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  1. Bloqueo epidural lumbar continuo para espasmos vesicales incoercibles Continuous lumbar epidural uncontrollable bladder spasms

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    C. López Carballo

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available Presentamos un caso clínico de espasmos vesicales por hiperactividad del detrusor de la vejiga, desencadenados por lavado vesical continuo aplicado en un paciente con hematuria, en el contexto de hipertrofia benigna de próstata. Los espasmos llegaron a ser refractarios a tratamiento sistémico con antimuscarínicos, espasmolíticos y opioides. Se optó por la colocación de un catéter epidural lumbar para infusión continua de anestésicos locales y opioides como terapia analgésica alternativa, que no solo proporcionó un aceptable grado de confort, sino que permitió el mantenimiento del sondaje uretral y el lavado vesical continuo. Realizamos una revisión bibliográfica sobre el uso del bloqueo epidural de la neurotransmisión de las aferencias sensitivas vesicales en dolor de origen disfuncional vesical, y analizamos algunas de la teorías publicadas sobre la fisiopatología y génesis de dolor en estos trastornos vesicales, con la intención de interpretar las peculiaridades y complejidad del dolor en el cuadro del caso presentado.We present a clinical case of bladder spasms due to detrusor overactitivity, triggered by continuous vesicoclysis therapy, which was applied in a patient with benign prostatic hypertrophy-related hematuria. Bladder spasms turned out to be refractory to combined antimuscarinic, spasmolytic and systemic opioid therapies. Implantation of a lumbar epidural catheter was chosen for continuous epidural infusion of local anesthetics and opioid drugs as an alternate analgesic therapy, which provided the patient an optimum comfort, but let urethral indwelling catheterization and the maintenance of continuous vesicoclysis therapy as well. We reviewed scientific literature concerning bladder-afferent neurotransmission blockade at epidural level for dysfunctional bladder pain therapy, and discussed several published theories about pain physiopathology and origin in those cases of dysfunctional bladder disturbance, with the

  2. Bloqueo epidural lumbar continuo para espasmos vesicales incoercibles Continuous lumbar epidural uncontrollable bladder spasms

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    C. López Carballo; S. Vázquez del Valle; M. Garrido García; J. Pico Veloso; R. Valle Yáñez; M. J. Bermúdez López; F. J. Pardo-Sobrino López

    2013-01-01

    Presentamos un caso clínico de espasmos vesicales por hiperactividad del detrusor de la vejiga, desencadenados por lavado vesical continuo aplicado en un paciente con hematuria, en el contexto de hipertrofia benigna de próstata. Los espasmos llegaron a ser refractarios a tratamiento sistémico con antimuscarínicos, espasmolíticos y opioides. Se optó por la colocación de un catéter epidural lumbar para infusión continua de anestésicos locales y opioides como terapia analgésica alternativa, que ...

  3. Síndrome de Horner y bloqueo del plexo braquial ipsilateral en un caso de analgesia epidural para el trabajo del parto Horner´s sydrome and ipsilateral brachial plexus block during an epidural analgesia labour procedure

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    J. Avellanosa; Vera, J.; P. Morillas; E. Gredilla; F. Gilsanz

    2006-01-01

    El Síndrome de Horner es una complicación de la anestesia epidural que aparece más frecuentemente en pacientes obstétricas debido a los cambios fisiológicos y anatómicos propios del embarazo; sin embargo, su incidencia es baja, y sólo se han descrito dos casos previos asociando un bloqueo del plexo braquial. Presentamos el caso de una gestante de 23 años que precisó analgesia epidural para el trabajo de parto. Tras comprobar la correcta colocación del catéter se administró una dosis inicial e...

  4. Síndrome de Horner y bloqueo del plexo braquial ipsilateral en un caso de analgesia epidural para el trabajo del parto Horner´s sydrome and ipsilateral brachial plexus block during an epidural analgesia labour procedure

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    J. Avellanosa

    2006-10-01

    Full Text Available El Síndrome de Horner es una complicación de la anestesia epidural que aparece más frecuentemente en pacientes obstétricas debido a los cambios fisiológicos y anatómicos propios del embarazo; sin embargo, su incidencia es baja, y sólo se han descrito dos casos previos asociando un bloqueo del plexo braquial. Presentamos el caso de una gestante de 23 años que precisó analgesia epidural para el trabajo de parto. Tras comprobar la correcta colocación del catéter se administró una dosis inicial en bolo de 8 ml de ropivacaína 0,2% y 50 μgr de fentanilo, y se iniciσ una perfusión de ropivacaína a 0,125% y fentanilo a 1,2 μg/ml a 10 mg/h. Tras cuatro horas de perfusión, la paciente alcanza dilatación completa y pasa a quirófano para realizar prueba de parto. Allí se administró una dosis de refuerzo por vía epidural con 10 ml de ropivacaína 0,5% y 50 μg de fentanilo. A los 15 minutos, la paciente comenzó a manifestar un cuadro de disestesias en hemicara derecha y miembro superior derecho. A continuación, estando ya la paciente en la zona de recuperación la paciente refirió bloqueo motor y sensitivo de miembros inferiores asociado a pérdida de fuerza de miembro superior derecho y ptosis palpebral, miosis con ligero enrojecimiento de ojo derecho, siendo diagnosticado como síndrome de Horner con bloqueo del plexo braquial ipsilateral, desapareciendo espontáneamente en las tres horas siguientes.Horner´s syndrome is an uncommon side effect after epidural analgesia which occurs more frecuently in pregnant women due to physiological and anatomical changes; however, it has a low incidence, and the association with ipsilateral brachial plexus block has only been published twice before. We report the case of a 23-year-old woman who required epidural analgesia for labor. After verifying correct placement of the catheter, an initial dose of 8 ml of ropivacaine 0,2% with 50 μg of fentanyl was injected. A continuous infusion of

  5. 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

  6. Analgesia pós-operatória em correção cirúrgica de pé torto congênito: comparação entre bloqueio nervoso periférico e bloqueio peridural caudal Analgesia postoperatoria en corrección quirúrgica de pie jorobado congénito: comparación entre bloqueo nervioso periférico y bloqueo epidural caudal Postoperative analgesia for the surgical correction of congenital clubfoot: comparison between peripheral nerve block and caudal epidural block

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    Monica Rossi Rodrigues

    2009-12-01

    con dolor postoperatorio intenso. La técnica más utilizada en niños es la epidural caudal asociada a la anestesia general. Posee la limitante de una corta duración de la analgesia postoperatoria. Los bloqueos de nervios periféricos han sido indicados como procedimientos con una baja incidencia de complicaciones y un tiempo prolongado de analgesia. El objetivo del estudio actual, fue comparar el tiempo de analgesia de los bloqueos nerviosos periféricos y del bloqueo caudal y el consumo de morfina, en las primeras 24 horas después de la corrección de PJC en niños. MÉTODO: Estudio randómico doble ciego, en niños sometidos a la intervención quirúrgica para liberación posteromedial de PJC, ubicadas en cuatro grupos conforme a la técnica anestésica: caudal (ACa; bloqueos isquiático y femoral (IF; bloqueos isquiático y safeno (IS; bloqueo isquiático y anestesia local (IL, asociados a la anestesia general. En las primeras 24 horas, los pacientes recibieron dipirona y paracetamol vía oral y fueron evaluados por un anestesiólogo que no conocía la técnica usada. Conforme a las puntuaciones de la escala CHIPPS (Children's and infants postoperative pain scale, se administraba morfina vía oral (0,19 mg.kg-1 por día. RESULTADOS: Fueron estudiados 118 niños distribuidos en los grupos ACa (30, IF (32, IS (28 IL (28. El tiempo promedio entre el bloqueo y la primera dosis de morfina fue de 6,16 horas en el grupo ACa, 7,05 horas en el IF, 7,58 horas en el IS y 8,18 horas en el IL. El consumo de morfina fue de 0,3 mg.kg-1 por día en los cuatro grupos. No hubo diferencia significativa entre los grupos. CONCLUSIONES: Los bloqueos nerviosos periféricos no promovieron un tiempo más elevado de analgesia, ni tampoco una reducción en el consumo de morfina en las primeras 24 horas, en niños sometidos a la corrección de PJC cuando se les comparó con el bloqueo epidural caudal.BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Correction of congenital clubfoot (CCF is associated with

  7. Ropivacaína em bloqueio peridural torácico para cirurgia plástica Ropivacaína en bloqueo peridural torácico para cirugía plástica Thoracic epidural anesthesia with ropivacaine for plastic surgery

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    José Roberto Nociti

    2002-04-01

    resultados del bloqueo peridural torácico con ropivacaína a 0,5% asociado a sedación con infusión continua de propofol en cirugía plástica. MÉTODO: Participaron del estudio sesenta pacientes del sexo femenino con edades entre 18 y 62 años, estado físico ASA I ó II, sometidas a cirugías plásticas combinadas envolviendo mama, abdomen, glúteos, lipoaspiración. Después de punción peridural en T9-T10 óT10-T11, recibieron 40 ml de solución de ropivacaína a 0,5% y sufentanil 15 µg. Dosis subsecuentes de anestésico local fueron administradas a través de catéter cuando necesarias. La sedación fue obtenida con infusión venosa continua de propofol 40 a 50 µg.kg-1.min-1. Fueron evaluadas las características de instalación y regresión del bloqueo, la evolución de los parámetros hemodinámicos y respiratorios, la incidencia de eventos adversos. RESULTADOS: El nivel superior de bloqueo sensorial fue T2 en 52 pacientes (86,6%, C4 en 4 (6,6% e T3 en 4 (6,6%. La media para el tiempo de latencia fue 9,1 ± 8,2 minutos. Se obtuvo bloqueo motor grado 2 en 61,7% de las pacientes y grado 1 en 38,3%. La media para el tiempo de regresión completa del bloqueo motor fue 377,9 ± 68,5 minutos. La media para el tiempo de la primera queja espontanea de dolor fue 965,1 ± 371,3 minutos. Los valores medios de PAS, PAD, PAM y FC decrecieron significativamente en relación al control a partir de los 15 min después de la inyección de anestésico local, caracterizando anestesia hipotensiva. Trece pacientes (21,7% que presentaron PAS BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Thoracic epidural blockade is a method of hypotensive anesthesia able to reduce bleeding during surgery. This non-comparative study aimed at evaluating the results of thoracic epidural blockade with 0.5% ropivacaine associated to propofol continuous infusion sedation in plastic surgery. METHODS: Participated in this study 60 female patients aged 18 to 62 years, physical status ASA I or II, scheduled for combined plastic

  8. 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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    Leonardo Teixeira Domingues Duarte

    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

  9. Adrenalina como coadyuvante epidural para analgesia postoperatoria Epinephrine as epidural adjuvant for postoperative analgesia

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    B. Mugabure Bujedo

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available La adrenalina ha sido ampliamente utilizada junto con anestésicos locales, tanto a nivel periférico como central, desde que Heinrich Braun fuera el pionero en experimentar con ella al inicio de 1900. Un siglo de uso atestigua su seguridad general como coadyuvante, a pesar de que todavía poseemos un conocimiento parcial de su modo de actuar, consiguiendo una prolongación del bloqueo nervioso, una reducción de las concentraciones plasmáticas de los anestésicos locales, una reducción del sangrado quirúrgico y una potenciación del efecto analgésico. El convencimiento durante largo tiempo de que la adrenalina muestra todos estos efectos beneficiosos, así como los negativos, únicamente por vasoconstricción, es demasiado simplista y actualmente insuficiente. El objetivo principal de esta revisión se centrará en demostrar como la adrenalina epidural es capaz de mejorar la analgesia postoperatoria cuando forma parte de una mezcla junto a bupivacaína o ropivacaína y fentanilo.Epinephrine has been combined with neuraxial and peripheral local anesthetics since Heinrich Braun first experimented with its use in the early 1900s. A century of use attests to the general safety of adjuvant epinephrine, yet we have only modest understanding of its intended effects, which include prolonging block duration, reducing plasma concentrations of local anesthetics, reducing surgical bleeding and intensifying anesthesia and analgesia. The long-held belief that epinephrine exerts most of these effects, including any associated complications, by causing vasoconstriction is doubtlessly too simplistic and has been recently challenged. The main part of this chapter will therefore focus on the advantages and disadvantages of epinephrine in epidural analgesia and on optimizing postoperative analgesia by adding epinephrine and/or fentanyl to an epidural mixture with dilute bupivacaine or ropivacaine.

  10. Uso do bloqueio combinado raqui-peridural durante cirurgia de cólon em paciente de alto risco: relato de caso Uso del bloqueo combinado raquiepidural durante cirugía de colon en paciente de alto riesgo: relato de caso Combined spinal epidural anesthesia during colon surgery in a high-risk patient: case report

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    Luiz Eduardo Imbelloni

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available JUSTIFICATIVA E OBJETIVOS: O bloqueio combinado raqui-peridural (BCRP oferece vantagens sobre a anestesia peridural ou subaracnóidea com injeção única. O objetivo deste relato foi apresentar um caso onde a anestesia subaracnóidea segmentar pode ser técnica efetiva para intervenção cirúrgica gastrintestinal com respiração espontânea. RELATO DO CASO: Paciente estado físico ASA III, diabetes mellitus tipo II, com hipertensão arterial sistêmica e doença pulmonar obstrutiva crônica, foi escalada para ressecção de tumor de cólon direito. O BCRP foi realizado no interespaço T5 - T6 e foram injetados 8 mg de bupivacaína a 0,5% isobárica acrescida de 50 µg de morfina no espaço subaracnóideo. O cateter peridural (20G foi introduzido quatro centímetros em direção cefálica. Foi obtida sedação com doses fracionadas de 1 mg de midazolam (total de 6 mg. Bupivacaína a 0,5% foi administrada em bolus de 25 mg através do cateter duas horas após a anestesia subaracnóidea. Não houve necessidade de vasopressor nem atropina. CONCLUSÕES: Este caso proporciona evidências de que a raquianestesia segmentar pode ser uma técnica anestésica para operação gastrintestinal com respiração espontânea.JUSTIFICATIVA Y OBJETIVOS: El bloqueo combinado raquiepidural (BCRE, tiene ventajas sobre la anestesia epidural o subaracnoidea con inyección única. El objetivo de este relato, fue presentar un caso donde la anestesia subaracnoidea segmentaria, puede ser una técnica efectiva para la intervención quirúrgica gastrointestinal con respiración espontánea. RELATO DEL CASO: Paciente estado físico ASA III, diabetes mellitus tipo II, con hipertensión arterial sistémica y enfermedad pulmonar obstructiva crónica, que fue indicada para la resección del tumor de colon derecho. El BCRE se realizó en el interespacio T5 - T6, y se inyectaron 8 mg de bupivacaína a 0,5% isobárica con 50 µg más de morfina en el espacio subaracnoideo. El cat

  11. Efeitos do bloqueio pudendo, peridural e subaracnóideo sobre a coagulação sangüínea de gestantes Efectos del bloqueo pudendo, peridural y subaracnoideo sobre la coagulación sanguínea de embarazadas Effects of pudendal nerve, epidural and subarachnoid block on coagulation of pregnant women

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    Alberto Vasconcelos

    2008-04-01

    influenciaron en la coagulación en embarazadas sometidas a la anestesia peridural, subaracnoidea o Bloqueo pudendo.BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: The significant reduction in postoperative thromboembolic complications has been attributed to the use of regional block, probably due to attenuation of the neuroendocrine-metabolic response. Pregnant women, who demonstrate important hypercoagulability, can in theory benefit from this effect during labor. The objective of this study was to determine the effects of regional block on coagulation of pregnant women. METHODS: Thirty patients in the 3rd trimester were enrolled; ten patients underwent epidural block for cesarean section with 150 mg of 0.5% bupivacaine without epinephrine and 2 mg of morphine (PD group; ten underwent subarachnoid block for cesarean section with 15 mg of 0.5% hyperbaric bupivacaine and 0,2 mg of morphine (SA group; and ten, pudendal block for vaginal delivery with up to 100 mg of 0.5% bupivacaine without epinephrine (BP group. Coagulation tests (prothrombin time, thrombin time, activated partial thromboplastin time and thromboelastography (r-time, k-time, r+k-time, alpha-angle, maximum amplitude were performed in the following moments: before and after the blockade, after delivery, and 24 hours after the blockade in PD and SA groups. In the BP group, the evaluation was done before the blockade, after delivery, and 24 hours after the blockade. RESULTS: The results indicate that the anesthetic technique did not influence coagulation of pregnant women. They also demonstrate that coagulation is activated during labor, which is responsible for the changes seen in all the study groups. CONCLUSIONS: In the conditions of the present study, the sympathetic blockade and the local anesthetic did not have any influence on the coagulation of pregnant women at term undergoing epidural, subarachnoid, or pudendal nerve block.

  12. Comparação entre raquianestesia, bloqueio combinado raqui-peridural e raquianestesia contínua para cirurgias de quadril em pacientes idosos: estudo retrospectivo Comparación entre raquianestesia, bloqueo combinado raqui-peridural y raquianestesia continua para cirugías de cuadril en pacientes ancianos: estudio retrospectivo Comparison between spinal, combined spinal-epidural and continuous spinal anesthesias for hip surgeries in elderly patients: a retrospective study

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    Luiz Eduardo Imbelloni

    2002-06-01

    pacientes ancianos durante cuatro años, para determinar las posibles ventajas y desventajas de las tres técnicas. MÉTODO: Fueron evaluadas 300 fichas siendo que: 100 pacientes recibieron raquianestesia simple (Grupo 1, 100 recibieron bloqueo combinado raqui-peridural (Grupo 2 y 100 recibieron raquianestesia continua (Grupo 3 en los últimos cuatro años. Todos los bloqueos fueron realizados en decúbito lateral izquierdo. Fueron evaluados: suceso de punción, nivel de analgesia, bloqueo motor de miembros inferiores, calidad de la anestesia, necesidad de complementación, incidencia de fallas, parestesias, cefalea pós-punción, alteraciones cardiovasculares, confusión mental y delirium, transfusión sanguínea y mortalidad. RESULTADOS: No existe diferencia significativa entre los grupos en relación a la edad, peso y sexo. Los pacientes del grupo 2 fueron menores de que los del grupo 1 y 3. Las dosis utilizadas fueron de 15,30 mg de bupivacaína en el grupo 1; 23,68 mg en el grupo 2 y 10,10 mg en el grupo 3. No fue encontrada diferencia significativa (p BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: There are still many questions involving study designs, data analyses and samples size which regard to the demonstration of the benefits of regional anesthesia on patients outcome. Database analysis and data acquisition in general cost less and require less time as compared to large randomized controlled trials. This retrospective study compares continuous spinal anesthesia, combined spinal-epidural and single shot spinal anesthesia for hip surgery in elderly patients during a 4-year period, to determine possible advantages and disadvantages of the three techniques. METHODS: Anesthetic records of 100 patients receiving spinal anesthesia (Group 1, 100 patients receiving combined spinal-epidural block (Group 2 and 100 patients receiving continuous spinal anesthesia (Group 3 over a 4-year period were analyzed. All blockades were performed with patients in the left lateral position. Evaluated

  13. Epidural lipomatosis

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    Central deposition of fat is a well-known clinical feature of long-term elevated corticosteroid levels. Rarely described is increased extadural fat within the spinal canal causing compression of the spinal cord and neurologic deficits. Together with 12 previously reported cases, the authors present six additional cases of epidural lipomatosis, review presenting signs and symptoms, and demonstrate the myelographic, CT, and MR findings in this condition. Previously undescribed examples of (1) normal myelography with diagnostic postmyelogram CT, (2) MR imaging of this condition, and (3) cases not associated with exogenous steroid use or morbid obesity are presented. The importance of considering this entity in the appropriate clinical setting is stressed. In particular, if clinical suspicion is high, even in the setting of a normal myelogram, CT or MR imaging should be considered

  14. Bloqueio peridural sacral: avaliação da duração da analgesia com o uso associado de lidocaína, fentanil e clonidina Bloqueo peridural sacral: evaluación de la duración de la analgesia con el uso asociado de lidocaína, fentanil y clonidina Epidural caudal block: evaluation of length of analgesia with the association of lidocaine, fentanyl and clonidine

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    Carlos Alberto de Souza Martins

    2004-08-01

    fentanil, grupo III (lidocaína, fentanil y clonidina y grupo IV (lidocaína y clonidina. Se compararon las características de los bloqueos sensitivo y motor. RESULTADOS: No hubo diferencia entre la latencia, bien como en el nivel máximo de bloqueo entre los grupos. La ausencia de bloqueo motor fue el resultado más frecuente, encontrado en cerca de 64% de los pacientes. El intervalo de analgesia fue diferente entre los grupos, siendo más significativo en el grupo III. CONCLUSIONES: El uso de la clonidina, asociada o no al fentanil, prolongó el tiempo de analgesia pós-operatoria en la anestesia peridural sacral con lidocaína.BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: The association of different substances to local anesthetics aims to improve the blockade quality and prolonging analgesia. The aims of this study were to compare the effectiveness of the association of clonidine, clonidine and fentanyl, and fentanyl, to lidocaine for postoperative analgesia. METHODS: Participated in this study 64 patients aged 23 years or above, physical status ASA I or II, undergoing to orificial proctologic surgery under epidural caudal anesthesia. Patients were distributed in 4 groups of 16: group I (lidocaine alone; group II (lidocaine and fentanyl; group III (lidocaine, fentanyl and clonidine; and group IV (lidocaine and clonidine. The quality of sensory and motor blockade were compared. RESULTS: There has been no difference in onset and maximum block level among groups. Absence of motor block was the most frequent result, found in about 64% of patients. Analgesia length was different among groups, being more significant in group III. CONCLUSIONS: Clonidine, associated or not to fentanyl, has prolonged postoperative analgesia after epidural caudal blockade with lidocaine.

  15. Infections following epidural catheterization

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    Holt, MS; Andersen, SS; Andersen, Ove; Gahrn-Hansen, B; Siboni, K

    1995-01-01

    central nervous system infection of at least 0.7% at Odense University Hospital. This degree of infection is of the same magnitude as that reported for intravascular devices. We found that the patients with generalized symptoms of infection had been catheterized for a longer time, and were older than......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...... 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...

  16. Epidural block

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    ... Drugs & Supplements Videos & Tools Español You Are Here: Home ... It numbs or causes a loss of feeling in the lower half your body. This lessens the pain of contractions during childbirth. An epidural block may also be used to ...

  17. Cronobiología en anestesia epidural Obstétrica: Efecto de la noche sobre el índice de complicaciones Cronobiology in obstetric epidural anesthesia: consequences of the sleep deprivation among anestresiologist in the complications rate

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    F. Martínez-Jiménez

    2006-03-01

    Full Text Available Introducción: Los efectos del trabajo continuado y nocturno sobre la atención y la incidencia de complicaciones en desarrollo habitual de las labores del médico han sido previamente estudiados, aunque con resultados poco concluyentes. Objetivo: Comparar la incidencia de complicaciones, durante la punción, en el curso del bloqueo, como consecuencia de una analgesia incompleta y evaluar las diferencias que existen entre el día y la noche definiendo día como el periodo entre 9:00 y 21:59 h y noche: de 22:00 a 8:59 h. Material y métodos: Hemos realizado un estudio de los bloqueos recogidos en nuestra base de datos informatizada de pacientes a quienes se practicó algún bloqueo central para analgesia del parto realizados en un hospital universitario de grado 4, con atención durante las 24 horas, durante un periodo de 2 meses. Resultados: Se ha estudiado un total de 1097 pacientes, homogéneas en su distribución (variables demográficas y obstétricas, entre el día y la noche. El número de pacientes a las que se les practica un bloqueo analgésico para trabajo de parto no muestra diferencias entre el día y la noche. No hemos encontrado diferencias en la incidencia de complicaciones en la punción ni de analgesia incompleta, deficiente o necesidad de re-punción. Conclusiones: Parece que el cansancio o la falta de sueño no influyen en la incidencia de complicaciones en la analgesia para el trabajo de parto en una unidad de atención las 24 horas. Probablemente, los médicos se ven incentivados por la realización de una tarea interesante.Introduction: Sleep deprivation effects in vigilance, performance and complications have been previously studied in general population and in medical tasks too. Results from these studies weren’t definitive. Aim: Our objective is to compare the number of complications during the epidural puncture itself, (haematic, paresthesias, accidental dural puncture and others during the analgesia period (lateral

  18. Spinal and epidural anesthesia

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    Intraspinal anesthesia; Subarachnoid anesthesia; Epidural; Peridural anesthesia ... Spinal and epidural anesthesia have fewer side effects and risks than general anesthesia (asleep and pain-free). Patients usually recover their senses ...

  19. Bloqueo de ganglio estrellado Stellate ganglion block

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    C. E. Restrepo-Garcés; C. M. Gómez Bermudez; S. Jaramillo Escobar; L. Jazmín Ramírez; L. M. Lopera; Vargas, J.F.

    2012-01-01

    El bloqueo de ganglio estrellado es una de las técnicas intervencionistas más frecuentemente empleadas en medicina del dolor. Sus indicaciones incluyen patologías dolorosas y no-dolorosas. Aunque las descripciones originales se fundamentan en límites anatómicos, el uso de guía fluoroscópica o el empleo de el ultrasonido, deben ser considerados el enfoque estándar. En el presente manuscrito se realiza una descripción detallada de las indicaciones y de las técnicas (fluoroscópica y ultrasonido)...

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

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    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

  1. Infektioner i forbindelse med epidural kateterisation

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    Holt, H M; Gahrn-Hansen, B; Andersen, S S; Andersen, O; Siboni, K

    1996-01-01

    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 en epidural abscess. This corresponds to a local infection incidence of at least 4.3% and an incidence of...... central nervous system infection of at least 0.7% at Odense University Hospital. The patients with generalized symptoms of infection had been catheterized for a longer time, and were older than patients with only local symptoms of infection. The microorganisms isolated from the epidural catheters were...... 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...

  2. Epidural hematoma after routine epidural steroid injection

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    Alkhudari, Azzam M.; Malk, Craig S.; Rahman, Abed; Penmetcha, Taruna; Torres, Maria

    2016-01-01

    Background: There are few reported cases of an epidural spinal hematoma following interventional pain procedures. Case Description: We report a case of a spinal epidural hematoma in a patient with no known risk factors (e.g. coagulopathy), who underwent an epidural steroid injection (ESI) in the same anatomic location as two previously successful ESI procedures. Conclusion: Early detection was the key to our case, and avoiding sedation allowed the patient to recognize the onset of a new neurological deficit, and lead to prompt diagnosis as well as surgical decompression of the resultant hematoma.

  3. 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

  4. Bloqueo de ganglio estrellado Stellate ganglion block

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    C. E. Restrepo-Garcés

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available El bloqueo de ganglio estrellado es una de las técnicas intervencionistas más frecuentemente empleadas en medicina del dolor. Sus indicaciones incluyen patologías dolorosas y no-dolorosas. Aunque las descripciones originales se fundamentan en límites anatómicos, el uso de guía fluoroscópica o el empleo de el ultrasonido, deben ser considerados el enfoque estándar. En el presente manuscrito se realiza una descripción detallada de las indicaciones y de las técnicas (fluoroscópica y ultrasonido guiadas por imagen. Se destaca que el empleo del ultrasonido tiene la ventaja específica de visualizar las estructuras viscerales relacionadas (esófago, las vasculares (vasos tiroideos inferiores, carótida y finalmente evalúa la dispersión del inyectado en tiempo real en el músculo longus colli.Stellate ganglion block is a frequent interventional technique on the field of pain medicine. The indications included painful and non-painful pathologies. The original descriptions were based on anatomical landmarks, but the use of fluoroscopy or ultrasound as a guidance, should be the standard approach. In the present article there is a detailed description of the indications and the image guided techniques (fluoroscopy and ultrasound. The manuscript highlight the advantage of the ultrasound visualizing the visceral structures (esophagus, the vascular bed (inferior thyroid vessels, carotid artery and finally on real time detect the dispersion of the injectate.

  5. 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.

  6. Bloqueo caudal en dolor crónico lumbar: ¿Es necesario el apoyo radiológico para disminuir los fallos de la técnica?

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    M. Cortiñas Sáenz

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available Introducción: las infiltraciones de esteroides epidurales no ofrecen beneficio a largo plazo en el tratamiento del dolor de espalda, pero pueden ser eficaces en los pacientes con dolor radicular lumbosacro agudo. Los bloqueos epidurales vía caudal de esteroides son eficaces en el alivio sintomático a corto plazo (evidencia de nivel II, así como a largo plazo (nivel de evidencia III. Objetivos: evaluar la eficacia del bloqueo caudal con y sin guía fluoroscópica. Material y métodos: estudio prospectivo, observacional y descriptivo para evaluar la tasa de fallos de la realización del bloqueo caudal mediante la técnica "a ciegas" respecto a la guiada por radiología. El análisis estadístico incluyó chi2 de Mantel y Haensel, t de Student y test ANOVA, considerándose una p Introduction: epidural steroid injections offer no long-term benefit for the treatment of low back pain but may be effective in the small subset of patients with acute lumbosacral radicular pain. Caudal epidural steroid injection was effective in producing short-term improvement (level II evidence as well as long-term relief (level III evidence. Objetives: to evaluate of the effectiveness of the caudal epidural block under fluoroscopic guidance. Material and methods: prospective, observational and descriptive study to assess the failure rates of caudal block using the technique "blind" with respect to radiological vision. Statistical comparisons were based on the chi2 test, the long-rank test, t test and ANOVA test, considering a statistically significant result p < 0.05. Results: we performed 129 caudal epidural blocks in 89 patients for chronic pain conditions. The overall success rate of caudal block with a blind technique was of 65.11%. Statistically significant differences in the rate of technical failure of the blind for the variables professional experience of the anesthesiologist and the presence of obesity. The most common malposition in our cohort is the

  7. Técnicas analgésicas para el parto: alternativas en caso de fallo de la epidural

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    J.R. Ortiz-Gómez; F.J. Palacio-Abizanda; I. Fornet-Ruiz

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    La analgesia epidural es hoy día el método de elección para el tratamiento del dolor del trabajo de parto, el expulsivo y el alumbramiento. Sin embargo, esta técnica puede fallar y aliviar de forma inadecuada (o nula) a la parturienta. En el presente artículo se revisan los factores de riesgo, las posibles causas y las alternativas terapéuticas posibles a la analgesia inadecuada, ya sea mediante terapias farmacológicas (neuroaxiales, bloqueos periféricos o administración de analgésicos vía in...

  8. Primary spinal epidural lymphomas

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    Goutham Cugati

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available An epidural location for lymphoma is observed in 0.1-6.5% of all the lymphomas. Primary spinal epidural lymphoma (PSEL is a subset of lymphomas, where there are no other recognizable sites of lymphomas at the time of diagnosis. The incidence of this subset of lymphomas is much less. It, however, is increasingly diagnosed, due to the increased use of more sensitive imaging modalities. For the electronic search, Pubmed was used to identify journals that enlisted and enumerated PSEL from 1961 to January 2011. The following combination of terms: "primary," "spinal," "epidural," and "lymphoma" were used. The most significant articles and their bibliographies were analyzed by the authors. The symptoms, pathogenesis, diagnostic workup, histopathology, treatment, and outcome have been analyzed in a systematic manner

  9. Epidural Steroid Injections

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    ... the spinal sac and provides cushioning for the nerves and spinal cord. Steroids (‘cortisone’) placed into the epidural space ... spinal segments and cover both sides of the spinal canal. With a transforaminal ESI, often referred to as a ‘nerve block’, the needle is placed alongside the nerve ...

  10. Aspergillus spinal epidural abscess

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    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

  11. Bloqueo ciático continuo con catéter estimulador guiado mediante ecografía para tratamiento del miembro fantasma doloroso Ultrasound-guided continuous sciatic nerve block with stimulating catheter for the treatment of phantom limb pain

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    A. Martínez Navas; R. Ortiz de la Tabla González; M. Echevarría Moreno

    2009-01-01

    Los bloqueos nerviosos periféricos pueden ser una alternativa a la analgesia intravenosa y epidural en el tratamiento del miembro fantasma doloroso. La dificultad en la localización del nervio ciático mediante neuroestimulación en pacientes con arteriopatía periférica y neuropatía puede verse aumentada por el hecho de presentar una amputación del miembro inferior, que imposibilita la observación de una respuesta motora en el pie coincidiendo con la localización del nervio. En estos casos, la ...

  12. Análisis de la eficacia y seguridad del bloqueo iliofascial continuo para analgesia postoperatoria de artroplastia total de rodilla Analysis of the efficiency and safety of the ileofascial block for postoperatory pain after total knee arthroplasty

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    J. López González

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available Objetivo: la importancia del dolor agudo postoperatorio radica en su alta frecuencia, en su inadecuado tratamiento y en las repercusiones que tiene en la evolución y en la recuperación del paciente. El bloqueo iliofascial puede ser una técnica adecuada para analgesia postoperatoria en la artroplastia total de rodilla. El objetivo de este estudio es valorar la eficacia y seguridad del bloqueo iliofascial, en comparación con el bloqueo epidural, a efectos de analgesia postquirúrgica en pacientes sometidos a artroplastia total de rodilla bajo anestesia subaracnoidea. Se valoró además si la realización del bloqueo iliofascial es una técnica analgésica segura, las complicaciones derivadas de la misma, los efectos secundarios y el grado de satisfacción del paciente. Material y métodos: estudio multicéntrico, prospectivo, aleatorio, observacional, controlado, con evaluador ciego, en 54 pacientes, adultos, ASA I-III, de ambos sexos, sometidos a cirugía de artroplastia total de rodilla bajo anestesia intradural. Los pacientes incluidos en el estudio se dividieron en dos grupos, BIF y BE. En el grupo BIF (n = 27 se colocó un catéter iliofascial, mientras que en el otro grupo BE (n = 27 se colocó un catéter epidural lumbar (a nivel L3-L4, en ambos casos para la analgesia postoperatoria continua. Ambos grupos recibieron el mismo protocolo analgésico con paracetamol y metamizol pautados, y rescate con bolos de morfina intravenosa. Se utilizó t-Student para comparar las variables cuantitativas. Se consideró significativo (p Objective: the importance of acute postoperative pain lies in its high frequency, where inadequate treatment and the impact it has on the evolution and the patient's recovery. Iliofascial block may be a suitable technique for postoperative analgesia after total knee arthroplasty. The aim of this study is to assess the efficacy and safety of the blockade iliofascial compared with epidural analgesia in postoperative

  13. Epidural Naloxone to Prevent Buprenorphine Induced PONV

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    Ashok Jadon; S S Parida; Swastika Chakroborty; Amrita Panda

    2008-01-01

    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 infus...

  14. To study the acceptance of epidural analgesia for painless labor at a tertiary care centre

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    Full Text Available Background: Epidural analgesia is a central nerve block technique achieved by injection of a local anaesthetic close to the nerves that transmit pain and is widely used as a form of pain relief in labor. Epidural analgesia is the most effective method of pain relief during labor. But unfortunately in India incidence of painless labor by epidural analgesia is very rare even in these days. The aim of our study was to study the acceptance of epidural analgesia at a tertiary care centre. Methods: The present study was conducted in department of obstetrics and gynaecology UISEMH, Kanpur over the period from May 2012 to May 2013. The study was conducted on 98 patients who were counselled regarding the adoption of epidural analgesia as painless labour and out of these 50 patients opted for epidural analgesia. Results: In our present study the acceptance was greater in primigravida (72.43% as compared to multigravida (20%. In our society social reason was the common cause for non-acceptance in primigravida (87.5%. The majority of patients belonged to middle socioeconomic status (52% and more number of educated patients opted for epidural analgesia. Conclusions: It was found that increased awareness can lead to increased acceptance of epidural analgesia. [Int J Reprod Contracept Obstet Gynecol 2014; 3(4.000: 1087-1089

  15. Historia natural del bloqueo bifascicular factores que influyen en la evolución a bloqueo auriculoventricular avanzado y en la mortalidad /

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    Martí Almor, Julio

    2009-01-01

    Los pacientes con bloqueo bifascicular y síncope tienen un riesgo mayor de recurrencia sincopal por progresión a bloqueo AV avanzado, si bien en estos casos el rendimiento del EEF no suele pasar del 50% en las series más optimistas, quedando la otra mitad con un diagnostico incierto. Además, las exploraciones como la basculación o el test de adenosina en estos pacientes no han sido bien estudiadas. Por otro lado, la implantación de un Holter insertable o la implantación directa de un marcapas...

  16. Epidural injections for back pain

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    ESI; Spinal injection for back pain; Back pain injection; Steroid injection - epidural; Steroid injection - back ... pillow under your stomach. If this position causes pain, you either sit up or lie on your ...

  17. Epidural, paraspinal, and subcutaneous lipomatosis

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    Sener, R. Nuri [Department of Radiology, Ege University Hospital, Bornova, Izmir (Turkey)

    2003-09-01

    A unique case of idiopathic diffuse lipomatosis is reported. The patient was an 11-year-old boy with diffuse lipomatosis in the epidural space, paraspinal muscles, and thoracolumbar subcutaneous regions. Epidural lipomatosis involved the entire thoracolumbar spine and was associated with filar thickening and lipoma. In addition, paraspinal muscles, especially the erector spinae group, had diffuse fatty infiltration. The ultimate clinical effect of this fatty tissue was urinary dysfunction, radicular pain and hypoesthesia in both legs and difficulty walking. (orig.)

  18. EPIDURAL ANALGESIA IN LABOR - CONTROVERSIES.

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    Bilić, Nada; Djaković, Ivka; Kličan-Jaić, Katarina; Rudman, Senka Sabolović; Ivanec, Željko

    2015-09-01

    Labor pain is one of the most severe pains. Labor is a complex and individual process with varying maternal requesting analgesia. Labor analgesia must be safe and accompanied by minimal amount of unwanted consequences for both the mother and the child, as well as for the delivery procedure. Epidural analgesia is the treatment that best meets these demands. According to the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology and American Society of Anesthesiologists, mother's demand is a reason enough for the introduction of epidural analgesia in labor, providing that no contraindications exist. The application of analgesics should not cease at the end of the second stage of labor, but it is recommended that lower concentration analgesics be then applied. Based on the latest studies, it can be claimed that epidural analgesia can be applied during the major part of the first and second stage of labor. According to previous investigations, there is no definitive conclusion about the incidence of instrumental delivery, duration of second stage of labor, time of epidural analgesia initiation, and long term outcomes for the newborn. Cooperation of obstetric and anesthesiology personnel, as well as appropriate technical equipment significantly decrease the need of instrumental completion of a delivery, as well as other complications encountered in the application of epidural analgesia. Our hospital offers 24/7 epidural analgesia service. The majority of pregnant women in our hospital were aware of the advantages of epidural analgesia for labor, however, only a small proportion of them used it, mainly because of inadequate level of information. PMID:26666104

  19. Symptomatic epidural lipomatosis of the spinal cord in a child: MR demonstration of spinal cord injury

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    Munoz, Alberto [Department of Radiology, Section of Neuroradiology, 505 Parnassus Av, L-371, University of California-San Francisco, CA 94143-0628 (United States); Servicio de Radiodiagnostico, Seccion de Neurorradiologia, Hospital Universitario ' ' 12 de Octubre' ' , 28040 Madrid (Spain); Barkovich, James A. [Department of Radiology, Section of Neuroradiology, 505 Parnassus Av, L-371, University of California-San Francisco, CA 94143-0628 (United States); Mateos, Fernando; Simon, Rogelio [Seccion de Neurpediatria, Servicio de Neurologia, Hospital Universitario ' ' 12 de Octubre' ' , 28041 Madrid (Spain)

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    We report a case of symptomatic epidural lipomatosis in an 8-year-old girl with Cushing's syndrome secondary to longstanding high-dose steroid therapy for Crohn's disease. MR imaging of the spine revealed massive diffuse epidural fat compressing the entire spinal cord with T2 prolongation in the central gray matter of the cord suggesting ischemic myelopathy. This finding has not been previously demonstrated on imaging. A proposed mechanism underlying these findings is discussed. (orig.)

  20. Symptomatic epidural lipomatosis of the spinal cord in a child: MR demonstration of spinal cord injury

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    We report a case of symptomatic epidural lipomatosis in an 8-year-old girl with Cushing's syndrome secondary to longstanding high-dose steroid therapy for Crohn's disease. MR imaging of the spine revealed massive diffuse epidural fat compressing the entire spinal cord with T2 prolongation in the central gray matter of the cord suggesting ischemic myelopathy. This finding has not been previously demonstrated on imaging. A proposed mechanism underlying these findings is discussed. (orig.)

  1. Bloqueos nerviosos periféricos de la extremidad inferior para analgesia postoperatoria y tratamiento del dolor crónico Lower limb continuous peripheral nerve blocks for postoperative analgesia and chronic pain

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    V. Domingo

    2004-05-01

    Full Text Available Existe un interés creciente por la realización de los bloqueos de nervio periférico (BNP debido a sus potenciales beneficios como los concernientes a las interacciones de los fármacos anticoagulantes y los bloqueos neuroaxiales. Los BNP de la extremidad inferior, y sobre todo, los bloqueos periféricos del nervio ciático son el pariente pobre de las técnicas de anestesia regional y, en general, son poco conocidos y por tanto poco utilizados. En este artículo se realiza una revisión de los bloqueos del plexo lumbosacro, realizando especial énfasis en los bloqueos continuos mediante catéteres para analgesia postoperatoria y para el tratamiento del dolor crónico. La utilización de anestésicos locales de larga duración de acción, asociada a un escaso bloqueo motor, como es el caso de la ropivacaína, nos permite combinar técnicas de punción única para conseguir una adecuada analgesia intraoperatoria, con las técnicas de perfusión continua para analgesia postoperatoria. Es necesario un conocimiento anatómico preciso, así como de los territorios cutáneos de inervación de las ramas del plexo lumbosacro, para la realización de estas técnicas de bloqueo. La introducción de diferentes técnicas de imagen, fundamentalmente la ultrasonografía, para la localización de las estructuras nerviosas, facilita la realización de estos bloqueos y disminuye el riesgo de lesiones de los órganos adyacentes. La realización de los bloqueos continuos de nervio periférico ofrece el beneficio de una analgesia postoperatoria prolongada, con menores efectos adversos, mayor grado de satisfacción del paciente, y una recuperación funcional más rápida después de la cirugía.There is increasing interest in peripheral nerve blocks (PNB because of potential benefits relative to interactions of anticoagulants and central neuraxial techniques. Among all the regional anesthesia procedures, PNB of the lower limb, and specially sciatic nerve block

  2. 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.

