinal epidural hematoma. The MR and clinical findings in six patients (M:F=3D4:2;adult:child=3D3:3) with spontaneous spinal epidural hematoma were reviewed. Five patients without any predisposing factor which might cause the condition and one with acute myelogenous leukemia were included. Emergency surgery was performed in two patients, and the other four were managed conservatively. The epidural lesion involved between three and seven vertebrae (mean:4.5), and relative to the spinal cord was located in the posterior-lateral (n=3D4), anterior (n=3D1), or right lateral (n=3D1) area. The hematoma was isointense (n=3D1) or hyperintense (n=3D5) with spinal cord on T1-weighted images, and hypointense (n=3D2) or hyperintense (n=3D4) on T2-weighted images. It was completely absorbed in four of five patients who underwent follow-up MR imaging, but not changed in one. The clinical outcome of these patients was complete recovery (n=3D4), spastic cerebral palsy (n=3D1), or unknown (n=3D1). Because of the lesion's characteristic signal intensity; MR imaging is very useful in the diagnosis and evaluation of spontaneous spinal epidural hematoma. (author)

  13. Minimally Invasive Surgical Treatment of Acute Epidural Hematoma: Case Series

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    Weijun Wang

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    Full Text Available Background and Objective. Although minimally invasive surgical treatment of acute epidural hematoma attracts increasing attention, no generalized indications for the surgery have been adopted. This study aimed to evaluate the effects of minimally invasive surgery in acute epidural hematoma with various hematoma volumes. Methods. Minimally invasive puncture and aspiration surgery were performed in 59 cases of acute epidural hematoma with various hematoma volumes (13–145 mL; postoperative follow-up was 3 months. Clinical data, including surgical trauma, surgery time, complications, and outcome of hematoma drainage, recovery, and Barthel index scores, were assessed, as well as treatment outcome. Results. Surgical trauma was minimal and surgery time was short (10–20 minutes; no anesthesia accidents or surgical complications occurred. Two patients died. Drainage was completed within 7 days in the remaining 57 cases. Barthel index scores of ADL were ≤40 (n=1, 41–60 (n=1, and >60 (n=55; scores of 100 were obtained in 48 cases, with no dysfunctions. Conclusion. Satisfactory results can be achieved with minimally invasive surgery in treating acute epidural hematoma with hematoma volumes ranging from 13 to 145 mL. For patients with hematoma volume >50 mL and even cerebral herniation, flexible application of minimally invasive surgery would help improve treatment efficacy.

  14. Post-operative analgesic effect of epidural bupivacaine alone and ...

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    unpleasant sensory associated with actual or potential tissue damage (Muir. III, 2009). Ongoing ... including reduction of food and water consumption, normal respiration ... procedure in veterinary practice (Breivik, 2003). Tramadol is ..... Principles of sedation, analgesia and ... Evaluation of the analgesic effects of epidurally.

  15. Spontaneous Cervical Epidural Hematoma with Hemiparesis Mimicking Cerebral Stroke

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    Mehmet Tiryaki

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    Full Text Available Aim. Spontaneous cervical epidural hematoma (SCEH is defined as an epidural hematoma that does not have an etiological explanation. The most common site for SCEH is cervicothoracic area. Early diagnosis and treatment are important for prognosis and good results. In this paper, we aimed to present a case who complains of sudden weakness on right extremities imitating cerebral stroke and that neuroimaging reveals spontaneous cervical epidural hematoma. Case. A 72-year-old woman was admitted to our hospital with acute neck pain and loss of strength on right extremities. On neurological examination, the patient had right hemiparesis. PT, aPTT, and INR results were 50.5, 42.8, and 4.8, respectively. Cranial MRI was in normal limits. Spinal MRI revealed a lesion that extends from C4 to C7 located on the right side and compatible with epidural hematoma. The patient was operated after normalization of INR values. Conclusion. Even though SCEH is a rare condition, it can cause severe morbidity and mortality. Early diagnosis and treatment are quiet important for prognosis. SCEH can easily be mistaken for stroke as with other pathologies and this diagnosis should come to mind especially in patients who have diathesis of bleeding.

  16. Upper Cervical Epidural Abscess in a Patient With Parkinson Disease

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    Al-Hourani, Khalid; Frost, Chelsea

    2015-01-01

    To our knowledge, there are no reports in the literature of patients with Parkinson disease (PD) developing upper cervical spine infections. Our objective is to present a case of upper cervical epidural abscess in a patient with PD and to review upper cervical spine infection. We present the patient’s presentation, physical examination, imaging findings, and management as well a review of the literature. A 66-year-old male with PD presented to the emergency department (ED) following referral by a neurologist for a presumed C2 fracture. The preceding history was 1 week of severe neck pain requiring a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), which was initially interpreted as a C2 fracture. On admission from the ED, further review of the MRI appeared to show anterior prevertebral abscess and an epidural abscess. The patient’s neurological examination was at baseline. In the span of 2 days, the patient developed significant motor weakness. A repeat MRI demonstrated expansion of the epidural collection and spinal cord compression. Surgical management consisting of C1 and C2 laminectomy, irrigation, and debridement from anterior and posterior approaches was performed. Postoperatively, the patient did not recover any motor strength and elected to withdraw care and died. Spinal epidural abscess requires a high index of suspicion and needs prompt recognition to prevent neurological impairment. Upper cervical spine infections are rare but can lead to lethal consequences. PMID:26623170

  17. Update on epidural analgesia during labor and delivery.

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    Lurie, S; Priscu, V

    1993-05-01

    Properly administered epidural analgesia provides adequate pain relief during labor and delivery, shortens the first stage of labor, avoids adverse effects of narcotics, hypnotics, or inhalation drugs and it could be used as anesthesia in case a cesarean section is required. Epidural analgesia should be provided to all patients who need and ask for it with an exception of contraindications such as coagulation disorders, suspected infection or gross anatomic abnormality. The technique must be carried out with care if serious life-threatening complications, such as intravenous or intrathecal injection of local anesthetic, are to be avoided. The aim of many recent investigations has been to reduce the total dose of local anesthetic used. Supplementation of an opioid (mainly fentanyl) and introduction of the patient controlled epidural pump may not only serve this goal, but also reduce the demands on the time of obstetric anesthetists. We conclude that properly and skillfully administered epidural is the best form of pain relief during labor and delivery and we hope that more mothers could enjoy its benefits.

  18. Spinal epidural angiolipomas: Clinical characteristics, management and outcomes

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    Bouali, Sofiene; Maatar, Nidhal; Bouhoula, Asma; Abderrahmen, Khansa; Said, Imed Ben; Boubaker, Adnen; Kallel, Jalel; Jemel, Hafedh

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    Purpose: The spinal epidural angiolipomas are rare expansive processes made of mature lipomatous and angiomatous elements. They often have a benign character. Their etiology, pathogenesis remains uncertain, and it is a cause of spinal cord compression. The magnetic resonance imaging is the most important neuroradiological examination. Histological examination is the only examination to confirm the diagnosis. Surgery is the treatment of choice. Methods: A retrospective study of all patients operated on for a spinal epidural angiolipoma at the Department of Neurosurgery at the National Institute of Neurology of Tunis between January 2000 and December 2014 (15 years) was performed. The aim of this study is to describe the clinical, radiological, histological characteristics and the treatment of this tumor. Results: A total of nine patients were operated from January 01, 2000 to November 30, 2014. The average age of our patients was 51 years with ages that ranged from 29 to 65 with a male predominance. The period between onset of symptoms and diagnosis ranged from 24 months with an average 12 months. Posterior localization of the tumor was seen in all patients. Surgical resection was performed for all cases. The postoperative course has been satisfactory, with a complete recovery of neurological functions in all patients. Conclusions: The spinal epidural angiolipomas is rare expansive process causing spinal cord compression. Treatment is exclusively surgical resection. The functional outcome of spinal epidural angiolipomas is particularly favorable with a complete neurological recovery is if the patient was quickly operated. PMID:27695535

  19. Awake transapical aortic valve implantation using thoracic epidural anesthesia.

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    Mukherjee, Chirojit; Walther, Thomas; Borger, Michael Andrew; Kempfert, Joerg; Schuler, Gerhard; Mohr, Friedrich Wilhelm; Ender, Joerg

    2009-09-01

    Transapical aortic valve implantation is a minimally invasive, beating-heart procedure that normally requires a general anesthetic. We herein report an 85-year-old patient with impaired pulmonary function who underwent successful transapical aortic valve implantation while awake, using a thoracic epidural anesthetic.

  20. Epidural haematoma: computerized tomography (CT) parameters in 19 patients.

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    Reider-Groswasser, I; Frishman, E; Razon, N

    1991-01-01

    Between the years 1984 to 1989, 624 urgent brain CT examinations were performed for head-trauma patients in the Tel-Aviv Medical Center. In 19 patients, epidural haematomas were diagnosed. Different radiological parameters were discussed such as homogeneity of the haematoma, midline shift, ventricular collapse, obliteration of the peri-mesencephalic cistern and the presence of additional brain damage.