  3. Epidural extramedullary haemopoiesis in thalassaemia

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    lntrathoracic extramedullary haematopoiesis is a rare condition. Involvement of the spinal epidural space with haematopoietic tissue is rather unusual. A 31-year-old-man with a known diagnosis of β-thalassaemia was referred with focal back pain. Magnetic resonance imaging revealed diffuse bone-marrow changes, thoracic paraspinal masses and lobulated epidural masses, suggesting extramedullary haemopoiesis. The patient was treated with radiotherapy and blood transfusions. Follow-up MRI was performed for evaluation efficacy of the treatment. Copyright (2002) Blackwell Science Pty Ltd

  4. Estudio descriptivo sobre bloqueos atrio-ventriculares en infartos posteroinferiores en el Hospital de Caldas ESE.

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    Wilmar Alberto Díaz

    2009-11-01

    Full Text Available Introducción: El infarto agudo de miocardio (IAM es un problema de salud pública a escala mundial y nacional, que merece una prevención, diagnóstico y tratamiento oportunos. El IAM de cara inferior presenta entre sus complicaciones el bloqueo atrio-ventricular (bloqueo AV en sus diversas manifestaciones. Materiales y métodos: El presente es un estudio de tipo descriptivo, retrospectivo realizado en el Hospital Universitario de Caldas ESE, por medio de la revisión de historias clínicas corresponismo atrio-DACCION diagnóstico, de alta calidad y de gran importancia. dientes a los años 1999 a 2002, de los pacientes que presentaron infarto agudo de miocardio de cara inferior. Se tomaron de las historias variables como edad, sexo, consumo de alcohol, tabaco, sedentarismo y la presencia o ausencia de enfermedades previas tales como hipertensión arterial, diabetes mellitus, dislipidemias e infarto agudo de miocardio previo y el tiempo de aparición del bloqueo (menor o mayor de 24 horas. Resultados: Se encontró una asociación significativa entre la incidencia de bloqueos AV con la edad (p=0.017 y el IAM previo (p=0.001 y entre mortalidad y tipo de bloqueo (p=0.028. No se presentó asociación entre los factores de riesgo asociados para IAM y la presentación de bloqueo, excepto una posible relación con la hipertensión arterial (p=0.176, no del todo clara, por lo cual se recomienda que sea explorada por estudios posteriores; 32.7% de personas con infarto de cara inferior tuvieron algún tipo de bloqueo y 77.1% de los bloqueos fueron en las primeras 24 horas. Conclusiones: Los pacientes que presenten un IAM de cara inferior con una edad >65 años, se deben someter a seguimiento con monitoría continua por electrocardiograma durante las primeras 24 horas; lo mismo todo paciente con IAM de cara inferior, se debe incluir dentro del grupo de seguimiento clínico, electrocardiográfico y de monitoreo estricto.

  5. Estudio descriptivo sobre bloqueos atrio-ventriculares en infartos posteroinferiores en el Hospital de Caldas ESE

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    Wilmar Alberto Díaz

    2005-09-01

    Full Text Available Introducción: El infarto agudo de miocardio (IAM es un problema de salud pública a escala mundial y nacional, que merece una prevención, diagnóstico y tratamiento oportunos. El IAM de cara inferior presenta entre sus complicaciones el bloqueo atrio-ventricular (bloqueo AV en sus diversas manifestaciones. Materiales y métodos: El presente es un estudio de tipo descriptivo, retrospectivo realizado en el Hospital Universitario de Caldas ESE, por medio de la revisión de historias clínicas corresponismo atrio-DACCION diagnóstico, de alta calidad y de gran importancia. dientes a los años 1999 a 2002, de los pacientes que presentaron infarto agudo de miocardio de cara inferior. Se tomaron de las historias variables como edad, sexo, consumo de alcohol, tabaco, sedentarismo y la presencia o ausencia de enfermedades previas tales como hipertensión arterial, diabetes mellitus, dislipidemias e infarto agudo de miocardio previo y el tiempo de aparición del bloqueo (menor o mayor de 24 horas. Resultados: Se encontró una asociación significativa entre la incidencia de bloqueos AV con la edad (p=0.017 y el IAM previo (p=0.001 y entre mortalidad y tipo de bloqueo (p=0.028. No se presentó asociación entre los factores de riesgo asociados para IAM y la presentación de bloqueo, excepto una posible relación con la hipertensión arterial (p=0.176, no del todo clara, por lo cual se recomienda que sea explorada por estudios posteriores; 32.7% de personas con infarto de cara inferior tuvieron algún tipo de bloqueo y 77.1% de los bloqueos fueron en las primeras 24 horas. Conclusiones: Los pacientes que presenten un IAM de cara inferior con una edad >65 años, se deben someter a seguimiento con monitoría continua por electrocardiograma durante las primeras 24 horas; lo mismo todo paciente con IAM de cara inferior, se debe incluir dentro del grupo de seguimiento clínico, electrocardiográfico y de monitoreo estricto.

  6. Epidural analgesia for cardiac surgery

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    V. Svircevic; M.M. Passier; A.P. Nierich; D. van Dijk; C.J. Kalkman; G.J. van der Heijden

    2013-01-01

    Background A combination of general anaesthesia (GA) with thoracic epidural analgesia (TEA) may have a beneficial effect on clinical outcomes by reducing the risk of perioperative complications after cardiac surgery. Objectives The objective of this review was to determine the impact of perioperativ

  7. Combined spinal epidural and epidural volume extension: Interaction of patient position and hyperbaric bupivacaine

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    Asha Tyagi

    2011-01-01

    Conclusions : If epidural volume extension is being applied with intention of rapid extension of sensory block when hyperbaric bupivacaine has been injected intrathecally, the combined spinal epidural block should be performed in lateral position rather than in the sitting position.

  8. 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

    Full Text Available Objetivos: a Conocer la incidencia de las complicaciones relacionadas con la técnica de analgesia regional durante la realización de la técnica, durante la dilatación y en el postparto; y b conocer si las complicaciones del postparto relacionadas con la técnica analgésica son más frecuentes cuando se realiza la técnica combinada epidural-subaracnoidea (CES en comparación con la analgesia epidural. Material y método: Hemos realizado un estudio observacional descriptivo y analítico. Como sujetos del estudio hemos incluido a todas las mujeres que solicitaron la administración de analgesia regional a la Unidad de Analgesia Epidural de nuestro hospital (5.895 embarazadas y cumplían los criterios de inclusión, en un periodo de tiempo que empieza en el 1 de enero del año 2002 y termina el 1 de enero del año 2003. Las técnicas empleadas para el control del dolor del trabajo del parto fueron la analgesia epidural y la técnica combinada epidural-subaracnoidea. Resultados: La complicación que más frecuentemente apareció durante la realización de la técnica fueron las parestesias (43,5% seguido de la punción hemática (5,9%. La punción no intencionada de la duramadre ha ocurrido en el 0,6%. Las complicaciones que más frecuentemente aparecieron durante el periodo de dilatación fue el prurito (11,4% y la analgesia lateralizada (9%. La complicación más frecuente del periodo postparto fue el dolor de espalda (9,8% y la cefalea (2%. Las complicaciones en general han sido significativamente más frecuentes en las embarazadas a las que se les aplicó la técnica CES, en comparación con la analgesia epidural convencional. Conclusiones: Las complicaciones que pueden aparecer debido a este modo de analgesia van desde unas poco frecuentes y potencialmente peligrosas si pasan desapercibidas (como la inyección intravascular de anestésicos locales o el bloqueo espinal total a otras más frecuentes como las parestesias, con una repercusi

  9. Contrast study of the epidural space

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    Sipukhin, Ya.M.; Murzin, V.E.; Artyushenko, V.S. (Vladivostokskij Meditsinskij Inst. (USSR))

    The results of contrast epidurography of 69 patients with various diseases of the vertebral column and spinal marrow are presented. Two methods were used: sacral and transdural. Cardiotrast, urotrast, urografin and verografin were used as contrast substances; during epidural administration the amount did not exceed 4 ml. X-ray signs of changes of the epidural space, such as obstruction, stenosis, deformity, make it possible to diagnose disk hernia, tumors and epiduritis. Complications associated with examination were not observed.

  10. Contrast study of the epidural space

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    The results of contrast epidurography of 69 patients with various diseases of the vertebral column and spinal marrow are presented. Two methods were used: sacral and transdural. Cardiotrast, urotrast, urografin and verografin were used as contrast substances; during epidural administration the amount did not exceed 4 ml. X-ray signs of changes of the epidural space, such as obstruction, stenosis, deformity, make it possible to diagnose disk hernia, tumors and epiduritis. Complications associated with examination were not observed

  11. MR imaging of spinal epidural sepsis

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    Spinal epidural abscess is uncommonly found in adults and children. Early diagnosis and treatment improves prognosis and prevents serious neurologic sequelae. Four patients with spinal epidural infections were recently evaluated with MR and CT of the spine. In all cases, MR and CT localized the site of infection accurately and showed adjacent bony osteomyelitis. MR proved superior in characterizing infection (abscess vs. inflammatory edema) and demonstrating epidural involvement and spinal cord compression. In all cases, MR obviated the need for myelography. Early recognition by MR of spinal epidural sepsis led to expeditious treatment and better clinical outcome

  12. MR findings of the spinal epidural lesions

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    Kim, Dong Hun; Lee, Ho Kyu; Shin, Ji Hoon; Choi, Choong Gon; Suh, Dae Chul; Shin, Myung Jin; Rhim, Seung Chul [Ulsan Univ. College of Midicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Park, Sung Tae [Dongguk Univ. College of Midicine, Kyungju (Korea, Republic of)

    2001-04-01

    The spinal canal takes the form of a series of cylinders designated by their relationship to the meninges and is divided by the dura mater into the epidural or extradural space and intradural space. The epidural space is composed of spinal ligaments, connective and areolar tissue, the epidural venous plexus, lymphatic channels and supporting elements, and various pathologic entities are found there. MR imaging can accurately depict the extent and characteristics of lesions, and in some cases specific diagnosis is possible. In this pictorial essay, we illustrate a variety of spinal epidural lesions and their MR findings.

  13. Efficacy of epidural local anesthetic and dexamethasone in providing postoperative analgesia: A meta-analysis

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    Jebaraj, B; Khanna, P; Baidya, DK; Maitra, S

    2016-01-01

    Background: Dexamethasone is a potent anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and antiemetic drug. Individual randomized controlled trials found a possible benefit of epidural dexamethasone. The purpose of this meta-analysis is to estimate the benefit of epidural dexamethasone on postoperative pain and opioid consumption and to formulate a recommendation for evidence-based practice. Materials and Methods: Prospective, randomized controlled trials comparing the analgesic efficacy of epidural local anesthetic and dexamethasone combination, with local anesthetic alone for postoperative pain management after abdominal surgery, were planned to be included in this meta-analysis. PubMed, PubMed Central, Scopus, and Central Register of Clinical Trials of the Cochrane Collaboration (CENTRAL) databases were searched for eligible controlled trials using the following search words: “Epidural”, “dexamethasone”, and “postoperative pain”, until February 20, 2015. Results: Data from five randomized control trials have been included in this meta-analysis. Epidural dexamethasone significantly decreased postoperative morphine consumption (mean difference −7.89 mg; 95% confidence interval [CI]: −11.66 to −3.71) and number of patients required postoperative rescue analgesic boluses (risk ratio: 0.51; 95% CI: 0.41-0.63). Conclusion: The present data shows that the addition of dexamethasone to local anesthetic in epidural is beneficial for postoperative pain management. PMID:27375389

  14. Unusual cervical spine epidural abscess.

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    Liou, Jr-Han; Su, Yu-Jang

    2015-10-01

    A 48-year-old man presented to the emergency department with complain of severe neck pain and anterior chest pain. Intermittent fever in the recent 2 days was also noted. There is a track maker over his left side of neck. The laboratory examination showed leukocytosis and high C-reactive protein level. Urine drug screen was positive for opiate. Empirical antibiotic administration was given. Blood culture grew gram-positive cocci in chain, and there was no vegetation found by heart echocardiogram. However, progressive weakness of four limbs was noted, and patient even cannot stand up and walk. The patient also complained of numbness sensation over bilateral hands and legs, and lower abdomen. Acute urine retention occurred. We arranged magnetic resonance imaging survey, which showed evidence of inflammatory process involving the retropharyngeal spaces and epidural spaces from the skull base to the bony level of T5. Epidural inflammatory process resulted in compression of the spinal cord and bilateral neural foramen narrowing. Neurosurgeon was consulted. Operation with laminectomy and posterior fusion with bone graft and internal fixation was done. Culture of epidural abscess and 2 sets of blood culture all yielded methicillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus. For epidural abscess, the most common involved spine is lumbar followed by thoracic and cervical spine. Diagnosis and treatment in the drug abusers are still challenging because they lack typical presentation, drug compliance, and adequate follow-up and because it is hard to stop drug abuser habit. Significant improvement of neurological deficit can be expected in most spinal abscess in drug abusers after treatment. PMID:26298050

  15. 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.

  16. Infections following epidural catheterization

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    Holt, MS; Andersen, SS; Andersen, Ove; Gahrn-Hansen, B; Siboni, K

    1995-01-01

    central nervous system infection of at least 0.7% at Odense University Hospital. This degree of infection is of the same magnitude as that reported for intravascular devices. We found that the patients with generalized symptoms of infection had been catheterized for a longer time, and were older than...

  17. Epidural Abscess Caused by Streptobacillus moniliformis

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    Addidle, Michael; Pynn, Joanne; Grimwade, Kate; Giola, Massimo

    2012-01-01

    We present an interesting case of a patient who developed an epidural abscess caused by Streptobacillus moniliformis. This is the first report in the medical literature of a spinal epidural abscess associated with this organism. Diagnosis of S. moniliformis infection requires a high degree of suspicion, and a delay may be inevitable when a relevant clinical history is lacking.

  18. Skin to posterior lumbar epidural space distance

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    To measure the clinically relevant skin to posterior lumbar epidural space distance in adult surgical patients and to correlate this distance with the patient physical factors to construct a model for the prediction of this distance using the correlation. The study was carried out in 100 patients divided into three groups, who were scheduled for different surgical procedures. Group-I consisted of female patients scheduled for lower segment caesarian section (L.S.C.S); group-II adult non-pregnant females undergoing elective surgery and group-III adult males undergoing different surgical procedures. Epidural anaesthesia was given, using loss of resistance (LOR) technique, and skin to posterior epidural space was measured. The mean skin to posterior lumbar epidural space distance was found to be 3.8 +- 0.5 cm in group-I, 3.76 +- 0.7 cm in group- II and 4.0 +- 0.5 cm in group-III. Skin to posterior epidural space distance correlates best with weight of the patient. Posterior lumbar skin to epidural space distance has been found to be less than what is normal in rest of the world. These results may be used as a guideline for performing successful epidural blocks in Pakistani population. A reliable model using patient physical factors to predict skin to posterior epidural space distance could not be constructed. (author)

  19. Déficit motor asociado a analgesia epidural en paciente con patología neurológica preexistente no conocida

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    T. García Navia

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    Full Text Available Existen múltiples estudios que afirman que las complicaciones neurológicas asociadas a la práctica de un bloqueo neuroaxial pueden tener una mayor incidencia en los pacientes que presentan enfermedades neurológicas preexistentes como la estenosis espinal. Esta incidencia puede ser especialmente relevante si no se cuenta con un diagnóstico previo de dichas patologías. En el presente trabajo describimos nuestra experiencia con una mujer de 60 años de edad, diagnosticada de isquemia crónica de miembro inferior derecho, que presentó un déficit motor importante tras la colocación de un catéter epidural para el manejo del dolor.

  20. Spinal epidural empyema in two dogs

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    Extensive, diffuse, epidural spinal cord compression was visualized myelographically in two dogs presented for rapid development of nonambulatory tetraparesis and paraplegia, respectively. Purulent fluid containing bacterial organisms was aspirated percutaneously under fluoroscopic guidance from the epidural space of each dog. One dog responded poorly to aggressive medical therapy, which included installation of an epidural lavage and drainage system. Both dogs were euthanized due to the severe nature of their disorder and the poor prognosis. Spinal epidural empyema (i.e., abscess) is a rare condition in humans and has not been reported previously in the veterinary literature. Spinal epidural empyema should be considered as a differential diagnosis in dogs presenting with painful myelopathies, especially when accompanied by fever

  1. Tratamiento epidural del dolor en la isquemia vascular periférica (I Treatment of epidural pain in peripheral vascular ischemia (I

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    M.J. Orduña González

    2009-03-01

    Full Text Available 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. El objetivo ha sido realizar una revisión histórica de publicaciones científicas acerca de los distintos tipos de isquemia periférica, del dolor derivado, de su tratamiento analgésico por vía epidural y de las peculiaridades que hay que tener en cuenta en dicha patología. Se ha realizado una búsqueda en MEDLINE y se han recopilado los principales datos respecto a la evolución y las principales líneas de investigación científicas publicadas en las áreas de la analgesia epidural y el dolor en el contexto de la isquemia arterial periférica. Desde su introducción terapéutica en la isquemia periférica, la analgesia con perfusión de fármacos epidurales ha constituido un método eficaz analgésico, que en el caso de los anestésicos locales, además, aporta efectos hemorreológicos positivos a través de un bloqueo simpático. La neuroestimulación eléctrica epidural (NEE medular es una modalidad analgésica crónica con indicaciones específicas dentro de la isquemia periférica, con potencial efecto trófico y capacidad de preservación de miembros, incluso en isquemia crítica aterooclusiva. El efecto, tanto analgésico como trófico de las distintas modalidades analgésicas epidurales, varía según sus características técnicas y según los distintos tipos de isquemia periférica. Se deben tener en cuenta las limitaciones y riesgos del tratamiento analgésico epidural en la isquemia de miembros. Se necesitan estudios científicos que evalúen la eficiencia y la efectividad de la NEE en la isquemia periférica de naturaleza no aterooclusiva, así como la investigación de parámetros clínicos vasculares que puedan actuar como

  2. MR imaging of epidural hematoma in the lumbar spine

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    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

  3. 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

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

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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...

  5. Bloqueo y ensombrecimiento en un grupo de vertebrados filogenéticamente antiguo: los anfibios

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    M. Florencia Daneri

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    Full Text Available En este artículo se describe el estudio de los fenómenos de bloqueo y ensombrecimiento en una tarea de aprendizaje espacial en un anfibio, el sapo terrestre Rhinella arenarum. Ambos fenómenos de aprendizaje, ampliamente observados en otras clases de vertebrados, se describen por primera vez en un grupo con un cerebro filogenéticamente antiguo, como es el caso de los anfibios. Específicamente, se observó durante el aprendizaje espacial: (1 bloqueo entre claves visuales asociadas a una meta, y (2 ensombrecimiento de una clave visual lejana por la presencia de una clave cercana. Este hecho permite sentar un precedente para estudiar posteriormente los mecanismos biológicos que rigen el aprendizaje espacial, en búsqueda de patrones funcionales comunes con otras clases de vertebrados, potencialmente presentes en un ancestro común.

  6. Dorsal spinal epidural cavernous hemangioma

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    Darshana Sanghvi

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    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.

  7. High thoracic epidural anesthesia in cardiac surgery: risk factors for arterial hypotension.

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    Casalino, Stefano; Mangia, Fabio; Stelian, Edmond; Novelli, Eugenio; Diena, Marco; Tesler, Ugo F

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    There is an interest in the use of high thoracic epidural anesthesia in cardiac surgery, because experimental and clinical studies have suggested that central neuroaxial blockade attenuates the response to surgical stress and improves myocardial metabolism and perioperative analgesia-thus enabling earlier extubation and a smoother postoperative course. Matters of major concern in the adoption of high thoracic epidural anesthesia in cardiac surgery are neurologic injury secondary to neuroaxial hematoma and hypotension secondary to sympatholysis. The risk associated with possible neuraxial hematoma caused by high thoracic epidural anesthesia has been thoroughly investigated and largely discounted, but scant attention has been devoted to the onset of hypotensive episodes in the same setting. We analyzed the hypotensive episodes that occurred in a series of 144 patients who underwent on-pump cardiac surgery procedures. Among the patient variables that we tested in a multivariate logistic-regression model, only female sex was found to be significantly correlated with hypotension. In order to decrease the incidence and severity of hypotensive episodes resulting from anesthetic blockade, anesthesiologists need to monitor, with special care, women patients who are under high thoracic epidural anesthesia. Further studies are needed in order to determine why women undergoing open heart surgery under high thoracic epidural anesthesia are at a relatively greater risk of hypotension. PMID:16878616

  8. Rapid progression of spinal epidural lipomatosis

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    Choi, Kyung-Chul; Kang, Byung-Uk; Lee, Choon Dae; Lee, Sang-Ho

    2011-01-01

    Spinal epidural lipomatosis (SEL) is a rare but well-recognized condition. In general, the onset of its symptoms is insidious and the disease progresses slowly. We report two cases of rapid progression of SEL with no history of steroid intake in non-obese individuals after epidural steroid injection. These SEL patients developed neurologic symptoms after less than 5 months; these symptoms were confirmed to be due to SEL by serial MR images. After the debulking of the epidural fat, their sympt...

  9. 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.

  10. 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

  11. Cervical Meningomyelitis After Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injection.

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    Lee, Yujin; Kim, Joon-Sung; Kim, Ji Yeon

    2015-06-01

    Epidural steroid injections (ESI) are a common treatment for back pain management. ESI-related complications have increased with the growing number of procedures. We report a case of cervical meningomyelitis followed by multiple lumbar ESI. A 60-year-old male with diabetes mellitus presented to our hospital with severe neck pain. He had a history of multiple lumbar injections from a local pain clinic. After admission, high fever and elevated inflammatory values were detected. L-spine magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) revealed hematoma in the S1 epidural space. Antibiotic treatment began under the diagnosis of a lumbar epidural abscess. Despite the treatment, he started to complain of weakness in both lower extremities. Three days later, the weakness progressed to both upper extremities. C-spine MRI revealed cervical leptomeningeal enhancement in the medulla oblongata and cervical spinal cord. Removal of the epidural abscess was performed, but there was no neurological improvement. PMID:26161360

  12. The experience of labour with epidural analgesia

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    Jepsen, Ingrid; Keller, Kurt Dauer

    2014-01-01

    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. Conclusion...... 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......: 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. 2014 Australian...

  13. Idiopathic Thoracic Epidural Lipomatosis with Chest Pain

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    Lee, Sang-Beom; Park, Hyung-Ki; Chang, Jae-Chil; Jin, So-Young

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    Spinal epidural lipomatosis (SEL) is an overgrowth of the normally encapsulated adipose tissue in the epidural space around the spinal cord in the thoracic and lumbar spine causing compression of the neural components. Idiopathic SEL in non-obese patients is exceptional. Idiopathic SEL can result in thoracic myelopathy and lumbar radiculopathy. A thoracic radiculopathy due to idiopathic SEL has not been reported yet. We report a case of idiopathic SEL with intractable chest pain and paresthes...

  14. Epidural glucocorticoid use for vertebrogenic pain

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    M.V. Churyukanov

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available The literature review deals with the use of glucocorticoids (GC for nonspecific vertebrogenic pain and radiculopathy. The pathophysiology of radiculopathy and the role of mechanical and chemical components in the development of pain syndrome are discussed. The data of clinical trials analyzing the efficiency of epidural GC use, as well as possible indications for this therapy and its adverse reactions are under consideration. The available concepts of the analgesic effect of epidural CG are discussed.

  15. Epidural labour analgesia using Bupivacaine and Clonidine

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    Syal, K; R K Dogra; A Ohri; Chauhan, G.; Goel, A.

    2011-01-01

    Background: To compare the effects of addition of Clonidine (60 μg) to Epidural Bupivacaine (0.125%) for labour analgesia, with regard to duration of analgesia, duration of labour, ambulation, incidence of instrumentation and caesarean section, foetal outcome, patient satisfaction and side effects. Patients & Methods: On demand, epidural labour analgesia was given to 50 nulliparous healthy term parturients (cephalic presentation), divided in two groups randomly. Group I received bupivacain...

  16. [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. PMID:26230893

  17. Symptomatic Spinal Epidural Lipomatosis After a Single Local Epidural Steroid Injection

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    Spinal epidural lipomatosis is a rare disorder that can manifest with progressive neurological deficits. It is characterized by abnormal accumulation of unencapsulated epidural fat commonly associated with the administration of exogenous steroids associated with a variety of systemic diseases, endocrinopathies, and Cushing syndrome (Fogel et al. Spine J 5:202–211, 2005). Occasionally, spinal epidural lipomatosis may occur in patients not exposed to steroids or in patients with endocrinopathies, primarily in obese individuals (Fogel et al. Spine J 5:202–211, 2005). However, spinal lumbar epidural lipomatosis resulting from local steroid injection has rarely been reported. We report the case of a 45-year-old diabetic man with claudication that was probably due to symptomatic lumbar spinal lipomatosis resulting from a single local epidural steroid injection.

  18. Bloqueos nerviosos periféricos en la extremidad inferior para la analgesia postoperatoria de la artroplastia total de rodilla

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    Gonzalo Pellicer, Inmaculada; Gómez Gómez, Roberto; Martínez Delgado, Fernando

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    INTRODUCCIÓN: El control del dolor en el postoperatorio inmediato de la artroplastia total de rodilla (ATR) es básico tanto para la precoz recuperación y movilidad de la extremidad como para el confort del paciente, puesto que se trata de una de las intervenciones más dolorosas que se realizan. Según los últimos estudios publicados, el bloqueo del nervio femoral, ya sea con una punción única o dejando un catéter con bloqueo continuo podría ser la técnica de elección para el control del dolor ...

  19. 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...

  20. 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

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    Full Text Available Objetivos: Estudiar la incidencia de fallos y complicaciones neurológicas de la analgesia epidural en obstetricia, así como hacer un seguimiento y análisis de las mismas. Pacientes y método: Estudio observacional prospectivo de gestantes que recibieron analgesia epidural para el trabajo de parto en un hospital terciario durante 2009 y 2010. Se registraron los datos demográficos maternoinfantiles, del trabajo de parto y el tipo de parto así como las complicaciones que se produjeron tanto durante la realización de la técnica como durante el peri- y postparto. Se siguieron a todas las pacientes hasta su alta hospitalaria identificándose y tratándose las posibles complicaciones hasta su resolución. Resultados: Se incluyeron 438 gestantes. Se dividieron las complicaciones en 2 etapas: peripartum y postpartum. En el periparto se identificaron, de mayor a menor frecuencia, las siguientes complicaciones: analgesia lateralizada (16,4%, punción hemática (8,7%, parestesias (8,2%, técnica dificultosa (5,2%, analgesia ineficaz (2,7%, hipotensión arterial (2,5% y bloqueo subdural (0,2%. En el postparto: lumbalgia (18,5%, retención urinaria (3,4%, cefalea post-punción dural (1,4%, neuropatías periféricas (0,9% e hipoestesia prolongada (0,2%. Todas las complicaciones se resolvieron ad integrum con tratamiento conservador salvo un caso de cefalea que precisó la realización de un parche hemático. Conclusiones: La alta tasa de fallos de la analgesia epidural en obstetricia así como la posibilidad de complicaciones neurológicas pueden resolverse siguiendo unas normas de buena práctica que incluyen la aspiración previa a la inyección, la dosis test y la revisión periódica del catéter. Resulta imprescindible conocer dichas complicaciones para su evaluación y tratamiento precoz.Objectives: To determine the incidence of failures and neurological complications related to the epidural analgesia for labour and to analyze their evolution and

  1. Extracranial epidural emphysema: pathway, aetiology, diagnosis and management

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    Cloran, F; Bui-Mansfield, L T

    2011-01-01

    Extracranial epidural emphysema is an uncommon phenomenon that refers to the presence of gas within the epidural space. As an isolated finding, it is typically benign, but it can be a secondary sign of more ominous disease processes, such as pneumothorax, pneumoperitoneum and epidural abscess. Although the phenomenon has been cited in case reports, a comprehensive review of this topic is lacking in the radiology literature. The authors' aim is to report our experience with extracranial epidur...

  2. Effects of epidural lidocaine anesthesia on bulls during electroejaculation.

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    Falk, A J; Waldner, C L; Cotter, B S; Gudmundson, J.; Barth, A D

    2001-01-01

    Two experiments were conducted to determine whether caudal epidural lidocaine anesthesia reduces a stress response to electroejaculation. In the 1st experiment, changes in cortisol and progesterone concentrations in serial blood samples were used to assess the stress response to restraint (control), transrectal massage, caudal epidural injection of saline, electroejaculation after caudal epidural injection of lidocaine, and electroejaculation without epidural lidocaine. In the 2nd experiment,...

  3. Violencia de pareja: detección, personalidad y bloqueo de la huida

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    Torres Giménez, Anna

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    [spa] El objetivo general de esta tesis fue avanzar en el conocimiento de la violencia de pareja, su detección, factores asociados, y sus consecuencias. De un modo más específico, con la presente tesis se pretendía proporcionar herramientas validadas en nuestra población para la detección de la violencia de pareja en el ámbito sanitario, explorar la relación entre personalidad y victimización por violencia de pareja, y estudiar los motivos de bloqueo de la huida, escape o ruptura de la relac...

  4. Bloqueo auriculoventricular congénito y embarazo. ¿Qué hacer con el marcapaso?

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    Jerson Quitián; Guillermo Mora

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    El bloqueo aurículoventricular congénito (BAVC) es una lesión del nodo AV que produce alteración de la transmisión de los impulsos auriculares a los ventrículos y que puede manifestarse clínicamente antes o después del nacimiento. Es raro encontrar esta patología en mujeres embarazadas, sin embargo esto puede variar debido a que en la actualidad se corrigen defectos cardiacos de manera quirúrgica más frecuentemente y se implantan marcapasos de manera más precoz. Presentamos un caso de una muj...

  5. 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

  6. Acute spontaneous spinal epidural haematoma in a child

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    Spontaneous spinal epidural haematomas rarely occur. Patients tend to be in their sixties or seventies. Acute spontaneous spinal epidural haematomas in children without a predisposition for bleeding disorders, trauma, vascular malformations or anticoagulant therapy have seldom been described. We present a case of a 4-year-old girl with a spontaneous cervical epidural haematoma diagnosed with MR. (orig.)

  7. Lumbosacral epidural lipomatosis: MRI grading

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    Borre, Daniel G. [Department of MRI, RM-Hastings, Clinica Monte Grande, Monte Grande, Buenos Aires (Argentina); Department of MRI, Oncologic Center of Excellence, Gonnet, Buenos Aires (Argentina); Sociedad Argentina de Radiologia, Arenales 1985 P.B., Ciudad Autonoma de Buenos Aires C1124AAC (Argentina); Borre, Guillermo E. [Department of MRI, RM-Hastings, Clinica Monte Grande, Monte Grande, Buenos Aires (Argentina); Department of MRI, Oncologic Center of Excellence, Gonnet, Buenos Aires (Argentina); Aude, Flavio [Department of MRI, Oncologic Center of Excellence, Gonnet, Buenos Aires (Argentina); Palmieri, Gladys N. [Department of MRI, RM-Hastings, Clinica Monte Grande, Monte Grande, Buenos Aires (Argentina)

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    Lumbosacral epidural lipomatosis (LEL) is characterized by excessive deposition of epidural fat (EF). The purpose of our retrospective study was to quantify normal and pathologic amounts of EF in order to develop a reproducible MRI grading of LEL. In this study of 2528 patients (1095 men and 1433 women; age range 18-84 years, mean age 47.3 years) we performed a retrospective analysis of MRI exams. We obtained four linear measurements at the axial plane parallel and tangent to the superior end plate of S1 vertebral body: antero-posterior diameter of dural sac (A-Pd DuS), A-Pd of EF, located ventrally and dorsally to the DuS, and A-Pd of the spinal canal (Spi C). We calculated (a) DuS/EF index and (b) EF/Spi C index. We developed the following MRI grading of LEL: normal, grade 0: DuS/EF index {>=}1.5, EF/Spi C index {<=}40%; LEL grade I: DuS/EF index 1.49-1, EF/Spi C index 41-50% (mild EF overgrowth); LEL grade II: DuS/EF index 0.99-0.34, EF/Spi C index 51-74% (moderate EF overgrowth); LEL grade III: DuS/EF index {<=}0.33, EF/Spi C index {>=}75% (severe EF overgrowth). The MRI exams were evaluated independently by three readers. Intra- and interobserver reliabilities were obtained by calculating Kappa statistics. The MRI grading showed the following distribution: grade 0, 2003 patients (79.2%); LEL grade I, 308 patients (12.2%); LEL grade II, 165 patients (6.5%); and LEL grade III, 52 patients (2.1%). The kappa coefficients for intra- and interobserver agreement in a four-grade classification system were substantial to excellent: intraobserver, kappa range 0.79 [95% confidence interval (CI), 0.65-0.93] to 0.82 (95% CI, 0.70-0.95); interobserver, kappa range 0.76 (95% CI, 0.62-0.91) to 0.85 (95% CI, 0.73-0.97). In LEL grade I, there were no symptomatic cases due to fat hypertrophy. LEL grade II was symptomatic in only 24 cases (14.5%). In LEL grade III, all cases were symptomatic. A subgroup of 22 patients (42.3%) showed other substantial spinal pathologies (e

  8. Radiologic findings of intraspinal epidural arachnoid cyst

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    To evaluate the radiologic findings of intraspinal epidural arachnoid cyst. Six patients with surgically proven intraspinal epidural arachnoid cyst were included in this study. Four were free of specific past history, but two had a history of trauma. All underwent examination by plain radiogr4aphy, CT-myelography and MRI, and the following aspects were retrospectively analysed:vertebral pressure erosion, interpedicular distance, enlargement of neural foramina, as seen on plain radiograph, contrast-filling and lateral bulging of lesions through neural foramina on CT-myelograph, and signal intensity, size and shape of margin and epidural fat pattern, as seen on MRI. Three of four congenital intraspinal epidural arachnoid cysts were single in the thoracolumbar region, while in the other case, there were multiple cysts in the mid-and lower thoracic regions. Cysts were equivaleut in size to between four and six vertebral bodies. Plain radiographic findings of pedicular pressure erosion, widened interpedicular distance, and bilateral neural foraminal enlargement of several contiguous vertebrae were observed in all four cases. One showed posterior vertebral scalloping. On CT-myelograph, a contrast-filled cystic lesion occupying the posterior epidural space, with lateral bulging through neural foramina and anterior displacement of the contrast-filled thecal sac, was seen. On MRI, longitudinally elongated, well-demarcated cysts were seen to be present in the posterior epidural space;their signal intensity was the same as in CSF. An epidural fat cap pattern enveloping the upper and lower ends of the cysts was apparent in all cases. In two cases, traumatic intraspinal epidural arachnoid cysts were situated in the thoracolumbar and lumbosacral region, respectively, near a previously injured region and were smaller (equivalent to the height of three vertebral bodies). CT-myelograph and MRI showed that their effect on the thecal sac was compressive only. When pressure erosion of

  9. Radiologic findings of intraspinal epidural arachnoid cyst

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    Oh, Jeong Kwon; Eun, Choong Ki; Jeon, Young Seup; Lee, Jong Yuk; Lee, Young Joon; Shim, Jae Hong [Inje Univ. College of Medicine, Pusan (Korea, Republic of); Choi, Soon Seup [Donga Univ. College of Medicine, Pusan (Korea, Republic of)

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    To evaluate the radiologic findings of intraspinal epidural arachnoid cyst. Six patients with surgically proven intraspinal epidural arachnoid cyst were included in this study. Four were free of specific past history, but two had a history of trauma. All underwent examination by plain radiogr4aphy, CT-myelography and MRI, and the following aspects were retrospectively analysed:vertebral pressure erosion, interpedicular distance, enlargement of neural foramina, as seen on plain radiograph, contrast-filling and lateral bulging of lesions through neural foramina on CT-myelograph, and signal intensity, size and shape of margin and epidural fat pattern, as seen on MRI. Three of four congenital intraspinal epidural arachnoid cysts were single in the thoracolumbar region, while in the other case, there were multiple cysts in the mid-and lower thoracic regions. Cysts were equivaleut in size to between four and six vertebral bodies. Plain radiographic findings of pedicular pressure erosion, widened interpedicular distance, and bilateral neural foraminal enlargement of several contiguous vertebrae were observed in all four cases. One showed posterior vertebral scalloping. On CT-myelograph, a contrast-filled cystic lesion occupying the posterior epidural space, with lateral bulging through neural foramina and anterior displacement of the contrast-filled thecal sac, was seen. On MRI, longitudinally elongated, well-demarcated cysts were seen to be present in the posterior epidural space;their signal intensity was the same as in CSF. An epidural fat cap pattern enveloping the upper and lower ends of the cysts was apparent in all cases. In two cases, traumatic intraspinal epidural arachnoid cysts were situated in the thoracolumbar and lumbosacral region, respectively, near a previously injured region and were smaller (equivalent to the height of three vertebral bodies). CT-myelograph and MRI showed that their effect on the thecal sac was compressive only. When pressure erosion of

  10. Neonatal respiratory depression associated with epidural analgesia

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    Alberto Gálvez Toro

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    Full Text Available Background: Epidural analgesia is the most effective analgesics used during childbirth but is not without its problems.In the Hospital San Juan de la Cruz of Ubeda from November 2011 we have detected 3 cases of newborn infants with signs of respiratory depression. Appeared in them: normal cardiotocographic records during childbirth, use of epidural associated with fentanyl, termination by vacuum and elevated temperature in one case.ObjectivesKnow if the neonatal adaptation to extrauterine life may be influenced by the use of epidural analgesia in childbirth. Review what role can have the rise in maternal temperature and the use of epidural fentanyl with the appearance of newborn respiratory distress.MethodsLiterature Review conducted in February of 2012 in Pubmed and the Cochrane Library, using the key words: childbirth, epidural analgesia, neonatal respiratory depression.ResultsOn the respiratory depression associated with fentanyl, a Cochrane review found indicating that newborns of mothers with an epidural, had a lower pH and were less need for administration of naloxone.On PubMed we find a review study that indicates that the respiratory depression caused by the administration of opioids via neuroaxial is rare, placing it below 1 per 1000, and a clinical case that concluded that doses of fentanyl exceeding 300 µg (approx. 5 µg/kg for 4 hours previous to childbirth, have a high risk of neonatal respiratory depression at birth.The same Cochrane review indicates that the women with epidural analgesia had increased risk of maternal fever of at least 38 ° C and a recent cohort study relates this increase in temperature with a greater likelihood of neonatal adverse events (from 37.5 ° C.ConclusionsThe studies found considered safe epidurals to the neonate and the mother, except when certain conditions are met. The literature and our clinical experience have been reports linking neonatal respiratory depression with increasing temperature (37

  11. 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...... 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 be...

  12. 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. PMID:27446525

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. Lumbar Epidural Varix Mimicking Disc Herniation

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

    2016-01-01

    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. PMID:27446525

  16. Retrograde Epidural Catheter Relieves Intractable Sacral Pain.

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    Gupta, Ruchir; Shodhan, Shivam; Hosny, Amr

    2016-01-01

    Pain caused by tumor infiltration of the sacral area remains a major clinical challenge. Patients with poor pain control despite comprehensive medical management may be treated with neuraxial techniques such as continuous epidural or spinal anesthetic. We report a case in which a patient with metastatic breast cancer experienced inadequate pain relief after multiple intravenous pain management regimens as well as intrathecal (IT) drug delivery. The concentration of local anesthetics delivered via the IT catheter was limited due to the patient's baseline motor weakness which would be exacerbated with higher concentrations of local anesthetics. Thus, a decision was made to insert an epidural catheter via a retrograde technique to provide the patient with a "band of anesthesia" which would provide profound sensory blockade without concomitant motor weakness. Pain refractory to other modalities of pain control was successfully treated with the epidural technique. PMID:27162431

  17. Spontaneous epidural hematoma due to cervico-thoracic angiolipoma.

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    Eap, C; Bannwarth, M; Jazeron, J-F; Kleber, J-C; Theret, É; Duntze, J; Litre, C-F

    2015-12-01

    Epidural angiolipomas are uncommon benign tumors of the spine. Their clinical presentation is usually a progressive spinal cord compression. We report the case of a 22-year-old patient who presented with an acute paraparesis and a spontaneous epidural hematoma, which revealed a epidural angiolipoma which extended from C7 to T3. The patient underwent a C7-T3 laminectomy, in emergency, with evacuation of the hematoma and extradural complete resection of a fibrous epidural tumor bleeding. The postoperative course was favorable with regression of neurological symptoms. Epidural angiolipomas can be revealed by spontaneous intratumoral hemorrhage without traumatism. The standard treatment is total removal by surgery. PMID:26597606

  18. Técnicas analgésicas para el parto: alternativas en caso de fallo de la epidural

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    J.R. Ortiz-Gómez

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available La analgesia epidural es hoy día el método de elección para el tratamiento del dolor del trabajo de parto, el expulsivo y el alumbramiento. Sin embargo, esta técnica puede fallar y aliviar de forma inadecuada (o nula a la parturienta. En el presente artículo se revisan los factores de riesgo, las posibles causas y las alternativas terapéuticas posibles a la analgesia inadecuada, ya sea mediante terapias farmacológicas (neuroaxiales, bloqueos periféricos o administración de analgésicos vía intravenosa o inhalatoria o no farmacológicas (técnicas de relajación, psicológicas o mecánicas. En todos los casos posibles se revisan la eficacia y las indicaciones de las terapias alternativas en función de la literatura publicada, especialmente desde el punto de vista de la medicina basada en la evidencia. Se insiste en la necesidad de aplicar una aproximación terapéutica multifactorial a la embarazada, no limitándonos solo a eliminar el dolor del parto.

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

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    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 ...

  20. 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.

  1. Spontaneous extracranial decompression of epidural hematoma

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    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.)

  2. Bloqueo de Ganglio Estrellado en el tratamiento de angina de pecho refractaria: un posible tratamiento coadyuvante

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    Isaías Salas Herrera

    2002-04-01

    Full Text Available El presente trabajo corresponde una revisión bibliográfica de los estudios clínicos realizados en síndromes anginosos refractarios al tratamiento convencional, utilizando como tratamiento el bloqueo de ganglio estrellado. Se realizó una búsqueda de literatura publicada entre los años 1.900 al 2.000 en las bases de datos MDConsult, Medline y ProQuest. A su vez se revisaron las publicaciones en la Biblioteca del Hospital Rafael Ángel Calderón Guardia y en la Biblioteca del BINASSS (Biblioteca Nacional de Salud del Seguro Social. De acuerdo a los estudios analizados el bloqueo de ganglio estrellado se describe como posibilidad terapéutica para el control de dolor de la angina de pecho refractaria . La descripción clásica de la inervación cardíaca consiste en tres nervios simpáticos mayores originados de los ganglios cervicales superior, medio e inferior. Esta inervación simpática en conjunto con diversos nervios parasimpáticos, se describen como el plexo cardíaco. En contraste Jane et. al. (1986 en un estudio anatómico de 23 cadáveres describe que la inervación cardiopulmonar en el hombre se origina en el ganglio estrellado y las mitades caudales de las cadenas simpáticas cervicales junto con nervios que se originan del nervio recurrente laríngeo o del vago. De estas estructuras derivan los dos plexos cardiopulmonares. De estos plexos derivan tres nervios cardíacos mayores que se proyectan hacia el corazón. Se estima que determinado porcentaje de los pacientes diagnosticados con angina inestable progresará a desarrollar una angina refractaria al tratamiento. El bloqueo de ganglio estrellado podría ser un nuevo método terapéutico para controlar el dolor de dicha condición. Sin embargo se necesitan estudios clínicos randomizados a doble ciego para obtener resultados concluyentes.

  3. Epidural analgesia in labor: specific characteristics, dilemmas and controversies

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    Kutlešić Marija

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction. Epidural analgesia has become the most popular method for labor pain relief. Analgesia in Labor: Yes or No? Labor pain is a complex phenomenon with sensory, cognitive, motivational, emotional, social, and cultural variables. Pain and anxiety lead to adrenergic hyperactivity, hyperventilation, hypocapnia with reduced uteroplacental blood flow and uncoordinated uterine activity, so pain relief is recommended and even indicated in cases of maternal comorbidity. Analgesia in Labor: Method of Choice. The quality of epidural analgesia is better than the one achieved by parenteral or inhalation agents, with increased uteroplacental blood flow and improved fetal-maternal oxygenation. Epidural Analgesia in Labor: What is Specific? The increased weight, lumbar lordosis, soft tissue edema and engorgement of epidural veins make it more difficult to perform epidural block in pregnancy. Epidural puncture should be performed by medial approach, at L2 - 3 or L3 - 4 level by loss of resistance technique between contractions. Epidural Analgesia in Labor: What With? Local anesthetics, bupivacaine, levobupivacaine, ropivacaine, are used and they can be combined with small doses of opioids (fentanyl or sufentanyl. Epidural Analgesia in Labor: How? Available techniques are epidural, spinal and combined spinal - epidural analgesia. Epidural Analgesia in Labor: Controversies. The most important controversy is the influence of epidural analgesia on operative or instrumental delivery rate. Low concentrations of local anesthetic in combination with small doses of opioids, together with active management of labor by an obstetrician, would lead to increased spontaneous delivery rate. Conclusion. Although there still are some difficulties, complications and controversies, epidural analgesia provides safe and effective labor pain control.