  1. Predicting early epidurals: association of maternal, labor, and neonatal characteristics with epidural analgesia initiation at a cervical dilation of 3 cm or less

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    Full Text Available Albert R Moore, William Li Pi Shan, Roupen Hatzakorzian Department of Anaesthesia, McGill University Health Centre, Royal Victoria Hospital, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Background: Retrospective studies have associated early epidural analgesia with cesarean delivery, but prospective studies do not demonstrate a causal relationship. This suggests that there are other variables associated with early epidural analgesia that increase the risk of cesarean delivery. This study was undertaken to determine the characteristics associated with early epidural analgesia initiation. Methods: Information about women delivering at 37 weeks or greater gestation with epidural analgesia, who were not scheduled for cesarean delivery, was extracted from the McGill Obstetric and Neonatal Database. Patients were grouped into those who received epidural analgesia at a cervical dilation of ≤3 cm and >3 cm. Univariable and multivariable logistic regression was used to determine the maternal, neonatal, and labor characteristics that increased the risk of inclusion in the early epidural group. Results: Of the 13,119 patients analyzed, multivariable regression demonstrated odds ratios (OR of 2.568, 5.915 and 10.410 for oxytocin augmentation, induction, and dinoprostone induction of labor (P < 0.001. Increasing parity decreased the odds of early epidural analgesia (OR 0.780, P < 0.001, while spontaneous rupture of membranes (OR 1.490 and rupture of membranes before labor commenced (OR 1.288 were also associated with early epidural analgesia (P < 0.001. Increasing maternal weight (OR 1.049, P = 0.002 and decreasing neonatal weight (OR 0.943, P < 0.001 were associated with increasing risk of early epidural analgesia. Conclusion: Labor augmentation and induction, nulliparity, rupture of membranes spontaneously and before labor starts, increasing maternal weight, and decreasing neonatal weight are associated with early epidural analgesia. Many of these variables are also

  2. Lumbar disc excision through fenestration

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    Sangwan S

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Background : Lumbar disc herniation often causes sciatica. Many different techniques have been advocated with the aim of least possible damage to other structures while dealing with prolapsed disc surgically in the properly selected and indicated cases. Methods : Twenty six patients with clinical symptoms and signs of prolapsed lumbar intervertebral disc having radiological correlation by MRI study were subjected to disc excision by interlaminar fenestration method. Results : The assessment at follow-up showed excellent results in 17 patients, good in 6 patients, fair in 2 patients and poor in 1 patient. The mean preoperative and postoperative Visual Analogue Scores were 9.34 ±0.84 and 2.19 ±0.84 on scale of 0-10 respectively. These were statistically significant (p value< 0.001, paired t test. No significant complications were recorded. Conclusion : Procedures of interlaminar fenestration and open disc excision under direct vision offers sufficient adequate exposure for lumbar disc excision with a smaller incision, lesser morbidity, shorter convalescence, early return to work and comparable overall results in the centers where recent laser and endoscopy facilities are not available.

  3. Case report and review of lumbar hernia.

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    Walgamage, Thilan B; Ramesh, B S; Alsawafi, Yaqoob

    2015-01-01

    Lumbar hernias are uncommon and about 300 cases have been reported till date. They commonly occur due to trauma, surgery and infection. They are increasingly being reported after motor vehicle collision injuries. However, spontaneous lumbar hernias are rare and are reported infrequently. It is treated with different surgical approaches and methods. We report a case of primary spontaneous lumbar hernia which was repaired by transperitonial laparoscopic approach using Vypro (polypropylene/polyglactin) mesh and covered with a peritoneal flap.

  4. Using Computed Tomography Scans and Patient Demographic Data to Estimate Thoracic Epidural Space Depth

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    Alyssa Kosturakis

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Background and Objectives. Previous studies have used varying methods to estimate the depth of the epidural space prior to placement of an epidural catheter. We aim to use computed tomography scans, patient demographics, and vertebral level to estimate the depth of the loss of resistance for placement of thoracic epidural catheters. Methods. The records of consecutive patients who received a thoracic epidural catheter were reviewed. Patient demographics, epidural placement site, and technique were collected. Preoperative computed tomography scans were reviewed to measure the skin to epidural space distance. Linear regression was used for a multivariate analysis. Results. The records of 218 patients were reviewed. The mean loss of resistance measurement was significantly larger than the mean computed tomography epidural space depth measurement by 0.79 cm (p<0.001. Our final multivariate model, adjusted for demographic and epidural technique, showed a positive correlation between the loss of resistance and the computed tomography epidural space depth measurement (R2=0.5692, p<0.0001. Conclusions. The measured loss of resistance is positively correlated with the computed tomography epidural space depth measurement and patient demographics. For patients undergoing thoracic or abdominal surgery, estimating the loss of resistance can be a valuable tool.

  5. [Epidural analgesia in obstetrics: is there an effect on labor and delivery?].

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    Segado Jiménez, M I; Arias Delgado, J; Domínguez Hervella, F; Casas García, M L; López Pérez, A; Izquierdo Gutiérrez, C

    2011-01-01

    Epidural analgesia is routinely used in obstetrics but has been blamed for possible effects on labor that lead to greater use of instruments or conversion to cesarean delivery. We aimed to assess this possibility in a cohort of obstetric patients receiving or not receiving epidural analgesia. Prospectively enrolled full-term obstetric patients were distributed in 2 groups according to whether they received epidural analgesia or not. We compared maternal and fetal characteristics, obstetric variables, and type of delivery between groups to record the likely causes of difficult labor and delivery and detect a possible influence of epidural analgesia. Of a total of 602 patients, 462 received epidural analgesia and 140 did not. Epidural analgesia was related to a higher rate of use of instruments but not cesareans (P labor (6.4 [4.2] hours in the epidural group vs 4.7 [3.5] hours in the no-epidural group, P initiation of epidural analgesia after the fetus has reached Hodge's first plane decreased risk 2.7-fold and 3.03-fold, respectively. Although epidural analgesia has traditionally been associated with a higher incidence of difficult labor and delivery, this association was not unequivocally evident in this cohort of patients. The apparent increase seems to be attributable to such obstetric factors as longer duration of stages of labor, higher body mass index, and first delivery.

  6. All-trans retinoic acid prevents epidural fibrosis through NF-κB signaling pathway in post-laminectomy rats.

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    Zhang, Chao; Kong, Xiaohong; Ning, Guangzhi; Liang, Zhipin; Qu, Tongjun; Chen, Feiran; Cao, Daigui; Wang, Tianyi; Sharma, Hari S; Feng, Shiqing

    2014-04-01

    Laminectomy is a widely accepted treatment for lumbar disorders, and epidural fibrosis (EF) is a common complication. EF is thought to cause post-operative pain recurrence after laminectomy or discectomy. All-trans retinoic acid (ATRA) has shown anti-fibrotic, anti-inflammatory, and anti-proliferative functions. The object of this study was to investigate the effects of ATRA on the prevention of EF in post-laminectomy rats. In vitro, the anti-fibrotic effect of ATRA was demonstrated with cultured fibroblasts count, which comprised of those that were cultured with/without ATRA. In vivo, rats underwent laminectomy at the L1-L2 levels. We first demonstrated the beneficial effects using 0.05% ATRA compared to vehicle (control group). We found that a higher concentration of ATRA (0.1%) achieved dose-dependent results. Hydroxyproline content, Rydell score, vimentin-positive cell density, fibroblast density, inflammatory cell density and inflammatory factor expression levels all suggested better outcomes in the 0.1% ATRA rats compared to the other three groups. Presumably, these effects involved ATRA's ability to suppress transforming growth factor (TGF-β1) and interleukin (IL)-6 which was confirmed with reverse-transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR). Finally we demonstrated that ATRA down-regulated nuclear factor (NF)-κB by immunohistochemistry and western blotting for p65 and inhibition of κB (IκBα), respectively. Our findings indicate that topical application of ATRA can inhibit fibroblast proliferation, decrease TGF-β1 and IL-6 expression level, and prevent epidural scar adhesion in rats. The highest concentration employed in this study (0.1%) was the most effective. ATRA suppressed EF through down-regulating NF-κB signaling, whose specific mechanism is suppression of IκB phosphorylation and proteolytic degradation.

  7. Apakah Epidural Preemtif Menghambat Stres Pembedahan dengan Sempurna?

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    Muh. Rumli Ahmad

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    Full Text Available Preemptive analgesia is initiating an analgesic regimen before the onset of the noxious stimulus. Damages to the tissue caused by surgical trauma generate noxious response conveyed to the central nervous system (CNS by two pathways, neural pathway and circulatory pathway. This study is a double- blinded clinical trial that included 48 patients undergoing lower extremity orthopedic surgery. The subjects were divided into two groups: group I (n=24 received 10 mL bupivacaine 0.25% from epidural route, and group II (n=24 received 10 mL NaCl 0.9% from epidural route as the control group before induction of anesthesia. Both groups were anesthetized under general anesthesia. Group I received 5 mL bupivacaine 0,5% every 90 minutes and group II received 5 mL NaCl 0,9 with similar time intraoperatively. Post-operatively, both groups received continuous bupivacaine 0,25% 4 mL/ hour until 24 hours after surgery. Measurements of cytokine levels: tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α, interleukin- 1β (IL-1β, IL-6 and IL-10 were done before induction of anesthesia, in the early post-operative period, at 4, 8, and 24 hours after surgery. Group I showed lower level proinflammatory cytokines level compared with group II but the difference was not statistically significant (p>0.05. The level of anti-inflammatory cytokine was higher in group I, but the difference was not statistically significant (p>0.05. Pain intensity at 4 hours, 8 hours, 24 jam hours post operative was lower significantly (p0.05 excepst at early postoperative period (p<0.05. Generally, preemptive epidural analgesia was able to suppress the cytokine responses, but not completely. In conclusion, preemptive epidural analgesia is associated with better analgesia and better hemodynamic stability compared without preemptive epidural, but unable to suppress the production of proinflammatory and anti-inflammatory cytokines.

  8. [Comparison of ropivacaine and bupivacaine for epidural analgesia during labor].