  4. Venoconstrictor agents mobilize blood from different sources and increase intrathoracic filling during epidural anesthesia in supine humans

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    Stanton-Hicks, M.; Hoeck, A.S.; Stuehmeier, K.D.A.; Arndt, J.O.

    1987-03-01

    The authors studied the effects of dihydroergotamine (DHE) and etilefrine hydrochloride (E) on the regional distribution of /sup 99m/Tc-marked erythrocytes during epidural anesthesia in eight supine men to determine if vasoactive agents with venoconstrictor action would enhance cardiac filling during epidural anesthesia. Radioactivity was recorded with a gamma camera, and its distribution determined in the thorax, abdomen, and limbs. Arterial and central venous pressure, heart rate, and calf volume by plethysmography were measured. During epidural anesthesia with a sensory block up to T4/5, DHE (7.5 micrograms/kg) reduced the radioactivity, i.e., blood volume, in both the innervated (-5.9 +/- 3.5%) and denervated muscle/skin (-16.9 +/- 7%) regions, and increased it in both the intrathoracic (+7.0 +/- 2.3%), and splanchnic vasculature (+4.2 +/- 3.2). In contrast, E (6 micrograms X kg-1 X min-1) decreased the blood volume most markedly in the splanchnic region (-5.4 +/- 0.7%) and increased it in the thorax (+2 +/- 0.6%). All these changes were statistically significant. The combined effects were estimated to be equivalent to a transfusion of nearly 1.01 of blood. Both drugs reversed the hypotensive action of epidural anesthesia. During epidural anesthesia, DHE preferentially constricted the capacitance vessels in skeletal muscle and skin irrespective of the state of innervation, whereas E preferentially constricted the splanchnic vasculature. In the doses used, the two agents replenished in an additive fashion the central circulation during epidural anesthesia.

  5. Venoconstrictor agents mobilize blood from different sources and increase intrathoracic filling during epidural anesthesia in supine humans

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    The authors studied the effects of dihydroergotamine (DHE) and etilefrine hydrochloride (E) on the regional distribution of /sup 99m/Tc-marked erythrocytes during epidural anesthesia in eight supine men to determine if vasoactive agents with venoconstrictor action would enhance cardiac filling during epidural anesthesia. Radioactivity was recorded with a gamma camera, and its distribution determined in the thorax, abdomen, and limbs. Arterial and central venous pressure, heart rate, and calf volume by plethysmography were measured. During epidural anesthesia with a sensory block up to T4/5, DHE (7.5 micrograms/kg) reduced the radioactivity, i.e., blood volume, in both the innervated (-5.9 +/- 3.5%) and denervated muscle/skin (-16.9 +/- 7%) regions, and increased it in both the intrathoracic (+7.0 +/- 2.3%), and splanchnic vasculature (+4.2 +/- 3.2). In contrast, E (6 micrograms X kg-1 X min-1) decreased the blood volume most markedly in the splanchnic region (-5.4 +/- 0.7%) and increased it in the thorax (+2 +/- 0.6%). All these changes were statistically significant. The combined effects were estimated to be equivalent to a transfusion of nearly 1.01 of blood. Both drugs reversed the hypotensive action of epidural anesthesia. During epidural anesthesia, DHE preferentially constricted the capacitance vessels in skeletal muscle and skin irrespective of the state of innervation, whereas E preferentially constricted the splanchnic vasculature. In the doses used, the two agents replenished in an additive fashion the central circulation during epidural anesthesia

  6. Bloqueo atrioventricular completo y reversible en un paciente con corazón estructuralmente sano

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    Oswaldo Gutiérrez-Sotelo

    2008-06-01

    Full Text Available Se presenta el caso de un paciente joven, deportista, quien presentó un episodio de síncope con pródromo breve, durante ejercicio físico. Se encontró el corazón estructuralmente normal y que durante la prueba de inclinación presentó bloqueo atrioventricular completo, que revirtió rápidamente con la posición de decúbito dorsal.We present the case of a young sportsman patient, who presented syncope with a brief prodrome, during physical activity. His heart is structurally normal and during head-up tilt testing he presented a complete atrioventricular block that fastly reverted rapidly with laying down position.

  7. Recurrent acute low back pain secondary to lumbar epidural calcification

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    Epidural calcification is a rare cause of back pain, and spontaneous epidural calcification has not been reported previously. We describe a patient with acute low back pain and signs of lumbar nerve root compression due to epidural calcification, as demonstrated by CT-scan and MRI. Radiological signs of spondylodiscitis led to a search for an infectious cause, which was negative, and her symptoms responded rapidly to NSAID treatment alone. Her symptoms recurred 18 months later, and further imaging studies again revealed epidural calcification, but with a changed distribution. Her symptoms were relieved once more by NSAID treatment alone. We propose that epidural calcification secondary to aseptic spondylodiscitis is the main cause of acute back pain in this patient. A possible mechanism may be the pro-inflammatory effects of calcium pyrophosphate or hydroxyapatite crystal deposition within the epidural space. (orig.)

  8. A new method for release of severe mentosternal contractures under central neuraxial blockade

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    Mago Vishal

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available A new method for release of severe mentosternal contractures has been described in this paper under central neuraxial blockade. The contracture release was performed under thoracic epidural analgesia. This technique can benefit patients with mentosternal contractures to avoid the problems of entubation and it can also assist in postoperative recovery and analgesia. The epidural catheter can be used to extend the height or duration of intraoperative block and is also useful to provide postoperative epidural analgesia.

  9. Epidural spinal electrical stimulation in severe angina pectoris.

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    Mannheimer, C; Augustinsson, L E; Carlsson, C A; Manhem, K; Wilhelmsson, C

    1988-01-01

    The short term effects of epidural spinal electrical stimulation were studied in 10 patients with angina pectoris of New York Heart Association functional class III or IV. The antianginal pharmacological treatment given at entry to the study was regarded as optimal and was not changed during the study. The effects of epidural spinal electrical stimulation were measured by repeated bicycle ergometer tests. Treatment with epidural spinal electrical stimulation increased the patients' working ca...

  10. Langerhans' cell histiocytosis presenting with an intracranial epidural hematoma

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    An 8-year-old boy developed vomiting and severe headache following minor head trauma. A CT scan of the head demonstrated a lytic lesion of the skull and adjacent epidural hematoma. Surgical evacuation and removal of the skull lesion and hematoma were carried out, and pathologic evaluation resulted in a diagnosis of Langerhans' cell histiocytosis (LCH). Epidural involvement of Langerhans' cell histiocytosis is very rare, and we report the first case of LCH presenting as an intracranial epidural hematoma. (orig.)

  11. Bloqueo ciático continuo con catéter estimulador guiado mediante ecografía para tratamiento del miembro fantasma doloroso Ultrasound-guided continuous sciatic nerve block with stimulating catheter for the treatment of phantom limb pain

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    A. Martínez Navas

    2009-02-01

    Full Text Available Los bloqueos nerviosos periféricos pueden ser una alternativa a la analgesia intravenosa y epidural en el tratamiento del miembro fantasma doloroso. La dificultad en la localización del nervio ciático mediante neuroestimulación en pacientes con arteriopatía periférica y neuropatía puede verse aumentada por el hecho de presentar una amputación del miembro inferior, que imposibilita la observación de una respuesta motora en el pie coincidiendo con la localización del nervio. En estos casos, la ecografía puede convertirse en una técnica de localización nerviosa determinante del éxito de la analgesia ya que permite la identificación del nervio, así como la visualización en tiempo real de la posición relativa de la aguja y catéter respecto al nervio y la difusión del anestésico local administrado. Se presenta el caso de un paciente con miembro fantasma doloroso resistente al tratamiento convencional que se controló con un bloqueo ciático continuo con catéter estimulador guiado con ecografía.Peripheral nerve blocks can be an alternative to intravenous and epidural analgesia in the treatment of phantom limb pain. The difficulty of localizing the sciatic nerve through neurostimulation in patients with peripheral arteriopathy and neuropathy can be increased by lower limb amputation, making it impossible to observe a motor response in the foot coinciding with localization of the nerve. In these cases, ultrasonography can become a technique for nerve localization and determine the success of analgesic strategy, since it allows nerve identification, as well as visualization in real time of the relative position of the needle and catheter with respect to the nerve and the diffusion of the local anesthetic administered. We report the case of a patient with phantom limb pain refractory to conventional treatment, in whom pain control was achieved by ultrasound-guided continuous sciatic block with stimulating catheter.

  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. 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)

  14. Thermal balance during transurethral resection of the prostate. A comparison of general anaesthesia and epidural analgesia

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    Stjernström, H; Henneberg, S; Eklund, A; Tabow, F; Arturson, G; Wiklund, L

    1985-01-01

    anaesthesia (G.A.) or epidural analgesia (E.A.). Oxygen uptake, catecholamines, peripheral and central temperatures were followed in the per- and postoperative period. Heat production and total body heat were calculated from oxygen uptake and temperature measurements, respectively. Transurethral resection of...... the prostate resulted in a peroperative heat loss which was not influenced by the anaesthetic technique used and averaged 370 kJ during the first hour of surgery. G.A. reduced heat production while this was uninfluenced by E.A. After termination of general anaesthesia, oxygen uptake and plasma...... catecholamines increased, while no such changes could be detected using epidural analgesia. The ability to increase mean body temperature by increasing heat production was negatively correlated to age....

  15. Influencia del bloqueo directo y el uno contra uno en el éxito del lanzamiento en baloncesto

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    Verónica Muñoz Arroyave

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available El presente estudio tiene como objetivo analizar el impacto del uno contra uno y el bloqueo directo sobre la eficacia en los lanzamientos. Se desarrolló un instrumento ad hoc denominado sistema de observación de conceptos fundamentales en baloncesto (SOCFB para estudiar las acciones ofensivas del Fútbol Club Barcelona Regal en la Copa del Rey en la temporada 2013-2014. Se analizaron un total de 643 acciones ofensivas donde se destacan los siguientes hallazgos: a el 34 % de las acciones del jugador con balón finalizaron en lanzamiento mientras que el 66 % terminaron en pases; b la principal consecuencia del uno contra uno interior fueron los lanzamientos (z = 6,2, p < 0,001; c en el uno contra uno exterior se encontraron relaciones estadísticamente significativas con el espacio exterior de la zona (z = 3,3, p < 0,001 y la lateralidad del espacio lateral izquierdo (z = 2, p <0,05; d en el bloqueo directo se observaron relaciones estadísticamente significativas con las acciones que no finalizaron. De estos resultados podemos extraer las siguientes conclusiones: a el bloqueo directo es el concepto más utilizado y fue utilizado como medio para la generación de ventajas; b el uno contra uno interior genera más lanzamientos y de mayor efectividad.

  16. Salmonella Typhi Vertebral Osteomyelitis and Epidural Abscess

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    Chua, Ying Ying; Chen, John L. T.

    2016-01-01

    Salmonella vertebral osteomyelitis is an uncommon complication of Salmonella infection. We report a case of a 57-year-old transgender male who presented with lower back pain for a period of one month following a fall. Physical examination only revealed tenderness over the lower back with no neurological deficits. MRI of the thoracic and lumbar spine revealed a spondylodiscitis at T10-T11 and T12-L1 and right posterior epidural collection at the T9-T10 level. He underwent decompression laminectomy with segmental instrumentation and fusion of T8 to L3 vertebrae. Intraoperatively, he was found to have acute-on-chronic osteomyelitis in T10 and T11, epidural abscess, and discitis in T12-L1. Tissue and wound culture grew Salmonella Typhi and with antibiotics susceptibility guidance he was treated with intravenous ceftriaxone for a period of six weeks. He recovered well with no neurological deficits. PMID:27034871

  17. Bloqueo espacial

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    Rodrigo i Calduch, Mª Teresa

    1996-01-01

    [spa] ¿Cómo resuelven los animales las discriminaciones espaciales o encuentran el camino a una meta situada en una determinada localización? O'Keefe y Nadel (1978) consideran que las ratas pueden aprender el camino hacia una meta en un laberinto de dos maneras diferentes. Una de ellas es mediante el aprendizaje táxico, que engloba dos estrategias distintas: la estrategia de respuesta u orientación, que consiste en el condicionamiento de movimientos de orientación (giros especificas a la dere...

  18. 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.

  19. Effect of epidural analgesia on labor and its outcomes

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    Epidural analgesia is an effective and popular way to relieve labour pain but it may interfere with normal mechanism of labour. The objective of this study was to evaluate the outcome of labour in women with effective epidural analgesia in terms of duration of labour, mode of delivery and neonatal outcome. Methods: This was a quasi-experimental study conducted in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Shaikh Zayed Federal Postgraduate Medical Institute and Hospital, Lahore. One hundred pregnant women were selected by non-probability convenient sampling method. Subjects were divided into two groups of 50 each as per convenience. Patients of any gravidity at term from 37-41 weeks were included in the sample. Epidural analgesia was applied to group B and distilled water to group A at the lumber region and the progress of labour, mode of delivery and effects on Apgar scores of neonates were evaluated. Out of hundred patients, 77 had normal duration of second stage while 23 had prolonged second stage. Among them, 18 patients (36%) were in epidural group and 5 patients (10%) in non-epidural group, while 4 patients (8%) in epidural group developed intra-partum complications; whereas among non-epidural group had such complications. 65 patients had spontaneous vaginal delivery while 35 patients had instrumental delivery. Among them 29 patients (58%) were in epidural group while only 6 patients (12%) were in non-epidural group. Babies born had Apgar score 5/10 (21.8%), 6/10 (59.4%) and 7/10 (17.8%) at 1 minute and 8/10 (74.3%) and 9/10 (24.8%) at 5 minutes in both groups and none of them needed bag and mask resuscitation. Conclusion: Epidural analgesia does prolong the duration of second stage of labour and increases the instrumental delivery rate. Neonatal outcome is satisfactory while only a few intra-partum complications are found with epidural analgesia. (author)

  20. Ropivacaína, articaína ou combinação de ropivacaína e articaína em anestesia peridural para cesariana: estudo randomizado, prospectivo e duplo-cego Ropivacaína, articaína o la combinación de ropivacaína y articaína en la anestesia epidural para cesárea: estudio aleatorio, prospectivo y doble ciego Ropivacaine, articaine or combination of ropivacaine and articaine for epidural anesthesia in cesarean section: a randomized, prospective, double-blinded study

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    Derya Arslan Yurtlu

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    Full Text Available JUSTIFICATIVA E OBJETIVOS: Iniciar a anestesia peridural com anestésicos locais de longa duração consome uma quantidade significativa de tempo, o que pode ser problemático em centros de anestesia obstétrica muito movimentados. Aventamos a hipótese de que uma combinação de articaína e ropivacaína proporcionaria início mais rápido e mesmo uma recuperação precoce das características do bloqueio sensório-motor. MÉTODOS: Sessenta parturientes a termo agendadas para cesariana eletiva foram randomicamente alocadas em três grupos para receber 20 mL de articaína a 2% (Grupo A, 10 mL de articaína a 2% + 10 mL de ropivacaína a 0,75% (Grupo AR ou 20 mL de ropivacaína a 0,75% (Grupo R via cateter peridural. O tempo de início do bloqueio sensorial até T10-T6 e o nível máximo de bloqueio, o tempo para a regressão de dois segmentos do nível máximo de bloqueio sensorial e o tempo de início e duração do bloqueio motor foram todos registrados. A necessidade de analgésicos adicionais, intra- e pós-operatoriamente, também foi registrada. RESULTADOS: Os dados demográficos foram semelhantes. Os tempos de início do bloqueio sensorial até os níveis T10 e T6 foram significativamente menores nos grupos A e AR, em comparação com o Grupo R (p JUSTIFICATIVA Y OBJETIVOS: Iniciar la anestesia epidural con anestésicos locales de larga duración consume una cantidad significativa de tiempo, siendo un problema en los centros de anestesia obstétrica que tienen mucho movimiento. Barajamos la hipótesis de que una combinación de articaína y ropivacaína proporcionaría un inicio más rápido e incluso una rápida recuperación de las características del bloqueo sensitivo motor. MÉTODOS: Sesenta parturientes a término que tenían cita para la cesárea electiva se ubicaron aleatoriamente en tres grupos para recibir 20 mL de articaína al 2% (Grupo A, 10 mL de articaína al 2% + 10 mL de ropivacaína al 0,75% (Grupo AR o 20 mL de ropivaca

  1. Epidural morphine for postoperative pain relief in children

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

    1993-01-01

    during the investigation. We observed a change in the sleeping pattern with an increased number of sleep-induced myocloniaduring 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...

  2. Epidural morphine for postoperative pain relief in children

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

    1993-01-01

    during 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...

  3. Accidental catheterization of epidural venous plexus: tomographic analysis

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    Mariano Paiva Souza

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available ABSTRACT BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Inadvertent venous catheterizations occur in approximately 9% of lumbar epidural anesthetic procedures with catheter placement and, if not promptly recognized, can result in fatal consequences. The objective of this report is to describe a case of accidental catheterization of epidural venous plexus and its recording by computed tomography with contrast injection through the catheter. CASE REPORT: A female patient in her sixties, physical status II (ASA, underwent conventional cholecystectomy under balanced general anesthesia and an epidural with catheter for postoperative analgesia. During surgery, there was clinical suspicion of accidental catheterization of epidural venous plexus because of blood backflow through the catheter, confirmed by the administration of a test dose through the catheter. After the surgery, a CT scan was obtained after contrast injection through the catheter. Contrast was observed all the way from the skin to the azygos vein, passing through anterior and posterior epidural venous plexuses and intervertebral vein. CONCLUSION: It is possible to identify the actual placement of the epidural catheter, as well as to register an accidental catheterization of the epidural venous plexus, using computed tomography with contrast injection through the epidural catheter.

  4. Idiopathic Lumbar Epidural Lipomatosis Mimicking Disc Herniation: A Case Report.

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    Duran, Efe; Ilik, Kemal; Acar, Turker; Yıldız, Melda

    2016-05-01

    Spinal epidural lipomatosis is a rare condition which is described as the accumulation of fat in the extradural territory and often causes dural impingement. Spinal epidural lipomatosis has been implicated in causing a variety of neurologic impairments ranging from back pain, radiculopathy, claudication, myelopathy or even cauda equina syndrome. We report a 46-year-old female with obesity and a history of chronic back pain and radiculopathy who developed idiopathic Spinal epidural lipomatosis diagnosed by magnetic resonance imaging. The purpose of this report is to present a case of spinal epidural lipomatosis presenting with symptomatic cord compression and also remind this rare condition as a the differential diagnosis of epidural lesions in patients with risk factors. PMID:27309484

  5. Cervical Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injection (Taffies): Role of MR Imaging and Epidurography

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    Choi, Soo Jung; Ahn, Jae Hong; Kim, Chung Hwan; Jung, Seung Moon; Ryu, Dae Sik; Park, Man Soo; Lee, Jong Hyeog [GangNeung Asan Hospital, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Gangneung (Korea, Republic of); Song, Jae Seok [University of Kwandong College of Medicine, Goyang (Korea, Republic of)

    2011-01-15

    To evaluate the relationship between MR/epidurographic findings and the clinical outcome after a fluoroscopy-guided transforaminal epidural steroid injection (TFESI) in patients with cervical radicular pain. Forty-five patients who had taken a cervical TFESI in our department were included in this study. We retrospectively reviewed MR and epidurographic findings to see if there was a relationship between these methods and the amount of pain relief, by way of a multiple regression analysis. On MR imaging, there was significant relationship between the amount of pain relief and location of herniated intervertebral disc (HIVD, central: 54.4%, lateral recess: 69.4%, foraminal: 59%: p = 0.048). There was no significant difference regarding the other MR findings. On epidurographic findings, there was significant difference in the amount of pain relief with the extent of the contrast (epidural and epineural space, 65.3%: epineural space only, 64.2%: p = 0.03) and location of the needle tip (in the foramen, 59.4%: outside the foramen, 68.4%: p = 0.002). The results indicate that TFESI could be more useful in patients with cervical HIVD in lateral recess rather than another location. Contrast spread into epidural reflux appears to be a favorable injection pattern. Needle tip location is recommended outside the foramen rather than in the foramen

  6. 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.

  7. Histerectomía radical en paciente con enfermedad de Steinert: raquianestesia, ketamina y bloqueos TAP y de la vaina de los rectos

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    I. Armendáriz-Buil

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Se presenta el caso de una paciente con enfermedad de Steinert que fue intervenida de histerectomía radical. Debido a lo avanzado de su enfermedad con insuficiencia respiratoria crónica que requería ventilación mecánica no invasiva (VMNI nocturna, se escogió raquianestesia como tratamiento anestésico. En el momento de la linfadenectomía aórtica, la paciente refirió dolor moderado en hipogastrio, siendo bien controlado con bolos de 10 mg de ketamina. En el postoperatorio, se evitó la administración de opioides aplicando bloqueos de la pared abdominal: bloqueo del plano transverso del abdomen (TAP y bloqueo de la vaina de los músculos rectos abdominales. La evolución de la paciente fue satisfactoria siendo dada de alta el quinto día tras la intervención.

  8. Effects of epidural analgesia using different concentrations of bupivacaine during combined general and epidural anesthesia

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    Unić-Stojanović Dragana

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction. Thoracic epidural analgesia, combined with general anesthesia, is an established anesthetic choice for abdominal aortic surgery. However, there are controversies about the level of anesthesia as well as the dose and concentration of the local anesthetic used. The aim of the study was to compare the effects of two different concentrations of epidural bupivacaine on sevoflurane requirements and hemodynamic parameters during aortic surgery under combined epidural/general anesthesia. Methods and Material. Sixty patients scheduled for abdominal aortic surgery were randomly divided into two groups according to the concentration of local anesthetic used for epidural anesthesia: - Group 1- low concentration - where 0.125% bupivacaine was used, and - Group 2 - high concentration - where 0.5% bupivacaine was used at the beginning and then the concentration was reduced to 0.25%. Anesthesia was maintained with sevoflurane, the dose was adjusted to achieve the target entropy of 40-60. The measurements included the inspired sevoflurane concentrations, blood pressure, and heart rate at the beginning and every 5 min during the surgery. Results. Both groups had similar heart rate and blood pressure, but the inspired sevoflurane concentration was significantly higher and more variable in patients where bupivacaine 0.125% was used. Vasopressors were used more often and in higher doses in the 0.5% bupivacaine group, and in the same group the blood loss and fluid requirements were reduced. Conclusion. When 0.5% bupivacaine is used in combined thoracic epidural/ general anesthesia for aortic surgery, the sevoflurane concentrations are lower and less variable. In addition, the blood loss and fluid requirements are reduced.

  9. El blocao (y el bloqueo de José Díaz Fernández

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    Luis Fernando Bueno Morillas

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available El blocao (1928 fue la primera novela de José Díaz Fernández. Supuso un éxito editorial insólito hasta entonces porque reunía tres características novedosas: una actitud crítica ante la guerra de Marruecos, una integración de las novedades vanguardistas en la que su autor llamó literatura de avanzada y un posicionamiento del intelectual al lado de las reivindicaciones del pueblo. Sin embargo, aunque publicó otra novela un año después (La Venus mecánica, un libro teórico en el que definía la literatura que él propugnaba y practicaba (El nuevo romanticismo y algunas narraciones breves, Díaz Fernández se bloqueó y dejó la literatura narrativa que tan buenas expectativas levantó. Analizaremos las posibles causas de ese bloqueo.

  10. Uso de la ecografía para el bloqueo de nervios periféricos del miembro torácico en el gato (Felis catus L:)

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    Ansón Fernández, Agustina

    2016-01-01

    Objetivos 1. Describir los abordajes ecográficos para la evaluación del plexo braquial (PB) y los principales nervios del miembro torácico, así como la anatomía y apariencia ecográfica normales correlacionando las imágenes ecográficas con la disección anatómica y las criosecciones. 2. Establecer los abordajes ecográficos para el bloqueo ecoguiado del PB. 3. Determinar la eficacia de los diferentes abordajes para el bloqueo anestésico ecoguiado del PB, mediante la evaluación de la d...

  11. Utilidad de la ecografía en el bloqueo anestésico de la extremidad pelviana en el perro

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    Echeverry Bonilla, Diego Fernando

    2012-01-01

    La presente Tesis Doctoral evaluó la utilidad de la ecografía en el bloqueo anestésico de los nervios ciático, femoral y plexo lumbar en el perro. Las características anatómicas de estas estructuras nerviosas fueron evaluadas en 12 cadáveres. La utilidad de la ecografía para el bloqueo anestésico de estas estructuras fue evaluada en in vitro 27 cadáveres caninos mediante la inyección guiada por ecografía de una tinción alrededor de los nervios estudiados y la posterior...

  12. Uso de la ecografía para el bloqueo de los nervios periféricos del miembro pelviano en el gato (Felis catus L.)

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    Haro Álvarez, Ana Paulina

    2013-01-01

    El presente estudio fue llevado a cabo para describir la apariencia ecográfica y desarrollar los abordajes ecoguiados para el bloqueo de los nervios ciático y femoral, así como evaluar la eficacia clínica del bloqueo ecoguiado del nervio ciático en el gato. Se realizaron disecciones anatómicas y criosecciones para determinar las marcas anatómicas para localizar los nervios de interés. La apariencia ecográfica de los nervios ciático y femoral fue estudiada tanto en cadáveres como en gatos vivo...

  13. Caudal epidural anesthesia during intracavitary brachytherapy for cervical cancer

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    It has been suggested that pain control during intracavitary brachytherapy for cervical cancer is insufficient in most hospitals in Japan. Our hospital began using caudal epidural anesthesia during high-dose-rate (HDR) intracavitary brachytherapy in 2011. The purpose of the present study was to retrospectively investigate the effects of caudal epidural anesthesia during HDR intracavitary brachytherapy for cervical cancer patients. Caudal epidural anesthesia for 34 cervical cancer patients was performed during HDR intracavitary brachytherapy between October 2011 and August 2013. We used the patients' self-reported Numeric Rating Scale (NRS) score at the first session of HDR intracavitary brachytherapy as a subjective evaluation of pain. We compared NRS scores of the patients with anesthesia with those of 30 patients who underwent HDR intracavitary brachytherapy without sacral epidural anesthesia at our hospital between May 2010 and August 2011. Caudal epidural anesthesia succeeded in 33 patients (97%), and the NRS score was recorded in 30 patients. The mean NRS score of the anesthesia group was 5.17 ± 2.97, significantly lower than that of the control group's 6.80 ± 2.59 (P = 0.035). The caudal epidural block resulted in no side-effects. Caudal epidural anesthesia is an effective and safe anesthesia option during HDR intracavitary brachytherapy for cervical cancer. (author)

  14. Depth of the thoracic epidural space in children.

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

    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 epidural puncture in 61 children. The epidural puncture was performed using the loss of resistance technique with saline 0.9%. The distance from the needle tip to the point where the needle emerged from the skin was measured. The post-operative analgesia parameters were also measured. Skin to epidural distance correlated significantly with the age and weight of the children. The equation for the relation between SED (cm) and age was 2.15 + (0.01 x months) and for SED vs weight was 1.95 + (0.045 x kg). Despite considerable variability among individuals, the observed correlation of SED with both age and weight shows that this parameter may be helpful to guide thoracic epidural puncture in anaesthetized children. PMID:17067139

  15. Identificación de factores predictores de técnica epidural dificultosa en la paciente obstétrica

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    L. M. Charco Roca

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available Introducción: Los intentos repetidos de punción son factores de riesgo para la aparición de complicaciones neurológicas secundarias a la práctica de la analgesia espinal y aumentan la ansiedad del paciente. El objetivo de este estudio es determinar qué factores son mejores predictores de la colocación dificultosa del catéter epidural en la paciente obstétrica. Material y método: Estudio observacional y prospectivo en 120 gestantes a término que solicitan la analgesia epidural para el trabajo de parto. Se recogen variables demográficas y antecedentes de anestesia espinal previa no exitosa o considerada dificultosa por la paciente. Se identifican variables anatómicas y se clasifica la calidad de los puntos de referencia anatómicos según los criterios publicados por Chien en cuatro grados. Las condiciones de la técnica y la experiencia del anestesiólogo son similares en todos casos. Consideramos punción dificultosa si se necesita más de una punción en la piel o una punción pero más de un cambio de dirección de aguja en el espacio interespinoso. Se recoge el éxito obtenido y las complicaciones de la técnica. Resultados: Fueron calificadas de punción difícil según los criterios del estudio en el 36,67 % de los casos. En la mayoría de los casos la técnica fue efectiva obteniendo una adecuada analgesia. La incidencia de repunción epidural fue de 5 %. En las pacientes clasificadas en el grado 4, la tasa de punción epidural considerada dificultosa supuso un 90 %, necesitando en el 80 % de esos casos 3 o más intentos. En las pacientes con antecedentes personales de técnica neuroaxial dificultosa se encontró dificultad de punción epidural en un 28,57 % de los casos. El hábito corporal no tuvo efecto significativo sobre la tasa de éxito con el primer intento. Discusión: Nuestro estudio representa una buena estimación de la dificultad técnica de un bloqueo neuroaxial. Seria difícil saber si los datos reflejados ser

  16. Bloqueo auriculoventricular paroxístico desencadenado por estímulo vagal con síncope recurrente

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    Matías Calandrelli; Mariano Trevisán

    2008-01-01

    El bloqueo auriculoventricular completo (BAVC) paroxístico con ECG de reposo normal es una entidad poco frecuente.Se presenta el caso de una paciente de 34 años que cursaba el segundo mes de embarazo y consultó por cuadros sincopales recurrentes.Luego de ser evaluada con ECG, eco-Doppler cardíaco, tilt test, estudio electroencefalográfico, TAC y RM de cerebro se descartó cardiopatía de base y se interpretó que se trataba de síncope neurocardiogénico.Por persistencia de los síntomas se realizó...

  17. El bloqueo naval a Venezuela (1902-1903) como elemento cristalizador de un nuevo principio de Derecho Internacional

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    Zambrano Durán, María del Carmen

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    El bloqueo naval practicado a Venezuela fue una evidente agresión practicada por laspotencias europeas en defensa de los derechos de sus nacionales, en ocasión delincumplimiento por parte del Estado venezolano; justificado en su soberanía y en losderechos de todo Estado conforme a lo establecido por el Derecho Internacionalvigente para la época (1902). Ese hecho marcó un hito en la historia mundial, generando la aparición del Colorario Roosevelt y la Doctrina Drago. Hoy puede ser catalogado c...

  18. Fluoroscopically Guided Extraforaminal Cervical Nerve Root Blocks: Analysis of Epidural Flow of the Injectate with Respect to Needle Tip Position

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    Shipley, Kyle; Riew, K. Daniel; Gilula, Louis A.

    2013-01-01

    Study Design Retrospective evaluation of consecutively performed fluoroscopically guided cervical nerve root blocks. Objective To describe the incidence of injectate central epidural flow with respect to needle tip position during fluoroscopically guided extraforaminal cervical nerve root blocks (ECNRBs). Methods Between February 19, 2003 and June 11, 2003, 132 consecutive fluoroscopically guided ECNRBs performed with contrast media in the final injected material (injectate) were reviewed on ...

  19. Pneumomediastinum Associated with Pneumopericardium and Epidural Pneumatosis

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    Ozlem Bilir

    2014-01-01

    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.

  20. General versus epidural anesthesia for lumbar microdiscectomy.

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    Ulutas, Murat; Secer, Mehmet; Taskapilioglu, Ozgur; Karadas, Soner; Akyilmaz, Ahmet Aykut; Baydilek, Yunus; Kocamer, Betul; Ozboz, Ayse; Boyaci, Suat

    2015-08-01

    This study was a retrospective analysis of 850 lumbar microdiscectomy (LMD) under epidural anesthesia (EA; n=573) or general anesthesia (GA; n=277) performed by the same surgeon and paid by invoice to the Social Security Institution of the Turkish Republic between April 2003 and May 2013. Although GA is the most frequently used method of anesthesia during LMD, the choice of regional anesthetia (epidural, spinal or a combination of these) differs between surgeons and anesthetists. Studies have reported that EA in surgery for lumbar disc herniation may be more reliable than GA, as it enables the surgeon to communicate with the patient during surgery, but few studies have compared the costs of these two anesthetic methods in LMD. We found that EA patient costs were significantly lower than GA patient costs (p0.05). The anesthetic method used during LMD affected the complication rate, cost and efficiency of operating room use. We suggest that EA is an anesthetic method that can contribute to health care cost savings and enable LMD to be completed with less nerve root manipulation and more comfort, efficacy, reliability and cost efficiency without affecting the success rate of the surgical procedure. PMID:26067543

  1. RANDOMISED CONTROLLED STUDY COMPARING A 0.75% ROPIVACAINE TO A CONVENTIONAL DOSE OF HYPERBARIC BUPIVACAINE FOR CESARIAN SECTION BY EPIDURAL ANALGESIA

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    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Central neuraxial blocked is one of the safest and efficacious methods of anaesthesia and analgesia. It has the added advantage of prolonged pain relief into the postoperative period. Epidural analgesia has increased steadily in popularity when compared to spinal anaesthes ia due to its neurological consequences and improved post - operative analgesia with epidural Opioids and as a consequence decreased side effects and prolonged the duration of analgesia. Present study is undertaken to compare hemodynamic and analgesic charac teristics using a 0.75% ropivacaine to a conventional dose of 0.5% bupivacaine for cesarean section under epidural anaesthesia. This study was conducted in ASA Grade I 50 singleton parturient to compare hemodynamics, APGAR scores and analgesic characterist ics of ropivacaine and bupivacaine. We have observed that the onset of sensory blockade was slower with ropivacaine and the duration of sensory blockade was also less. Whereas there was no significant change in haemodynamics and APGAR scores with both the drugs.

  2. 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.

  3. Spinal epidural abscess: correlation between MRI findings and outcome

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    Our purpose was to determine if specific MRI findings in spinal epidural abscess (SEA), at the time of diagnosis, are associated with the clinical outcome. The clinical records and MRI studies of 18 patients with SEA were reviewed and follow-up was obtained from the outpatient medical record, telephone interview, or both. The association between findings on contrast-enhanced MRI and clinical outcome (weakness, neck or back pain, and incomplete functional recovery) was evaluated. With univariate analysis, narrowing of 50 % or more of the central spinal canal (P = 0.03), peripheral contrast-enhancement (P = 0.05), and abnormal spinal cord signal intensity (P = 0.05) were associated with weakness at follow-up. Persistent neck or back pain was associated with spinal canal narrowing (P = 0.02), peripheral contrast-enhancement (P = 0.02), and an abscess longer than 3 cm (P = 0.04) on MRI. Incomplete clinical recovery was associated with both abscess length (P = 0.01) and the severity of canal narrowing (P = 0.01). Abscess length, enhancement pattern, and severity of canal narrowing can be incorporated in a grading system that can be used to predict outcome. (orig.)

  4. Spinal epidural abscess: correlation between MRI findings and outcome

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    Tung, G.A.; Yim, J.W.K.; Rogg, J.M. [Dept. of Diagnostic Imaging, Brown University School of Medicine, Providence, RI (United States); Mermel, L.A.; Philip, L. [Dept. of Internal Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, Brown University School of Medicine and Rhode Island Hospital, Providence (United States)

    1999-12-01

    Our purpose was to determine if specific MRI findings in spinal epidural abscess (SEA), at the time of diagnosis, are associated with the clinical outcome. The clinical records and MRI studies of 18 patients with SEA were reviewed and follow-up was obtained from the outpatient medical record, telephone interview, or both. The association between findings on contrast-enhanced MRI and clinical outcome (weakness, neck or back pain, and incomplete functional recovery) was evaluated. With univariate analysis, narrowing of 50 % or more of the central spinal canal (P = 0.03), peripheral contrast-enhancement (P = 0.05), and abnormal spinal cord signal intensity (P = 0.05) were associated with weakness at follow-up. Persistent neck or back pain was associated with spinal canal narrowing (P = 0.02), peripheral contrast-enhancement (P = 0.02), and an abscess longer than 3 cm (P = 0.04) on MRI. Incomplete clinical recovery was associated with both abscess length (P = 0.01) and the severity of canal narrowing (P = 0.01). Abscess length, enhancement pattern, and severity of canal narrowing can be incorporated in a grading system that can be used to predict outcome. (orig.)

  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...... volunteers 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...

  6. Imaging diagnosis--Spinal epidural hemangiosarcoma in a dog.

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    de la Fuente, Cristian; Pumarola, Martí; Añor, Sònia

    2014-01-01

    An 8-year-old, male Boxer was examined for an acute onset of ambulatory paraparesis. Neurologic examination was consistent with a T3-L3 myelopathy. Myelography revealed an extradural spinal cord compression in the region of the T10-T13 vertebrae. On magnetic resonance (MR) imaging, a well-defined epidural mass lesion was detected. The mass was mildly hyperintense on T1-weighted, hyperintense on T2-weighted and STIR images compared to normal spinal cord and enhanced strongly and homogenously. Postmortem examination confirmed a primary epidural hemangiosarcoma. Findings indicated that the MRI characteristics of spinal epidural hemangiosarcoma may mimic other lesions including meningioma and epidural hemorrhages/hematomas of non-neoplastic etiology. PMID:23815770

  7. Epidural analgesia for labour: maternal knowledge, preferences and informed consent.

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    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.

  8. Delayed Allergic Reaction to Secondary Administrated Epidural Hyaluronidase

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    We are reporting a rare case of a delayed hypersensitivity reaction caused by hyaluronidase allergy following a lumbar transforaminal epidural block. Using an intradermal skin test, we have provided evidence that the systemic allergic reaction resulted from hypersensitivity to hyaluronidase. To our knowledge, this is a rare case of a delayed hypersensitivity reaction to epidural hyaluronidase, comprised of an initial exposure to hyaluronidase with no subsequent allergic response in prior bloc...

  9. 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.

  10. Transverse myelitis following general and thoracic epidural anaesthesia

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    Drnovsek Globokar, Mojca; Paver Erzen, Vesna; Novak Jankovic, Vesna

    2010-01-01

    Acute bacterial transverse myelitis, secondary to an epidural catheter, developed in a 49-year-old man who underwent surgery for carcinoma of the left lung. Left pneumonectomy was performed under combined general and epidural (Th6-7) anesthesia. The operative procedure, anaesthesia and early postoperative course were uneventful. On the fifth postoperative day, the patient developed neurological deficits consistent with high-level paraplegia. Elevated inflammatory parameters along with the res...

  11. Peridural torácica alta associada ou não à peridural torácica baixa em pacientes ambulatoriais: implicações clínicas Peridural torácica alta asociada o no a la peridural torácica baja en pacientes ambulatoriales: implicaciones clínicas High thoracic epidural anesthesia associated or not to low thoracic epidural anesthesia in outpatient procedures: clinical implications

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    Djalma Sperhacke

    2004-08-01

    así como en los miembros superiores e inferiores. MÉTODO: Treinta y dos pacientes, estado físico ASA I y II, sin molestia pulmonar broncoespástica, en actividad y peso corporal igual o superior a 50 kg, fueron sometidos a 21 bloqueos peridurales torácicos aislados en T2-T3 y las 11 restantes, a bloqueos peridurales torácicos en T11-T12, con ropivacaína a 7,5% (45 a 90 mg asociada al sufentanil (10 a 20 µg. Repercusiones hemodinámicas, respiratorias y motoras en los miembros superiores e inferiores fueron evaluadas respectivamente, sobre monitorización no invasiva, espirometria, fuerza de preensión de la mano y escala de Bromage. RESULTADOS: La media de duración de las cirugías mamarias fue de 105 min con depresión motora de los miembros superiores (p BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Hemodynamic changes are easily controlled under low or median thoracic epidural block. Since high thoracic epidural block (T2-T3 often affects brachial plexus roots (C4 C5-T1(T2, some of them responsible for phrenic nerve formation (C3-C4-C5, potential motor repercussions on this nerve are to be expected. Our study performed during cosmetic surgeries under isolated segmental epidural block in T2-T3 or associated to segmental epidural block in T11-T12, has evaluated motor repercussions on respiratory dynamics, upper and lower limbs. METHODS: Participated in this study 32 patients physical status ASA I and II, without active bronchospastic pulmonary disease and body weight equal to or above 50 kg, 21 of whom were submitted to isolated thoracic epidural blocks in T2-T3 and the remaining patients (11 were submitted to a combined thoracic epidural blocks in T11-T12 with 7.5% ropivacaine (45 to 90 mg associated to sufentanil (10 to 20 µg. Hemodynamic, respiratory and upper and lower limbs motor repercussions were evaluated by noninvasive monitoring, spirometry hand grasping strength and Bromage score, respectively. RESULTS: Mean mammary surgeries duration was 105 minutes with upper

  12. 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

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. THORACIC EPIDURAL ANAESTHESIA AND ANALGESIA IN PATIENTS UNDERGOING ESOPHAGOPLASTY

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    Laura Magdalena Nicolescu

    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available Epidural anesthesia and analgesia is widely used to manage major abdominal surgery, but its effects in managing patients submitted to esophagoplasty are still debated. The aim of this study was to assess the influence of thoracic epidural anaesthesia on postoperative respiratory function, digestive complications and postoperative stress in patients with esophagoplasty. Twenty-six patients were admitted in a prospective study. The patients were divided into two groups: fourteen were in group A, and received general anaesthesia for esophagoplasty, and twelve were in group B, and received general anaesthesia combined with epidural thoracic anaesthesia and postoperative epidural thoracic analgesia for the same surgery procedure. When compare the two groups, the outcomes were better in group B: the rate of postoperative pneumonia was lowered from 35,7% to 16,7%, the postoperative mecanical ventilation under six hours was increased from 21,43% to 100%, the incidence of adult respiratory detrease syndrome was decreased from 28,5% to 8,3%, the digestive recovery after four days was increased from 57,1% to 75%. The cortizolemia was also lowered at six hours from 52mg% to 23mg%, and at 24 hours, from 22 to 11mg%. Identically, the sanguine lactate at four hours decreased from 6 to 3 mEq%. In conclusion, this study suggest that patients undergoing esophagoplasty will receive substantial benefit from combined general and epidural anesthesia with continuing postoperative epidural analgesia.