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    Sánchez-Conde, P; Nicolás, J; Rodríguez, J; García-Castaño, M; del Barrio, E; Muriel, C

    2001-05-01

    To compare the analgesic efficacy and level of motor block using two local anesthetics, ropivacaine and bupivacaine, during labor. Sixty nulliparous women were enrolled during labor after full-term pregnancies. They were randomly assigned to receive epidural analgesia with ropivacaine (group R) or bupivacaine (group B). Group R patients received 10 ml of 0.18% ropivacaine with 5 microgram/ml of fentanyl followed by continuous epidural infusion of 0.1% ropivacaine with 2 microgram/ml of fentanyl at a rate of 10 ml/h. Group B patients received 10 ml of 0.15% bupivacaine with 5 microgram/ml of fentanyl followed by continuous epidural perfusion of 0.0625% bupivacaine with 2 microgram/ml of fentanyl at the same rate. Pain intensity was assessed on a visual analog scale, motor blockade on a Bromage scale, and level of sensory block at different moments. We also recorded total doses of local anesthetic employed during continuous epidural infusion, manner of final delivery, Apgar score, degree of maternal satisfaction and side effects. The demographic and delivery characteristics were similar in both groups. We found no statistically significant differences between the two groups for level of motor blockade, which was nil for 29 patients (96.66%) in group R and 28 patients (93.33%) in group B. No differences in degree of pain or level of sensory block (T8-T10 in both groups) were observed. The total doses of local anesthetic used were similar at 23.7 +/- 11.6 mg in group R and 16.5 +/- 7.3 mg in group B (non-significant difference). Nor did we find differences in manner of delivery, neonatal Apgar scores, degree of maternal satisfaction or side effects. Ropivacaine and bupivacaine are equally effective for epidural analgesia during labor at the doses used and they do not cause a relevant level of motor blockade.

  9. Spinal cord ischemia following thoracotomy without epidural anesthesia.

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    Raz, Aeyal; Avramovich, Aharon; Saraf-Lavi, Efrat; Saute, Milton; Eidelman, Leonid A

    2006-06-01

    Paraplegia is an uncommon yet devastating complication following thoracotomy, usually caused by compression or ischemia of the spinal cord. Ischemia without compression may be a result of global ischemia, vascular injury and other causes. Epidural anesthesia has been implicated as a major cause. This report highlights the fact that perioperative cord ischemia and paraplegia may be unrelated to epidural intervention. A 71-yr-old woman was admitted for a left upper lobectomy for resection of a non-small cell carcinoma of the lung. The patient refused epidural catheter placement and underwent a left T5-6 thoracotomy under general anesthesia. During surgery, she was hemodynamically stable and good oxygen saturation was maintained. Several hours following surgery the patient complained of loss of sensation in her legs. Neurological examination disclosed a complete motor and sensory block at the T5-6 level. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) revealed spinal cord ischemia. The patient received iv steroid treatment, but remained paraplegic. Five months following the surgery there was only partial improvement in her motor symptoms. A follow-up MRI study was consistent with a diagnosis of spinal cord ischemia. In this case of paraplegia following thoracic surgery for lung resection, epidural anesthesia/analgesia was not used. The MRI demonstrated evidence of spinal cord ischemia, and no evidence of cord compression. This case highlights that etiologies other than epidural intervention, such as injury to the spinal segmental arteries during thoracotomy, should be considered as potential causes of cord ischemia and resultant paraplegia in this surgical population.

  10. MR epidurography: distribution of injectate at caudal epidural injection

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    Murphy, Darra T. [Cappagh National Orthopedic Hospital, Dublin 11 (Ireland); St Paul' s Hospital, Department of Radiology, Vancouver, BC (Canada); Kavanagh, Eoin C.; Moynagh, Michael R.; Eustace, Stephen [Cappagh National Orthopedic Hospital, Dublin 11 (Ireland); Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Dublin 7 (Ireland); Poynton, Ashley; Chan, Vikki O. [Cappagh National Orthopedic Hospital, Dublin 11 (Ireland)

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    To (a) evaluate the feasibility of MR epidurography (MRE) and (b) assess the distribution of injectate using two different volumes at caudal epidural steroid injection. Twenty patients who were referred with symptomatic low back pain for caudal epidural steroid injection were assigned to have either 10 ml (9/20) or 20 ml (11/20) of injectate administered. Gadolinium was included in the injection. The patients proceeded to MRI where sagittal and coronal T1-weighted fat-saturated sequences were acquired and reviewed in the mid-sagittal and right and left parasagittal views at the level of the exit foramina. Gadolinium was observed at or above the L3/4 disc level in all 11 patients who received 20 ml (100 %), compared with only five of nine patients who received 10 ml (56 %). Injectate was seen to the L4 nerve root level in all 11 patients who received 20 ml (100 %) but only four out of nine patients who received 10 ml (44 %), not even reaching the L5 nerve root level in four further of these nine patients (44 %). Overall, there was a trend to visualize gadolinium at higher levels of the epidural space with higher volumes injected. Firstly, MR epidurography is a safe technique that allows excellent visualization of the distribution of gadolinium in the epidural space following injection via the caudal hiatus. Secondly, a volume of 10 ml is unlikely to treat L5/S1 disease in almost half of patients at caudal epidural steroid injection and at least 20 ml of injectate is likely required for any medication to reach the desired level. (orig.)