  16. Cervical epidural abscess caused by brucellosis.

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    Lampropoulos, Christos; Kamposos, Panagiotis; Papaioannou, Ioanna; Niarou, Vasiliki

    2012-01-01

    A 70-year-old Greek lady presented with fever, arthralgias of knees, cervical and lumbar pain during the last month. On clinical examination the patient was found to have tenderness of the cervical and the lumbar spine with great motion restriction. The blood tests revealed high erythrocyte sedimentation rate and C-reactive protein, abnormal liver function tests and a positive rheumatoid factor. Serological test for Brucella was positive while cervical MRI revealed epidural abscess and spondylodiscitis. Conservative treatment with streptomycin (it was substituted by rifampicin after the third week) and doxycyclin for 4 months significantly improved her symptoms. The frequency as well as the diagnosis and management of this manifestation are discussed. PMID:23188848

  17. Comparison of epidural oxycodone and epidural morphine for post-caesarean section analgesia: A randomised controlled trial

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    Sng, Ban Leong; Kwok, Sarah Carol; Mathur, Deepak; Ithnin, Farida; Newton-Dunn, Clare; Assam, Pryseley Nkouibert; Sultana, Rehena; Sia, Alex Tiong Heng

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    Background and Aims: Epidural morphine after caesarean section may cause moderate to severe pruritus in women. Epidural oxycodone has been shown in non-obstetric trials to reduce pruritus when compared to morphine. We hypothesised that epidural oxycodone may reduce pruritus after caesarean section. Methods: A randomised controlled trial was conducted in pregnant women at term who underwent caesarean section with combined spinal-epidural technique initiated with intrathecal fentanyl 15 μg. Women received either epidural morphine 3 mg or epidural oxycodone 3 mg via the epidural catheter after delivery. The primary outcome was the incidence of pruritus at 24 h after caesarean section. The secondary outcomes were the pruritus scores, treatment for post-operative nausea and vomiting (PONV), pain scores and maternal satisfaction. Results: One hundred women were randomised (group oxycodone O = 50, morphine M = 50). There was no difference between Group O and M in the incidence of pruritus (n [%] 28 [56%] vs. 31 [62%], P = 0.68) and the worst pruritus scores (mean [standard deviation] 2.6 (2.8) vs. 3.3 [3.1], P = 0.23), respectively. Both groups had similar pain scores at rest (2.7 [2.3] vs. 2.0 [2.7], P = 0.16) and sitting up (5.0 [2.3] vs. 4.6 [2.4], P = 0.38) at 24 h. Pruritus scores were lower at 4–8, 8–12 and 12–24 h with oxycodone, but pain scores were higher. Both groups had a similar need for treatment of PONV and maternal satisfaction with analgesia. Conclusion: There was no difference in the incidence of pruritus at 24 h between epidural oxycodone and morphine. However, pruritus scores were lower with oxycodone between 4 and 24 h after surgery with higher pain scores in the same period. PMID:27053782

  18. Efficacy of single dose epidural morphine versus intermittent low-dose epidural morphine along with bupivacaine for postcaesarean section analgesia

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    Agarwal, Kiran; Agarwal, Navneet; Agrawal, V. K.; Agarwal, Ashok; Sharma, Mahender

    2012-01-01

    Background: Obstetric anesthesia presents a challenge to the anesthesiologist. The effective pain management allows the partu-rient adequate degree of comfort and promotes physical reco-very and a sense of well being. Materials and Methods: This randomized controlled study was designed to assess the analgesic efficacy and side effects of 1.20 mg single-dose epidural morphine (Group 1) versus intermittent 12 hourly epidural morphine (0.5 mg) with bupivacaine (Group2) for postoperative analgesi...

  19. Patterns of epidural progression following postoperative spine stereotactic body radiotherapy: implications for clinical target volume delineation.

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    Chan, Michael W; Thibault, Isabelle; Atenafu, Eshetu G; Yu, Eugene; John Cho, B C; Letourneau, Daniel; Lee, Young; Yee, Albert; Fehlings, Michael G; Sahgal, Arjun

    2016-04-01

    OBJECT The authors performed a pattern-of-failure analysis, with a focus on epidural disease progression, in patients treated with postoperative spine stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT). METHODS Of the 70 patients with 75 spinal metastases (cases) treated with postoperative spine SBRT, there were 26 cases of local disease recurrence and 25 cases with a component of epidural disease progression. Twenty-four of the 25 cases had preoperative epidural disease with subsequent epidural disease progression, and this cohort was the focus of this epidural-specific pattern-of-failure investigation. Preoperative, postoperative, and follow-up MRI scans were reviewed, and epidural disease was characterized based on location according to a system in which the vertebral anatomy is divided into 6 sectors, with the anterior compartment comprising Sectors 1, 2, and 6, and the posterior compartment comprising Sectors 3, 4, and 5. RESULTS Patterns of epidural progression are reported specifically for the 24 cases with preoperative epidural disease and subsequent epidural progression. Epidural disease progression within the posterior compartment was observed to be significantly lower in those with preoperative epidural disease confined to the anterior compartment than in those with preoperative epidural disease involving both anterior and posterior compartments (56% vs 93%, respectively; p = 0.047). In a high proportion of patients with epidural disease progression, treatment failure was found in the anterior compartment, including both those with preoperative epidural disease confined to the anterior compartment and those with preoperative epidural disease involving both anterior and posterior compartments (100% vs. 73%, respectively). When epidural disease was confined to the anterior compartment on the preoperative and postoperative MRIs, no epidural disease progression was observed in Sector 4, which is the most posterior sector. Postoperative epidural disease characteristics

  20. Bloqueo AV de alto grado transitorio por compromiso nodal y acción vagal en un deportista. ¿Es necesaria la electroestimulación cardíaca permanente?

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    Chiale, Pablo A; Rubén A. Sánchez; Hugo A. Garro; Rodrigo Teijeiro; Pablo Fernández; Gisela Killinger; Carlos B. Álvarez

    2005-01-01

    Un deportista de 26 años, asintomático, fue evaluado por bloqueo AV de larga data con pausas nocturnas de hasta 4,7 segundos. El estudio electrofisiológico mostró bloqueo AV suprahisiano de segundo grado tipo Mobitz I con prueba de ajmalina negativa. En el ECG Holter, el mayor grado de bloqueo AV coincidió con la frecuencia sinusal más baja. El hallazgo se interpretó como lesión crónica nodal AV, de etiología indeterminada, con paroxismos de bloqueo AV por acción vagal. No se indicó electroes...

  1. Severe Scapular Pain Following Unintentional Cervical Epidural Air Injection.

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    Henthorn, Randall W; Murray, Kerra

    2016-03-01

    This a unique case of severe scapular pain following unintentional epidural space air injection during epidural steroid injection.A 70-year-old woman presented for a fluoroscopically guided C7-T1 interlaminar epidural steroid injection. Three injection attempts were made using the loss of resistance with air technique. On the first attempt the epidural space was entered, but contrast injection showed that the needle was intravenous. On the second attempt an equivocal loss of resistance with air was perceived and 5 mL of air was lost from the syringe. The needle was withdrawn and redirected, and upon the third needle passage the contrast injection showed appropriate epidural space filling up to the C4-5 level. Injection of betamethasone mixed in lidocaine was initially uneventful.However, 20 minutes post-injection the patient experienced sudden sharp and continuous pain along the medial edge of the scapula. After failing to respond to multiple intravascular analgesics, the patient was transferred to the emergency room. Her pain subsided completely following an intravenous diazepam injection. Cervical spine computerized tomography showed obvious air in the posterior epidural space from C4-5 to C6-7 as well as outside the spinal canal from (C4-T2). Having recovered fully, she was discharged the following morning. In reviewing the procedure, the equivocal loss of resistance on the second passage was actually a true loss of resistance to epidural space and air was unintentionally injected. Surprisingly, severe scapular pain resulted in a delayed manner after the steroid solution was injected. The authors theorize that unintentional prefilling of the epidural space with air prior to the injection of the subsequent steroid mixture added sufficient pressure to the epidural space to cause right-sided C4 nerve root stretching/entrapment and ensuing radicular pain to the right scapular border. The subsequent intravenous diazepam provided cervical muscle relaxation and

  2. Bloqueios nervosos guiados por ultra-som Bloqueos nerviosos guiados por ultrasonido Ultrasound-guided nerve blocks

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    Pablo Escovedo Helayel

    2007-02-01

    Full Text Available JUSTIFICATIVA E OBJETIVOS: As técnicas de bloqueios nervosos guiados por ultra-som são baseadas na visualização direta das estruturas nervosas, da agulha de bloqueio e das estruturas anatômicas adjacentes. Desta maneira, é possível depositar a solução de anestésico local precisamente em torno dos nervos e acompanhar a sua dispersão em tempo real, obtendo-se, assim, um bloqueio mais eficaz, de menor latência, menor dependência de referências anatômicas, menor volume de solução anestésica e maior segurança. CONTEÚDO: O artigo revisa os aspectos relativos aos mecanismos físicos para formação de imagens, a anatomia ultra-sonográfica do neuroeixo e dos plexos braquial e lombossacral, os equipamentos e materiais empregados nos bloqueios, os ajustes do aparelho de ultra-som para melhorar as imagens, os planos de visualização das agulhas de bloqueio e as técnicas e o treinamento em bloqueios guiados por ultra-som. CONCLUSÕES: Os passos para se obter sucesso em anestesia regional incluem a identificação exata da posição dos nervos, a localização precisa da agulha, sem lesões nas estruturas adjacentes e, finalmente, a injeção cuidadosa de anestésico local junto aos nervos. Embora a neuroestimulação forneça grande auxílio na identificação dos nervos, esta não consegue, isoladamente, preencher todas essas exigências. Por isso, acredita-se que os bloqueios guiados por ultra-som serão a técnica de eleição para anestesia regional num futuro não muito distante.JUSTIFICATIVA Y OBJETIVOS: Las técnicas de bloqueos nerviosos guiados por ultrasonido se basan en la visualización directa de las estructuras nerviosas, de la aguja de bloqueo y de las estructuras anatómicas adyacentes. De esa manera, se puede depositar la solución de anestésico local precisamente en torno de los nervios y acompañar su dispersión en tiempo real, obteniéndose así, un bloqueo más eficaz, de menor latencia, menor dependencia de

  3. The Advantages of Continuous Epidural Anesthesia in Spinal Deformity Surgery

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    Ezhevskaya А.А.

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available The aim of the investigation was to assess the efficacy of epidural anesthesia and analgesia during the integrated anesthetic management in spinal deformity surgery. Materials and Methods. The prospective randomized study involved 350 patients aged from 15 to 65 years, divided into two groups: group 1 (n=205 were given combined anesthesia — epidural and endotracheal anesthesia with sevoflurane and continuous epidural analgesia with ropivacaine, fentanyl and epinephrine after surgery; group 2 (n=145 had general anesthesia with sevoflurane and fentanyl, and systemic administration of opioids after surgery. We assessed systemic hemodynamics parameters (a non-invasive method, pain at rest and activities, parameters of hemostasis and fibrinolysis, plasma levels of stress hormones, cytokine levels at seven stages of the study (before, during and three days after surgery. Results. Patients in group 1 with epidural anesthesia had significantly less pain both at rest and motion. The most blood saving effect (up to 60% of blood loss was also found in group 1. Hemodynamic monitoring demonstrated epidural anesthesia not to lead to the life-threatening events of myocardial contractility, cardiac output, systemic vascular resistance and critical increasing of extravascular lung water. The impact of epidural anesthesia on hemostasis encompassed the activation of both coagulation and fibrinolysis. Furthermore, patients in group 1 compared to group 2 had significantly lower plasma levels of glucose, lactate, С-reactive protein, cortisol, and interleukins IL-1β, IL-6, IL-10. Conclusion. Comprehensive anesthetic protection in spinal deformity surgery based on epidural anesthesia provides adequate antinociceptive effects, inhibition of endocrine and metabolic stress response and correction of hemostasis problems.

  4. Labor Epidural Analgesia and Breastfeeding: A Systematic Review.

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    French, Cynthia A; Cong, Xiaomei; Chung, Keun Sam

    2016-08-01

    Despite widespread use of epidural analgesia during labor, no consensus has been reached among obstetric and anesthesia providers regarding its effects on breastfeeding. The purpose of this review was to examine the relationship between labor epidural analgesia and breastfeeding in the immediate postpartum period. PubMed, Cochrane Library, and Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature were searched for articles published in 1990 or thereafter, using the search term breastfeeding combined with epidural, labor epidural analgesia, labor analgesia, or epidural analgesia Of 117 articles, 23 described empirical studies specific to labor epidural analgesia and measured a breastfeeding outcome. Results were conflicting: 12 studies showed negative associations between epidural analgesia and breastfeeding success, 10 studies showed no effect, and 1 study showed a positive association. Most studies were observational. Of 3 randomized controlled studies, randomization methods were inadequate in 2 and not evaluable in 1. Other limitations were related to small sample size or inadequate study power; variation and lack of information regarding type and dosage of analgesia or use of other intrapartum interventions; differences in timing, definition, and method of assessing breastfeeding success; or failure to consider factors such as mothers' intention to breastfeed, social support, siblings, or the mother's need to return to work or school. It is also unclear to what extent results are mediated through effects on infant neurobehavior, maternal fever, oxytocin release, duration of labor, and need for instrumental delivery. Clinician awareness of factors affecting breastfeeding can help identify women at risk for breastfeeding difficulties in order to target support and resources effectively. PMID:27121239

  5. EFFICACY OF TRANSFORAMINAL EPIDURAL STEROID INJECTION IN LUMBOSACRAL RADICULOPATHY

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    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

  6. 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

  7. Asymptomatic pneumomediastinum resulting from air in the epidural space -a case report-

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    Lim, Hyun Kyoung; Cha, Young Deog; Song, Jang Ho; Park, Ji Woong; Lee, Mi Hyeon

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    There are no reports regarding pneumomediastinum caused by thoracic epidural block complications. We believe that it is possible to experience an occurrence of pneumomediastinum caused by air in the epidural space after performing a thoracic epidural block using the loss of resistance (LOR) technique with air. We report a witnessed case where pneumomediastinum appeared after a thoracic epidural block. Pneumorrrhachis, paravertebral muscle emphysema, and pneumomediastinum were diagnosed by Pos...

  8. Spinal cord compression due to epidural extramedullary haematopoiesis in thalassaemia: MRI

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    Spinal epidural extramedullary haematopoiesis is very rare in thalassaemia. A 27-year-old man with thalassaemia intermedia presented with symptoms and signs of spinal cord compression. MRI showed a thoracic spinal epidural mass, representing extramedullary haematopoietic tissue, compressing the spinal cord. Following radiotherapy, serial MRI revealed regression of the epidural mass and gradual resolution of spinal cord oedema. (orig.)

  9. Posterior epidural fibrotic mass associated with Baastrup’s disease

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    Jang, Eui-Chan; Lee, Han-Jun; Kim, Jae Yoon; Yang, Jae Jun

    2010-01-01

    A few reports have demonstrated rare cases of Baastrup’s disease that involve epidural cysts that cause dural compression. However, there have been no reports of a midline epidural fibrotic mass being associated with Baastrup’s disease. A 60-year-old man presented with neurogenic claudication that had lasted for 5 years. Radiography showed anterolisthesis at the L4–L5 level, magnetic resonance imaging demonstrated severe stenosis due to a posterior noncystic mass, and the linear fluid signal tracked into the posterior epidural space at the L4–L5 level. A cleft in the ligamentum flavum was identified by probe at surgery, and this enabled the probe to be inserted into the epidural space without excising ligamentum flavum. Histological analysis showed that the fibrotic mass consisted of a collagen matrix that had a cystic component and exhibited a peripheral inflammatory reaction. This report shows that it is possible for an extended epidural cystic mass that occurs in Baastrup’s disease to change over time through peripheral inflammation into a cyst-containing fibrotic mass. PMID:20063020

  10. Spontaneous thoracic epidural hematoma: a case report and literature review.

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    Babayev, Rasim; Ekşi, Murat Şakir

    2016-01-01

    Spinal epidural hematoma is a rare neurosurgical emergency in respect of motor and sensory loss. Identifiable reasons for spontaneous hemorrhage are vascular malformations and hemophilias. We presented a case of spontaneous epidural hematoma in an 18-year-old female patient who had motor and sensory deficits that had been present for 1 day. On MRI, there was spinal epidural hematoma posterior to the T2-T3 spinal cord. The hematoma was evacuated with T2 hemilaminectomy and T3 laminectomy. Patient recovered immediately after the surgery. Literature review depicted 112 pediatric cases (including the presented one) of spinal epidural hematoma. The female/male ratio is 1.1:2. Average age at presentation is 7.09 years. Clinical presentations include loss of strength, sensory disturbance, bowel and bladder disturbances, neck pain, back pain, leg pain, abdominal pain, meningismus, respiratory difficulty, irritability, gait instability, and torticollis. Most common spinal level was cervicothoracic spine. Time interval from symptom onset to clinical diagnosis varied from immediate to 18 months. Spinal epidural hematoma happened spontaneously in 71.8 % of the cases, and hemophilia was the leading disorder (58 %) in the cases with a definable disorder. Partial or complete recovery is possible after surgical interventions and factor supplementations. PMID:26033378

  11. Laparoscopic cholecystectomy under epidural anesthesia: A feasibility study

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    Ranendra Hajong

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Laparoscopic cholecystectomy (LC is normally performed under general anesthesia. But of late this operation has been tried under regional anesthesia successfully without any added complications like epidural anesthesia. Aims: The aim of the study was to study the feasibility of performing LC under epidural anesthesia in normal patients so that the benefits could be extended to those high-risk patients having symptomatic gallstone disease and compromised cardio-pulmonary status where general anesthesia is contraindicated. Materials and Methods: In all, 20 patients with the American Society of Anesthesiologist′s class I or II were enrolled in the study. The level of epidural block and satisfaction score, both for the patient and the surgeon, were noted in the study. Results: The LC was performed successfully under epidural anesthesia in all but two patients who had severe shoulder pain in spite of giving adequate analgesia and were converted to general anesthesia. Conclusions: The LC can be performed safely under epidural anesthesia with understanding between patient and surgeon. However, careful assessment of complications in the patients should be done to make the procedure safer.

  12. 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

  13. Computational modeling of epidural cortical stimulation

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    Wongsarnpigoon, Amorn; Grill, Warren M.

    2008-12-01

    Epidural cortical stimulation (ECS) is a developing therapy to treat neurological disorders. However, it is not clear how the cortical anatomy or the polarity and position of the electrode affects current flow and neural activation in the cortex. We developed a 3D computational model simulating ECS over the precentral gyrus. With the electrode placed directly above the gyrus, about half of the stimulus current flowed through the crown of the gyrus while current density was low along the banks deep in the sulci. Beneath the electrode, neurons oriented perpendicular to the cortical surface were depolarized by anodic stimulation, and neurons oriented parallel to the boundary were depolarized by cathodic stimulation. Activation was localized to the crown of the gyrus, and neurons on the banks deep in the sulci were not polarized. During regulated voltage stimulation, the magnitude of the activating function was inversely proportional to the thickness of the CSF and dura. During regulated current stimulation, the activating function was not sensitive to the thickness of the dura but was slightly more sensitive than during regulated voltage stimulation to the thickness of the CSF. Varying the width of the gyrus and the position of the electrode altered the distribution of the activating function due to changes in the orientation of the neurons beneath the electrode. Bipolar stimulation, although often used in clinical practice, reduced spatial selectivity as well as selectivity for neuron orientation.

  14. Review of spinal epidural cavernous hemangioma

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    The characteristics of spinal epidural cavernous hemangioma without primary origin in the vertebral bone were evaluated in 54 patients including our new case. The 36 male and 18 female patients were aged 5 to 78 years (mean 47 years). Most lesions were in the thoracic spine (80%) and on the dorsal side of the spinal cord (93%). The clinical course was mostly slowly progressive, with myelopathy in 33% at onset and 83% at admission. The lesion appeared isointense to the spinal cord on T1-weighted imaging, and isointense or slightly hypointense to the cerebrospinal fluid on T2-weighted imaging. Lesion without hemorrhage showed prominent homogeneous enhancement after administration of gadolinium-diethylenetriaminepenta-acetic acid because of the sinusoidal channel structure. Heterogeneous enhancement was caused by hematoma and/or post-hemorrhagic degeneration. The differential diagnosis of this disease includes metastatic tumor, Ewing's sarcoma, chordoma, eosinophilic granuloma, sarcoidosis, lipoma, hypertrophy of the posterior longitudinal ligament or the ligamentum flavum, meningioma, and neurinoma. The relationships between clinical course and surgery or outcome suggest that early diagnosis and total removal of the lesion before massive lesional bleeding occurs are necessary for a good outcome. (author)

  15. MRI spectrum of findings in lumbosacral epidural lipomatosis

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    Lumbosacral epidural lipomatosis (LEL) has been defined as a disease produced by excessive fat deposition within the spinal canal. In the pre MRI-era, this entity has been commonly overlooked. While a mild (or moderate) epidural fat hypertrophy is basically asymptomatic, severe LEL represents the symptomatic end-stage of this disease, conducing in many cases to surgical fat debulking. Since LEL may be concurrent with other substantial spinal abnormalities (e.g. disk herniation) MRI exams may increase our awareness of this condition to avoid its underestimation. MRI enables a reliable LEL characterization and may show its eventual reversibility in obese or corticosteroid receiving patients. This pictorial essay illustrates the usefulness of MRI to demonstrate the ongoing process of epidural fat accumulation in mild, moderate and severe LEL. The different morphologic patterns of the thecal sac produced by advanced LEL are analyzed. LEL and concurrent spinal disorders with superimposed neurological symptoms and signs are illustrated. (author)

  16. Lumbar epidural varices: An unusual cause of lumbar claudication

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    Meenakshisundaram Subbiah

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Lumbar epidural varices can also present with radiculopathy similar to acute intervertebral disc prolapse (IVDP. However as the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI in these patients are usually normal without significant compressive lesions of the nerve roots, the diagnosis is commonly missed or delayed leading to persistent symptoms. We present a rare case of acute severe unilateral claudication with a normal MRI unresponsive to conservative management who was treated surgically. The nerve root on the symptomatic side was found to be compressed by large anterior epidural varices secondary to an abnormal cranial attachment of ligamentum flavum. Decompression of the root and coagulation of the varices resulted in complete pain relief. To conclude, lumbar epidural varices should be considered in the differential diagnosis of acute onset radiculopathy and claudication in the absence of significant MRI findings.

  17. Postoperative Spinal Epidural Haematoma Causing Cauda Equina Syndrome: Case Report

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    Emre Delen

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available Cauda equina syndrome is a neurological disorder defined by urinary and/or anal sphincter dysfunction, bilateral sciatica and bilateral motor and sensory deficits. Regarding the etiology, lumbar disc disease, spinal stenosis, tumors, haematomas, fractures, infectious diseases and ankylosing spondylitis are pathologies causing this syndrome. Spinal epidural haematomas are common amongst complications after spinal surgery. However the majority of these cases are asymptomatic, thus having little clinical importance. Symptomatic postoperative spinal epidural haematomas is a serious complication, and in order to prevent permanent neurologic deficit it requires urgent surgical intervention. This article aims to present the case of a patient with a spinal epidural haematoma after spinal stenosis surgery, causing cauda equina syndrome.

  18. Primary epidural lymphoma without vertebral involvement in a HIV-positive patient

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    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

  19. Does epidural clonidine improve postoperative analgesia in major vascular surgery?

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    Jelena Vuković

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available Aim To determine the quality and duration of the analgesic and haemodynamic effects of clonidine when used as an additional analgesic for postoperative epidural analgesia in major vascularsurgery. Methods The prospective, single-blinded study involved 60 patients randomised into three groups (20 patients each: Group BM—bupivacaine 0.125% and morphine 0.1 mg/ml; Group BC—bupivacaine 0.125% and clonidine 5 μg/ml; Group MC—morphine 0.1 mg/ml and clonidine 5 μg/ml continuously infused at 5 ml/h. The quality and duration of the analgesia measured by the Visual Analogue Scale (VAS at rest and on movement, additional analgesia requirements, sedation scores, haemodynamic parameters and side effects(respiratory depression, motor block, toxic effects, nausea and pruritus were recorded. Results The average VAS scores at rest and on movement were significantly lower in Group MC at two, six and 24 hours following the start of epidural infusion (P<0.05. The duration of the analgesic effect after finishing the epidural infusion was significantly longer in Group MC (P<0.05. Patients from Group MC were intubated longer. Additional analgesia consumption, sedation scoresand haemodynamic profiles were similar in all three groups. Prurituswas more frequent in morphine groups (P<0.05, but other sideeffects were similar in all three groups.Conclusion Under study conditions, clonidine added to morphine,not 0.125% bupivacaine, provided significantly better pain scoresat two, six and 24 hours following the start of epidural infusionand the longest-lasting analgesia following the discontinuationof epidural infusion. However, patients from the Group MC weremechanically ventilated longer than patients from other two groups.Continuous monitoring of the patient is necessary after theadministration of clonidine for epidural analgesia.

  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. Análisis de la eficacia y seguridad de la administración de cloruro mórfico epidural para el dolor postoperatorio tras cesárea An analysis of the efficacy and safety of epidural morphic chloride administration for postoperative pain following Caesarian section

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    M. Doniz

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available Objetivo: el control del dolor postcesárea es un punto importante, pues se ha tratado de implementar una técnica analgésica que ocasione mínimos efectos secundarios pero que provea de una buena calidad y duración de la misma, para tener un rápido alivio del dolor, buena recuperación y disminución de los costes de hospitalización. El objetivo de este estudio fue analizar la eficacia y seguridad de la administración de un único bolo de dos miligramos de cloruro mórfico por catéter epidural como coadyuvante analgésico tras cesárea. Material y métodos: estudio multicéntrico prospectivo aleatorio observacional de casos y controles a lo largo de tres años, en 400 pacientes, ASA I-II, con edades comprendidas entre 18 y 39 años, intervenidas de cesárea bajo anestesia epidural. Las pacientes se distribuyeron en dos grupos, un primer grupo denominado GM formado por 200 pacientes a las que se administró dos miligramos de cloruro mórfico, diluidos hasta 10 cm³ con suero fisiológico, a través del catéter epidural, posteriormente a la finalización de la cesárea y tras recuperación de bloqueo sensitivo y motor. El otro grupo denominado GC constituido por las 200 pacientes restantes y a las que no se administró morfina peridural. Ambos grupos recibieron el mismo protocolo analgésico con paracetamol y metamizol pautados, y rescate con bolos de morfina intravenosa en la Unidad de Recuperación Postoperatoria y Ketorolaco en planta. Se utilizó t-Student para comparar las variables cuantitativas. Se consideró significativo p Objective: pain control after cesarean section is an important point, as it has tried to implement an analgesic technique that causes minimal side effects while still providing a good quality and duration of it, to have a quick pain relief, good recovery and decreased hospitalization costs. The aim of this study was to analyze the effectiveness and safety of a single bolus administration of two milligrams of

  2. Sickle cell disease with orbital infarction and epidural hematoma

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    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.)

  3. 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)

    2001-07-01

    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.)

  4. Posterior epidural fibrotic mass associated with Baastrup’s disease

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    Jang, Eui-Chan; Song, Kwang-Sup; Lee, Han-Jun; Kim, Jae Yoon; Yang, Jae Jun

    2010-01-01

    A few reports have demonstrated rare cases of Baastrup’s disease that involve epidural cysts that cause dural compression. However, there have been no reports of a midline epidural fibrotic mass being associated with Baastrup’s disease. A 60-year-old man presented with neurogenic claudication that had lasted for 5 years. Radiography showed anterolisthesis at the L4–L5 level, magnetic resonance imaging demonstrated severe stenosis due to a posterior noncystic mass, and the linear fluid signal ...

  5. 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.)

  6. Accidently Discovered Postpartum Pituitary Apoplexy after Epidural Anesthesia

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    Rafik Sedra

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available Anesthetic consideration of obstetric patients with pituitary disorders is an important topic to deal with. Few cases were reported with accidently discovered pituitary tumor complications especially in the postpartum period. A 26 years old primigravida lady with 39 weeks gestational period was reported to have severe headache and sudden loss of conscious after normal vaginal delivery with lumbar epidural anesthesia. Accidently discovered pituitary adenoma was proved after neurology, endocrine and ophthalmology consultations. Hence, undiagnosed pituitary adenomas should be taken in to consideration with unexplained postpartum generalized weakness and loss of conscious especially after exclusion of epidural anesthesia complications.

  7. 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.

  8. Raquianestesia total após bloqueio do plexo lombar por via posterior: relato de caso Raquianestesia total después del bloqueo del plexo lumbar por vía posterior: relato de caso Total spinal block after posterior lumbar plexus blockade: case report

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    Leonardo Teixeira Domingues Duarte

    2006-10-01

    que continua hasta los espacios peridural y subaracnoideo, para donde la solución anestésica puede se dispersar. A pesar de ofrecer un extenso margen de seguridad, el bloqueo del plexo lumbar demanda del anestesiólogo un conocimiento minucioso de la anatomía, una capacitación en la técnica y una vigilancia constante.BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Lumbar plexus blockade can be very useful in surgical procedures of the hip, thigh, and knee, but it should be performed by an experienced anesthesiologist due to potential complications. The current report presents a case of total spinal block after posterior lumbar plexus blockade and discusses the possible pathophysiological mechanisms. CASE REPORT: Male patient, 34 years old, 97 kg, physical status ASA I, scheduled for total hip arthroplasty. After general anesthesia, a right posterior lumbar plexus blockade was performed with the adjunct of a peripheral nerve stimulator. The needle was introduced to a depth of 8 cm, perpendicular to the skin, 4 cm from the mid line, on a line perpendicular to the spinal process of L4. After identification of a motor response from the quadriceps, the intensity of the current was reduced to 0.35 mA and 0.5% ropivacaine (39 mL was administered. During the injection, there were intermittent contractions of the quadriceps. After the block, the patient presented apnea, hypotension, and both pupils were dilated. At the end of the surgery, the patient presented motor block of the lower extremities, which reversed only nine hours after the block. In the postoperative period, the patient complained of severe pain; he was discharged 12 days after the surgery without motor or sensitive deficits. CONCLUSIONS: To identify the psoas compartment, where the lumbar plexus blockade is located, the intensity of the current must be between 0.5 and 1 mA. Motor response with low current indicates that the needle may be inside the sheath that surrounds the nervous root and extends to the epidural and

  9. 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)

  10. Epidural morphine analgesia in Guillain Barré syndrome.

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    Genis, D; Busquets, C; Manubens, E; Dávalos, A; Baró, J; Oterino, A

    1989-01-01

    Severe pain is a frequent symptom in the Guillain Barré syndrome and can be intense, long lasting and with no response to the usual analgesics, including parenteral opiates. Epidural analgesia using morphine chloride in low doses has satisfactorily relieved pain in this disease in nine patients.

  11. Epidural hematoma after ventriculoperitoneal shunt surgery: report of two cases

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    1998-01-01

    Full Text Available Ventriculoperitoneal shunt operations represent the most used choice for treating hydrocephalus, although some related complications have been reported. Due to its rarity, potential dangers, and mortality rate, we present two cases of epidural hematoma following ventriculoperitoneal shunt, discussing its pathophysiology and prophylaxis.

  12. Multiple remote epidural hematomas following pineal gland tumor resection

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    Jeong-Wook Lim; Seung-Hwan Yang; Jong-Soo Lee; Shi-Hun Song

    2010-01-01

    In cases of pineal tumor combined with obstructive hydrocephalus, preoperative ventriculostomy or ventriculoperitoneal shunting is typically required prior to tumor resection. The objectives of preoperative ventriculostomy are gradual reduction of intracranial pressure and consequent preoperative brain protection. Here we report a case of pineal tumor resection with preoperative ventriculostomy that was complicated by multiple epidural hematomas. While postoperative intracranial hemorrhage ma...

  13. Fluoroscopically-guided epidural blood patch for spontaneous intracranial hypotension

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    Manish Shah

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available We present three patients with spontaneous intracranial hypotension who failed conservative treatment and were treated with image-guided epidural blood patch close to the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF leak site. Each patient achieved significant long-term improvement of clinical symptoms and CSF leak related image findings.

  14. Minimally Invasive Surgical Treatment of Acute Epidural Hematoma: Case Series

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    2016-01-01

    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. PMID:27144170

  15. MR imaging and clinical findings of spontaneous spinal epidural hematoma

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    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)

  16. Paravertebral And Epidural Blocks For Post Thoracotomy Pain

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    Fatma A. A. Zorob, Amira M. Nassar, And Tarek El-Said

    2001-06-01

    Full Text Available Thoracic anesthesia offers particular challenge. Thoracic patients frequently have a painful wound after surgery. So analgesia after thoracic surgery is of particular significance. In the present study we assessed the efficacy of thoracic paravertebral and epidural blockade on post thoracotomy pain and pulmonary function. Thirty adult ASA I-III patients undergoing elective thoracic surgery were enrolled in this study. they were randomly divided into two groups : paravertebral and epidural group (15 patients each. Both percutaneous paravertebral and epidural catheters were placed preoperatively. Before chest closure each patient received a bolus dose of bupivacaine (0.25 % according to its height. This was followed by postoperative bupivacaine infusion (0.25 % 0.1 ml kg-1h ­1 in both groups. Also patients were encouraged to take supplementary doses of morphine from a patient controlled analgesia (PCA. Subjective pain relief was assessed on a linear visual analogue scale and pulmonary function was measured by spirometry. Stress responses to noxious stimuli was assessed by plasma levels of cortisol and glucose. Respiratory variables were recorded throughout the study period. Also sensory level of analgesia and performance status were assessed in the two groups. Although we found significantly lower visual analogue pain scores at rest and on maximal coughing in the paravertebral compared to the epidural group, no significant difference in patient controlled morphine requirements was noted between the two groups. Pulmonary function (FVC, FEV1 and PEFR was significantly better in the paravertebral group. Meanwhile no significant difference in respiratory variables was recorded between the two groups. Paravertebral block produced significantly diminished stress responses to noxious stimuli as manifested by less increase in plasma cortisol level than in epidural block. Sensory levels of analgesia and performance status was similar in both groups. Side

  17. A Rare Case of Solitary Epidural Brain Metastasis of Neuroepithelioma Tumor in A 14 Years Old Man

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    R. Barikbin

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available By definition, a peripheral neuroepithelioma is a primary neuroectodermal tumor (PNET arising from peripheral, nonautonomic neural tissue. PNETs are classified into central and peripheral types. Peripheral PNETs are unusual, often highly aggressive, malignant neoplasms, rarely presenting in the head and neck. Soft tissues PNETs arise from nonautonomic nervous system. In this case, we report a 14-years-old male known case of cervical soft tissue neuroepithelioma presenting with a rare form of metastatic disease as extra axial, epidural metastasis to the brain. On histochemichal analysis of this solitary metastasis, as well as original tumor specimens, markers consistent with PNET tumors were identified.

  18. MR epidurography: distribution of injectate at caudal epidural injection

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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.)

  19. 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)

    2014-08-02

    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.)

  20. Ultrasound as a Screening Tool for Performing Caudal Epidural Injections

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    The caudal approach to the epidural space has been used for decades to treat low back pain caused by lumbosacral root compression. The use of fluoroscopy during epidural steroid injection is the preferred method for placing the needle more accurately in the sacral hiatus, but it carries the risk of radiation hazard. The aim of the study was to assess the anatomical structure of the sacral hiatus and the feasibility of caudal epidural injections under ultrasound guidance. Two hundred and forty patients (male = 100, female = 140) with low back pain and sciatica who were candidates for caudal epidural injection were enrolled into this study. Ultrasound images of the sacral hiatus and bilateral cornua were obtained by a real-time linear array ultrasound transducer. The distance between bilateral cornua and the anterior and posterior wall of the sacrum were measured at the base (sacral hiatus). Under the guide of ultrasonography, we defined the injection successful if turbulence of medication fluid was observed in the sacral canal, but correct placement of the needle and injectant was confirmed on fluoroscopic view as the gold standard technique. The epidurogram showed that the injection was successful in 230 of the 240 patients (95.8%). In eight patients, the injection was not in the correct place in the sacral canal. The sacral hiatus could not be identified by ultrasound images in only two patients who had a closed sacral hiatus identified by fluoroscopy. The mean distance of the sacral hiatus was 4.7 ± 1.7 mm and the mean distance between bilateral cornua was 18.0 ± 2.8 mm. The mean duration of the procedure was 10.8 ± 6.8 minutes. No major complication was observed in the next month. In conclusion, ultrasound could be used as a safe, fast and reliable modality to observe the anatomic variation of the sacral hiatus and to perform caudal epidural injections

  1. Bloqueo tricompartimental del hombro doloroso: estudio preliminar Tricompartmental blockade of painful shoulder: A preliminary study

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    D. Abejón

    2009-10-01

    Full Text Available Introducción: El hombro doloroso constituye una de las consultas más frecuentes en atención primaria, y afecta entre el 7 y el 34% de la población general adulta. La etiología más frecuente es la disfunción del manguito de los rotadores, que supone más del 70% de los casos, incluyendo aquí la tendinitis, la bursitis y la rotura de éste o de alguno de sus componentes. Se han postulado diversos tratamientos para el hombro doloroso. El objetivo del estudio es exponer una nueva técnica para los pacientes que son resistentes a los tratamientos convencionales. Material y métodos: Se analizó la eficacia de la técnica mediante una escala analógica visual (EVA que se pasó a los pacientes en el momento basal y al mes posterior a su realización. En el mismo período se valoró el grado de satisfacción de los pacientes y el porcentaje de mejoría de éstos. Por último, se analizaron las complicaciones, si existieron, y se preguntó a los pacientes si repetirían la técnica o no. Resultados: La técnica se realizó en 12 pacientes. La EVA basal media fue de 8,5 ± 1 y descendió a 5,5 ± 3 tras el procedimiento. Cuando se analizan los pacientes en los que se obtuvo beneficio, el descenso de la EVA fue cercano a 5 puntos con respecto al basal. Cuando se analizan estos datos se podría decir que en patología artrósica el valor de la técnica es mayor que en los pacientes en los que predomina la patología de partes blandas. El porcentaje medio de mejoría en la muestra completa fue de 45,83 ± 42,05. Los pacientes en los que se realizó la técnica, ante la pregunta de si repetirían o no la técnica, 7 repetirían frente a 5 que no lo harían. No se recogió ninguna complicación derivada del procedimiento. Conclusiones: El bloqueo tricompartimental del hombro parece una técnica prometedora en el tratamiento del hombro doloroso, principalmente en los casos en los que la patología subyacente es de origen artrósico.Introduction: Painful

  2. 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))

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    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)

  3. COMPARATIVE STUDY BETWEEN EPIDURAL BUPIVACAINE WITH BUPRENORPHINE AND EPIDURAL BUPIVACAINE FOR POST - OPERATIVE ANALGESIA IN ABDOMINAL AND LOWER LIMB SURGERY

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    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

  4. 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, Jens Henrik Sahl; Kehlet, H

    1989-01-01

    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...

  5. Fluoroscope guided epidural needle insertioin in midthoracic region: clinical evaluation of Nagaro's method

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    Kim, Won Joong; Kim, Tae Hwa; Shin, Hwa Yong; Kang, Hyun; Baek, Chong Wha; Jung, Yong Hun; Woo, Young Cheol; Kim, Jin Yun; Koo, Gill Hoi; Park, Sun Gyoo

    2012-01-01

    Background In the midthoracic region, a fluroscope guided epidural block has been proposed by using a pedicle as a landmark to show the height of the interlaminar space (Nagaro's method). However, clinical implication of this method was not fully evaluated. We studied the clinical usefulness of a fluoroscope guided thoracic epidural block in the midthoracic region. Methods Twenty four patients were scheduled to receive an epidural block at the T6-7 intervertebral space. The patients were plac...

  6. A Comparison of Epidural Anesthesia and Lumbar Plexus-Sciatic Nerve Blocks for Knee Surgery

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    OBJECTIVES: The efficacy of combined lumbar plexus-sciatic nerve blocks was compared to epidural anesthesia in patients undergoing total knee surgery. PATIENTS AND METHODS: The study included 80 American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) Physical Status I-III patients (age range 18 to 65) undergoing knee surgery. The patients were randomly divided into one of two groups. Epidural anesthesia was performed in the epidural anesthesia (EA) group (n=40), and the lumbar plexus and sciatic nerves w...

  7. COMPARATIVE STUDY OF EPIDURAL FENTANYL AND FENTANYL PLUS MAGNESIUM SULPHATE FOR POSTOPERATIVE ANALGESIA

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    Shiva; Sampathi Shiva; Deepraj Singh

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    AIMS AND OBJECTIVES Magnesium has antinociceptive effects in animal and human models of pain. It is found that the addition of Magnesium sulphate to postoperative Epidural infusion of Fentanyl may decrease the need for Fentanyl. We undertook a study to compare the duration of postoperative analgesia after Epidural Fentanyl and Epidural Fentanyl plus Magnesium sulphate administered postoperatively, along with side effects. MATERIALS AND METHODS 50 patients undergoi...

  8. Spinal cord compression due to epidural extramedullary haematopoiesis in thalassaemia: MRI

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    Aydingoez, Ue.; Oto, A.; Cila, A. [Department of Radiology, Hacettepe University School of Medicine, Ankara (Turkey)

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    Spinal epidural extramedullary haematopoiesis is very rare in thalassaemia. A 27-year-old man with thalassaemia intermedia presented with symptoms and signs of spinal cord compression. MRI showed a thoracic spinal epidural mass, representing extramedullary haematopoietic tissue, compressing the spinal cord. Following radiotherapy, serial MRI revealed regression of the epidural mass and gradual resolution of spinal cord oedema. (orig.) With 3 figs., 6 refs.

  9. Unusual case of persistent Horner′s syndrome following epidural anaesthesia and caesarean section

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    Shubhra Goel; Cat Nguyen Burkat

    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 des...

  10. Spontaneous ventral spinal epidural hematoma in a child: A case report and review of literature

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    Shailendra Ratre; Yadram Yadav; Sushma Choudhary; Vijay Parihar

    2016-01-01

    Spontaneous spinal epidural hematoma is very uncommon cause of spinal cord compression. It is extremely rare in children and is mostly located in dorsal epidural space. Ventral spontaneous spinal epidural hematoma (SSEH) is even rarer, with only four previous reports in childrens. We are reporting fifth such case in a 14 year old male child. He presented with history of sudden onset weakness and sensory loss in both lower limbs with bladder bowel involvment since 15 days. There was no history...

  11. Bloqueo auriculoventricular paroxístico desencadenado por estímulo vagal con síncope recurrente

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    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available El bloqueo auriculoventricular completo (BAVC paroxístico con ECG de reposo normal es una entidad poco frecuente.Se presenta el caso de una paciente de 34 años que cursaba el segundo mes de embarazo y consultó por cuadros sincopales recurrentes.Luego de ser evaluada con ECG, eco-Doppler cardíaco, tilt test, estudio electroencefalográfico, TAC y RM de cerebro se descartó cardiopatía de base y se interpretó que se trataba de síncope neurocardiogénico.Por persistencia de los síntomas se realizó un Holter de 5 días hasta que presentó un nuevo síncope y se arribó al diagnóstico de BAVC paroxístico. Se indicó un marcapasos definitivo VDD y seis meses después persistía asintomática

  12. Evaluación del efecto de bloqueo en el condicionamiento clásico de preferencias

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    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available Esta investigación experimental tuvo como objetivo poner a prueba el efecto de bloqueode Kamin en el condicionamiento clásico de preferencias. Se diseñaron tres partes: Estudio1, Experimento 1 y Experimento 2. El Estudio preliminar (n = 54 consistió en laelección de los estímulos condicionados (marcas publicitarias ficticias y del estímulo incondicionado(figura femenina con una proporción controlada de la medida de cintura/cadera. En el Experimento 1 (n = 60 se efectuó el entrenamiento en condicionamientoclásico de preferencias. Finalmente, en el Experimento 2 (n = 40, se examinó el efecto debloqueo en el condicionamiento clásico de preferencias con pruebas de tipo cognoscitivoy afectivo. Participaron estudiantes universitarios de diferentes carreras entre 17 y 25años. Los resultados indican que se manifestó un efecto de bloqueo en tres de las cuatropruebas utilizadas para evaluar dicho fenómeno. Se plantea, a manera de conclusión,que este efecto potencialmente explica diferentes fenómenos en los campos de la publicidady el mercadeo, especialmente en lo que concierne a competencia de marcas.