  11. Assessment of Lumbar Lordosis and Lumbar Core Strength in Information Technology Professionals.

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    Mehta, Roma Satish; Nagrale, Sanket; Dabadghav, Rachana; Rairikar, Savita; Shayam, Ashok; Sancheti, Parag

    2016-06-01

    Observational study. To correlate lumbar lordosis and lumbar core strength in information technology (IT) professionals. IT professionals have to work for long hours in a sitting position, which can affect lumbar lordosis and lumbar core strength. Flexicurve was used to assess the lumbar lordosis, and pressure biofeedback was used to assess the lumbar core strength in the IT professionals. All subjects, both male and female, with and without complaint of low back pain and working for two or more years were included, and subjects with a history of spinal surgery or spinal deformity were excluded from the study. Analysis was done using Pearson's correlation. For the IT workers, no correlation was seen between lumbar lordosis and lumbar core strength (r=-0.04); however, a weak negative correlation was seen in IT people who complained of pain (r=-0.12), while there was no correlation of lumbar lordosis and lumbar core in IT people who had no complains of pain (r=0.007). The study shows that there is no correlation of lumbar lordosis and lumbar core strength in IT professionals, but a weak negative correlation was seen in IT people who complained of pain.

  12. ADMINISTRAÇÃO EPIDURAL DE OPIÓIDES EM CÃES EPIDURAL OPIOIDS ADMINISTRATION IN DOGS

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    Carlos Augusto Araújo Valadão

    2002-04-01

    Full Text Available Os opióides têm sido utilizados em Medicina Veterinária há vários anos como alternativa para o alívio da dor pós-operatória ou traumática. Atualmente, tem-se dado maior valor ao controle da dor nos animais, visando a oferecer melhores condições de recuperação ao paciente traumatizado ou recém-operado. A morfina foi o primeiro opióide usado em animais. Mais recentemente, a administração dessa substância, por via epidural, vem sendo empregada no controle da dor com resultados promissores. Assim, nesta revisão, abordam-se vários aspectos referentes aos efeitos e às indicações da administração epidural de opióides em cães.Opioids have been used for several years to relieve traumatic pain in Veterinary Medicine. The painful stimulus are implicated with delayed tissue recuperation of surgical wounds. Today, a great importance has been given to pre-emptive control of post operative pain in animals. Indeed, the use of epidural morphine, the first opioid substance used in animals, has provided excellent analgesia and good condition at the immediate post operative period. In addition, several aspects concerning the effects indications and forms of epidural opioids injections in dogs are considered in this review.

  13. Clinical anatomy and 3D virtual reconstruction of the lumbar plexus with respect to lumbar surgery

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    Ding Zi-hai

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Exposure of the anterior or lateral lumbar via the retroperitoneal approach easily causes injuries to the lumbar plexus. Lumbar plexus injuries which occur during anterior or transpsoas lumbar spine exposure and placement of instruments have been reported. This study aims is to provide more anatomical data and surgical landmarks in operations concerning the lumbar plexus in order to prevent lumbar plexus injuries and to increase the possibility of safety in anterior approach lumbar surgery. Methods To study the applied anatomy related to the lumbar plexus of fifteen formaldehyde-preserved cadavers, Five sets of Virtual Human (VH data set were prepared and used in the study. Three-dimensional (3D computerized reconstructions of the lumbar plexus and their adjacent structures were conducted from the VH female data set. Results The order of lumbar nerves is regular. From the anterior view, lumbar plexus nerves are arranged from medial at L5 to lateral at L2. From the lateral view, lumbar nerves are arranged from ventral at L2 to dorsal at L5. The angle of each nerve root exiting outward to the corresponding intervertebral foramen increases from L1 to L5. The lumbar plexus nerves are observed to be in close contact with transverse processes (TP. All parts of the lumbar plexus were located by sectional anatomy in the dorsal third of the psoas muscle. Thus, access to the psoas major muscle at the ventral 2/3 region can safely prevent nerve injuries. 3D reconstruction of the lumbar plexus based on VCH data can clearly show the relationships between the lumbar plexus and the blood vessels, vertebral body, kidney, and psoas muscle. Conclusion The psoas muscle can be considered as a surgical landmark since incision at the ventral 2/3 of the region can prevent lumbar plexus injuries for procedures requiring exposure of the lateral anterior of the lumbar. The transverse process can be considered as a landmark and reference in surgical

  14. A clinical study of the effectiveness of continuous epidural labour analgesia for vaginal delivery with 0.0625% bupivacaine with 0.0002% fentanyl

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    Vijay Kanna

    2015-10-01

    Results: The onset of analgesia was significantly faster in 0.0625% bupivacaine with 0.0002% fentanyl (9.7 minutes. A greater proportion of parturient achieved a maximum level of analgesia unto T8. The duration of analgesia was also significantly longer. The effectiveness of analgesia was better. There were no significant cardiovascular changes or any motor blockade. The side effects were mild sedation and in the parturient who received fentanyl. The mode of delivery and the Apgar scores of the neonates at 1 and 5 minutes were comparable. Conclusions: It was concluded that continuous lumbar epidural analgesia with 8 ml of 0.0625% bupivacaine with 2 and micro;g of fentanyl improved the quality and duration of analgesia without producing any adverse effects on the mother or on the neonate. [Int J Res Med Sci 2015; 3(10.000: 2553-2560

  15. COMPARATIVE STUDY BETWEEN EPIDURAL BUPIVACAINE WITH BUPRENORPHINE AND EPIDURAL BUPIVACAINE FOR POST - OPERATIVE ANALGESIA IN ABDOMINAL AND LOWER LIMB SURGERY

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    Nagesh

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available Epidural administration of various analgesics gained increasing popularity following the discovery of opioid receptors in the spinal cord capable of producing potent analgesia. This effect seems to be greatest when epidural anaesthesia in continued in the post - operative period as epidural analgesia . It is now clear that epidural administration of opioids. Ours was a comparative study between epidural bupivacaine with buprenorphine and epidural bupivacaine for post - operative analgesia in abdominal and lower limb surgery. METHODS: 60 patients undergoing lower abdominal and lower limb surgeries of either sex with ASA grade 1 and 2 a ged between 20 and 60 years for divided into two groups. After completion of the surgery and when the effect of local anaesthetic wears of and the patients complains of pain the intended study drugs were given when visual analogue pain score touched 5 cm m ark. Group – A: Patients received 8ml of 0.25% bupivacaine + 0.15mg of buprenorphine. Group – B: patients received 0.25% of bupivacaine alone. In the post - operative period the following parameters were studied , 1. Onset of analgesia , 2. Duration of analges ia , 3. Vital parameters such as heart beat , blood pressure , respiratory rate , sedation score and visual analogue score were recorded , 4. Side effects like nausea , vomiting , hypotension , respiratory depression , and pruritus allergic reaction were looked for . RESULTS: It is observed that onset of analgesia in Group A (0.25% bupivacaine + 0.15mg buprenorphine was 7.35 min. When compared to Group B which 15.5 min , which is statically significant (P<0.05. Duration of analgesia in Group A is 17.23 hrs compared to Group B , which is 5.2 hrs , this is statically significant (P<0.05. Visual analogue scale was reduced in Group A compared to Group B CONCLUSIONS: Addition of buprenorphine to bupivacaine by epidural injection for post - operative analgesia improves the on set , The duration and the

  16. Predicting early epidurals: association of maternal, labor, and neonatal characteristics with epidural analgesia initiation at a cervical dilation of 3 cm or less.

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    Moore, Albert R; Shan, William Li Pi; Hatzakorzian, Roupen

    2013-01-01

    Retrospective studies have associated early epidural analgesia with cesarean delivery, but prospective studies do not demonstrate a causal relationship. This suggests that there are other variables associated with early epidural analgesia that increase the risk of cesarean delivery. This study was undertaken to determine the characteristics associated with early epidural analgesia initiation. Information about women delivering at 37 weeks or greater gestation with epidural analgesia, who were not scheduled for cesarean delivery, was extracted from the McGill Obstetric and Neonatal Database. Patients were grouped into those who received epidural analgesia at a cervical dilation of ≤3 cm and >3 cm. Univariable and multivariable logistic regression was used to determine the maternal, neonatal, and labor characteristics that increased the risk of inclusion in the early epidural group. Of the 13,119 patients analyzed, multivariable regression demonstrated odds ratios (OR) of 2.568, 5.915 and 10.410 for oxytocin augmentation, induction, and dinoprostone induction of labor (P labor commenced (OR 1.288) were also associated with early epidural analgesia (P Labor augmentation and induction, nulliparity, rupture of membranes spontaneously and before labor starts, increasing maternal weight, and decreasing neonatal weight are associated with early epidural analgesia. Many of these variables are also associated with cesarean delivery.