  13. Effect of Epidural Block under General Anesthesia on Pulse Transit Time

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    Epidural block under general anesthesia has been widely used to control postoperative pain. In this anesthetic state many hemodynamic parameters are changed. Moreover pulse transit time is influenced by this memodynamic change. PPT change in the finger and the toe due to relaxation of arterial wall muscle after general anesthesia and epidural block under general anesthesia. This study, in the both general anesthesia and epidural block under general anesthesia, ΔPTT of the toe and of the finger are measured. In addition, ΔPTT(toe-finger) of the epidural block under general anesthesia and of the general anesthesia were compared

  14. The effect of 0.5% ropivacaine on epidural blood flow

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    Dahl, J B; Simonsen, L; Mogensen, T;

    1990-01-01

    Twenty patients scheduled for elective abdominal surgery received epidural analgesia with 20 ml 0.5% ropivacaine or 0.5% bupivacaine. Epidural blood flow was measured by an epidural 133Xe clearance technique on the day before surgery (no local anaesthetic) and again 1 h before surgery, 30 min after...... injection of the local anaesthetic during continuous infusion (8 ml/h). Median initial blood flow was 5.0 ml/min and 6.0 ml/min per 100 g tissue in patients receiving ropivacaine and bupivacaine, respectively. After epidural bupivacaine, blood flow increased in 8 of 10 patients to 6.9 ml/min per 100 g...

  15. Effect of Epidural Block under General Anesthesia on Pulse Transit Time

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    Choi, Byeong Cheol [Choonhae College of Health Sciences, Ulsan (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Seong Min [Konkuk University, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Jung, Dong Keun; Kim, Gi Ryon [Dong-A University, Busan (Korea, Republic of); Lee, He Jeong; Jeon, Gye Rock [Pusan National University, Busan (Korea, Republic of)

    2005-08-15

    Epidural block under general anesthesia has been widely used to control postoperative pain. In this anesthetic state many hemodynamic parameters are changed. Moreover pulse transit time is influenced by this memodynamic change. PPT change in the finger and the toe due to relaxation of arterial wall muscle after general anesthesia and epidural block under general anesthesia. This study, in the both general anesthesia and epidural block under general anesthesia, {Delta}PTT of the toe and of the finger are measured. In addition, {Delta}PTT(toe-finger) of the epidural block under general anesthesia and of the general anesthesia were compared

  16. Histopathological Alterations after Single Epidural Injection of Ropivacaine, Methylprednizolone Acetate, or Contrast Material in Swine

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    Purpose: The consequences from the injection of different types of drugs in the epidural space remains unknown. Increasing evidence suggests that localized inflammation, fibrosis, and arachnoiditis can complicate sequential epidural blockades, or even epidural contrast injection. We investigate the in vivo effect of epidural injections in the epidural space in an animal model. Materials and Methods: A group of ten male adult pigs, five punctures to each at distinct vertebral interspaces under general anesthesia, were examined, testing different drugs, used regularly in the epidural space (iopamidol, methylprednisolone acetate, ropivacaine). Each site was marked with a percutaneous hook wire marker. Histological analysis of the epidural space, the meninges, and the underlying spinal cord of the punctured sites along with staining for caspase-3 followed 20 days later. Results: The epidural space did not manifest adhesions or any other pathology, and the outer surface of the dura was not impaired in any specimen. The group that had the contrast media injection showed a higher inflammation response compared to the other groups (P = 0.001). Positive staining for caspase-3 was limited to <5% of neurons with all substances used. Conclusion: No proof of arachnoiditis and/or fibrosis was noted in the epidural space with the use of the above-described drugs. A higher inflammation rate was noted with the use of contrast media.

  17. Calidad de vida de pacientes con cáncer de próstata en tratamiento con bloqueo androgénico continuo vs intermitente: estudio prospectivo mediante la aplicación del cuestionario CAVIPRES

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    C.R. Sierra Labarta; D. Sánchez Zalabardo; Á. de Pablo Cárdenas

    2015-01-01

    Fundamento: El tratamiento con bloqueo androgénico intermitente (BAI) pretende mejorar la calidad de vida de los pacientes con cáncer de próstata con los mismos resultados oncológicos que el bloqueo androgénico continuo (BAC). El presente trabajo compara la calidad de vida mediante la aplicación del cuestionario CAVIPRES entre dos grupos de pacientes, uno tratado con BAC y otro con BAI. Material y métodos: Se realizó un estudio longitudinal de 24 meses de duración que incluyó 114 pacientes. T...

  18. Analgesia continua de miembro superior por bloqueo de plexo braquial en dolor crónico oncológico Continuous analgesia of the upper limb with brachial plexus blockade in chronic cancer pain

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    M. Narváez; K. Glasinovic; A. Condori; A. Ballon; M. Torres

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    Objetivo: Evaluar la utilizdad del bloqueo del plexo braquial en el tratamiento del dolor intenso oncológico. Método: Evaluamos en 6 pacientes con metástasis óseas del miembro superior la efectividad de un bloqueo continuo del plexo braquial. Resultados: Todos los pacientes del estudio tuvieron una evolución favorable y un incremento en la analgesia con el tratamiento sin que se produjeran efectos adversos. Conclusiones: La analgesia continua del plexo braquial es un método efectivo para el c...

  19. Estudo comparativo dos bloqueios intercostal e interpleural para analgesia pós-operatória em colecistectomias abertas Estudio comparativo de los bloqueos intercostal e interpleural para analgesia pós-operatoria en colecistectomias abiertas Comparative study of intercostal and interpleural block for post-cholecystectomy analgesia

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    Antonio Mauro Vieira

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    Full Text Available JUSTIFICATIVA E OBJETIVOS: A analgesia no pós-operatório é desejada pelos pacientes e tem sido praticada pela maioria dos anestesiologistas. Além dos opióides, os anestésicos locais têm sido utilizados nos bloqueios periféricos e centrais para se obter a analgesia pós-operatória. O objetivo deste estudo foi comparar duas técnicas de bloqueio dos nervos intercostais para analgesia pós-operatória em colecistectomias abertas. MÉTODO: Sessenta pacientes foram submetidos a colecistectomias abertas com incisão subcostal e receberam bloqueio intercostal (Grupo IC, n=30 ou bloqueio interpleural (Grupo IP, n=30, ambos com 100 mg de bupivacaína a 0,5% com adrenalina, para analgesia pós-operatória. Foram avaliados os tempos de analgesia e as queixas relatadas pelos pacientes. RESULTADOS: A qualidade da analgesia foi considerada boa para ambas as técnicas. A duração média de analgesia foi de 505 minutos no grupo IP e 620 minutos no grupo IC, não havendo diferença estatística entre eles. Náuseas, vômitos e dor abdominal leve foram as queixas pós-operatórias mais freqüentes. Não se constatou qualquer complicação pós-operatória associada exclusivamente aos bloqueios, assim como não foi evidenciado nenhum caso de pneumotórax. CONCLUSÕES: Concluiu-se que as técnicas promoveram analgesia satisfatória após colecistectomia, sendo que o bloqueio interpleural apresentou maior facilidade de execução.JUSTIFICATIVA Y OBJETIVOS: La analgesia en el pós-operatorio es deseada por los pacientes y ha sido practicada por la mayoría de los anestesiologistas. Además de los opioides, los anestésicos locales han sido utilizados en los bloqueos periféricos y centrales para obtenerse la analgesia pós-operatoria. El objetivo de este estudio fue comparar dos técnicas de bloqueo de los nervios intercostales para analgesia pós-operatoria en colecistectomias abiertas. MÉTODO: Sesenta pacientes fueron sometidos a colecistectomias

  20. Analgesia postoperatoria en la queiloplastia del lactante. Estudio comparativo: bloqueo infraorbitario intraoral bilateral con bupivacaína 0,25% con adrenalina vs. analgesia intravenosa con tramadol

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    Full Text Available Objetivo: Comparar la eficacia y duración del bloqueo del nervio infraorbitario intraoral bilateral frente a la analgesia intravenosa convencional con tramadol en el control del dolor postoperatorio en lactantes sometidos a queiloplastia por labio leporino. Material y métodos: Tras la realización de una adecuada valoración preanestésica y la obtención del consentimiento informado de los padres, realizamos un estudio prospectivo, controlado aleatorizado y doble ciego en 25 niños, ASA I, con edades comprendidas entre los 3-10 meses, tras obtener el consentimiento informado de los padres, propuestos para cirugía correctora de labio leporino (queiloplastia. Todos ellos fueron premeditados, media hora antes de la intervención quirúrgica, con midazolan oral (0,5 mg.kg-1 y, en todos los casos, se practicó la técnica anestésica y el bloqueo nervioso por el mismo anestesiólogo, que consistió en una inducción inhalatoria con sevoflurano previa a la venoclisis. La anestesia general se completó con atropina, fentanilo y rocuronio a las dosis establecidas que se administraron, por vía intravenosa, previamente a la intubación endotraqueal y la ventilación mecánica. Los pacientes fueron divididos aleatoriamente en dos grupos: Grupo A (n = 12: se administró 1-2 ml de bupivacaína al 0,25% con adrenalina para el bloqueo infraorbitario bilateral y solución salina intravenosa como sustitutivo de la analgesia intravenosa con tramadol. Grupo B (n = 13: se administró solución salina para el bloqueo nervioso, en lugar de la bupivacaína, y tramadol intravenoso (1,5 mg.kg-1 como analgesia postoperatoria. En todos ellos se realizó anestesia general con sevoflurano y fentanilo "a demanda" según parámetros convencionales (tensión arterial, frecuencia cardiaca, tamaño pupilar, etc.. Durante sus primeras seis horas de estancia en Reanimación se valoró la duración de la analgesia, grado de disconfort e intensidad dolorosa. Además se anot

  1. Spontaneous spinal epidural hemorrhage from intense piano playing.

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    Chang, Hui-Ju; Su, Fang Jy; Huang, Ying C; Chen, Shih-Han

    2014-06-01

    Spontaneous spinal epidural hematoma (SSEH) is a rare but real neurosurgical emergency. It is caused by atraumatic rupture of the vertebral epidural vein that results in nerve root or spinal cord compression. Most cases of SSEH have a multifactorial etiology, including congenital and acquired coagulopathies; platelet dysfunction; vascular malformation; tumors; uncontrolled hypertension; pregnancy; and, very rarely, activities requiring Valsalva. Herein we reported the case of a young pianist who was attacked by SSEH during piano practice. Playing the piano is a joyful, relaxing entertainment; however, this musical activity can be a highly demanding physical and mental exercise for pianists. Emotional and expressive performance, especially in professional performing, has been reported to result in significant increase of sympathetic and decrease of parasympathetic activities and thus influence the cardiorespiratory variables. The increased biomechanical stress from fluctuating hemodynamics was thought to trigger the rupture of her spinal arteriovenous malformation. PMID:24418452

  2. [Spinal epidural abscess as a complication of a finger infection].

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    Ridderikhof, M L; van den Brink, W A; van Dalsen, A D; Kieft, H

    2008-06-21

    An 81-year-old man was treated with intravenous antibiotics for a soft tissue infection in a finger. Despite adequate antibiotic treatment, he developed signs of spinal cord injury caused by a cervical spinal epidural abscess. An emergency laminectomy was performed. The neurological impairment appeared to be irreversible, and the patient died. Spinal epidural abscess is a rare and serious complication ofa bacteraemia. It is often caused by an infection of the skin or soft tissue with Staphylococcus aureus. Given the risk of rapidly progressive and irreversible neurological damage, this complication must be treated as soon as possible. The treatment of choice is surgery. Conservative management with intravenous antibiotics is an option only under strict conditions. PMID:18624007

  3. Transient bladder and fecal incontinence following epidural blood patch

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    Miguel Angel Palomero-Rodríguez

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    Full Text Available Epidural blood patch (EBP is the currently accepted treatment of choice for postdural puncture headache because of its high initial success rates and infrequent complications. Many authors recommended a small volume (10-20 mL of blood to be delivered for an effective EBP. Here, we report an obstetric patient who developed a transient bladder and fecal incontinence after 19 mL of blood EBP at L 1 -L 2 level. Since the magnetic resonance image did not demonstrate any definitive spinal cord lesion, the exact mechanism remains unclear. We suggest that accumulation of blood performed at L 1 to L 2 level in a closed relationship with the sacral cord, may have trigger a significant pressure elevation of the epidural space at this level, resulting in a temporal spinal cord-related injury in the sacral cord.

  4. Epidural blood patch for refractory low CSF pressure headache

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    Madsen, Søren Aalbæk; Fomsgaard, Jonna Storm; Jensen, Rigmor

    2011-01-01

    of non-invasive/conservative measures and invasive measures with epidural blood patch providing the cornerstone of the invasive measures. In the present pilot study we therefore aimed to evaluate the treatment efficacy of epidural blood patch (EBP) in treatment-refractory low-pressure headache. Our......Once believed an exceedingly rare disorder, recent evidence suggests that low cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) pressure headache has to be considered an important cause of new daily persistent headaches, particularly among young and middle-aged individuals. Treatment of low CSF pressure headache consists...... reduction in frequency. An increase in days with use of medication was found. Increased awareness of low CSF pressure headache is emphasized and a controlled larger randomized study is needed to confirm the results. However the present results, allows us to conclude that EBP in treatment-refractory low CSF...

  5. Spontaneous cervical epidural hematoma: Report of a case managed conservatively

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    Halim Tariq

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Spontaneous spinal epidural hematoma is a rare cause of acute spinal cord compression. A 25-year-old male presented with a history of sudden onset of complete quadriplegia with sensory loss below the neck along with loss of bowel and bladder control. He had no history of any constitutional symptoms. He reported 10 days later. He was managed conservatively and after two weeks of intensive rehabilitation he had complete neural recovery. The spontaneous recovery of neurological impairment is attributed to the spreading of the hematoma throughout the epidural space, thus decreasing the pressure with partial neural recovery. Conservative treatment is a fair option in young patients who present late and show neurological improvement. The neurological status on presentation will guide the further approach to management.

  6. Lumbar spine osteomyelitis and epidural abscess formation secondary to acupuncture.

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    Godhania, Vinesh

    2016-01-01

    A 39-year-old male with no previous medical history presented with abdominal and low back pain. Based on clinical and radiological findings he was diagnosed with L1/L2 osteomyelitis and epidural abscess. Further history taking revealed recent use of acupuncture for treatment of mechanical back pain. The patient was treated conservatively with an extended course of antibiotics, monitored with repeat MRI scans and had a full recovery with no neurological deficit. This is the first reported case of epidural abscess formation and osteomyelitis after acupuncture in the UK. As acupuncture becomes more commonly used in western countries, it is important to be aware of this rare but serious complication. PMID:26976275

  7. Complete nonsurgical resolution of a spontaneous spinal epidural hematoma.

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    Silber, S H

    1996-07-01

    Spontaneous spinal epidural hematomas (SSEH) are heralded by spinal pain and progressive cord compression syndromes which may lead to permanent neurological disability or death if emergent neurosurgical intervention is delayed. It therefore must be considered early in the differential diagnosis of acute spinal cord compression syndrome. A case of spontaneous spinal epidural hematoma presenting as an acute myelopathy in a clarinet player who chronically used a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication is presented. The case was remarkable for the rare complete spontaneous resolution of neurological function. Approximately 250 cases of SSEH have been reported in the medical literature, although only a handful of these patients have recovered spontaneously. This is the sixth report of such an event. The etiologies, contributing factors, disease progression, and treatment recommendations are discussed. PMID:8768163

  8. Prospective, randomized, controlled trial of thoracic epidural or patient-controlled opiate analgesia on perioperative quality of life.

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    Ali, M

    2010-03-01

    Perioperative epidural analgesia provides continuous pain control and may have advantages over parenteral opiate administration. This study assessed the impact of epidural analgesia on quality of life (QOL) of patients undergoing major surgery.

  9. Treatment of Cervicogenic Headache with Cervical Epidural Steroid Injection

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    Wang, Eugene; Wang, Dajie

    2014-01-01

    Cervicogenic headache (CGH) is defined as referred pain from various cervical structures innervated by the upper three cervical spinal nerves. Such structures are potential pain generators, and include the atlanto-occipital joint, atlantoaxial joint, C2-3 zygapophysial joint, C2-3 intervertebral disc, cervical myofascial trigger points, as well as the cervical spinal nerves. Various interventional techniques, including cervical epidural steroid injection (CESI), have been proposed to treat th...

  10. Solitary Spinal Epidural Metastasis from Prostatic Small Cell Carcinoma

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    Maeng, Young Hee

    2016-01-01

    Solitary, spinal epidural metastasis (SEM) that is not related to vertebral metastasis is very rare. And solitary SEM from prostatic cancer is rarely found in previously published reports. However, it is clinically significant due to the possibility of neurologic dysfunction, and it can be assessed by MRI. In this report, we show a case of solitary SEM arising from prostatic small cell carcinoma detected by MRI.

  11. Lumbar spine osteomyelitis and epidural abscess formation secondary to acupuncture

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    Godhania, Vinesh

    2016-01-01

    A 39-year-old male with no previous medical history presented with abdominal and low back pain. Based on clinical and radiological findings he was diagnosed with L1/L2 osteomyelitis and epidural abscess. Further history taking revealed recent use of acupuncture for treatment of mechanical back pain. The patient was treated conservatively with an extended course of antibiotics, monitored with repeat MRI scans and had a full recovery with no neurological deficit. This is the first reported case...

  12. Craniofacial trauma and double epidural hematomas from horse training ☆

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    Baugh, Aaron D.; Baugh, Reginald F.; Atallah, Joseph N.; Gaudin, Daniel; Williams, Mallory

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    INTRODUCTION A case of complex poly-trauma requiring multi-service management of rare, diagnoses is reviewed. PRESENTATION OF CASE A healthy 20 year old female suffered double epidural hematoma, base of, skull fracture, traumatic cranial nerve X palsy, benign positional paroxysmal vertigo and supraorbital, neuralgia following equestrian injury. DISCUSSION Epidemiology, differential diagnosis, and principles of management for each condition, are reviewed. CONCLUSION Coordinated trauma care is ...

  13. Fetal circulation during epidural analgesia for caesarean section.

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    Lindblad, A; Marsál, K; Vernersson, E; Renck, H

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    Fetal blood flow was examined during epidural analgesia in six women with uncomplicated pregnancies undergoing elective caesarean section. A non-invasive, ultrasonic technique was used to measure blood flow in the fetal descending aorta and intra-abdominal part of the umbilical vein before induction of analgesia with etidocaine and bupivacaine and 15 and 30 minutes afterwards. No appreciable change in fetal blood flow was observed.

  14. Radiographic appearance of a post-epidural headache.

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    Weekes, G

    2012-02-01

    We report the case of a 35-year-old lady who presented with a 6-day history of a postural headache following an uncomplicated epidural catheter insertion. Meningitis was initially suspected and a neurology review was obtained. CT and MRI brain revealed features suggestive of meningitis. However these radiological features are also consistent with post dural puncture headache (PDPH). This case highlights the under reported and possible misleading radiographical features of PDPH.

  15. Accidently Discovered Postpartum Pituitary Apoplexy after Epidural Anesthesia

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    Rafik Sedra

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    Anesthetic consideration of obstetric patients with pituitary disorders is an important topic to deal with. Few cases were reported with accidently discovered pituitary tumor complications especially in the postpartum period. A 26 years old primigravida lady with 39 weeks gestational period was reported to have severe headache and sudden loss of conscious after normal vaginal delivery with lumbar epidural anesthesia. Accidently discovered pituitary adenoma was proved after neurology, endocrin...

  16. A Case of Spontaneous Spinal Epidural Hematoma Mimicking Stroke

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    Emine Rabia Koç

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Spontaneous spinal epidural hematoma is an uncommon cause of acute non-traumatic myelopathy and may present with various clinical phenotypes. Focal neurological symptoms can result in overlooking this differential diagnosis in patients presenting with neurological deficits and assuming the diagnosis of a stroke. Therefore, a thorough documentation of patient history is of great importance, since this can reveal symptoms suggestive of a different etiology. Here, we present a case of an 80-year-old female who was admitted with a hemiparesis without cortical or cranial neurological abnormalities. She mentioned of preceding shoulder and neck pain. Diagnosis of epidural hematoma was made by cervical magnetic resonance imaging. Symptoms resolved partially after surgical intervention. Our case illustrates the variation in the clinical presentation of spontaneous spinal epidural hematoma which can be misdiagnosed as stroke. Therefore, in patients with preceding neck, shoulder or interscapular pain and focal neurological deficits, this diagnosis should be included in the differential, particularly when cortical and cranial signs are lacking.

  17. Combined spinal epidural anesthesia in achondroplastic dwarf for femur surgery

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    Rochana Girish Bakhshi

    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available Achondroplasia is the commonest form of short-limbed dwarfism and occurs in 1:26,000- 40,000 live births. This is an autosomal dominant disorder with abnormal endochondral ossification whereas periosteal and intramembranous ossification are normal. The basic abnormality is a disturbance of cartilage formation mainly at the epiphyseal growth plates and at the base of the skull. The anesthetic management of achondroplastic dwarfs is a challenge to the anesthesiologist. Both regional as well as general anesthesia have their individual risks and consequences. We report a case of an achondroplastic dwarf in whom combined spinal epidural anesthesia was used for fixation of a fractured femur. The patient had undergone previous femur surgery under general anesthesia since he had been informed that spinal anesthesia could be very problematic. There was no technical difficulty encountered during the procedure and an adequate level was achieved with low-dose local anesthetics without any problem. Postoperative pain relief was offered for three consecutive postoperative days using epidural tramadol. We discuss the anesthetic issues and highlight the role of combined spinal epidural anesthesia with low-dose local anesthetics in this patient. This approach also helped in early ambulation and postoperative pain relief.

  18. Bloqueo aurículo-ventricular de primer grado en tirotoxicosis aguda First degree atrio-ventricular block in acute thyrotoxicosis

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    Antonio R. Vilches; Jorge Lerman

    2004-01-01

    El cuadro clínico de la tirotoxicosis incluye síntomas cardiovasculares variados. La taquicardia sinusal es el trastorno electrocardiográfico más frecuente y los trastornos de conducción son extremadamente raros como modo de presentación. Comunicamos un caso de bloqueo aurículo-ventricular de primer grado en una paciente con hipertiroidismo recién diagnosticado y que comenzó días antes de la consulta con un cuadro general inespecífico. Su evaluación ulterior demostró que se trataba de una tir...

  19. Pronóstico a corto y largo plazo de los pacientes con infarto agudo de miocardio y bloqueo de rama

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    Jaulent Huertas, Leticia

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    En estudios de la era pre-reperfusión la presencia de bloqueo de rama (BR) asociado a infarto agudo de miocardio (IAM) se asoció a altas tasas de mortalidad a corto y largo plazo. Los cambios terapéuticos que se han producido en los últimos años, especialmente la aplicación de la terapia de reperfusión, fibrinolisis y angioplastia primaria, se asocian a un beneficio en el pronóstico de los pacientes con IAM. Objetivos Conocer las características clínicas y el pronóstico a corto y largo...

  20. Bloqueo del ganglio estrellado y anestesia subaracnoidea: Caso Clínico Blockade of the inferior cervical ganglion with subarachnoid anesthesia: Clinical case

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    L. San Norberto; F. Hernández-Zaballos; Santos, J.; F. J. Sánchez-Montero; Vaquero, M.; E. Sánchez-Barrado; Muriel, C.

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    El ganglio estrellado está formado por la unión del ganglio cervical inferior y el primer ganglio torácico. El bloqueo de dicho ganglio es usado para el diagnóstico y tratamiento de diversos síndromes dolorosos crónicos. Esta técnica con anestésicos locales suele ser segura aunque no exenta de complicaciones como convulsiones, neumotórax o anestesia espinal entre otras. Estas complicaciones pueden minimizarse con una adecuada vigilancia, monitorización y recursos adecuados. Para un correcto d...

  1. Propuesta de procedimientos para mejorar los resultados obtenidos por la heurística NEH en el problema flow shop con bloqueos

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    Companys Pascual, Ramón; Ribas Vila, Immaculada; Mateo Doll, Manuel

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    En este trabajo se han analizado formas de incrementar la calidad de las soluciones obtenidas por la heurística NEH al aplicarla al problema de programación de piezas en un sistema flow shop con bloqueos con el objetivo de minimizar el makespan. Los resultados obtenidos al analizar diferentes métodos indican que es aconsejable aplicar el procedimiento sobre el ejemplar directo e inverso reteniendo la mejor de las dos soluciones obtenidas así como substituir la regla de ordenación LPT por la M...

  2. Analgesia postoperatoria en la queiloplastia del lactante. Estudio comparativo: bloqueo infraorbitario intraoral bilateral con bupivacaína 0,25% con adrenalina vs. analgesia intravenosa con tramadol

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    Delgado, J. A.; A. Martínez-Tellería; Cano, M. E.; J. Galera; R. Fernández-Valades; A. Ruiz-Montes

    2005-01-01

    Objetivo: Comparar la eficacia y duración del bloqueo del nervio infraorbitario intraoral bilateral frente a la analgesia intravenosa convencional con tramadol en el control del dolor postoperatorio en lactantes sometidos a queiloplastia por labio leporino. Material y métodos: Tras la realización de una adecuada valoración preanestésica y la obtención del consentimiento informado de los padres, realizamos un estudio prospectivo, controlado aleatorizado y doble ciego en 25 niños, ASA I, con ed...

  3. Bloqueo auriculoventricular congénito y embarazo. ¿Qué hacer con el marcapaso? Congenital atrioventricular block and pregnancy. What to do with the pacemaker?

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    Jerson Quitián; Guillermo Mora

    2012-01-01

    El bloqueo aurículoventricular congénito (BAVC) es una lesión del nodo AV que produce alteración de la transmisión de los impulsos auriculares a los ventrículos y que puede manifestarse clínicamente antes o después del nacimiento. Es raro encontrar esta patología en mujeres embarazadas, sin embargo esto puede variar debido a que en la actualidad se corrigen defectos cardiacos de manera quirúrgica más frecuentemente y se implantan marcapasos de manera más precoz. Presentamos un caso de una muj...

  4. The use of combined spinal-epidural technique to compare intrathecal ziconotide and epidural opioids for trialing intrathecal drug delivery.

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    Gulati, Amitabh; Loh, Jeffrey; Puttanniah, Vinay; Malhotra, Vivek

    2013-03-01

    SUMMARY Choosing the initial medications for intrathecal delivery is often confusing and not standardized. We describe a novel way for using a combined spinal-epidural technique to compare two first-line medications for intrathecal delivery; ziconotide and morphine (or hydromorphone). Five patients with intractable chronic or cancer pain were elected to have an intrathecal drug delivery system implanted for pain management. Each patient was given a 3-day inpatient trial with the combined spinal-epidural technique. The Visual Analog Scale, Numerical Rating Scale, short-term McGill questionnaire and opioid consumption were monitored daily. The results were used to develop a paradigm to describe how ziconotide can be used in practice. PMID:24645996

  5. Bloqueio inadvertido do neuroeixo durante artroplastia vertebral: relato de caso Bloqueo no percibido del neuroeje durante la artroplastia vertebral: relato de caso Accidental spinal block during vertebral artroplasty: case report

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    Michelle Nacur Lorentz

    2006-10-01

    colocado en decúbito ventral y el cirujano le infiltró el anestésico local desde la piel hasta el cuerpo vertebral de T12; a continuación se realizó la biopsia la vértebra e inyectó 6 mL de cimiento óseo en T12. Al final del procedimiento el paciente presentaba parálisis de los miembros inferiores. CONCLUSIONES: La intervención quirúrgica en la columna vertebral no es un procedimiento exento de complicaciones. Cuando se asocia bloqueo espinal se puede retardar el diagnóstico de complicación quirúrgica; además de eso, se corre el riesgo de imputársele a la anestesia un problema proveniente del procedimiento quirúrgico.BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Vertebral artroplasty with bone cement has its particularities and complications. Most often the procedure is performed under local anesthetic and sedation, but sometimes it is done under subarachnoid or epidural block with morphine to achieve postoperative analgesia. The objective of this report is to discuss the possible complications of vertebroplasties. CASE REPORT: Male patient, 76 years old, presenting pathologic fracture in T12 was admitted for vertebral artroplasty and bone biopsy. Patient was sedated with midazolam and fentanyl, placed in the prone position, and the surgeon injected local anesthetic from the skin until the vertebral body of T12. He then took a biopsy of the vertebra and injected 6 mL of bone cement in T12. At the end of the procedure the patient presented paralysis of the lower limbs. CONCLUSIONS: Surgeries in the spinal column are not free of complications. When it is associated with spinal block, the diagnosis of surgical complications might be delayed. Besides, anesthesia might be blamed for a problem caused by the surgical procedure.

  6. Bloqueio seletivo dos nervos supraescapular e axilar promove analgesia satisfatória e menor grau de bloqueio motor: comparação com o bloqueio interescalênico El bloqueo selectivo de los nervios supraescapular y axilar promueve una analgesia satisfactoria y un menor grado de bloqueo motor: comparación con el bloqueo interescalénico Selective suprascapular and axillary nerve block provides adequate analgesia and minimal motor block: comparison with interscalene block

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    Patrícia Falcão Pitombo

    2013-02-01

    . El objetivo de este estudio fue comparar el bloqueo de los nervios supraescapular y axilar en las cirugías artroscópicas de hombro con el abordaje interescalénico del plexo braquial. MÉTODO: Sesenta y ocho pacientes fueron ubicados en dos grupos de 34, de acuerdo con la técnica utilizada: grupo Interescalénico (GI y grupo selectivo (GS, siendo ambos abordajes realizados con neuroestimulador. En el GI, y después de la respuesta motora adecuada, se inyectaron 30 mL de levopubivacaina en exceso enantiomérico de un 50% al 0,33% con adrenalina 1:200.000. En el GS, y después de la respuesta motora del nervio supraescapular y axilar, se inyectaron 15 mL de la misma sustancia en cada nervio. Enseguida se realizó la anestesia general. Las variables que se evaluaron fueron: tiempo para la realización de los bloqueos, analgesia, consumo de opioide, bloqueo motor, estabilidad cardiocirculatoria, satisfacción y aceptabilidad por parte del paciente. RESULTADOS: El tiempo para la ejecución del bloqueo interescalénico fue significativamente menor que para la realización del bloqueo selectivo. La analgesia fue significativamente mayor en el postoperatorio inmediato en el GI y en el postoperatorio tardío en el GS. El consumo de morfina fue significativamente mayor en la primera hora en el GS. El bloqueo motor fue significativamente menor en el GS. La estabilidad cardiocirculatoria, satisfacción y aceptabilidad de la técnica por el paciente no fueron diferentes entre los grupos. Ocurrió un fallo en el GI y dos en el GS. CONCLUSIONES: Ambas técnicas son seguras y eficaces con el mismo grado de satisfacción y de aceptabilidad. El bloqueo selectivo de ambos nervios presentó una analgesia satisfactoria, con la ventaja de proporcionar un bloqueo motor restringido al hombro.BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Shoulder arthroscopic surgeries evolve with intense postoperative pain. Several analgesic techniques have been advocated. The aim of this study was to compare suprascapular

  7. Single dose spinal analgesia: Is it a good alternative to epidural analgesia in controlling labour pain?

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    Tarek AbdElBarr

    2014-07-01

    Conclusions: Based on the results of our study we concluded that single dose spinal analgesia is a good alternative to epidural analgesia in controlling labour pain i.e. spinal compared to epidural is more easy performed, faster, less expensive, and provide effective analgesia.

  8. Mode of delivery after epidural analgesia in a cohort of low-risk nulliparas

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    Eriksen, Lena Mariann; Nøhr, Ellen Aagaard; Kjaergaard, Hanne

    2011-01-01

    Although epidural analgesia is widespread and very effective for alleviating labor pain, its use is still controversial, as the literature is inconsistent about the risk of adverse birth outcome after administration of epidural analgesia. The aim of this study was to explore associations between...

  9. Effect of postoperative epidural analgesia on rehabilitation and pain after hip fracture surgery

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    Foss, Nicolai Bang; Kristensen, Morten Tange; Kristensen, Billy Bjarne; Jensen, Pia Søe; Kehlet, Henrik

    2005-01-01

    Hip fracture surgery usually carries a high demand for rehabilitation and a significant risk of perioperative morbidity and mortality. Postoperative epidural analgesia may reduce morbidity and has been shown to facilitate rehabilitation in elective orthopedic procedures. No studies exist on the...... effect of postoperative epidural analgesia on pain and rehabilitation after hip fracture surgery....

  10. Spontaneous pneumomediastinum with pneumopericardium, surgical emphysema, pneumothorax, and epidural pneumotosis: A rare association

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    Singh, Amandeep; Kaur, Haramritpal; Singh, Gurbax; Aggarwal, Simmi

    2014-01-01

    Pneumomediastinum is usually associated with subcutaneous emphysema and pneumopericardium, but rarely associated with pneumothorax and epidural pneumotosis. We report extremely rare simultaneous occurrence of self-limiting pneumomediastinum, pneumopericardium, surgical emphysema, pneumothorax, and epidural pneumotosis in an 18-year-old gentleman in the absence of identifiable cause.

  11. Cervical epidural steroid injections in the management of cervical radiculitis: interlaminar versus transforaminal. A review

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    Huston, Christopher W.

    2009-01-01

    There has been recent concern regarding the safety of cervical epidural steroid injections. The decision to proceed with treatment requires balancing the risk and benefits. This article is an in depth review of the efficacy, complications, and technique of both interlaminar and transforaminal cervical epidural steroid injections in the management of cervical radiculitis.

  12. 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)

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    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.

  13. Extraosseous, Epidural Cavernous Hemangioma with Back Pain

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    Ozkal, Birol; Yaldiz, Can; Yaman, Onur; Ozdemır, Nail; Dalbayrak, Sedat

    2015-01-01

    Summary Background Cavernous malformations are characterized by enlarged vascular structures located in benign neural tissues within the cerebellum and spinal cord of the central nervous system. Cavernous hemangiomas (CHs) account for 5% to 12% of all spinal vascular malformations. Case Report We removed a hemorrhagic thoracic mass in a 40-year-old male patient who presented with progressive neurological deficits. Conclusions We found it appropriate to present this case due to its rarity. PMID:25960818

  14. Bloqueo interescalénico ecoguiado: ventajas en pediatría Ultrasound-guided interscalenic block: advantages in pediatrics

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    E. Segura Grau

    2009-02-01

    Full Text Available La anestesia locorregional es uno de los mejores métodos para el control y manejo del dolor intra y postoperatorio. En el paciente pediátrico este tipo de analgesia normalmente se realiza junto con anestesia general o sedación profunda, por la escasa o nula colaboración de los niños. Para la cirugía de hombro y antebrazo uno de los bloqueos periféricos más eficaces es el del plexo braquial por abordaje interescalénico, considerando siempre su elevada incidencia de complicaciones como la parálisis frénica ipsolateral, entre otras. Presentamos el caso de un niño de 13 años de edad propuesto para injerto de húmero de cadáver en miembro superior derecho. Un año antes se realizó resección de tumor refiriéndose un mal manejo del dolor postoperatorio con mórficos en PCA. Como técnica anestésica se realizó una anestesia general y, posteriormente, un bloqueo del plexo braquial por vía interescalénica con ecografía y neuroestimulador, y posterior colocación de catéter para analgesia en el postoperatorio. Se administraron 10 ml de levobupivacaína al 0,5%, sin necesidad de más analgésicos suplementares durante las 6 h que duró la intervención quirúrgica. Al finalizar la cirugía el paciente fue extubado en quirófano objetivando ausencia de dolor, síndrome de Horner y parálisis diafragmática izquierda sin repercusión clínica. Durante las 24 h siguientes se administraron 10 ml/h de ropivacaína al 0,25% a través del catéter, y así se consiguió una analgesia excelente y sin necesidad de bolos a demanda de anestésico local. En conclusión, la anestesia locorregional aporta una adecuada analgesia peri y postoperatoria, disminuyendo la necesidad de analgésicos adyuvantes. La utilización de la ecografía en la realización del bloqueo interescalénico permite no sólo una disminución de las dosis necesarias de anestésico local, sino también una visualización directa en la zona de administración, por lo que podr

  15. Analgesia postoperatoria con tramadol epidural tras histerectomía abdominal Epidural postoperative analgesia with tramadol after abdominal hysterectomy

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    E. González-Pérez

    2006-08-01

    Full Text Available Introducción: El dolor postoperatorio es un tipo especial de dolor agudo cuyo control inadecuado conduce a reacciones fisiopatológicas anormales. Objetivos: Evaluar la utilidad del tramadol por vía epidural en la analgesia postoperatoria de las pacientes a quienes se les practicó histerectomía abdominal. Material y método: Se estudiaron 90 pacientes que conformaron tres grupos: Grupo I: recibió 100 mg de tramadol epidural cada 6 h. Grupo II: recibió 1,2 g de metamizol por vía intramuscular cada 6 h. Grupo III: recibió 100 mg de tramadol por vía intramuscular cada 6 h. Se evaluó el comportamiento de la presión arterial media y la frecuencia cardíaca. Evaluamos la intensidad del dolor por medio de una Escala Visual Analógica. Fue utilizado metamizol sódico, 2 g endovenoso, como analgesia de rescate. Resultados: Se presentaron variaciones significativas de la frecuencia cardíaca y presión arterial media en el grupo I (P0,05, por lo que sólo 2 pacientes requirieron analgesia de rescate, mientras que el grupo II mostró las mayores variaciones (PIntroduction: Postoperative pain is a special type of acute pain whose inadequate control leads to abnormal reactions. Objectives: To evaluate the utility of tramadol by the epidural route in the postoperative analgesia of patients undergoing abdominal hysterectomy. Material and method: 90 patients studied who conformed three groups: Group I: received 100 mg of epidural tramadol every 6 h. Group II: received 1.2 g of intramuscular metamizol every 6 h. Group III: received 100 mg of intramuscular tramadol every 6 h. Blood pressure and heart rate were measured. Pain intensity was evaluated by a visual analogical scale. Metamizol 2 g was used as rescue analgesia. Results: Significant variations of heart rate and mean blood pressure were found in group I (p < 0.05 whereas in group II and III they were very significant (p < 0.01. The intensity of postoperative pain reached lower values in group I

  16. EFFECT OF DIFFE RENT CONCENTRATIONS OF EPIDURAL D E XMEDITOMIDINE FOR POST - OPERATIVE ANALGESIA

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: The aim of our study was to know the ideal epidural dose to achieve analgesia in the postoperative patients using different concentrations of epidural dexmeditomidine. METHODS AND MATERIAL S : Ninety patients of either sex, with age ran ging from 25 years to 60 years were randomly selected and divided into three groups of thirty each. Group A received epidural 0.25% bupivacaine along with 25mcg of dexmeditomidine, Group B received epidural 0.25% bupivacaine along with 50mcg dexmeditomidin e and Group C received epidural 0.25 % bupivacaine along with 75 mcg dexmeditomidine. The duration of analgesia, sedation and cardiovascular stability were studied. RESULTS: Analgesia and sedation was more in Group C than the other two groups. Cardiovascula r stability was good in groups A and B.

  17. Nonanalgesic benefits of combined thoracic epidural analgesia with general anesthesia in high risk elderly off pump coronary artery bypass patients

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    Bhanu Prakash Zawar

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective: Epidural anesthesia is a central neuraxial block technique with many applications. It is a versatile anesthetic technique, with applications in surgery, obstetrics and pain control. Its versatility means it can be used as an anesthetic, as an analgesic adjuvant to general anesthesia, and for postoperative analgesia. Off pump coronary artery bypass (OPCAB surgery triggers a systemic stress response as seen in coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG. Thoracic epidural anesthesia (TEA, combined with general anesthesia (GA attenuates the stress response to CABG. There is Reduction in levels of Plasma epinephrine, Cortisol and catecholamine surge, tumor necrosis factor-Alpha( TNF ά, interleukin-6 and leucocyte count. Design: A prospective randomised non blind study. Setting: A clinical study in a multi specialty hospital. Participants: Eighty six patients. Material and Methods/intervention: The study was approved by hospital research ethics committee and written informed consent was obtained from all patients. Patients were randomised to receive either GA plus epidural (study group or GA only (control group. Inclusion Criteria (for participants were -Age ≥ 70 years, Patient posted for OPCAB surgery, and patient with comorbidities (diabetes mellitus, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cerebrovascular disease, peripheral vascular disease, renal dysfunction. Serum concentration of Interlukin: - 6, TNF ά, cortisol, Troponin - I, CK-MB, and HsCRP (highly sensitive C reactive protein, was compared for both the group and venous blood samples were collected and compared just after induction, at day 2, and day 5 postoperatively. Time to mobilization, extubation, total intensive care unit stay and hospital stay were noted and compared. Independent t test was used for statistical analysis. Primary Outcomes: Postoperative complications, total intensive care unit stay and hospital stay. Secondary Outcome: Stress response. Result: Study group

  18. Epidural analgesia practices for labour: results of a 2005 national survey in Ireland.

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    Fanning, Rebecca A

    2012-02-01

    BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: The last 25 years have seen changes in the management of epidural analgesia for labour, including the advent of low-dose epidural analgesia, the development of new local anaesthetic agents, various regimes for maintaining epidural analgesia and the practice of combined spinal-epidural analgesia. We conducted a survey of Irish obstetric anaesthetists to obtain information regarding the conduct and management of obstetric epidural analgesia in Ireland in 2005. The specific objective of this survey was to discover whether new developments in obstetric anaesthesia have been incorporated into clinical practice. METHODS: A postal survey was sent to all anaesthetists with a clinical commitment for obstetric anaesthesia in the sites approved for training by the College of Anaesthetists, Ireland. RESULTS: Fifty-three per cent of anaesthetists surveyed responded. The majority of anaesthetists (98%) use low-dose epidural analgesia for the maintenance of analgesia. Only 11% use it for test-dosing and 32% for the induction of analgesia. The combined spinal-epidural analgesia method is used by 49%, but two-thirds of those who use it perform fewer than five per month. Patient-controlled epidural analgesia was in use at only one site. CONCLUSION: It appears that Irish obstetric anaesthetists have adopted the low-dose epidural analgesia trend for the maintenance of labour analgesia. This practice is not as widespread, however, for test dosing, the induction of analgesia dose or in the administration of intermittent epidural boluses to maintain analgesia when higher concentrations are used. Since its introduction in 2000, levobupivacaine has become the most popular local anaesthetic agent.

  19. The knowledge and attitudes of nonanesthesia nurses regarding postoperative epidural analgesia.

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    Sandie, C L; Heindel, L J

    1999-10-01

    The provision of epidural analgesia for postoperative pain control offers many patient benefits and has become commonplace on many nursing units. Since nurses are responsible for the day-to-day management of patients receiving epidural analgesia, their knowledge, attitudes, and practices regarding this technique are pivotal to its success. Therefore, the purpose of the present descriptive study was to examine the knowledge base, attitudes, and clinical practice of registered nurses (N = 85) regarding postoperative epidural analgesia as managed by an acute pain service (APS). Information was obtained from a survey distributed via a convenience sample to all nurses working on 6 units in a large military teaching facility. We developed the "Epidural Knowledge and Attitude Survey" using the nursing literature on epidural analgesia. The survey consisted of a demographics section, true/false (T/F) questions, multiple choice (M/C) questions, an attitude section, and a comment section. These sections addressed the nurses' knowledge, attitudes, and practices in regard to epidural pharmacology, management, and adverse effects, as well as their general satisfaction with the APS of their facility. Data were analyzed statistically using means, standard deviations, percentages, forward step-wise linear regression, the Fisher-Irwin (exact) test, the chi 2 test, and analysis of variance with Bonferroni multiple comparisons. A P value of attitude section illustrated that 73% of nurses had "positive" attitudes toward epidural analgesia. Correct management of patients receiving epidural analgesia was being practiced by 77% of nurses. The satisfaction with the APS at this facility was 32% "very satisfied" and 62% "somewhat satisfied." The demographic characteristics that best predicted a higher score on the knowledge portion of the survey were greater years of practice as a nurse and receipt of pain education in nursing training. Nurses who had received inservice education about

  20. Continuous epidural infusion of morphine versus single epidural injection of extended-release morphine for postoperative pain control after arthroplasty: a retrospective analysis

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    Stephanie Vanterpool; Randall Coombs; Karamarie Fecho

    2010-01-01

    Stephanie Vanterpool, Randall Coombs, Karamarie FechoDepartment of Anesthesiology, School of Medicine, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, USABackground: This study retrospectively compared the continuous epidural infusion of morphine with a single epidural injection of extended-release morphine for postoperative pain control after arthroplasty.Methods: Medical records were reviewed for subjects who had total knee or hip arthroplasty (THA) under spinal anesthesia and...

  1. Incidence of epidural haematoma and neurological injury in cardiovascular patients with epidural analgesia/anaesthesia: systematic review and meta-analysis

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    McQuay Henry J

    2006-09-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Epidural anaesthesia is used extensively for cardiothoracic and vascular surgery in some centres, but not in others, with argument over the safety of the technique in patients who are usually extensively anticoagulated before, during, and after surgery. The principle concern is bleeding in the epidural space, leading to transient or persistent neurological problems. Methods We performed an extensive systematic review to find published cohorts of use of epidural catheters during vascular, cardiac, and thoracic surgery, using electronic searching, hand searching, and reference lists of retrieved articles. Results Twelve studies included 14,105 patients, of whom 5,026 (36% had vascular surgery, 4,971 (35% cardiac surgery, and 4,108 (29% thoracic surgery. There were no cases of epidural haematoma, giving maximum risks following epidural anaesthesia in cardiac, thoracic, and vascular surgery of 1 in 1,700, 1 in 1,400 and 1 in 1,700 respectively. In all these surgery types combined the maximum expected rate would be 1 in 4,700. In all these patients combined there were eight cases of transient neurological injury, a rate of 1 in 1,700 (95% confidence interval 1 in 3,300 to 1 in 850. There were no cases of persistent neurological injury (maximum expected rate 1 in 4,600. Conclusion These estimates for cardiothoracic epidural anaesthesia should be the worst case. Limitations are inadequate denominators for different types of surgery in anticoagulated cardiothoracic or vascular patients more at risk of bleeding.

  2. Intra-arterial papaverine and leg vascular resistance during in situ bypass surgery with high or low epidural anaesthesia

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    Rørdam, Peter; Jensen, Leif Panduro; Schroeder, T V; Lorentzen, J E; Secher, N H

    1993-01-01

    In situ saphenous vein arterial bypass flow was studied in 16 patients with respect to level of epidural anaesthesia. Arterial pressure and electromagnetic flow were used to evaluate arterial tone by intra-arterial (i.a.) papaverine. Eight patients had a low epidural block (< or = Th. 10) and eight...... patients were operated during high epidural anaesthesia (> Th. 10). Flow increased and arterial pressure decreased after i.a. papaverine in all patients. When compared with patients operated during high epidural anaesthesia, flow increase and decrease in vascular resistance took place in patients operated...... during low epidural anaesthesia (P < 0.02). Increase in arterial flow after i.a. papaverine was not significantly different in patients operated in low epidural and general anaesthesia (n = 8). In eight patients with insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus who had low epidural anaesthesia, the increase in...

  3. Idiopathic Spinal Epidural Lipomatosis in the Lumbar Spine.

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    Al-Omari, Ali A; Phukan, Rishabh D; Leonard, Dana A; Herzog, Tyler L; Wood, Kirkham B; Bono, Christopher M

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    Overgrowth of epidural fat, known as spinal epidural lipomatosis (SEL), can cause symptomatic compression of the spinal cord, conus medullaris, or cauda equina. Suggested predisposing factors such as obesity, steroid use, and diabetes mellitus have been based on a few reported cases, many of which were not surgically confirmed. There is a paucity of epidemiological data in surgically confirmed cases for this disorder. The purpose of this independently reviewed, retrospective, matched cohort analysis was to compare the demographics and incidence of comorbidities of patients who underwent lumbar decompression for SEL vs degenerative stenosis without SEL. Two surgeons' databases were reviewed to identify patients older than 18 years who underwent decompression surgery for magnetic resonance imaging-verified, symptomatic lumbar SEL. A matched control group comprised an equal number of patients with degenerative stenosis (n=14). Demographic data, body mass index, symptom type/duration, comorbidities, complications, treatment history, and associated pathology were collected from medical records. Previously suggested risk factors, such as obesity, endocrinopathy, and epidural steroid injections, were not significantly different between the SEL and control groups. Furthermore, there were no differences in operative times, complications, or blood loss. The only noted difference between the 2 groups was the preoperative duration of symptoms, on average double in patients with SEL. This series represents the largest of its kind reported to date. Because symptom duration was the only difference noted, it is postulated to be the result of lack of awareness of SEL. Future prospective study in a larger group of patients is warranted. [Orthopedics. 2016; 39(3):163-168.]. PMID:27018608

  4. Epidural blood patch: A study on an experimental model

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    S K Sengupta

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Aim: Epidural blood patch has been used to treat spinal headache with varying success. An experimental model was designed to ascertain whether an epidural blood patch can be used to seal the needle puncture sites in dural repair. Materials and Methods: Bovine dura was secured to the lower end of an open-ended calibrated plastic cylinder. Multiple interrupted stitches were applied over a 02 cm length of the dura without any incision. The cylinder was filled with colored saline gradually with the dura placed in a dependent position. Height of the water column at which sutured dura leaked was recorded. A layer of fresh blood was laid over the dura and allowed to clot. The test was repeated and the hydrostatic pressure at which leak took place was noted again. The test was repeated three times. Similar studies were done with two specimens with 02-cm dural incisions repaired with interrupted stitches of 4-0 silk in one specimen and 4-0 prolene in another, and three specimens with 3-mm unsutured dural rent in one and dural punctures made with 23-G and 26-G spinal needles in the other two. Results: All the dural preparations leaked, at a very low hydrostatic pressure (<30 mm of H 2 O. By covering the needle puncture sites with clotted blood, a watertight closure could be achieved, that can withstand a much higher hydrostatic pressure (mean of 180 mm of H 2 O. Conclusion : The experimental findings indicate that an epidural blood patch does enhance the ability of a dural closure to prevent a leak; however, its utility in clinical setting is questionable.

  5. Epidural anesthesia as a cause of acquired spinal subarachnoid cysts

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    Six patients with acquired spinal subarachnoid cysts secondary to epidural anesthesia were evaluated with MR imaging (seven patients) and intraoperative US (three patients). The cysts were located in the lower cervical and thoracic spine. Adhesions and irregularity of the cord surface were frequently noted. Associated intramedullary lesions, including intramedullary cysts and myelomalacia, were seen in two of the patients. Arachnoiditis was unsuspected clinically in three patients, and MR imaging proved to be the diagnostic examination that first suggested the cause of the patients symptoms. The underlying mechanism for the formation of these cysts is a chemically induced arachnoiditis

  6. Spinal epidural abscess: a rare complication of olecranon bursitis

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    Evans, Rhys D.R.; Moe Thaya; Ne Siang Chew; Charles E.R. Gibbons

    2009-01-01

    Spinal epidural abscess is a rare but potentially fatal condition if left untreated. We report the case of a 67-year old man who presented to the Accident and Emergency department complaining of acute onset of inter-scapular back pain, left leg weakness and loss of sensation in the left foot. On examination he was found to be pyrexial with long tract signs in the left lower leg. In addition he had a left sided olecranon bursitis of three weeks duration. Blood tests revealed raised inflammator...

  7. Inflammation and Epidural-Related Maternal Fever: Proposed Mechanisms.

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    Sultan, Pervez; David, Anna L; Fernando, Roshan; Ackland, Gareth L

    2016-05-01

    Intrapartum fever is associated with excessive maternal interventions as well as higher neonatal morbidity. Epidural-related maternal fever (ERMF) contributes to the development of intrapartum fever. The mechanism(s) for ERMF has remained elusive. Here, we consider how inflammatory mechanisms may be modulated by local anesthetic agents and their relevance to ERMF. We also critically reappraise the clinical data with regard to emerging concepts that explain how anesthetic drug-induced metabolic dysfunction, with or without activation of the inflammasome, might trigger the release of nonpathogenic, inflammatory molecules (danger-associated molecular patterns) likely to underlie ERMF. PMID:27101499

  8. Solitary Epidural Lipoma with Ipsilateral Facet Arthritis Causing Lumbar Radiculopathy

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    Kim, Hong Kyun; Koh, Sung Hye; Chung, Kook Jin

    2012-01-01

    A 55-year-old obese man (body mass index, 31.6 kg/m2) presented radiating pain and motor weakness in the left leg. Magnetic resonance imaging showed an epidural mass posterior to the L5 vertebral body, which was isosignal to subcutaneous fat and it asymmetrically compressed the left side of the cauda equina and the exiting left L5 nerve root on the axial T1 weighted images. Severe arthritis of the left facet joint and edema of the bone marrow regarding the left pedicle were also found. As far...

  9. LABOUR ANALGESIA: EPIDURAL DEXMEDITOMIDINE WITH EITHER BUPIVACAINE OR ROPIVACAINE

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    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Pain relief in labour is associated with myths and controversies. Providing effective and safe analgesia has remained a challenge. AIM: The purpose of the study was to compare the effect of analgesia with epidural bupivacain or ropivacain along with dexme ditomidine. METHODS AND MATERIAL: Sixty parturients of ASA grade I and II were randomly selected for the study. Each group consisted of thirty patients. The analgesia, motor loss and level of sedation were studied. RESULTS: There was no significant differ ence between the two groups in maternal satisfaction, analgesia and neonatal outcome .

  10. Teaching practices of thoracic epidural catheterizations in different grade of anesthesia residents

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    Ali Alagoz

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: In this study, we aimed to clarify the importance of residency grade and other factors which influence the success of thoracic epidural catheterization in thoracotomy patients. METHODS: After the ethical committee approval, data were recorded retrospectively from the charts of 415 patients. All patients had given written informed consent. The thoracic epidural catheterization attempts were divided into two groups as second-third year (Group I and fourth year (Group II according to residency grade. We retrospectively collected demographic data, characteristics of thoracic epidural catheterization attempts, and all difficulties and complications during thoracic epidural catheterization. RESULTS: Overall success rate of thoracic epidural catheterization was similar between the groups. Levels of catheter placement, number and duration of thoracic epidural catheterization attempts were not different between the groups (p > 0.05. Change of needle insertion level was statistically higher in Group II (p = 0.008, whereas paresthesia was significantly higher in Group I (p = 0.007. Dural puncture and postdural puncture headache rates were higher in Group I. Higher body mass index and level of the insertion site were significant factors for thoracic epidural catheterization failure and postoperative complication rate and those were independence from residents' experience (p < 0.001, 0.005. CONCLUSION: Body mass index and level of insertion site were significant on thoracic epidural catheterization failure and postoperative complication rate. We think that residents' grade is not a significant factor in terms overall success rate of thoracic epidural catheterization, but it is important for outcome of these procedures.

  11. An Active Learning Algorithm for Control of Epidural Electrostimulation.

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    Desautels, Thomas A; Choe, Jaehoon; Gad, Parag; Nandra, Mandheerej S; Roy, Roland R; Zhong, Hui; Tai, Yu-Chong; Edgerton, V Reggie; Burdick, Joel W

    2015-10-01

    Epidural electrostimulation has shown promise for spinal cord injury therapy. However, finding effective stimuli on the multi-electrode stimulating arrays employed requires a laborious manual search of a vast space for each patient. Widespread clinical application of these techniques would be greatly facilitated by an autonomous, algorithmic system which choses stimuli to simultaneously deliver effective therapy and explore this space. We propose a method based on GP-BUCB, a Gaussian process bandit algorithm. In n = 4 spinally transected rats, we implant epidural electrode arrays and examine the algorithm's performance in selecting bipolar stimuli to elicit specified muscle responses. These responses are compared with temporally interleaved intra-animal stimulus selections by a human expert. GP-BUCB successfully controlled the spinal electrostimulation preparation in 37 testing sessions, selecting 670 stimuli. These sessions included sustained autonomous operations (ten-session duration). Delivered performance with respect to the specified metric was as good as or better than that of the human expert. Despite receiving no information as to anatomically likely locations of effective stimuli, GP-BUCB also consistently discovered such a pattern. Further, GP-BUCB was able to extrapolate from previous sessions' results to make predictions about performance in new testing sessions, while remaining sufficiently flexible to capture temporal variability. These results provide validation for applying automated stimulus selection methods to the problem of spinal cord injury therapy. PMID:25974925

  12. Intraventricular Hemorrhage after Epidural Blood Patching: An Unusual Complication

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    Mohammad Sorour

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The authors present two cases of intraventricular hemorrhage (IVH believed to be a result of epidural blood patching. The first was a 71-year-old woman who had new onset of nontraumatic IVH on computed tomography (CT scan after undergoing an epidural blood patch (EBP. This amount of intraventricular blood was deemed an incidental finding since it was of very small volume to account for her overall symptoms. The second patient, a 29-year-old woman, was found to have nontraumatic IVH three days after undergoing an EBP. This was seen on CT scan of the head for workup of pressure-like headaches, nausea, vomiting, and absence seizures. Conservative management was followed in both instances. Serial CT scan of the head in our first patient displayed complete resolution of her IVH. The second patient did not have follow-up CT scans because her overall clinical picture had improved significantly. This highlights a potential sequel of EBP that may be observed on CT scan of the head. In the event that IVH is detected, signs and symptoms of hydrocephalus should be closely monitored with the consideration for a future workup if warranted by the clinical picture.

  13. 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. PMID:26275629

  14. 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))

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    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).

  15. 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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    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)

  16. Pharmacokinetics and analgesic effect of ropivacaine during continuous epidural infusion for postoperative pain relief

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    Erichsen, C J; Sjövall, J; Kehlet, H;

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    BACKGROUND: The pharmacokinetics and clinical efficacy of ropivacaine (2.5 mg/ml) during a 24-h continuous epidural infusion for postoperative pain relief in 20 patients scheduled for abdominal hysterectomy were characterized using an open-label, increasing-dose design. METHODS: Through an epidural...... catheter inserted at T10-T12, a test dose of 7.5 mg ropivacaine was given 3 min before a bolus dose of 42.5 mg and immediately followed by a 24-h continuous epidural infusion with either 10 or 20 mg/h. Peripheral venous plasma samples were collected up to 48 h after infusion, and urinary excretion was...

  17. Anaphylaxis at image-guided epidural pain block secondary to corticosteroid compound.

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    Moran, Deirdre E

    2012-09-01

    Anaphylaxis during image-guided interventional procedures is a rare but potentially fatal event. Anaphylaxis to iodinated contrast is an established and well-recognized adverse effect. However, anaphylaxis to some of the other frequently administered medications given during interventional procedures, such as corticosteroids, is not common knowledge. During caudal epidural injection, iodinated contrast is used to confirm needle placement in the epidural space at the level of the sacral hiatus. A combination of corticosteroid, local anesthetic, and saline is subsequently injected. We describe a very rare case of anaphylaxis to a component of the steroid medication instilled in the caudal epidural space.

  18. Langerhans' cell histiocytosis presenting with an intracranial epidural hematoma

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    Lee, K.-W. [Department of Pediatrics, Loma Linda Children' s Hospital and University Medical Center, Loma Linda, CA (United States); McLeary, M.S. [Div. of Pediatric Radiology, Loma Linda Children' s Hospital and University Medical Center, Loma Linda, CA (United States); Zuppan, C.W. [Dept. of Pathology, Loma Linda Children' s Hospital and University Medical Center, Loma Linda, CA (United States); Won, D.J. [Div. of Pediatric Neurosurgery, Loma Linda University Children' s Hospital, Loma Linda, CA (United States)

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    An 8-year-old boy developed vomiting and severe headache following minor head trauma. A CT scan of the head demonstrated a lytic lesion of the skull and adjacent epidural hematoma. Surgical evacuation and removal of the skull lesion and hematoma were carried out, and pathologic evaluation resulted in a diagnosis of Langerhans' cell histiocytosis (LCH). Epidural involvement of Langerhans' cell histiocytosis is very rare, and we report the first case of LCH presenting as an intracranial epidural hematoma. (orig.)

  19. PROPELLER Diffusion-Weighted Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Acute Spinal Epidural Hematoma

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    We present the case of an 86-year-old female with spontaneous spinal epidural hematoma. Although T1- and T2-weighted images showed the dilated posterior epidural space at the cervical spine, this finding was non-specific on conventional magnetic resonance imaging obtained 15 h after the onset of symptoms. Diffusion-weighted imaging with the use of periodically rotated overlapping parallel lines with enhanced reconstruction (PROPELLER), which clearly revealed the high intensity hematoma, was useful for detection and diagnosis of acute spinal epidural hematoma

  20. Effects of lumbosacral epidural ketamine and lidocaine inxylazine-sedated cats : article

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    R. DeRossi; A.P. Benites; J.Z. Ferreira; J.M.N. Neto; L.C. Hermeto

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    In order to determine the analgesic and cardiovascular effects of the combination of epidural ketamine and lidocaine, 6 sedated cats were studied. Six healthy, young cats were used in a prospective randomised study. Each cat underwent 3 treatments, at least 1 week apart, via epidural injection: (1) ketamine (2.5 mg/kg), (2) lidocaine (4.0 mg/kg), and (3) ketamine (2.5 mg/kg) plus lidocaine (4.0 mg/kg). Epidural injections were administered through the lumbosacral space. Analgesia, motor block...

  1. PROPELLER Diffusion-Weighted Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Acute Spinal Epidural Hematoma

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    Fujiwara, H.; Oki, K.; Momoshima, S.; Kuribayashi, S. [Keio Univ. School of Medicine (Japan). Dept. of Diagnostic Radiology and Dept. of Neurology

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    We present the case of an 86-year-old female with spontaneous spinal epidural hematoma. Although T1- and T2-weighted images showed the dilated posterior epidural space at the cervical spine, this finding was non-specific on conventional magnetic resonance imaging obtained 15 h after the onset of symptoms. Diffusion-weighted imaging with the use of periodically rotated overlapping parallel lines with enhanced reconstruction (PROPELLER), which clearly revealed the high intensity hematoma, was useful for detection and diagnosis of acute spinal epidural hematoma.

  2. Analgesia epidural para el trabajo de parto en gestante con esclerosis múltiple Epidural analgesia during labour of a patient with multiple sclerosis

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    M.J. Mayorga Buiza

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    Full Text Available La Esclerosis Múltiple (EM, es una enfermedad del SNC siendo 2 veces más frecuente su aparición en mujeres, el 70% de ellas en edad fértil. Desde el punto de vista anestésico nos encontramos ante una enfermedad con elevada susceptibilidad neurológica que podría agravarse tanto por la propia cirugía, la técnica anestésica como por la medicación utilizada. Por otra parte se plantea como atender la demanda de analgesia para el trabajo de parto en mujeres con EM, que es el grupo de edad con mayor incidencia de la enfermedad. Presentamos el caso de una mujer de 37 años diagnosticada de esclerosis múltiples 3 años antes, forma recidivante, remitente. La paciente es ingresada en dilatación con 37 semanas de amenorrea, presentando una buena evolución del trabajo de parto y encontrándose el feto en situación longitudinal y presentación cefálica. Avisan al Servicio de Anestesia para valoración de la indicación de epidural para analgesia del parto. La gestante previamente había acudido a consulta de preanestesia donde se le había informado del riesgo beneficio de la técnica y en concreto en su caso, habiendo entendido perfectamente las posibles complicaciones derivadas de la misma y firmado el consentimiento informado. Nosotros hemos preferido utilizar una técnica locoregional, vía epidural considerando también el riesgo potencial de cesárea urgente, para evitar, dado el caso la realización de una técnica intraraquídea o una anestesia general, con las posibilidades de desencadenar un brote que tienen estas técnicas. Además de aportar confort a la paciente durante el trabajo de parto, proporcionar analgesia durante el mismo, disminuye por este motivo el estrés de la gestante pudiendo paralelamente evitar la aparición de un brote.Multiple sclerosis (MS is a disease of the central nervous system (CNS, and twice as prevalent in women, 70% of whom are of fertile age. From an anaesthetics point of view, due to it being a

  3. 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

    2014-11-01

    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

  4. 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

    2012-09-01

    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.

  5. 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.

  6. Bloqueo auriculoventricular transitorio de primer grado en paciente con poliintoxicación por drogas de abuso y etanol: The Holiday Heart Syndrome

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    P Poveda Velázquez

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Las intoxicaciones por alcohol y drogas de abuso son una causa frecuente de consulta en los Servicios de Urgencias. Las alteraciones electrocardiográficas y las arritmias debidas a la ingesta de alcohol se conocen como Holiday Heart Syndrome. Este síndrome se define como la presencia de alteraciones del ritmo o de la conducción cardiaca asociadas al consumo de alcohol que revierten tras la intoxicación y que se producen en una persona sin enfermedad cardiaca conocida. La alteración más común es la fibrilación auricular. Se presenta el caso de una paciente joven que ingresa en urgencias por intoxicación por alcohol y diferentes drogas y que presentaba un bloqueo auriculoventricular de primer grado transitorio. Se discute el posible efecto causal de las drogas y del alcohol en los cambios electrocardiográficos observados en esta paciente.

  7. Spreading epidural hematoma and deep subcutaneous edema: indirect MRI signs of posterior ligamentous complex injury in thoracolumbar burst fractures

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    Kim, Na Ra [Seoul National University College of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Seoul (Korea); Konkuk University School of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Seoul (Korea); Hong, Sung Hwan [Seoul National University College of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Seoul (Korea); Seoul National University Hospital, Department of Radiology, Seoul (Korea); Choi, Ja-Young; Myung, Jae Sung [Seoul National University College of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Seoul (Korea); Chang, Bong-Soon [Seoul National University College of Medicine, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Seoul (Korea); Lee, Joon Woo; Kang, Heung Sik [Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, Department of Radiology, Seoul (Korea); Moon, Sung Gyu [Konkuk University School of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Seoul (Korea)

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    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the diagnostic value of a spreading epidural hematoma (SEH) and deep subcutaneous edema (DSE) as indirect signs of posterior ligamentous complex (PLC) injuries on MR imaging of thoracolumbar burst fractures. We retrospectively reviewed spinal MR images of 43 patients with thoracolumbar burst fractures: 17 patients with PLC injuries (study group) and 26 without PLC injuries (control group). An SEH was defined as a hemorrhagic infiltration into the anterior or posterior epidural space that spread along more than three vertebrae including the level of the fracture. A DSE was regarded as a fluid-like signal lesion in the deep subcutaneous layer of the back, and its epicenter was at the burst fracture level. The frequency of the SEH/DSE in the two groups was analyzed. In addition, the association between each sign and the degree of vertebral collapse, the severity of central canal compromise, and surgical decisions were analyzed. Magnetic resonance images showed an SEH in 20 out of 43 patients (46%) and a DSE in 17 (40%). The SEH and DSE were more commonly seen in the study group with PLC injuries (SEH, 15 out of 17 patients, 80%; DSE, 16 out of 17 patients, 94%) than in the control group without PLC injuries (SEH, 5 out of 26, 19%; DSE, 1 out of 26, 4%) (P <0.0001). The SEH and DSE were significantly associated with surgical management decisions (17 out of 20 patients with SEH, 85%, vs 8 out of the 23 without SEH, 35%, P =0.002; 15 out of 17 with DSE, 88%, vs 10 out of 26 without DSE, 38%, P =0.002). The SEH and DSE did not correlate with the degree of vertebral collapse or the severity of central canal compromise. The SEH and DSE may be useful secondary MR signs of posterior ligamentous complex injury in thoracolumbar burst fractures. (orig.)

  8. 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

  9. Epidural anaesthesia and analgesia - effects on surgical stress responses and implications for postoperative nutrition

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    Holte, Kathrine; Kehlet, H

    2002-01-01

    : Epidural local anaesthetic blockade of afferent stimuli reduces endocrine metabolic responses, and improve postoperative catabolism. Furthermore, dynamic pain relief is achieved with improved pulmonary function and a pronounced reduction of postoperative ileus, thereby providing optimal conditions for...

  10. 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

  11. A randomized, controlled trial comparing local infiltration analgesia with epidural infusion for total knee arthroplasty

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    Andersen, Karen Vestergaard; Bak, Marie; Christensen, Birgitte Viebæk; Harazuk, Jørgen; Pedersen, Niels A; Søballe, Kjeld

    2010-01-01

    There have been few studies describing wound infiltration with additional intraarticular administration of multimodal analgesia for total knee arthroplasty (TKA). In this study, we assessed the efficacy of wound infiltration combined with intraarticular regional analgesia with epidural infusion on...

  12. Diagnosis of epidural hematoma by brain scan and perfusion study: case report

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    By using the arterial and venous phases of an anterior cerebral perfusion study, which showed downward displacement of the sagittal sinus, and the finding of a rim on the delayed scans, the specific diagnosis of epidural hematoma was established

  13. A rare cause of Cauda equina syndrome: Epidural high grade primary non-Hodgkin lymphoma

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    Ambarish A Mathesul

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Cauda equina syndrome (CES may be caused by herniated disc, tumor, trauma, and spinal infections. However, CES due to epidural high-grade non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL is very rare. Up to our knowledge, few cases have been reported in the literature. We report a case of epidural high-grade NHL presenting as CES. A 55-year-old man presented with CES caused by extradural compression by primary NHL. The patient underwent an L4-L5 laminectomy. The operative findings were suggestive of well-demarcated epidural tumor. The final histopathological diagnosis revealed epidural high-grade NHL. NHL causing CES is rare. This report highlights the importance of keeping afresh the various causes of CES for prompt diagnosis and management.

  14. Pure spinal epidural cavernous hemangioma: A case series of seven cases

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    Ignatius Ngene Esene

    2016-01-01

    Conclusion: PSECH although rare is increasing reported and ought to be included in the differential diagnosis of spinal epidural lesions. Early surgical treatment with total resection is recommended as would result in a good prognosis.

  15. CLINICAL EVALUATION OF EPIDURAL ADMINISTRATION OF MORPHINE, FENTANYL, METHADONE, LIDOCAINE AND LIDOCAINE WITH EPINEPHRINE IN CATTLE

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    A. Tabatabaei Naeine, A. Rezakhani and J. Fazlinia

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of this study was to determine the analgesic efficacy and clinical effects of morphine, fentanyl, methadone, lidocaine, lidocaine with epinephrine and saline (control when injected epidurally into the caudal epidural space in cattle. Epidural analgesia was achieved in five cattle on five successive occasions at weekly intervals. Analgesia was defined as a lack of response to hemostat pressure and pinprick in the skin of the perineal area and ventral aspect of the tail. The results demonstrated that while epidural lidocaine and lidocaine with epinephrine decreased the response to hemostat and pinprick compared to control, there was no reduction in response after the administration of morphine, methadone or fentanyl. Heart rate, pulse and respiratory rates were not significantly altered by any of the drugs. Neither did the drugs produce any change in the electrocardiogram (ECG of the animals.

  16. Spontaneous ventral spinal epidural hematoma in a child: A case report and review of literature.

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    Ratre, Shailendra; Yadav, Yadram; Choudhary, Sushma; Parihar, Vijay

    2016-01-01

    Spontaneous spinal epidural hematoma is very uncommon cause of spinal cord compression. It is extremely rare in children and is mostly located in dorsal epidural space. Ventral spontaneous spinal epidural hematoma (SSEH) is even rarer, with only four previous reports in childrens. We are reporting fifth such case in a 14 year old male child. He presented with history of sudden onset weakness and sensory loss in both lower limbs with bladder bowel involvment since 15 days. There was no history of trauma or bleeding diasthesis. On clinical examination he had spastic paraplegia. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of dorsal spine was suggestive of ventral spinal epidural hematoma extending from first to sixth dorsal vertebrae. Laminectomy of fourth and fifth dorsal vertebrae and complete evacuation of hematoma was done on the same day of admission. Postoperatively the neurological status was same. PMID:27114667

  17. Combined epidural-spinal opioid-free anaesthesia and analgesia for hysterectomy

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    Callesen, T; Schouenborg, Lars Øland; Nielsen, D; Guldager, H; Kehlet, H

    1999-01-01

    Postoperative nausea and vomiting (PONV) are major problems after gynaecological surgery. We studied 40 patients undergoing total abdominal hysterectomy, allocated randomly to receive opioid-free epidural-spinal anaesthesia or general anaesthesia with continuous epidural bupivacaine 15 mg h-1 or...... continuous bupivacaine 10 mg h-1 with epidural morphine 0.2 mg h-1, respectively, for postoperative analgesia. Nausea, vomiting, pain and bowel function were scored on 4-point scales for 3 days. Patients undergoing general anaesthesia had significantly higher nausea and vomiting scores (P < 0.01) but...... significantly lower pain scores during rest (P < 0.05) and mobilization (P < 0.01). More patients undergoing general anaesthesia received antiemetics (13 vs five; P < 0.05), but fewer received supplementary opioids on the ward (eight vs 16; P < 0.05). We conclude that opioid-free epidural-spinal anaesthesia for...

  18. Anesthesia management after inadvertent dural puncture during application of epidural blockage

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    Mine Çelik

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available Accidentally dural puncture during the application of epidural blockage is a rare complication. There are some treatment methods in anesthesia management of this complication. Inserting the epidural needle to another intervertebral disc space, replacing subarachnoid catheter, injection of spinal anesthetic solution wherein epidural needle or implementing general anesthesia are some of the methods that physicians applicate.We report a cesarean delivery patient’s case in which we have composed an accidental dural puncture. We drew back the epidural needle till the level that no free cerebrospinal fluid (CSF flow is seen. We confirmed this by injection aspiration technique. In this case, we revised the maneuvers of the anesthetist after unintentional dural puncture with protective and therapeutic methods of the most frequent complication postdural puncture headache (PDPH.

  19. Orthostatic hypotension during postoperative continuous thoracic epidural bupivacaine-morphine in patients undergoing abdominal surgery

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    Crawford, M E; Møiniche, S; Orbæk, Janne; Bjerrum, H; Kehlet, H

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    Fifty patients undergoing colonic surgery received combined thoracic epidural and general anesthesia followed by continuous epidural bupivacaine 0.25% and morphine 0.05 mg/mL, 4 mL/h, for 96 h postoperatively plus oral tenoxicam 20 mg daily. Heart rate (HR) and arterial blood pressure (BP) were...... postoperatively compared with preoperatively (P < or = 0.01). Epidural infusion was discontinued in three patients due to either persisting resting or orthostatic hypotension. There was no correlation between ASA classification, intraoperative bleeding, or postoperative dizziness and incidence of orthostatic...... hypotension. The results suggest that patients undergoing abdominal surgery and treated with continuous small-dose thoracic epidural bupivacaine-morphine are subjected to a decrease of BP at rest and during mobilization, but not to an extent that seriously impairs ambulation in most patients....

  20. Eficacia del bloqueo intragasseriano con glicerol versus depósito de acetato de metilprednisolona en la neuralgia del trigémino: Efectos en el corto plazo Effectiveness of the intragasserian blockade with glicerol versus depot metilprednisolone acetate in the trigeminal neuralgia: Effects in the short term

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    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available Objetivo. Determinar calidad y duración de la analgesia en neuralgia del trigémino post-bloqueo intragasseriano con glicerol comparada con depósito de acetato de metilprednisolona, a corto plazo. Material y método. Ensayo clínico, prospectivo, aleatorio, controlado, comparativo, longitudinal, doble ciego. Bajo consentimiento informado, 20 pacientes con neuralgia del trigémino idiopática, con mala respuesta a tratamiento médico, fueron aleatoriamente repartidos en 2 grupos. Los procedimientos se hicieron bajo control fluoroscópico, técnica de Hartel, con estimulador de nervios periféricos y monitoreo tipo 2. Grupo 1: bloqueo intragasseriano analgésico antiinflamatorio con depósito de 40 mg de acetato de metilprednisolona. Grupo 2: bloqueo neurolítico intragasseriano con 0.4 cc de glicerol al 100% por rama afectada. Se valoró la respuesta analgésica al procedimiento con la escala visual análoga (EVA 0=sin dolor, 10=dolor insoportable a los 30, 60 y 180 minutos, a la 1ª, 2ª, 3ª, y 4ª semanas. Los pacientes y los médicos que valoraron el EVA permanecieron ciegos al medicamento con el cual se realizó el tratamiento. Los resultados fueron analizados utilizando medidas de tendencia central, de dispersión, análisis de varianza (ANOVA y análisis de varianza de una vía de Kruskal Wallis (pObjective. Determine quality and lasting of the analgesia in trigeminal neuralgia post intragasserian block with glycerol compared with metilprednisolone acétate deposit. Material and methods. In a prospective, compared, controlled, randomized, double-blind clinical trial, 20 patients with idiopatic trigeminal neuralgia, with no response to pharmacological treatment, were divided in two different groups. The procedure was made under fluoroscopy, with the Hartel technique, with periferic nerve stimulator and under type 2 monitoring. Group 1: intragasserian block with 40 mg of metilprednisolone acétate. Group 2: litic intragasserian block with

  1. Combined Spinal Epidural Anaesthesia with BiPAP-Three Case Reports

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    Ashok Jadon; Neelam Sinha; Prashant S Agarwal

    2009-01-01

    Summary We report three cases where BiPAP (bi-level positive airway pressure) was used with CSEA (combined spinal epidural anaesthesia) to over come the hypoventilation due to preoperative poor respiratory reserves and additive effect of sedation. Combination of BiPAP with spinal, epidural and CSEA have been used successfully in patients of severe COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) for various surgical procedures. This combination provides safe alternative to conventional general an...

  2. A sheared Racz catheter in cervical epidural space for thirty months: a case report

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    Kang, Jae Hyuk; Choi, Hoon; Kim, Jin Sung; Lee, Min Kyu; Park, Hue Jung

    2015-01-01

    Percutaneous epidural neuroplasty may lead to complications such as hematoma, infection, epidural abscess, meningitis, hypotension, respiratory depression, urinary and fecal dysfunction, sexual dysfunction and paresthesia. Other technical complications may include shearing or tearing, misplacement, blockage and migration of the catheter. We report a case of a 41-year-old female patient, who underwent surgical removal of a sheared catheter, which was retained for 30 months after cervical Racz ...

  3. Chronic pure radiculopathy in patient with organizing epidural hematoma around C8 nerve root

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    Kim, Sang-Hyuk; Jeon, Sang-ho; Cho, Jae-lim; Chong, Hung-tae; Kim, Dong-Jun; Kim, Moon-Chan; Eun, Jong-Pil

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    Spontaneously occurring spinal epidural hematomas are uncommon clinical findings, and the chronic form is the rarest and its most frequent location is the lumbar spine. Pure radicular involvement is far less frequent than myelopathy. We report a case of progressive radiculopathy in a 52-year-old man with spontaneously occurring cervical epidural hematoma (SCEH). The patient had left hand weakness and numbness for 4 months. MRI scan showed small space-occupying lesion around left 8th cervical ...

  4. The Effects of Epidural Top-Up Technique with Serum Physiological On Unilateral Spinal Anesthesia

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    İlkay Cömert

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available This study was designed to investigate the influence of saline injections as epidural top-up on the sensory block duration, quality and hemodynamic effects of unilateral spinal anesthesia. The cases from ASA I-Il containing of 18-65 age group were randomly separated into three groups. For the purpose of unilateral spinal anesthesia, 6 mg 0.5% ‘heavy’ bupivacaine and for the purpose of epidural top-up, 10 mL saline were applied to the each patients of the groups. The study protocol was designed as:Ist group: Coming after the epidural catheter installation, unilateral spinal anesthesia was applied (n=20.IInd group: At first, unilateral spinal anesthesia was applied and after one minute, epidural top-up was done via the pre-installed epidural catheter (n=20.IIIrd group: At first the epidural catheter was installed and epidural top-up was applied. After one minute, unilateral spinal anesthesia was fulfilled (n=2O. Starting from the pre-anesthesic period, the hemodynamic data and following the anesthesia, the sensorial and motor block levels were recorded and evaluated.As the outcome of the inter-groups comparison of heart rate and mean arterial pressure, a statistically note-worthy differance was not determined; statistically significant but clinically acceptable hemodynamic changes were observed in intra-group evaluations, when the data was compared with control levels. The sensorial block levels were significantly higher in group II and significantly lower in group III.The application of 10 mL saline via epidural catheter 1 minute after the unilateral spinal anesthesia and remaining the patient leaning on the side of the extremity to be operated for 15 minutes improves the sensory block level of unilateral spinal anesthesia. It is determined that, for the lower extremity surgical operations with 1-1.5 hour estimated period, this method alone can be a worthwhile alternative.

  5. Spontaneous Ventral Spinal Epidural Hematoma in an Infant: An Unusual Presentation

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    Abbas, Asad; AFZAL, Kamran; Athar A. MUJEEB; Tabassum SHAHAB; Khalid, Mohd.

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    How to Cite This Article: Abbad A, Afzal K, Mujeeb AA, Shahab T, Khalid M. Spontaneous Ventral Spinal Epidural Hematoma in an Infant: An Unusual Presentation. Iran J Child Neurol. 2013  Spring;7(2):47-50.Abstract Spontaneous ventral spinal epidural hematomas are extremely rare in children and clinically recognized by the appearance of acute asymmetric focal motor and sensory involvement. In infants, the initial presenting symptoms are very non-specific and irritability is often the only initi...

  6. 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

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    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 ...

  7. Sympathetic activity of S-(+)-ketamine low doses in the epidural space

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    BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: S-(+)-ketamine is an intravenous anaesthetic and sympathomimetic with properties of local anaesthetic. It has an effect of an analgetic and local anaesthetic when administered epidurally, but there are no data whether low doses of S-(+)-ketamine have sympathomimetic effects. The aim of this study was to determine whether low doses of S-(+)-ketamine, given epidurally together with local anaesthetic, have any effect on sympathetic nervous system, both systemic and be...

  8. Maternal and Cord Serum Cytokine Changes with Continuous and Intermittent Labor Epidural Analgesia: A Randomized Study

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    Mantha, Venkat R.; Vallejo, Manuel C.; Vimala Ramesh; Jones, Bobby L; Sivam Ramanathan

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    Background. Maternal fever during labor epidural analgesia (LEA) may cause increased maternal and cord serum inflammatory cytokines. We report the effects of intermittent and continuous LEA on these cytokines. Methods. Ninety-two women were randomly assigned to continuous (CLEA) or intermittent (ILEA) groups, 46 in each. Maternal temperature was checked and blood drawn at epidural insertion (baseline) and four-hourly until 4 h postpartum (4 PP). Cord blood was drawn after placental delivery. ...

  9. Postpartum spinal subdural hematoma: irrelevant epidural blood patch: a case report.

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    Choe, Won Joo; Kim, Ji Yeon; Yeo, Hyeok Jae; Kim, Jun Hyun; Lee, Sang-Il; Kim, Kyung-Tae; Park, Jang Su; Kim, Jung Won

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    We report a healthy patient with postpartum headache and neck stiffness which were diagnosed as symptoms of pseudoaneurysm of vertebral artery. She had received a Cesarean section under the spinal anesthesia, and complaint of headache and neck stiffness. Epidural blood patches were done twice, but symptoms persisted. Eight days later, she experienced sensory disturbance and emergent laminectomy was done. When persistent postpartum headache occurs after epidural blood patch, more precise differential diagnosis should be made and considering other possible pathologies. PMID:27066211

  10. Optimal single-dose epidural neostigmine for postoperative analgesia after partial hepatectomy

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    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective: Neostigmine can produce analgesia by acting on the spinal cord. This study was to determine the optimal single-dose of epidural neostigmine for postoperative analgesia after partial hepatectomy. Patients and Methods: Twenty-six patients undergoing elective partial hepatectomy under general anesthesia combined with epidural block were studied. The dose of epidural neostigmine was determined using Dixon′s up-and-down method, starting from neostigmine 100 μg with an interval of 25 μg. Thirty minutes after skin incision, a predetermined dose of neostigmine was injected via the epidural catheter. Each patient received 0.125% bupivacaine and fentanyl 2 μg/ml for patient controlled epidural analgesia (PCEA after the operation. Assessment of analgesia quality was performed at 8 h and 24 h after the operation. Results : The ED 50 of epidural neostigmine in combination with PCEA for satisfactory analgesia was 226.78 ± 33.20 μg. Probit analysis showed that the ED 50 and ED 95 of epidural neostigmine were 228.63 μg (95% CI = 197.95-299.77 μg and 300.12 μg (95% CI = 259.44-741.65 μg, respectively. Conclusion: The ED 50 and ED 95 of epidural neostigmine in combination with PCEA for satisfactory analgesia after partial hepatectomy were 228.63 μg (95% CI = 197.95-299.77 μg and 300.12 μg (95% CI = 259.44-741.65 μg.

  11. Comparison of parenteral tramadol and epidural ropivacaine for labour analgesia: a prospective clinical study

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    Akanksha Lamba

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    Conclusions: Maternal outcome in labour analgesia is similar with 100 mg I/M tramadol and epidural ropivacaine. There is no significant difference between duration of labour, rate of LSCS, incidence of instrumental delivery and neonatal outcome in the two modes of analgesia. Analgesic efficacy with epidural ropivacaine seems to be better compared to intramuscular tramadol. [Int J Reprod Contracept Obstet Gynecol 2016; 5(6.000: 1722-1727

  12. Study of efficacy, safety and cardiotocographic changes during epidural analgesia with ropivacaine in labour

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    Sharma, Jyoti; Gandhi, Mansi U; Bhavsar, Mrugank M

    2013-01-01

    Background: Epidural analgesia during labour provides effective pain relief along with better maternal and neonatal outcome. Our aim of the study is to check safety and efficacy of Ropivacaine during labour analgesia. We have also compared cardiotocographic changes in labour with versus without epidural analgesia.Material & Methods: 60 Antenatal cases in between 37-41 weeks of pregnancy in active labour were selected for study. They were randomly divided into 2 groups: Study Group (Group-...

  13. Caudal epidural analgesia using lidocaine alone or in combination with ketamine in dromedary camels (Camelus dromedarius

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    Omid Azari

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available This study was performed to investigate the analgesic effect of lidocaine and a combination of lidocaine and ketamine following epidural administration in dromedary camels. Ten 12–18-month-old camels were randomly divided into two equal groups. In group L, the animals received 2% lidocaine (0.22 mg/kg and in group LK the animals received a mixture of 10% ketamine (1 mg/kg and 2% lidocaine (0.22 mg/kg administered into the first intercoccygeal (Co1–Co2 epidural space while standing. Onset time and duration of caudal analgesia, sedation level and ataxia were recorded after drug administration. Data were analysed by U Mann-Whitney tests and significance was taken as p < 0.05. The results showed that epidural lidocaine and co-administration of lidocaine and ketamine produced complete analgesia in the tail, anus and perineum. Epidural administration of the lidocaine-ketamine mixture resulted in mild to moderate sedation, whilst the animals that received epidural lidocaine alone were alert and nervous during the study. Ataxia was observed in all test subjects and was slightly more severe in camels that received the lidocaine-ketamine mixture. It was concluded that epidural administration of lidocaine plus ketamine resulted in longer caudal analgesia in standing conscious dromedary camels compared with the effect of administering lidocaine alone.