  17. Evaluation with CT scans of gas collection in the epidural space. Evaluacion mediante TC de colecciones de gas en el espacio epidural

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    Rebolledo Vicente, J.; Martinez San Millan, J.; Trujillo Peco, M.; Aunion Diaz, P.; Millan Juncos, J.M. (Hospital Ramon y Cajal. Departamento de Radiodiagnostico. Madrid (Spain))

    1993-01-01

    We present 9 cases of gas collection in the epidural space, revealed in CT scans of the spinal column. Five cases of herniated disc with accompanying vacuum, three of ''aerogen pseudocyst'' and a case of gas introduced iatrogenically via epidural installation catheter are included. (Author)

  18. Myelopathy-mimicking symptoms of epidural venous engorgement and syringomyelia due to inferior vena cava stenosis at the thoracolumbar junction in a patient with Budd-Chiari syndrome.

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    Lee, Jung-Hee; Song, Wook-Jae; Kang, Kyung-Chung

    2015-10-01

    Epidural venous engorgement can result from various lesions, such as arteriovenous malformation, thrombosis or occlusion of the inferior vena cava (IVC), or an abdominal masslike lesion. Most patients with these problems complain of low-back pain, radicular pain, or neurogenic claudication, which are symptoms suggestive of disc herniation or spinal stenosis. However, these patients rarely exhibit neurological deficits or cauda equina syndrome. The authors encountered a case of a 60-year-old man presenting with lower-extremity weakness and voiding difficulty for a period of 1 year. To investigate the patient's myelopathy-mimicking symptoms, a lumbar spine MRI scan was performed. The MR images exhibited tortuous and dilated spinal vessels compressing the spinal cord and thecal sac at the T11-L3 level, which were concurrent with syringomyelia evidenced by a 22 × 2.5-mm cyst at the T11-12 level. 3D CT scanning of the whole aorta revealed total occlusion and regression of the IVC in the intrahepatic region 3 cm inferior to the right atrium and dilation of multiple collateral veins. The patient was diagnosed with chronic Budd-Chiari syndrome Type I. The authors performed venography, followed by intrahepatic IVC recanalization via stent placement under fluoroscopic and ultra sonographic guidance and without surgical exploration. After this treatment, there was a marked decrease in epidural venous engorgement and the patient's symptoms resolved almost completely. This case indicates that epidural venous engorgement at thoracolumbar levels may cause symptoms suggestive of myelopathy and can be successfully treated by minimally invasive procedures to eliminate the underlying causes.

  19. A prospective randomized, double-blind, controlled clinical trial comparing epidural butorphanol plus corticosteroid with corticosteroid alone for sciatica due to herniated nucleus pulposus

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    Abhijan Maity

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective: To compare the efficacy of up to 3 epidural butorphanol plus corticosteroid with corticosteroid alone for sciatica due to herniated nucleus pulposus. Materials and Methods: In a randomized, double-blind controlled clinical trial, we administered up to 3 epidural injections of either 80 mg (2 mL of methylprednisolone acetate and 1 mg (1 mL of butorphanol diluted with 7 mL of isotonic saline or 80 mg (2 mL of methylprednisolone acetate diluted with 8 mL of isotonic saline by a lumbar interlaminar approach under fluoroscopic guidance to 120 patients (60 patients in each group with sciatica due to a herniated nucleus pulposus lasting for 4 weeks to 1 year. All patients had scores higher than 30 mm on visual analog scale (VAS. Information on the use of paracetamol, intensity of pain on a VAS ranging from 0 (no pain to 100 mm (worst pain possible, Schober′s test (cm, Straight Leg Raising test, neurologic examination assessing sensory deficits, motor deficits and reflex changes, and Oswestry Low Back Pain Disability Questionnaire were evaluated at 3 weeks, 6 weeks, and 3 months after the first injection. Results: There were no significant differences between the 2 groups with regard to baseline characteristics, withdrawals, and complication rate. Three weeks, 6 weeks, and 3 months after the first injection, all the outcome measures in the butorphanol plus corticosteroid group were significantly different from that of the corticosteroid group. Conclusions: Epidural butorphanol plus corticosteroid injections, as compared with corticosteroid alone injections, offered marked improvement in pain, reflex, motor and sensory deficits, and functional status and reduced the need for analgesics. Level of Evidence: Therapeutic Level I.

  20. Reporte de un caso clínico Técnica quirúrgica combinada de omentalización y drenaje transabdominal múltiple en un paciente canino con abscesos prostáticos

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    Diego Fernando Echeverry Bonilla

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available Se expone el caso clínico de un paciente canino mestizo de 7 años de edad, que fue presentado a consulta médica en la clínica de Pequeños Animales de la Facultad de Medicina Veterinaria y Zootecnia de la Universidad del Tolima, por presentar un cuadro clínico consistente en: polaquiuria, disuria, tenesmo, fiebre, pérdida ponderal. La información obtenida a partir de la anamnesis, examen físico y estudios paraclínicos permitieron diagnosticar abscesos prostáticos, el tratamiento quirúrgico consistió en aplicar la combinación de dos técnicas quirúrgicas, la técnica de drenaje múltiple con dren de penrose mas omentalización.