  14. Anaesthetists' experiences with the early labour epidural recommendation for obese parturients: a qualitative study.

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    Va, Eley; Lk, Callaway; Aaj, van Zundert; J, Lipman; C, Gallois

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    Caring for obese pregnant women presents challenges for all medical professionals. Despite a lack of supporting evidence, expert opinion and international guidelines suggest early labour epidural insertion for obese women. Anecdotally this is not supported by all anaesthetists. This qualitative study explored the experiences of anaesthetists regarding early epidural analgesia in obese parturients, to answer the research question: Are anaesthetists consistent in how they apply early epidural analgesia in obese parturients? Personal in-depth interviews with 42 specialist anaesthetists working in south-east Queensland, Australia, were completed between February and April, 2015. Leximancer™ text analysis software applied a validated algorithm to the data to identify themes and concepts. The major themes were explored by the first author to answer the research question. Three major themes were identified: the demands associated with caring for obese women; concern regarding the anaesthetic technique used in obese women; and the importance of communication with obstetric staff. Disagreement regarding interpretation and application of early epidural analgesia was identified within this group of anaesthetists. These anaesthetists were inconsistent in how they interpreted and applied early epidural analgesia for obese parturients, with some questioning the validity of the practice. The combination of uncertainty, urgency and technical difficulty presented by obese parturients provoked anxiety in these clinicians, particularly the anticipation of unplanned general anaesthesia. Consistent anaesthetic practice could improve the implementation of early epidural analgesia in obese parturients. PMID:27608347

  15. Effects of lumbosacral epidural ketamine and lidocaine in xylazine-sedated cats.

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    DeRossi, R; Benites, A P; Ferreira, J Z; Neto, J M N; Hermeto, L C

    2009-06-01

    In order to determine the analgesic and cardiovascular effects of the combination of epidural ketamine and lidocaine, 6 sedated cats were studied. Six healthy, young cats were used in a prospective randomised study. Each cat underwent 3 treatments, at least 1 week apart, via epidural injection: (1) ketamine (2.5 mg/kg), (2) lidocaine (4.0 mg/kg), and (3) ketamine (2.5 mg/kg) plus lidocaine (4.0 mg/kg). Epidural injections were administered through the lumbosacral space. Analgesia, motor block, sedation, heart rate, arterial blood pressure, respiratory rate and arterial oxygen saturation were measured. Rectal temperature was compared before and after sedation as well as after epidural administration of the drugs. Epidural administration of the ketamine/lidocaine combination induced prolonged analgesia extending from the coccygeal to the T13-L1 dermatomes, leading to severe ataxia. Cardiovascular effects were significant in all treatments: heart rate decreased, but there was a minimal reduction in arterial pressure. It was concluded that adding a dose of ketamine to epidural lidocaine in cats is feasible and effective. PMID:19831267

  16. Effects of lumbosacral epidural ketamine and lidocaine inxylazine-sedated cats : article

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    R. DeRossi

    2009-05-01

    Full Text Available In order to determine the analgesic and cardiovascular effects of the combination of epidural ketamine and lidocaine, 6 sedated cats were studied. Six healthy, young cats were used in a prospective randomised study. Each cat underwent 3 treatments, at least 1 week apart, via epidural injection: (1 ketamine (2.5 mg/kg, (2 lidocaine (4.0 mg/kg, and (3 ketamine (2.5 mg/kg plus lidocaine (4.0 mg/kg. Epidural injections were administered through the lumbosacral space. Analgesia, motor block, sedation, heart rate, arterial blood pressure, respiratory rate and arterial oxygen saturation were measured. Rectal temperature was compared before and after sedation as well as after epidural administration of the drugs. Epidural administration of the ketamine/lidocaine combination induced prolonged analgesia extending from the coccygeal to the T13-L1 dermatomes, leading to severe ataxia. Cardiovascular effects were significant in all treatments: heart rate decreased, but there was a minimal reduction in arterial pressure. It was concluded that adding a dose of ketamine to epidural lidocaine in cats is feasible and effective.

  17. Controversy of the use of epidural analgesia in labour

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    2008-11-01

    Full Text Available During last years, it was thought that free-pain labour was a big advance for woman. Recently, ideological patrons such as ecofeminism have feed a critical mind in the woman who is going to give birth. In this bibliographic review we don’t approach a reliable and definitive conclusion, due to the bias and lack of scientific rigour of some studies and the doubtful methodological reliability and generalization of others.This way, we conclude the need to make a tolerant effort on the part of everyone, just as researching and assuming on the services portfolio (if needed alternative techniques such as combined spinal-epidural analgesia, sterile water injections, water immersion, acupuncture, hypnosis, etc.

  18. Continuous epidural infusion of morphine versus single epidural injection of extended-release morphine for postoperative pain control after arthroplasty: a retrospective analysis

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    Stephanie Vanterpool

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    Full Text Available Stephanie Vanterpool, Randall Coombs, Karamarie FechoDepartment of Anesthesiology, School of Medicine, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, USABackground: This study retrospectively compared the continuous epidural infusion of morphine with a single epidural injection of extended-release morphine for postoperative pain control after arthroplasty.Methods: Medical records were reviewed for subjects who had total knee or hip arthroplasty (THA under spinal anesthesia and received either a continuous epidural infusion of morphine (Group EPID; n = 101 or an extended-release epidural morphine (Group EREM; n = 109 for postoperative pain. Data were collected for three postoperative days (POD on: pain scores; supplemental opioids; medications for respiratory depression, nausea, and pruritus, and distance ambulated during physical therapy.Results: Pain scores were similar until subjects were transitioned to another analgesic approach on POD 2; after that time, pain scores increased in Group EPID, although they decreased in Group EREM. Supplemental opioids were used more on POD1 in Group EREM than in Group EPID, although time to first opioid and total daily morphine equivalents were similar. Naloxone and antiemetics, not antipruritics, were used more in Group EREM. Distance ambulated after THA was greater in Group EREM than in Group EPID.Conclusions: These results suggest that EREM is associated with better postoperative ambulation and analgesia during the transition to oral or intravenous analgesics, although a higher incidence of side-effects was evident.Keywords: continuous epidural morphine infusion, extended-release epidural morphine, lower extremity arthroplasty, ambulation, postoperative pain, side-effects

  19. The potential contributing effect of ketorolac and fluoxetine to a spinal epidural hematoma following a cervical interlaminar epidural steroid injection: a case report and narrative review.

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    Chien, George C Chang; McCormick, Zack; Araujo, Marco; Candido, Kenneth D

    2014-01-01

    Cervical interlaminar epidural steroid injections (ESIs) are commonly performed as one part of a multi-modal analgesic regimen in the management of upper extremity radicular pain. Spinal epidural hematoma (SEH) is a rare complication with a reported incidence ranging from 1.38 in 10,000 to 1 in 190,000 epidurals. Current American Society of Regional Anesthesia (ASRA), American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP), and the International Spine Intervention Society (ISIS) recommendations are that non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) do not need to be withheld prior to epidural anesthesia. We report a case wherein intramuscular ketorolac and oral fluoxetine contributed to a SEH and tetraplegia following a cervical interlaminar (ESI). A 66 year-old woman with chronic renal insufficiency and neck pain radiating into her right upper extremity presented for evaluation and was deemed an appropriate CESI candidate. Cervical magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) revealed multi-level neuroforaminal stenosis and degenerative intervertebral discs. Utilizing a loss of resistance to saline technique, an 18-gauge Tuohy-type needle entered the epidural space at C6-7. After negative aspiration, 4 mL of saline with 80 mg of methyl-prednisolone was injected. Immediately thereafter, the patient reported significant spasmodic-type localized neck pain with no neurologic status changes. A decision was made to administer 30 mg intramuscular ketorolac as treatment for the spasmodic-type pain. En route home, she developed a sudden onset of acute tetraplegia. She was brought to the emergency department for evaluation including platelet and coagulation studies which were normal. MRI demonstrated an epidural hematoma extending from C5 to T7. She underwent a bilateral C5-T6 laminectomy with epidural hematoma evacuation and was discharged to an acute inpatient rehabilitation hospital. Chronic renal insufficiency, spinal stenosis, female gender, and increasing age have been

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

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    2006-01-01

    La incidencia de lesiones neurológicas de miembros inferiores en la práctica obstétrica es del 0,08% y 0,92%. La incidencia de complicaciones neurológicas asociadas a la técnica epidural ha sido estimada en 2 casos de cada 10.000 epidurales. Durante los últimos años, con la generalización de la analgesia epidural para el trabajo de parto, es posible que algunas de las neuropatías sean atribuidas a esta técnica, olvidando que hay otros mecanismos de lesión en estas situaciones. Presentamos el ...

  1. Effects of thoracic epidural analgesia with morphine or bupivacaine on lower oesophageal motility--an experimental study in man.

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    Thorén, T; Carlsson, E; Sandmark, S; Wattwil, M

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    Lower oesophageal peristalsis and lower oesophageal sphincter (LOS) pressure during thoracic epidural analgesia (TEA) were studied in 20 healthy volunteers. After oesophageal manometric baseline recordings, 10 volunteers received 4 mg epidural morphine. The other ten received 0.5% bupivacaine epidurally in sufficient amounts to block the sympathetic innervation of the oesophagus. Thereafter oesophageal manometry was repeated. During epidural morphine oesophageal peristalsis, resting LOS pressure and the contraction of LOS after swallowing did not change, but the relaxation of the LOS in response to swallowing decreased significantly (P less than 0.01). Following TEA with bupivacaine, neither distal oesophageal peristalsis nor LOS pressure changed. PMID:3414347

  2. A COMPARATIVE EVALUATION OF DEXMEDETOMIDINE AND CLONIDINE AS ADJUVANTS TO LEVOBUPIVACAINE IN EPIDURAL ANAESTHESIA FOR LOWER LIMB ORTHOPAEDIC SURGERIES

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: There are always efforts to find a better and safer local anaesthetic along with adjuvants in epidural anaesthesia. Bupivacaine is a long acting , effective local anaesthetic that is commonly administered in anaesthesia practice. Despite its undoubted efficacy, bupivacaine is associated with cardiotoxicity and neurotoxicity. Central nervous system (CNS and cardiovascular adverse reactions reported after inadvertent intravascular or intravenous regional anesthesia have been linked to R (+ isomer of bupivacaine. So Levobupivacaine, the pure S ( - – enantiomer of racemic bupivacaine, was developed as an alternative to bupivacaine. Levobupivacaine is increasingly used in the clinical practice because of its safer pharmacological profile and faster protein binding rate AIM: This study was conducted to evaluate the onset and duration of analgesia, extent and duration of sensory and motor block, sedation and side effects of Dexmedetomidine and Clonidine when used as adjuvants to Levobupivacaine in epidural anaesthesia for lower limb orthopaedic surgeries. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A prospective randomized study was carried out in the department of Anaesthesia at Rajarajeswari Medical College and Hospital which included 50 adult patients between the ages of 21 and 60 years (o f ASA I/II grade who underwent lower limb orthopaedic surgeries. The patients were randomly allocated into two groups; levobupivacaine + dexmedetomidine (LD and levobupivacaine + clonidine (LC, comprising of 25 patients each. Group LD was administered 18 ml of 0.5% epidural levobupivacaine and 1.5 μg/kg of dexmedetomidine, while group LC received admixture of 18 ml of 0.5% levobupivacaine and 2 μg/kg of Clonidine . Onset of analgesia, sensory and motor block levels, sedation, duration of analgesia and side effects were observed. STATISTICAL ANALYSIS: The data obtained was subjected to statistical analysis using analysis of variance, student t test, chi - square test

  3. Spontaneous Ventral Spinal Epidural Hematoma in an Infant: An Unusual Presentation

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    Full Text Available How to Cite This Article: Abbad A, Afzal K, Mujeeb AA, Shahab T, Khalid M. Spontaneous Ventral Spinal Epidural Hematoma in an Infant: An Unusual Presentation. Iran J Child Neurol. 2013  Spring;7(2:47-50.Abstract Spontaneous ventral spinal epidural hematomas are extremely rare in children and clinically recognized by the appearance of acute asymmetric focal motor and sensory involvement. In infants, the initial presenting symptoms are very non-specific and irritability is often the only initial manifestation. Appearance of other neurological signs may be delayed up to hours or even days later. In the absence of significant precipitating factors such as severe trauma or previously known coagulopathies,the diagnosis is usually delayed until the full picture of severe cord compression is developed. The diagnosis is finally made by performing magnetic resonance imaging. We report a 5-month-old infant with spinal epidural hematoma who presented with symmetrical upper limb weakness and diaphragmatic involvement to highlight the importance of recognizing the atypical manifestations for early diagnosis andintervention. References:1. Phillips TW, Kling TF Jr, McGillicuddy JE. Spontaneous ventral spinal epidural hematoma with anterior cordsyndrome: report of a case. Neurosurgery 1981;9:440-3.2. Patel H, Boaz JC, Phillips JP, Garg BP. Spontaneous spinal epidural hematoma in children. Pediatr Neurol1998;19:302-7. Review.3. Penar PL, Fischer DK, Goodrich I, Bloomgarden GM, Robinson F. Spontaneous spinal epidural hematoma. IntSurg 1987;72:218-21.4. Noth I, Hutter JJ, Meltzer PS, Damiano ML, Carter LP. Spinal epidural hematoma in a hemophilic infant. Am JPediatr Hematol Oncol 1993;15:131-4. Review.5. Beatty RM, Winston KR. Spontaneous cervical epidural hematoma. A consideration of etiology. J Neurosurg1984;61:143-8.6. Alva NS. Traumatic spinal epidural hematoma of a 10-month-old male: a clinical note. Pediatr Neurol2000;23:88-9. Review.7. Aminoff MJ: Vascular

  4. Analgesia postoperatoria tras artroplastia de rodilla mediante bloqueo femoral continuo con ropivacaína Postoperative analgesia after knee arthroplasty through continuous femoral blockage with ropivacaine

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    M. Reina

    2004-02-01

    Full Text Available Introducción: El objetivo del estudio es conocer el grado de dolor y satisfacción en el postoperatorio de los pacientes que han recibido analgesia mediante bloqueo femoral continuo en artroplastia total de rodilla. Material y método: Se incluyeron pacientes ASA I-III diagnosticados de gonartrosis e intervenidos de artroplastia total de rodilla bajo anestesia intradural. En la Sala de Despertar y bajo los efectos residuales de la anestesia intradural se colocó un catéter en la proximidad del nervio femoral, con neuroestimulación. Se administró un bolo inicial de ropivacaína 0,375% 30 ml, seguido de una perfusión continua de ropivacaína 0,125% 10 ml.h-1, que se mantuvo durante las primeras 48 horas del postoperatorio. Las variables registradas fueron las siguientes: dolor postoperatorio a las 24 y 48 horas mediante EVA, localización del dolor, existencia o no de bloqueo motor, parestesias-disestesias y efectos secundarios, así como fármacos utilizados en caso de analgesia insuficiente, dificultad de la técnica y grado de satisfacción a las 48 horas. Resultados: Se incluyeron 8 pacientes, con peso y altura media de 78 kg y 157 cm respectivamente. El análisis del dolor registrado a las 24 horas fue en un 62,5% de EVA 0, en un 25% EVA 5 y en un 12,5% EVA 6. A las 48 horas el 87,5% de los pacientes tenían un EVA 0 y un 12,5% EVA 4. Todos los pacientes con dolor lo localizaron en hueco poplíteo. En ningún caso hubo bloqueo motor. El 25% presentaron parestesias a las 24-48 horas y el 12,5% episodio de náuseas. En caso de analgesia insuficiente se complementó el tratamiento con AINE intravenosos y en un caso con bloqueo del nervio ciático por abordaje anterior. La técnica realizada resultó fácil en el 87,5% de los pacientes y muy difícil en el 12,5%. El grado de satisfacción fue superior a 7 en todos los pacientes. Conclusiones: El bloqueo 3 en 1 continuo en nuestra serie, proporcionó una analgesia eficaz en pacientes

  5. 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.

  6. Maternal and foetal outcome after epidural labour analgesia in high-risk pregnancies

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    Sukhen Samanta

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Background and Aims: Low concentration local anaesthetic improves uteroplacental blood flow in antenatal period and during labour in preeclampsia. We compared neonatal outcome after epidural ropivacaine plus fentanyl with intramuscular tramadol analgesia during labour in high-risk parturients with intrauterine growth restriction of mixed aetiology. Methods: Forty-eight parturients with sonographic evidence of foetal weight <1.5 kg were enrolled in this non-randomized, double-blinded prospective study. The epidural (E group received 0.15% ropivacaine 10 ml with 30 μg fentanyl incremental bolus followed by 7–15 ml 0.1% ropivacaine with 2 μg/ml fentanyl in continuous infusion titrated until visual analogue scale was three. Tramadol (T group received intramuscular tramadol 1 mg/kg as bolus as well as maintenance 4–6 hourly. Neonatal outcomes were measured with cord blood base deficit, pH, ionised calcium, sugar and Apgar score after delivery. Maternal satisfaction was also assessed by four point subjective score. Results: Baseline maternal demographics and neonatal birth weight were comparable. Neonatal cord blood pH, base deficit, sugar, and ionised calcium levels were significantly improved in the epidural group in comparison to the tramadol group. Maternal satisfaction (P = 0.0001 regarding labour analgesia in epidural group was expressed as excellent by 48%, good by 52% whereas it was fair in 75% and poor in 25% in the tramadol group. Better haemodynamic and pain scores were reported in the epidural group. Conclusion: Epidural labour analgesia with low concentration local anaesthetic is associated with less neonatal cord blood acidaemia, better sugar and ionised calcium levels. The analgesic efficacy and maternal satisfaction are also better with epidural labour analgesia.

  7. Feasibility of ultrasound-guided epidural access at the lumbo-sacral space in dogs.

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    Liotta, Annalisa; Busoni, Valeria; Carrozzo, Maria Valentina; Sandersen, Charlotte; Gabriel, Annick; Bolen, Géraldine

    2015-01-01

    Epidural injections are commonly performed blindly in veterinary medicine. The aims of this study were to describe the lumbosacral ultrasonographic anatomy and to assess the feasibility of an ultrasound-guided epidural injection technique in dogs. A cross sectional anatomic atlas of the lumbosacral region and ex vivo ultrasound images were obtained in two cadavers to describe the ultrasound anatomy and to identify the landmarks. Sixteen normal weight canine cadavers were used to establish two variations of the technique for direct ultrasound-guided injection, using spinal needles or epidural catheters. The technique was finally performed in two normal weight cadavers, in two overweight cadavers and in five live dogs with radiographic abnormalities resulting of the lumbosacral spine. Contrast medium was injected and CT was used to assess the success of the injection. The anatomic landmarks to carry out the procedure were the seventh lumbar vertebra, the iliac wings, and the first sacral vertebra. The target for directing the needle was the trapezoid-shaped echogenic zone between the contiguous articular facets of the lumbosacral vertebral canal visualized in a parasagittal plane. The spinal needle or epidural catheter was inserted in a 45° craniodorsal-caudoventral direction through the subcutaneous tissue and the interarcuate ligament until reaching the epidural space. CT examination confirmed the presence of contrast medium in the epidural space in 25/25 dogs, although a variable contamination of the subarachnoid space was also noted. Findings indicated that this ultrasound-guided epidural injection technique is feasible for normal weight and overweight dogs, with and without radiographic abnormalities of the spine. PMID:25187175

  8. ROLE OF EPIDURAL INJECTIONS IN THE MANAGEMENT OF ACUTE LUMBAR DISCOGENIC PAIN

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    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUCTION: The use of epidural injections in the cervical , thoracic and lumbo sacral spine for both diagnostic and therapeutic purposes has developed as an important part of a comprehensive interdisci plinary approach to spinal pain . (1, 2 It is well known that structural abnormalities see n on CT or MRI scans do not always cause pain and diagnostic injections often can help correlate abnormalities on imaging studies with associated pain complaints. Therapeutically , epidural injections can provide significant pain relief during which , time r ecovery of disc and nerve root injuries can occur and patients also can progress their level of physical activity. In acute disc injury with or without radiculopathy , therapeutic injections can help and manage the patient ’ s pain without reliance on oral analgesics. Epidural cortico steroid injections with physical therapy is recommended in conjunction . (1 Mechanism of pain relief is due to potent and anti - inflammatory properties of the cortico steroids . ( 3,2 Aim to know the effic acy and results of the epidural steroid injection in acute lumbar discogenic pain . ( 2 MATERIALS AND METHODS: I have treated 800 patients with lumbar epidural injections for 3 weeks ( W eekly interval since 2005 at Sri Venkata Hospital and pain management ce ntre SP Nagar , Kukatpally , Hyderabad , Telangana. F or the management of Lumbar Discogenic Pain till 2014. RESULTS: E xcellent in 90% of patients and no patient complained of recurrence of symptoms and reached their normal activities without surgery after epidural injection treatment. Lumbar Epidural steroid injection is usually performed in about 6 weeks after the onset of low back pain or radicular pain. Lumbar Epidural steroid injection is appropriate for an outpatient setting provided all necessary resu scitative equipment is available i.e. O 2 , intubation equipment , emergency drugs , IV access and we can avoid the hospitalization . DISCUSSION: LESIs

  9. Saline as the Sole Contrast Agent for Successful MRI-guided Epidural Injections

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    Purpose. To assess the performance of sterile saline solution as the sole contrast agent for percutaneous magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-guided epidural injections at 1.5 T. Methods. A retrospective analysis of two different techniques of MRI-guided epidural injections was performed with either gadolinium-enhanced saline solution or sterile saline solution for documentation of the epidural location of the needle tip. T1-weighted spoiled gradient echo (FLASH) images or T2-weighted single-shot turbo spin echo (HASTE) images visualized the test injectants. Methods were compared by technical success rate, image quality, table time, and rate of complications. Results. 105 MRI-guided epidural injections (12 of 105 with gadolinium-enhanced saline solution and 93 of 105 with sterile saline solution) were performed successfully and without complications. Visualization of sterile saline solution and gadolinium-enhanced saline solution was sufficient, good, or excellent in all 105 interventions. For either test injectant, quantitative image analysis demonstrated comparable high contrast-to-noise ratios of test injectants to adjacent body substances with reliable statistical significance levels (p < 0.001). The mean table time was 22 ± 9 min in the gadolinium-enhanced saline solution group and 22 ± 8 min in the saline solution group (p = 0.75). Conclusion. Sterile saline is suitable as the sole contrast agent for successful and safe percutaneous MRI-guided epidural drug delivery at 1.5 T.

  10. 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.

  11. Saline as the Sole Contrast Agent for Successful MRI-guided Epidural Injections

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    Deli, Martin, E-mail: martin.deli@web.de [University of Witten/Herdecke, Department of Radiology and Microtherapy, Groenemeyer Institute for Microtherapy (GIMT) (Germany); Fritz, Jan, E-mail: jfritz9@jhmi.edu [Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Russell H. Morgan Department of Radiology and Radiological Science (United States); Mateiescu, Serban, E-mail: mateiescu@microtherapy.de; Busch, Martin, E-mail: busch@microtherapy.de [University of Witten/Herdecke, Department of Radiology and Microtherapy, Groenemeyer Institute for Microtherapy (GIMT) (Germany); Carrino, John A., E-mail: jcarrin2@jhmi.edu [Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Russell H. Morgan Department of Radiology and Radiological Science (United States); Becker, Jan, E-mail: j.becker@microtherapy.de; Garmer, Marietta, E-mail: garmer@microtherapy.de; Groenemeyer, Dietrich, E-mail: dg@microtherapy.de [University of Witten/Herdecke, Department of Radiology and Microtherapy, Groenemeyer Institute for Microtherapy (GIMT) (Germany)

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    Purpose. To assess the performance of sterile saline solution as the sole contrast agent for percutaneous magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-guided epidural injections at 1.5 T. Methods. A retrospective analysis of two different techniques of MRI-guided epidural injections was performed with either gadolinium-enhanced saline solution or sterile saline solution for documentation of the epidural location of the needle tip. T1-weighted spoiled gradient echo (FLASH) images or T2-weighted single-shot turbo spin echo (HASTE) images visualized the test injectants. Methods were compared by technical success rate, image quality, table time, and rate of complications. Results. 105 MRI-guided epidural injections (12 of 105 with gadolinium-enhanced saline solution and 93 of 105 with sterile saline solution) were performed successfully and without complications. Visualization of sterile saline solution and gadolinium-enhanced saline solution was sufficient, good, or excellent in all 105 interventions. For either test injectant, quantitative image analysis demonstrated comparable high contrast-to-noise ratios of test injectants to adjacent body substances with reliable statistical significance levels (p < 0.001). The mean table time was 22 {+-} 9 min in the gadolinium-enhanced saline solution group and 22 {+-} 8 min in the saline solution group (p = 0.75). Conclusion. Sterile saline is suitable as the sole contrast agent for successful and safe percutaneous MRI-guided epidural drug delivery at 1.5 T.

  12. COMPARATIVE STUDY OF EPIDURAL ROPIVACAINE WITH DEXMEDETOMIDINE, ROPIVACAINE WITH CLONIDINE AND ROPIVACAINE ALONE FOR PERIOPERATIVE ANALGESIA IN ABDOMINAL HYSTERECTOMY

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    Full Text Available Regional anesthesia is widely used for abdominal hysterectomies. It is divided into spinal and epidural anaesthesia. Epidural anesthesia has got the advantage of extending the period of anesthesia to post-operative analgesia. We can use various pharmacological agents as adjuvants, which prolong the duration of action of local anesthetics. They include opiods, alpha 2 agonists like clonidine and dexmedetomidine. In this we studied the efficacy of local anesthetic agent – ropivacaine alone, ropivacaine with clonidine and ropivacaine with dexmedetomidine for epidural block. Present study showed that Epidural Dexmedetomidine and clonidine have synergistic action in combination with epidural ropivacaine resulting in smooth and prolonged postoperative analgesia and sedation. Group RD (Ropivacaine and Dexmedetomidine had significant difference in comparison of postoperative block characteristics, such as time of two segment regression, time to Bromage scale 1, time of regression to S1 dermatome and time of first epidural top up than group RC and R. (Ropivacaine with clonidine and Ropivacaine alone. Thus epidural dexmedetomidine is a better neuraxial adjuvant in combination with epidural ropivacaine in producing prolonged analgesia and better sedation for abdominal hysterectomy

  13. Compression of the posterior fossa venous sinuses by epidural hemorrhage simulating venous sinus thrombosis: CT and MR findings

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    Singh, Sumit; Ramakrishnaiah, Raghu H.; Hegde, Shilpa V.; Glasier, Charles M. [University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Pediatric Radiology, Little Rock, AR (United States)

    2016-01-15

    Posterior fossa dural venous sinus thrombus is a well-described complication of head trauma, especially when fracture crosses the dural sinus grooves or in association with epidural hemorrhage. We have found that post-traumatic posterior fossa epidural hematoma compressing a dural venous sinus can mimic dural venous thrombus. To discuss the CT and MRI findings of posterior fossa epidural hemorrhages simulating sinus thrombosis, to make radiologists aware of this important imaging pitfall. We describe radiologic findings in four children in whom a posterior fossa epidural hemorrhage mimicked dural venous sinus thrombus. Routine CT head and CT venography were obtained on Toshiba volume and helical CT scanners. MRI and MR venography were performed on a Philips scanner. In all cases there was medial displacement and compression of the posterior fossa dural venous sinuses without intraluminal thrombosis. The epidural hemorrhage was seen tracking along sinus grooves in the occipital bone, peeling the dura containing the sinuses from the calvarium and compressing the sinus, simulating thrombosis on axial CT views. Both venous sinus thrombosis and posterior fossa epidural hemorrhages in children are well-described complications of head trauma. Posterior fossa epidural hemorrhage can mimic a sinus thrombus by compressing and displacing the sinuses. It is important to recognize this pitfall because treatment of a suspected thrombus with anticoagulation can worsen epidural hemorrhage. (orig.)

  14. Compression of the posterior fossa venous sinuses by epidural hemorrhage simulating venous sinus thrombosis: CT and MR findings

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    Posterior fossa dural venous sinus thrombus is a well-described complication of head trauma, especially when fracture crosses the dural sinus grooves or in association with epidural hemorrhage. We have found that post-traumatic posterior fossa epidural hematoma compressing a dural venous sinus can mimic dural venous thrombus. To discuss the CT and MRI findings of posterior fossa epidural hemorrhages simulating sinus thrombosis, to make radiologists aware of this important imaging pitfall. We describe radiologic findings in four children in whom a posterior fossa epidural hemorrhage mimicked dural venous sinus thrombus. Routine CT head and CT venography were obtained on Toshiba volume and helical CT scanners. MRI and MR venography were performed on a Philips scanner. In all cases there was medial displacement and compression of the posterior fossa dural venous sinuses without intraluminal thrombosis. The epidural hemorrhage was seen tracking along sinus grooves in the occipital bone, peeling the dura containing the sinuses from the calvarium and compressing the sinus, simulating thrombosis on axial CT views. Both venous sinus thrombosis and posterior fossa epidural hemorrhages in children are well-described complications of head trauma. Posterior fossa epidural hemorrhage can mimic a sinus thrombus by compressing and displacing the sinuses. It is important to recognize this pitfall because treatment of a suspected thrombus with anticoagulation can worsen epidural hemorrhage. (orig.)

  15. Effect of caudal epidural steroid or saline injection in chronic lumbar radiculopathy: multicentre, blinded, randomised controlled trial

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    Iversen, Trond; Solberg, Tore K; Romner, Bertil;

    2011-01-01

    To assess the efficacy of caudal epidural steroid or saline injection in chronic lumbar radiculopathy in the short (6 weeks), intermediate (12 weeks), and long term (52 weeks).......To assess the efficacy of caudal epidural steroid or saline injection in chronic lumbar radiculopathy in the short (6 weeks), intermediate (12 weeks), and long term (52 weeks)....

  16. EVOLUCIÓN DE FENÓMENOS BÁSICOS DE APRENDIZAJE EN TAREAS DE MEMORIA ESPACIAL: BLOQUEO, ENSOMBRECIMIENTO E INHIBICIÓN LATENTE EN ANFIBIOS

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    Full Text Available En este artículo se describen desde una perspectiva comparativa los fenómenos de bloqueo, ensombrecimiento e inhibición latente, enfatizando su presencia en tareas de aprendizaje espacial. Estos fenómenos de aprendizaje, ampliamente observados en otras clases de vertebrados e invertebrados, han sido recientemente descriptos por primera vez en anfibios, un grupo de vertebrados con un cerebro filogenéticamente antiguo. Tomando como modelo al sapo terrestre Rhinella arenarum, se revisarán los tres fenómenos de aprendizaje asociativo mencionados en una situación de aprendizaje espacial: (1 bloqueo entre claves visuales asociadas a una meta, (2 ensombrecimiento de una clave visual lejana por la presencia de una clave cercana y (3 inhibición latente debida a la pre-exposición a una cla ve visual. Todos los entrenamientos se llevaron a cabo en una arena circular de color blanco, utilizando agua como recompensa. Dentro de la arena, se distribuyeron cuatro piletas de acrílico en forma de cruz contra las paredes laterales (sólo una tenía acceso a la recompensa. En las paredes interiores de la arena circular se colocaron varias señales visuales para guiar a los animales. Los resultados obtenidos en sapos indican que estos fenómenos, observados previamente en aves y mamíferos, también se encuentran en este grupo (uti lizando un paradigma de aprendizaje espacial con claves visuales cercanas y lejanas. Este primer registro en anfibios sugiere que los mecanismos biológicos de estos fenómenos de aprendizaje han surgido muy tempranamente en el curso de la evolución de los vertebrados totalmente terrestres y que los mismos han sido fuertemente conservados. El análisis comparado de estos hallazgos contribuirá a mejorar el entendimiento de los mecanismos biológicos que subyacen al aprendizaje espacial, en busca de patrones funcionales comunes con otras clases de vertebrados y potencialmente presentes en un ancestro común.

  17. Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy Reirradiation for Recurrent Epidural Spinal Metastases

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    Purpose: When patients show progression after conventional fractionated radiation for spine metastasis, further radiation and surgery may not be options. Stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) has been successfully used in treatment of the spine and may be applicable in these cases. We report the use of SBRT for 60 consecutive patients (81 lesions) who had radiological progressive spine metastasis with epidural involvement after previous radiation for spine metastasis. Methods and Materials: SBRT was used with fiducial and vertebral anatomy-based targeting. The radiation dose was prescribed based on the extent of spinal canal involvement; the dose was 8 Gy × 3 = 24 Gy when the tumor did not touch the spinal cord and 5 to 6 Gy x 5 = 25 to 30 Gy when the tumor abutted the cord. The cord surface received up to the prescription dose with no hot spots in the cord. Results: The median overall survival was 11 months, and the median progression-free survival was 9 months. Overall, 93% of patients had stable or improved disease while 7% of patients showed disease progression; 65% of patients had pain relief. There was no significant toxicity other than fatigue. Conclusions: SBRT is feasible and appears to be an effective treatment modality for reirradiation after conventional palliative radiation fails for spine metastasis patients.

  18. MRI findings in spinal subdural and epidural hematomas

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    Braun, Petra [Department of Radiology, Hospital La Plana, Ctra. De Vila-real a Borriana km. 0.5, 12540 Vila-real (Castello) (Spain)], E-mail: PetraBraun@gmx.de; Kazmi, Khuram [Department of Radiology, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, 500 University Drive, Hershey, PA 17033 (United States); Nogues-Melendez, Pablo; Mas-Estelles, Fernando; Aparici-Robles, Fernando [Department of Radiology, La Fe Hospital, Avenida Campanar, 21, 46009 Valencia (Spain)

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    Background: Spinal hematomas are rare entities that can be the cause of an acute spinal cord compression syndrome. Therefore, an early diagnosis is of great importance. Patients and Methods: From 2001 to 2005 seven patients with intense back pain and/or acute progressive neurological deficit were studied via 1.5 T MRI (in axial and sagittal T1- and T2-weighted sequences). Follow-up MRI was obtained in six patients. Results: Four patients showed the MRI features of a hyperacute spinal hematoma (two spinal subdural hematoma [SSH] and two spinal epidural hematoma [SEH]), isointense to the spinal cord on T1- and hyperintense on T2-weighted sequences. One patient had an early subacute SEH manifest as heterogeneous signal intensity with areas of high signal intensity on T1- and T2-weighted images. Another patient had a late subacute SSH with high signal intensity on T1- and T2-weighted sequences. The final patient had a SEH in the late chronic phase being hypointense on T1- and T2-weighted sequences. Discussion: MRI is valuable in diagnosing the presence, location and extent of spinal hematomas. Hyperacute spinal hematoma and the differentiation between SSH and SEH are particular diagnostic challenges. In addition, MRI is an important tool in the follow-up in patients with conservative treatment.

  19. Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy Reirradiation for Recurrent Epidural Spinal Metastases

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    Mahadevan, Anand, E-mail: amahadev@bidmc.harvard.edu [Department of Radiation Oncology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts and Harvard Medical School (Israel); Floyd, Scott [Department of Radiation Oncology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts and Harvard Medical School (Israel); Wong, Eric; Jeyapalan, Suriya [Department of Neuro-Oncology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts and Harvard Medical School (Israel); Groff, Michael; Kasper, Ekkehard [Department of Neurosurgery, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts and Harvard Medical School (Israel)

    2011-12-01

    Purpose: When patients show progression after conventional fractionated radiation for spine metastasis, further radiation and surgery may not be options. Stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) has been successfully used in treatment of the spine and may be applicable in these cases. We report the use of SBRT for 60 consecutive patients (81 lesions) who had radiological progressive spine metastasis with epidural involvement after previous radiation for spine metastasis. Methods and Materials: SBRT was used with fiducial and vertebral anatomy-based targeting. The radiation dose was prescribed based on the extent of spinal canal involvement; the dose was 8 Gy Multiplication-Sign 3 = 24 Gy when the tumor did not touch the spinal cord and 5 to 6 Gy x 5 = 25 to 30 Gy when the tumor abutted the cord. The cord surface received up to the prescription dose with no hot spots in the cord. Results: The median overall survival was 11 months, and the median progression-free survival was 9 months. Overall, 93% of patients had stable or improved disease while 7% of patients showed disease progression; 65% of patients had pain relief. There was no significant toxicity other than fatigue. Conclusions: SBRT is feasible and appears to be an effective treatment modality for reirradiation after conventional palliative radiation fails for spine metastasis patients.

  20. Congenital neuroblastoma with symptoms of epidural compression at birth.

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    Gigliotti, A R; De Ioris, M A; De Grandis, E; Podda, M; Cellini, M; Sorrentino, S; De Bernardi, B; Paladini, D; Gandolfo, C

    2016-03-01

    The occurrence of congenital neuroblastoma presenting at birth with symptoms of epidural compression secondary to spinal canal invasion is rare. Almost all cases reported in the literature have survived from the tumor but suffer severe sequelae, with the exception of the 2 most recently described whose birth was anticipated. The 3 cases of this article have been followed for a minimum of 5 years with the aim to describe their definitive late complications. In none of these cases had the routine ultrasound scan performed in third trimester of pregnancy discovered a tumor mass, nor had it shown abnormal fetal movements. All had leg hypotonia detected on the first day of life. In all, both primary and intraspinal tumors responded well to chemotherapy. All survive with motor deficit and severe bladder dysfunction despite early physiotherapy. Scoliosis has developed in the case with the longest follow-up. The description of these patients enforces the importance of early diagnosis of tumor masses in late pregnancy. Neonatologists should be aware of this rare clinical entity and take it into account in the differential diagnosis with other conditions of early-onset hypotonia. On the other hand, obstetric sonologists should be aware of the possibility to detect such rare tumors in late pregnancy, as anticipation of delivery may reduce the risk of late sequelae. PMID:26901768

  1. Head trauma and CT with reference to epidural hematoma

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    Computed tomography (CT) is useful to detect lesions in patients with mild head trauma in its acute stage which may be followed by a lucid interval of hours to several days before exact diagnosis is made, or in serious patients with impairment in state of consciousness. Non-enhanced scan can determine the location of the lesion in 94% of patients with brain tumor, and enhanced scan can do in more than 98%. CT can reveal many anatomical changes due to trauma. Of these pathological changes, epidural hematoma is often caused by the damage of the middle meningeal artery or its branch. Therefore, CT should be performed if a bone-fracture line runs across the meningeal artery. CT is also applicable for the patients with some brain symptoms such as those who had not immediate post-traumatic unconsciousness but have developed impairment in state of consciousness after a lucid interval, or those who have persistent headache even if they have no impairment in stage of consciousness. In CT findings, the margin of hematoma and normal cerebral tissues is usually clear in acute causes but unclear in subacute cases. (Ueda, J.)

  2. An unusual case of spinal cord compression from concomitant spinal epidural lipomatosis and Hodgkin's lymphoma

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    Ahmadzai, Hasib; Khalil, Ali; Mitchell, Ruth A.; Kwok, Bernard

    2016-01-01

    Spinal epidural lipomatosis (SEL) results from an abnormal accumulation of unencapsulated fat within the epidural space and is a rare cause of spinal cord compression, which needs to be considered with a high index of suspicion. It most commonly occurs secondary to chronic corticosteroid use and endocrinopathies. Idiopathic cases are highly associated with obesity. We report an unusual case of idiopathic thoracic SEL in a 69-year-old male, with an adjacent infiltrative Hodgkin's lymphoma and associated vertebral crush fracture, which resulted in ataxia and sensory loss. Magnetic resonance imaging scans displayed extensive SEL and an infiltrative disease process causing thoracic cord compression. Surgical decompression confirmed the presence of extensive epidural lipomatosis and Hodgkin's lymphoma and subsequently led to improvement in neurological symptoms. To our knowledge, this is the first reported case of concomitant SEL with an adjacent Hodgkin's lymphoma resulting in cord compression. PMID:26962199

  3. Primary Failure of Thoracic Epidural Analgesia in Training Centers: The Invisible Elephant?

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    Tran, De Q H; Van Zundert, Tom C R V; Aliste, Julian; Engsusophon, Phatthanaphol; Finlayson, Roderick J

    2016-01-01

    In teaching centers, primary failure of thoracic epidural analgesia can be due to multiple etiologies. In addition to the difficult anatomy of the thoracic spine, the conventional end point-loss-of-resistance-lacks specificity. Furthermore, insufficient training compounds the problem: learning curves are nonexistent, pedagogical requirements are often inadequate, supervisors may be inexperienced, and exposure during residency is decreasing. Any viable solution needs to be multifaceted. Learning curves should be explored to determine the minimal number of blocks required for proficiency. The problem of decreasing caseload can be tackled with epidural simulators to supplement in vivo learning. From a technical standpoint, fluoroscopy and ultrasonography could be used to navigate the complex anatomy of the thoracic spine. Finally, correct identification of the thoracic epidural space should be confirmed with objective, real-time modalities such as neurostimulation and waveform analysis. PMID:27035462

  4. A case of spinal epidural haematoma during breath-hold diving.

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    Tremolizzo, Lucio; Patassini, Mirko; Malpieri, Massimo; Ferrarese, Carlo; Appollonio, Ildebrando

    2012-06-01

    Spinal epidural haematoma (SEH) is a rare condition usually the result of bleeding of the epidural venous plexus that might present with acute spinal cord compression. It is often due to traumatic events, but 'spontaneous' cases have been described, usually related to different predisposing conditions, such as coagulopathies. A 47-year-old male presented with severe frontal headache and intense cervical pain which developed during a protracted breath-hold spearfishing session. A cervical spine MRI performed 12 days after symptom onset showed a small epidural blood collection on the left side of the spinal canal, at the C7-T1 level. One week later, blood was no longer present and the asymptomatic patient was discharged. Protracted minor trauma (neck flexion) and repeated Valsalva manoeuvres might have played a role in the genesis of this event. The role of decompression sickness is discussed as well. PMID:22828819

  5. Emergency surgery for epidural abcess secondary to sacral fistula after laparoscopic proctectomy

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    Zeitoun, Jeremie; Menahem, Benjamin; Fohlen, Audrey; Lebreton, Gil; Lubrano, Jean; Alves, Arnaud

    2016-01-01

    A 61-year-old man presented via the emergency department with a few days history of abdominal and colic occlusion symptoms. He presented signs of sepsis, midline lumbar spine tenderness and reduced hip flexion. Computer tomography of the abdomen and pelvis showed a presacral collection contiguous with the posterior part of the colo-rectal anastomosis, and MRI lumbar spine revealed abscess invation into the epidural space. He underwent a laparotomy with washout of the presacral abscess and a colostomy with a prolonged course of intravenous antibiotic therapy. At 3 weeks after initial presentation he had made a full clinical recovery with progressive radiological resolution of the epidural abscess. The objective of the case report is to highlight a unique and clinically significant complication of a rare post-operative complication after rectal surgery and to briefly discuss other intra-abdominal sources of epidural abscess. PMID:27421299

  6. Hematoma epidural espinal espontâneo durante a gravidez: registro de um caso

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    Ivan Hack

    1984-03-01

    Full Text Available Registro de caso de paciente no oitavo mês de gestação que desenvolveu hematoma epidural espinal espontâneo dorsolombar. A gravidez, determinando aumento da pressão intra-abdominal e, como consequência, aumento da pressão venosa no plexo epidural, poderia ter sido o fator desencadeante no hematoma- A paciente foi submetida a cirurgia precocemente, porém não apresentou recuperação do déficit sensitivo-motor. São discutidos aspectos clínicos, do tratamento cirúrgico, da evolução e da etiologia dos hematomas epidurals espinais espontâneos.

  7. Reversal of tetraplegia in a patient with haematogenous cervical epidural abscess.

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    Katonis, Pavlos; Souvatzis, Xenia; Tsavalas, Nikolaos; Alpantaki, Kalliopi

    2011-08-01

    Pyogenic haematogenous cervical epidural abscess complicated by tetraplegia is an uncommon entity, but its clinical importance overshadows its rarity. Predisposing risk factors for spinal epidural abscess include diabetes, intravenous drug abuse, liver disease, renal failure, malignancy, HIV, infection elsewhere, rheumatoid conditions, trauma and a number of spinal interventions. Lack of recovery and death are much more frequent when complete paralysis exists since more than 24 to 48 hours. Most authors combine decompressive laminectomy and antibiotics. Anterior decompression and needle aspiration are rarely used, the former more specifically in case of anterior abscess formation. A high index of suspicion along with reliance on gadolinium-enhanced MRI is essential to diagnose the pathology and institute appropriate treatment on an individual basis. The authors report on a diabetic male patient who developed a cervical epidural abscess with tetraplegia after dental extraction. He was treated within six hours by one stage anterior/posterior decompression and fusion, with complete recovery. PMID:21954768

  8. A Rare Case: Isolated Testicular and Epidural Abscess Associated with Brucellosis

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    Full Text Available Coincidence of isolated testicular abscess and epidural-paravertebral abscess is a rare complication of brucellosis. A 24-year-old male patient was admitted to our clinic with 2 months ongoing back pain, night sweats and left scrotal pain. Septal cystic lesion with dense content in the left testis was considered to isolated testicular abscess in scrotal Doppler examination. Multiple spinal epidural and right paraspinal abscess were detected in the spinal magnetic resonance imaging. The patient was treated with drainage of abscess and oral antibiotics. The rare combination of spinal epidural and testicular abscess should be kept in the mind if a patient presented with low back pain and scrotal pain in regions where brucellosis was endemic.

  9. 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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    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 c...

  10. Bloqueo aurículo-ventricular de primer grado en tirotoxicosis aguda First degree atrio-ventricular block in acute thyrotoxicosis

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    Antonio R. Vilches

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    Full Text Available El cuadro clínico de la tirotoxicosis incluye síntomas cardiovasculares variados. La taquicardia sinusal es el trastorno electrocardiográfico más frecuente y los trastornos de conducción son extremadamente raros como modo de presentación. Comunicamos un caso de bloqueo aurículo-ventricular de primer grado en una paciente con hipertiroidismo recién diagnosticado y que comenzó días antes de la consulta con un cuadro general inespecífico. Su evaluación ulterior demostró que se trataba de una tirotoxicosis aguda autoinmune, y su tratamiento con metimazol corrigió el trastorno totalmente. Se discuten los mecanismos fisiopatológicos involucrados y las implicancias clínicas desde el punto de vista del internista.Thyrotoxicosis may present with a variety of cardiovascular symptoms. Sinus tachycardia is the most frequently encountered electrocardiographic abnormality and conduction disturbances are extremely uncommon. We present a case of first degree atrio-ventricular block in a patient with newly diagnosed hyperthyroidism and discuss the underlying pathophysiological mechanisms and the clinical implications from the internist’s standpoint.

  11. Bloqueo y radiofrecuencia del ganglio esfenopalatino para el tratamiento de algias faciales Radiofrequency blocking and sphenopalatine ganglion for facial pain treatment

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    Full Text Available El ganglio esfenopalatino (GEFP, también llamado ganglio de Meckel, ganglio pterigopalatino y ganglio esfenomaxilar, es el mayor de los ganglios parasimpáticos extracraneales. Está íntimamente relacionado con múltiples estructuras faciales, interviniendo en la patogénesis y mantenimiento de dolores faciales (1. Fue Sluder quien en 1909 primero describió la neuralgia del ganglio esfenopalatino (2. En el siguiente artículo se describe la anatomía, las indicaciones, contraindicaciones, técnica y complicaciones para la realización del bloqueo diagnóstico y su neurolisis por radiofrecuencia.The (GEFP, also called Meckel's ganglion, pterigopalatine ganglion and sphenomaxillary ganglion, is the largest of the peripheral parasympathetic ganglia. It has tightly interneuronal relationships with multiple facial structures, being involved in the pathogenesis of facial pain. Sphenopalatine neuralgia was originally described by Sluder in 1909. In this article, the anatomy, indications, contraindications, blocking technique, radiofrequency technique and complications are reviewed.

  12. Bloqueo mediático, redes sociales y malestar ciudadano. Para entender el movimiento español del 15-M

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    Full Text Available El movimiento del 15-M ha sido la movilización más importante que ha vivido España en los últimos años. En este trabajo proponemos analizar este fenómeno mediante el estudio de cuatro elementos que consideramos que presentan las claves para entender algunas de sus causas y el enorme respaldo social que alcanzó. Empleando el análisis secundario de datos abordamos el estudio de la situación de bloqueo del debate público, la incidencia política que facilitan los medios sociales, los colectivos activistas y el descontento de la ciudadanía española. Del análisis de la opinión pública se colige que el problema económico de la crisis derivó, por causa de su gestión, en un problema social, para transformarse finalmente en un problema político, manifestado en un clima de enorme descontento con la situación política y con el gobierno. La irrupción del 15-M hizo aflorar todo el malestar acumulado, convirtiendo un acto organizado por colectivos minoritarios en toda una marea ciudadana de repulsa.

  13. Do antenatal education classes decrease use of epidural analgesia during labour? – a Danish RCT

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    Brixval, Carina Sjöberg; Thygesen, Lau Caspar; Axelsen, Solveig Forberg;

    reduce fear during birth which in turn may decrease use of pain relief. Few randomised trials have examined the effect of attending antenatal education in small groups on use of epidural analgesia and among these conclusions are conflicting. The objective of this study was therefore to examine the effect...... of an antenatal education program in small classes on use of epidural analgesia. Methods: Data from the NEWBORN trial were used. A total of 1766 women from the Copenhagen area, Denmark were randomized to participate in either antenatal education in small groups or standard care. Data were analysed...

  14. [Experimental bases of a new method of epidural anesthesia in patients with closed thoracic injury].

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    Belopukhov, A M; Anisimov, O G; Safin, R R

    2002-01-01

    The thoracic epidural block is the most effective method of anesthesia in patients with a closed mechanical trauma of the chest. But this method is associated with a risk of damage of the spinal cord. So it can be used but by highly qualified specialists. The authors have worked out a method of anesthesia of the thoracic segments based on the phenomenon of hydrolock. It is more simple, safe, easy for any specialist able to use the technique of routine lumbar epidural block. PMID:12638497

  15. Treatment of postherpetic neuralgia using a thoracic transforaminal epidural steroid injection.

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    Mehta, Priyesh; Maher, Patrick; Singh, Jaspal Ricky

    2015-04-01

    A 64-year-old male patient with a history of herpes zoster exposure presented with severe, constant, burning pain in the left T10 dermatome consistent with postherpetic neuralgia. Previous treatment included oral and topical medications as well as an intercostal nerve block; however, these treatment options did not provide significant relief. The patient was treated with a single-level T10 thoracic transforaminal epidural steroid injection for refractory postherpetic neuralgia. He reported complete resolution of his symptoms at 2- and 12-week follow-ups. This case illustrates transforaminal epidural steroid injections may be a successful treatment option for postherpetic neuralgia. PMID:25479280

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

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    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.)

  17. Combined Spinal Epidural Anaesthesia with BiPAP-Three Case Reports

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    Ashok Jadon

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available We report three cases where BiPAP (bi-level positive airway pressure was used with CSEA (combined spinal epidural anaesthesia to over come the hypoventilation due to preoperative poor respiratory reserves and additive effect of sedation. Combination of BiPAP with spinal, epidural and CSEA have been used successfully in patients of severe COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease for various surgical procedures. This combination provides safe alternative to conventional general anaesthesia, as it avoids need for postoperative ventilatory support and its deleterious effects.

  18. 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).

  19. Posterior epidural migration of lumbar ruptured disc: report of two cases

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    Yoon, Deug Hee; Lee, Sang Ho; Park, Hyeon Seon; Park, Jy Young; Chung, Seung Eun; Jo, Byung June [Wooridul Spine Hospital, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2006-02-15

    Disc fragment migration occurs in 35%-72% of lumbar disc herniations. Most of the herniated disc fragments migrate in the rostal, caudal and lateral directions. Posterior epidural disc fragment migration is a rare finding and posterior migration causing Cauda Equina syndrome is exceptionally rare. We report here on two cases of L4-5 disc fragment posterior epidural migration that caused Cauda Equina syndrome, and this was diagnosed by performing radiological examination, and we also include a review of the related literature.

  20. Effect of Body Mass Index in Patients Administered Epidural Steroid Injection for Back Pain

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    Pinar Karaca Baysal

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Aim: The aim is to investigate the efficacy of epidural steroid injection applied for lumbar discopathy pain to obese and non-obese patients with continuing complaints of back pain, despite the application of medical treatment and physical therapy. Material and Method: The study included 119 patients aged 31-73 years who presented at the Algology Clinic with complaints of back and leg pain which had been ongoing for at least 6 months and with single level disc pathologies, and for whom epidural steroid injection was planned. The patients were separated into 2 groups as obese (BMI >30 and non-obese (BMI

  1. Traumatic spinal epidural hematoma in a 1-year-old boy.

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    Tarbé de Saint Hardouin, A-L; Grévent, D; Sainte-Rose, C; Angoulvant, F; Chéron, G

    2016-07-01

    Traumatic spinal epidural hematoma is uncommon in children, making rapid diagnosis difficult. In this report, we present a case of traumatic cervical epidural hematoma in a 1-year-old boy, diagnosed with computed tomography scanning and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Management was conservative and the lesion regressed spontaneously. The presentation in childhood is often nonspecific. MRI is the imaging modality of choice for diagnosing these lesions. Conservative treatment has to be considered in cases with a benign clinical course and provided that the patient is followed up neurologically with repeated MRI. PMID:27266638

  2. 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.)

  3. Estudo comparativo entre bupivacaína a 0,5% e mistura enantiomérica de bupivacaína (S75-R25 a 0,5% em anestesia peridural Estudio comparativo entre bupivacaína a 0,5% y mezcla enantiomérica de bupivacaína (S75-R25 a 0,5% en anestesia peridural Comparative study between 0.5% bupivacaine and 0.5% enantiomeric mixture of bupivacaine (S75-R25 in epidural anesthesia

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    Rosane Fossatti Gonçalves

    2003-04-01

    analgésico en el período pós-operatorio fue superior para el grupo S75-R25, comparado al grupo Bupivacaína (596 ± 436 minutos versus 463 ± 270 minutos, respectivamente; p = 0,04572. La incidencia de efectos adversos fue semejante entre los grupos. CONCLUSIONES: La mezcla enantiomérica de bupivacaína (S75-R25 presentó mayor tiempo analgésico y menor grado de bloqueo motor, comparada con la solución de bupivacaína racémicaBACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: A bupivacaine formulation containing 25% of R(+ and 75% of S(- isomer has been used because its anesthetic properties with less toxicity than the racemic bupivacaine. This study aimed at evaluating the racemic bupivacaine as compared to B25/75 in epidural anesthesia. METHODS: Participated in this study 44 patients who were distributed in two groups (n = 22, namely Bupivacaine and S75-R25. Patients were premedicated with intravenous midazolam. Epidural anesthesia was induced at L3-L4 or L2-L3 interspace with 16 to 24 ml of the anesthetic solution. Group Bupivacaine received 0.5% bupivacaine with vasoconstrictor. Group S75-R25 received the enantiomeric mixture of 0.5% bupivacaine with vasoconstrictor. The following parameters were evaluated: lower limb temperature before and after epidural block, blockade onset, type of sensation referred by the patient, possible sensory failures, metameric sensory level and motor block level. Time for first analgesic request in the PACU was also recorded. RESULTS: Forty-one patients completed the study. Groups were demographically similar. Perioperative midazolam dose, epidural anesthetic volume, blockade onset, sensory failures at pinprick, lower limb temperature in different moments, type of paresthesia sensation and anesthetic depth in dermatomes were similar between groups. Motor block was less intense in group S75-R25 (p = 0.0117 as compared to group Bupivacaine. Time to first postoperative analgesic dose was longer for group S75-R25 as compared to group Bupivacaine (596 ± 436

  4. Dispersión del QRS como índice de disincronía en el bloqueo de rama izquierda y de sincronía tras la terapia de resincronización cardíaca, una variable de respuesta exitosa / QRS dispersion as an index of dyssynchrony in left bundle branch block and of

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    Introducción: En pacientes con insuficiencia cardíaca, el bloqueo de rama izquierda del haz de His constituye un importante marcador de mal pronóstico, en ellos la tera-pia de resincronización puede mejorar la función del ventrículo izquierdo. Objetivo: Describir variables electrocardiográficas asociadas a una mejor respuesta de la resincronización cardíaca. Método: Se estudiaron 19 pacientes, 7 mujeres y 12 hombres con bloqueo de rama izquierda y fracción de eyección ≤ 35 %. Se realizó elect...

  5. Duración y calidad de la analgesia postoperatoria después del bloqueo del plexo braquial para cirugía del hombro: ropivacaína 0,5% frente a ropivacaína 0,5% con clonidina

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    2002-01-01

    Resumen OBJETIVOS: Algunos estudios han demostrado que la duración de los bloqueos nerviosos realizados con anestésicos locales puede ser prolongada con clonidina. En este estudio evaluamos la duración y la calidad de la analgesia proporcionada por el bloqueo del plexo braquial por vía interescalénica para cirugía del hombro, comparando la ropivacaína 0,5% con la ropivacaína 0,5% asociada a clonidina. PACIENTES Y MÉTODOS: Treinta pacientes fueron distribuidos en ...

  6. Evaluacion del componente central y periferico de fatiga muscular en pacientes neuropaticos y miopaticos

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    L. G. Cohen

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    Full Text Available Utilizando un método de cuantificación del electromiograma, se investigaron parte de los mecanismos centrales y periféricos responsables de la fatiga muscular en enfermos crónicamente denervados y en pacientes con compromiso muscular primitivo. Se observó en los denervados que los mecanismos de fatiga muscular, no difieren mayormente de los observados en el grupo de sujetos sanos, por el contrario, en los miopáticos a más del componente central, existen otros de orden periférico, tales como la pérdida de unidades motoras funcionantes durante el esfuerzo y el bloqueo temporario de la transmisión neuromuscular, que contribuye al desarrollo de la fatiga.

  7. The lucid interval associated with epidural bleeding: evolving understanding.

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    Ganz, Jeremy C

    2013-04-01

    The aim of this paper was to elucidate the evolution of our understanding of the term "lucid interval." A number of texts were reviewed to assess their suitability for analysis. The primary requirement was that the text contain detailed descriptions of a series of patients. Details of the clinical course, the findings and timing of surgery, and, when relevant, the time of death and postmortem findings were required. Books written by Henri-François Le Dran, Percival Pott, and James Hill fulfilled these criteria. Surgical findings included the presence and type of fractures, changes in the bone, separation of periosteum, malodorous or purulent material, tense brain, and hematoma. Postmortem findings supplemented and/or complemented the surgical findings. The courses of the patients were then tabulated, and the correlation between different clinical and operative findings was thereby determined. Our understanding of a lucid interval began in the early 18th century with the work of Henri-François Le Dran and Percival Pott in London. They did not, however, demonstrate an interval without symptoms between trauma and deterioration in patients with epidural hematomas (EDHs). The interval they described was longer than usually expected with EDHs and occurred exclusively in patients who had a posttraumatic infection. In 1751, James Hill, from Dumfries, Scotland, described the first hematoma-related lucid interval in a patient with a subdural hematoma. The first case of a lucid interval associated with an EDH was described by John Abernethy. In the 19th century, Jonathan Hutchinson and Walter Jacobson described the interval as it is known today, in cases of EDH. The most recent work on the topic came from studies in Cincinnati and Oslo, where it was demonstrated that bleeding can separate dura mater and that hemorrhage into the epidural space can be shunted out via the veins. This shunting could delay the accumulation of a hematoma and thus the rise in intracranial pressure

  8. Diabetic foot complicated by vertebral osteomyelitis and epidural abscess

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    Trombetta, Maddalena; Imbriaco, Chiara; Rigolon, Riccardo; Mingolla, Lucia; Zamboni, Federica; Dal Molin, Francesca; Cioccoloni, Dario; Sanga, Viola; Bruti, Massimiliano; Brocco, Enrico; Conti, Michela; Ravenna, Giorgio; Perrone, Fabrizia; Stoico, Vincenzo; Bonora, Enzo

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    Summary Vertebral osteomyelitis (or spondylodiscitis) is steadily increasing in Western countries and often results from hematogenous seeding, direct inoculation during spinal surgery, or contiguous spread from an infection in the adjacent soft tissue. We present the case of a 67-year-old white patient with type 2 diabetes who went to Hospital for high fever, back pain, and worsening of known infected ulcers in the left foot. Despite intravenous antibiotic treatment and surgical debridement of the foot infection, high fever and lower back pain continued. Bone biopsy and two consecutive blood cultures were positive for Staphylococcus aureus. A spinal magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) was performed, revealing serious osteomyelitis in L4 and L5 complicated by an epidural abscess. Contiguous or other distant focuses of infection were not identified. In this case, diabetic foot could be considered as a primary distant focus for vertebral osteomyelitis. Clinicians should consider vertebral osteomyelitis as a ‘possible’ diagnosis in patients with type 2 diabetes complicated by foot infection that is associated with fever and lower back pain. Learning points Vertebral osteomyelitis is increasing in Western countries, especially in patients with type 2 diabetes. The primary focus of infection is the genitourinary tract followed by skin, soft tissue, endocarditis, bursitis, septic arthritis, and intravascular access. Diabetic foot could be a rare primary focus of infection for vertebral osteomyelitis, and, however, vertebral osteomyelitis could be a serious, albeit rare, complication of diabetic foot. Clinicians should keep in mind the many potential complications of diabetic foot ulcerations and consider vertebral osteomyelitis as a “possible” diagnosis in patients with type 2 diabetes and foot ulcers associated with nonspecific symptoms such as lower back pain. Early diagnosis and correct management of vertebral osteomyelitis are crucial to improve clinical outcomes

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

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    2006-05-01

    Full Text Available La incidencia de lesiones neurológicas de miembros inferiores en la práctica obstétrica es del 0,08% y 0,92%. La incidencia de complicaciones neurológicas asociadas a la técnica epidural ha sido estimada en 2 casos de cada 10.000 epidurales. Durante los últimos años, con la generalización de la analgesia epidural para el trabajo de parto, es posible que algunas de las neuropatías sean atribuidas a esta técnica, olvidando que hay otros mecanismos de lesión en estas situaciones. Presentamos el caso de una paciente primigesta de 21 años de edad y 139 cm de altura sin antecedentes de interés, que 24 horas tras una epidural para parto y un expulsivo prolongado resuelto con fórceps, desarrolla un "pie caído", que evolucionó a la resolución funcional completa. El pie caído puede darse como consecuencia de una lesión del nervio peroneo, del ciático, o de una raíz del plexo lumbo-sacro. La clínica unida al uso de pruebas como la resonancia magnética (RNM y el electromiograma (EMG, ayudan en el diagnóstico diferencial de la lesión. Parece necesario el estudio del las neuropatías relacionadas con el parto para descartar su relación con la técnica anestésica empleada. Con frecuencia, estas lesiones se deben a mecanismos ajenos a la analgesia-anestesia epidural, si bien debemos procurar minimizar su incidencia con la realización de punciones a niveles adecuados, evitando la inyección de anestésicos cuando existen parestesias, valorando los factores de riesgo en obstetricia y, una vez producida la lesión, con un seguimiento clínico estrecho.Postpartum neurological damage occurs in the obstetric practice with an incidence between 0.08-0.92%. Neurological damage secondary to epidural technique is about 2:10,000. In last years, epidural anesthesia has become a generalized practice in obstetrics. Because of it, sometimes, the postpartum neurological damage can be attributed to epidural analgesia, forgetting other mechanisms. We

  10. Simulação de bloqueios periféricos guiados por ultra-som: curva de aprendizado dos residentes de anestesiologia do CET-SMA/HSL Simulacro de bloqueos periféricos guiados por ultrasonido: curva de aprendizaje de los residentes de anestesiología del CET-SMA/HSL Simulation of ultrasound-guided peripheral nerve block: learning curve of CET-SMA/HSL anesthesiology residents

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    Full Text Available JUSTIFICATIVA E OBJETIVOS: A técnica de ultra-som tem sido cada vez mais utilizada para a realização de bloqueios de nervos periféricos. Existem poucos relatos na literatura que analisam a curva de aprendizado da técnica de ultra-som. O objetivo do estudo foi avaliar a curva de aprendizado dos residentes de Anestesiologia do CET-SMA/HSL em bloqueios periféricos guiados por ultra-som por meio de modelo experimental de gelatina. MÉTODO: Foi desenvolvido modelo experimental com cuba preenchida de gelatina e azeitona submersa. Nove residentes foram distribuídos aleatoriamente em três grupos (G1, G2 e G3 compostos, cada um, de um R1, um R2 e um R3. Os três grupos receberam explanação teórica. O G1 recebeu duas horas de treinamento prático, o G2 uma hora e o G3 não treinou. Na seqüência, os participantes foram solicitados a posicionar a agulha no ponto médio da parede da azeitona, próximo ao transdutor e reposicionar a agulha entre a azeitona e o fundo da cuba, simulando a injeção perineural do anestésico. Foram avaliadas a velocidade e eficácia das tarefas, além das falhas técnicas. RESULTADOS: O G1 apresentou média de tempo para realização das tarefas de 37,63 segundos, sem falhas técnicas; no G2 observou-se média de 64,40 segundos, ocorrendo duas falhas técnicas e o G3 apresentou média de 93,83 segundos, com 12 falhas técnicas. CONCLUSÕES: O estudo permite concluir que o maior tempo de treinamento em modelo experimental de bloqueios periféricos guiados por ultra-som melhorou a curva de aprendizado na simulação da técnica.JUSTIFICATIVA Y OBJETIVOS: La técnica de ultrasonido ha sido cada vez más utilizada para la realización de bloqueos de nervios periféricos. Existen pocos relatos en la literatura que analizan la curva de aprendizaje de la técnica de ultrasonido. El objetivo del estudio fue evaluar la curva de aprendizaje de los residentes de Anestesiología del CET-SMA/HSL en bloqueos periféricos guiados

  11. Identification of epidural space using loss of resistance syringe, infusion drip, and balloon technique: A comparative study

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    Suresh Singhal

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Background and Objective: There are various techniques to identify epidural space but superiority of one technique over other has not been adequately studied. We conducted a study to Compare and evaluate the three techniques for epidural space localization that is, loss of resistance (LOR syringe technique, balloon technique and drip infusion technique. Materials and Methods: Seventy-five patients of either sex, belonging to American Society of Anesthesiologists physical status Class 1 or 2, between 20 and 50 years of age, scheduled to undergo lower abdominal and lower limb surgeries were randomly allocated to one of the three groups (n = 25 each depending upon epidural space localization. In Group I, epidural space localization was done with LOR syringe technique. In Group II Balloon technique and in Group III drip infusion technique was used. Distance of the epidural space from skin, number of attempts, time taken for epidural space localization and quality of the block were the parameter recorded during the study. Results: First attempt success rate for epidural space localization was highest in Group III (100%. The mean time taken for epidural space localization was least in Group III, and when compared with other groups it was found to be statistically significant with P = 0.016. Number of attempt for space localization and success rate of the block was better in the majority of patients of Group III, but the difference was found to be statistically nonsignificant. Complication rate was almost negligible in all three techniques. Conclusion: We conclude that the time taken to localize the epidural space was least in drip infusion technique. As for number of attempts, quality of the block and complications is concerned, all the three techniques are comparable.

  12. Síndrome doloroso regional complejo tipo 1: Tratamiento mediante bloqueos simpáticos y más... Complex regional pain syndrome type I: Management with sympathetic blockade and other therapies…

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    2005-01-01

    Introducción: El síndrome doloroso regional complejo tipo 1 (SDRC-I) cursa con una fase aguda de inflamación neurogénica regional, que conduce a una fase crónica de desórdenes neuropáticos. La participación del sistema nervioso simpático en su génesis y mantenimiento es significativa, pero no exclusiva. De ahí la importancia de un tratamiento precoz y multifactorial, dirigido a los mecanismos fisiopatológicos. Objetivos: Estudiar el uso de los bloqueos simpáticos, asociados a otros procederes...

  13. Acute spinal epidural abscess in the whole spine: case report of a 2-year-old boy

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    We report on an acute epidural abscess in a 2-year-old boy, extending from the C1 level to the L5 level. The causative agent was Staphylococcus aureus as proved by pus and blood culture. The infectious source was in the scrotum. The diffuse epidural abscess was readily detected by MRI, which showed hypo-intensity in T1 WI and hyperintensity in gradient echo T2-weighted images. The abscess capsule was enhanced by Gadolinium-DTPA. The patient recovered completely after adequate treatment with antibiotics and follow up MRI showed complete disappearance of the epidural abscess. (orig.)

  14. Efficacy of low-dose epidural anaesthesia in surgery of the anal canal--a randomised controlled trial.

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    Kausalya, R; Jacob, R

    1994-04-01

    The aim of the study was to compare in terms of patient comfort, surgical requirements and anaesthetic safety, the difference between epidural and general anaesthesia in patients undergoing surgery of the anal canal. The study was undertaken on 50 adult patients undergoing anal surgery. By random allocation 25 were given a general anaesthetic while 25 were given a low-dose epidural using 0.375% bupivacaine. Advantages and disadvantages of both methods were noted in the study. It was concluded that low-dose epidural is a more effective means of providing analgesia, while maintaining adequate sphincter tone for surgery on the anal canal, than general anaesthesia. PMID:8210019

  15. Spinal Epidural Abscess with Pyogenic Arthritis of Facet Joint Treated with Antibiotic-Bone Cement Beads - A Case Report -

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    Lee, Bong-Jin; Lee, Sung-Rak; Kim, Seong-Tae; Kim, Tae-Ho; Lee, Sang-Hoon

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    Most epidural abscesses are a secondary lesion of pyogenic spondylodiscitis. An epidural abscess associated with pyogenic arthritis of the facet joint is quite rare. To the best of our knowledge, there is no report of the use of antibiotic-cement beads in the surgical treatment of an epidural abscess. This paper reports a 63-year-old male who sustained a 1-week history of radiating pain to both lower extremities combined with lower back pain. MRI revealed space-occupying lesions, which were l...

  16. Efficacy of prolonged epidural anesthesia during palliative radiotherapy in patients with multiple metastatic bone lesion

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    The research deals with the outcomes of prolonged epidural anesthesia in 22 patients with prominent pain syndrome caused by multiple metastatic skeleton lesion. This method has proved to increase efficacy and quality of palliative therapy in such patients as well as solve other medical and social issues of their routine life

  17. 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...

  18. 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 in a...

  19. Parietal osteomyelitis and epidural abscess: A delayed complication of fetal monitoring

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    Infected cephalohematomas are extremely rare. In this report an infant of 14 weeks developed an infected cephalohematoma, osteomyelitis of the parietal bone and an epidural abscess after fetal monitoring with scalp electrodes. Streptococcus pneumoniae was isolated from the purulent aspirate. (orig.)

  20. Epidural ropivacaine combined with fentanyl or in combination with clonidine in infraumblical surgeries: a comparative study

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    Rakesh Bahadur Singh

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    Conclusions: So this study re-established the fact, that the fentanyl and clonidine when added as adjuvant to epidural ropivacaine, significantly prolongs the analgesic duration without causing significant hemodynamic and respiratory changes. [Int J Res Med Sci 2015; 3(10.000: 2740-2744

  1. Arachnoiditis following caudal epidural injections for the lumbo-sacral radicular pain.

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    Nanjayan, Shashi Kumar; Swamy, Girish Nanjunda; Yallappa, Sachin; Bommireddy, Rajendra

    2013-12-01

    Caudal epidural steroid injection is a very common intervention in treatment of low back pain and sciatica symptoms. Although extensively used, it is not devoid of complications. A few reports of chemical and infective arachnoiditis exist following lumbar epidural anaesthesia, but none following a caudal epidural steroid injection.We report a case of arachnoiditis following caudal epidural steroid injections for lumbar radiculopathy. The patient presented with contralateral sciatica, worsening low back pain and urinary retention few days following the injection, followed by worsening motor functions in L4/L5/S1 myotomes with resultant dense foot drop. Gadolinium-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging suggested infective arachnoiditis with diffuse enhancement and clumping of the nerve roots within the lumbar and sacral thecal sac. As the number of injections in the management of back pain and lumbo-sacral radicular pain is increasing annually, it is imperative to have a thorough understanding of this potentially dangerous complication and educate the patients appropriately. PMID:24353855

  2. Epidural volume extension: A novel technique and its efficacy in high risk cases.

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    Tiwari, Akhilesh Kumar; Singh, Rajeev Ratan; Anupam, Rudra Pratap; Ganguly, S; Tomar, Gaurav Singh

    2012-01-01

    We present a unique case series restricting ourselves only to the high-risk case of different specialities who underwent successful surgery in our Institute by using epidural volume extension's technique using 1 mL of 0.5% ropivacaine and 25 μg of fentanyl. PMID:25885627

  3. Postoperative pain and gastro-intestinal recovery after colonic resection with epidural analgesia and multimodal rehabilitation

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    Werner, M U; Gaarn-Larsen, L; Basse, L;

    2005-01-01

    The aim of the study was to evaluate initial postoperative pain intensity and the association with recovery of gastrointestinal function and length of stay (LOS) in a multimodal programme with epidural analgesia, early oral nutrition and mobilisation with a 48 h planned hospital stay. One hundred...

  4. A simple and cheap alternative to spring loaded syringe for the identification of epidural space.

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    Malhotra, Naveen; Jangra, Anil

    2008-04-01

    A simple and cheap alternative to spring-loaded syringe for the identification of epidural space is described. It is easily assembled using a syringe and a rubber band. This assembly is reusable and is especially useful for beginners. PMID:18453501

  5. Epidural fat distribution patterns in patients with lumbar intervertebral disc protrusion

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    Yang Zhizhou; Zhu Xiaodong; Li Ming

    2009-01-01

    Objective: To investigate epidural fat distribution patterns in patients with lumbar intervertebral disc protrusion. Methods: Medical records were selected randomly from 30 patients whose diagnoses were consistent with the inclusion criteria of the study. Thickness of bilateral fat, the longest length of posterior fat, thickness of bilateral yellow ligament and thehernial distance of lumbar discs were measured by MRI at L3/L4, L4/L5 and LS/S 1 levels. According to clinical symptoms of lumbar intervertebral disc protrusion, the patients were divided into two groups at all space levels. All data were analyzed by statistical software. Results: The longest length of posterior epidural fat at the symptomatic levels was shorter than that at the non-symptomatic levels in each disc space. The symptomatic levels had no effect on the whole thickness of the lateral fat and lateral yellow ligaments. Conclusion: Epidural fat distribution in patients with lumbar intervertebral disc protrusion is different from that in normal adults. It is affected by the hernial distance of lumbar discs. The diagnostic criteria for spinal epidural lipomatosis in normal adults may therefore prove to be inappropriate for patients with lumbar intervertebral disc protrusion.

  6. Surgery on spinal epidural metastases (SEM) in renal cell carcinoma : a plea for a new paradigm

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    Bakker, Nicolaas A.; Coppes, Maarten H.; Vergeer, Rob A.; Kuijlen, Jos M. A.; Groen, Rob J. M.

    2014-01-01

    BACKGROUND CONTEXT: Prediction models for outcome of decompressive surgical resection of spinal epidural metastases (SEM) have in common that they have been developed for all types of SEM, irrespective of the type of primary tumor. It is our experience in clinical practice, however, that these model

  7. Midline lumbar ganglion/synovial cyst mimicking an epidural tumor: case report and review of pathogenesis.

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    Azzam, C J

    1988-08-01

    A case of a midline lumbar extradural ganglion/synovial cyst causing lumbar canal stenosis and mimicking an epidural tumor is presented. The lesion was demonstrated by a magnetic resonance imaging study, and relief of symptoms was achieved with decompressive laminectomy and total removal of the mass. The pathogenesis of lumbar ganglion/synovial cyst is reviewed. PMID:2972941

  8. Spinal Epidural Hematoma Following Cupping Glass Treatment in an Infant With Hemophilia A.

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    Fruchtman, Yariv; Dardik, Rima; Barg, Assaf Arie; Livnat, Tami; Feldman, Zeev; Rubinstein, Marina; Grinberg, Gahl; Rosenberg, Nurit; Kenet, Gili

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    A 6 months old infant, diagnosed with a rare mutation causing severe hemophilia A, presented with spinal epidural hematoma. Parents later admitted the infant had glass cupping therapy performed within 2 weeks of the onset of symptoms. The rare mutation, rare bleeding complication, and the eventual course of therapy applied in this case will be discussed in our case report. PMID:26844816

  9. Acute intracranial epidural haematoma in a basketball player: a case report.

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    Datti, R; Gentile, S L; Pisani, R.

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    A 35-year-old basketball player suffered a serious double head injury during a match. An acute left temporal epidural haematoma, which necessitated surgical drainage, developed. The exceptional circumstances of the trauma are discussed and the literature concerning basketball-related injuries is reviewed.

  10. Effect of epidural blockade and oxygen therapy on changes in subcutaneous oxygen tension after abdominal surgery

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    Rosenberg, J; Pedersen, U; Erichsen, C J; Vibits, H; Moesgaard, F; Kehlet, H

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    The effect of oxygen therapy (37% by face mask) and epidural local anesthetic blockade (9 ml 0.5% bupivacaine at Th9-11 level) on wound oxygenation was evaluated in eight otherwise healthy patients undergoing elective colorectal resection. The patients were monitored continuously for subcutaneous...

  11. NERVE BLOCKING (PAIN CONTROL AFTER THORACOTOMY WITH BUPIVACAINE:EPIDURAL VS INTERCOSTAL

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    2001-09-01

    Full Text Available Introduction. Use of analgesics is an evitable and necessary part of thoracic surgery. This study was designed to compare analgesic effects of persistent thoracic epidural anesthesia versus persistent intercostal nerve block and determine their role in opioid need after thoracotomy. Methods. 116 patients above 20 years old who were candidate for thoracotomy through either posterolateral or thoracoabdominal incision were situatedin one of three group for pain relief. For the first group, pain relieved by petidine and pentazosin. In 2nd group, pain relived by thoracic epidural anesthesia with bupivacaine catheters which were inserted between costal and plural space. In 3rd group, bupivacaine was introduced through 3rd and 4th intercostal space by catheter (2 mg/kg in devided doses. Pain was meseared by visual analogue scale and quantified by surgical residents through a method bupivacaine was injected. If Bupivacaine did not relieve pain, then opioid was used as adjuvant. Results. The study showed that epidural group needed less opioids and had more cooperation in comparison with two other group. The intercostal group complained of pain at chest tube site. Discussion. In thoracotomized patients, pain control is more effective via epidural anesthesia in turns of opioid side effects, expenses and patient comfort.

  12. The Sacral Hiatus Approach for Drainage of Anterior Lumbo-Sacral Epidural Abscesses

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    Mathews, M.S.; Ospina, J.; Suzuki, S.

    2011-01-01

    Summary Lumbosacral epidural abscesses are managed either conservatively with IV antibiotics or with open surgery, particularly in the presence of acute neurological symptoms. Their location makes it difficult for image-guided interventional approaches either for biopsy or evacuation. We report the sacral hiatus and canal as a corridor for image-guided minimally invasive abscess of lumbosacral epidural abscess for aspiration. A 56-year-old man presented to the emergency department complaining of six weeks of worsening low back pain. MRI of the patient’s lumbosacral spine showed osteomyelitis involving his L5, S1 vertebrae, L5-S1 discitis, as well as an anterior epidural abscess extending from L4-5 disc space to the S2 vertebral level. Blood cultures grew out gram-positive cocci. For drainage, a 5-French micropuncture kit was utilized to access the hiatus. Under fluoroscopic guidance a microwire was then advanced along the sacral canal. An 18-gauge needle curved to approximate the contours of the sacral canal was then advanced over the guidewire. Once anatomic access was established 2 ml of thick purulent material was aspirated. The patient tolerated the procedure well, and no focal nerve root symptoms were noted following the procedure. Image-guided aspiration of lumbosacral epidural abscesses can thus be carried out in a safe and effective manner using a sacral hiatus approach. PMID:22192554

  13. Anestesia do tronco encefálico após bloqueio retrobulbar extraconal: é possível evitar? Relato de caso Anestesia del tronco encefálico después de bloqueo retrobulbar extraconal: ¿se puede evitar? Relato de caso Brainstem anesthesia after extraconal retrobulbar block: can it be avoided? Case report

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    bloqueios anestésicos realizados em oftalmologia. Ressalta-se a importância do conhecimento desta e de outras complicações pela equipe cirúrgica, com necessidade de preparo e de monitorização adequada para que se diagnostique a possível complicação e se instale prontamente o tratamento, objetivando riscos mínimos para o paciente.JUSTIFICATIVA Y OBJETIVOS: El CEROF-HC es una institución pública especializada en oftalmología. La realización de bloqueos anestésicos para intervenciones quirúrgicas oftálmicas es una práctica común y eficiente. Como técnica no está exenta de riesgos, existe la posibilidad de perforación de meninges y la inyección de anestésico local (AL en la región del sistema nervioso central (SNC. El objetivo de este relato fue mostrar un caso de anestesia del tronco encefálico como complicación del bloqueo oftálmico y destacar la profilaxis del accidente y el tratamiento de las complicaciones. RELATO DE CASO: Paciente del sexo femenino, 60 años, ASA II, con diagnóstico de catarata grado II, indicada para facectomía con implante de lente intraocular en el ojo derecho. Hoja clínica de hipertensión arterial y antecedente de vitrectomía. Exámenes físicos, laboratoriales y cardiológicos normales. Fue realizado bloqueo retrobulbar extraconal con anestésico local (lidocaína y bupivacaína e hialuronidasis (volumen total de 5 mL. Inmediatamente después, la paciente presentó apnea y pérdida de la conciencia. Fue tratada con intubación traqueal (IOT y ventilación mecánica, manteniéndose estable. Se realizó la operación. Empezó a moverse 30 minutos después del IOT, recuperándose totalmente sin presentar ninguna secuela. CONCLUSIONES: El bloqueo oftálmico, a pesar de seguro, no está exento de riesgos. El principal factor de riesgo es la inadecuada realización de la técnica anestésica. El anestésico local (AL, en el bloqueo oftálmico, puede alcanzar el SNC por punción inadvertida de la arteria oftálmica o por

  14. Remifentanil patient controlled analgesia versus epidural analgesia in labour. A multicentre randomized controlled trial

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    Freeman Liv M

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Pain relief during labour is a topic of major interest in the Netherlands. Epidural analgesia is considered to be the most effective method of pain relief and recommended as first choice. However its uptake by pregnant women is limited compared to other western countries, partly as a result of non-availability due to logistic problems. Remifentanil, a synthetic opioid, is very suitable for patient controlled analgesia. Recent studies show that epidural analgesia is superior to remifentanil patient controlled analgesia in terms of pain intensity score; however there was no difference in satisfaction with pain relief between both treatments. Methods/design The proposed study is a multicentre randomized controlled study that assesses the cost-effectiveness of remifentanil patient controlled analgesia compared to epidural analgesia. We hypothesize that remifentanil patient controlled analgesia is as effective in improving pain appreciation scores as epidural analgesia, with lower costs and easier achievement of 24 hours availability of pain relief for women in labour and efficient pain relief for those with a contraindication for epidural analgesia. Eligible women will be informed about the study and randomized before active labour has started. Women will be randomly allocated to a strategy based on epidural analgesia or on remifentanil patient controlled analgesia when they request pain relief during labour. Primary outcome is the pain appreciation score, i.e. satisfaction with pain relief. Secondary outcome parameters are costs, patient satisfaction, pain scores (pain-intensity, mode of delivery and maternal and neonatal side effects. The economic analysis will be performed from a short-term healthcare perspective. For both strategies the cost of perinatal care for mother and child, starting at the onset of labour and ending ten days after delivery, will be registered and compared. Discussion This study, considering cost

  15. 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.

  16. Efficacy of the methoxyflurane as bridging analgesia during epidural placement in laboring parturient

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    Jamil S Anwari

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Establishing an epidural in an agitated laboring woman can be challenging. The ideal pain control technique in such a situation should be effective, fast acting, and short lived. We assessed the efficacy of inhalational methoxyflurane (Penthrox™ analgesia as bridging analgesia for epidural placement. Materials and Methods: Sixty-four laboring women who requested epidural analgesia with pain score of ≥7 enrolled in an observational study, 56 of which completed the study. The parturients were instructed to use the device prior to the onset of uterine contraction pain and to stop at the peak of uterine contraction, repeatedly until epidural has been successfully placed. After each (methoxyflurane inhalation-uterine contraction cycle, pain, Richmond Agitation Sedation Scale (RASS, nausea and vomiting were evaluated. Maternal and fetal hemodynamics and parturient satisfaction were recorded. Results: The mean baseline pain score was 8.2 ± 1.5 which was reduced to 6.2 ± 2.0 after the first inhalation with a mean difference of 2.0 ± 1.1 (95% confidence interval 1.7-2.3, P < 0.0001, and continued to decrease significantly over the study period (P < 0.0001. The RASS scores continuously improved after each cycle (P < 0.0001. Only 1 parturient from the cohort became lightly sedated (RASS = −1. Two parturients vomited, and no significant changes in maternal hemodynamics or fetal heart rate changes were identified during treatment. 67% of the parturients reported very good or excellent satisfaction with treatment. Conclusion: Penthrox™ provides rapid, robust, and satisfactory therapy to control pain and restlessness during epidural placement in laboring parturient.

  17. Eficacia del bloqueo facetario en pacientes con síndrome facetario lumbar Efficacy of facet block in patients with lumbar facet joint syndrome

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    Alvaro Ospina

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available El bloqueo facetario es un procedimiento usado en aquellos pacientes con artrosis facetaria en los cuales han fallado los múltiples tratamientos médicos. En nuestro país se desconocen estudios o estadísticas que demuestren su efectividad, por lo que se consideró pertinente demostrarlo. Se realizó un estudio observacional retrospectivo de una cohorte de pacientes intervenidos en el período comprendido entre enero de 2005 y diciembre de 2009 en la Clínica CES. Se recolectó información de las historias clínicas mediante un formulario diseñado para tal fin; además se relacionó la existencia de mejoría del paciente posterior a la intervención con edad, sexo, ocupación, tiempo de evolución, síntomas motores y sensitivos previos y enfermedades asociadas. La población fue de 232 pacientes entre 21 y 92 años, con una edad promedio de 56,9 (± 14,6 años, con un tiempo de evolución del dolor lumbar de 2 años en el 40% de la población estudiada. La resonancia magnética fue el estudio más utilizado previo al procedimiento en 42,2% de los pacientes, la tomografía en 38,31% y los rayos X en 7,46%. El procedimiento fue eficaz en el 78% de los pacientes. En conclusión, el bloqueo facetario es un método terapéutico, ya que se vio mejoría de la sintomatología en la mayoría de los pacientes estudiados. Esto es coherente con otros estudios realizados, donde también se ha evidenciado disminución de las limitaciones físicas y funcionales de los pacientes. Además, es un procedimiento diagnóstico ya que la mejoría con esta técnica indica que la patología sí era facetaria.Facet block is a procedure used in patients with facet arthrosis in which several other medical techniques have failed. In our country, there is no evidence or studies regarding its efficacy, thus the interest in its demonstration. A retrospective observational cohort study was carried out on patients intervened between January 2005 and December 2009 at Cl

  18. Opioides como coadyuvantes de la analgesia epidural en pediatría Opiates as co-adjuvants of epidural analgesia in pediatrics

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    M. A. Vidal

    2005-09-01

    Full Text Available Hay un elevado número de receptores opioides localizados en la sustancia gelatinosa del asta dorsal medular. La inyección epidural de opioides permite la unión de forma saturable y competitiva con estos receptores, con lo que se consigue analgesia y disminución del riesgo de efectos adversos asociados a la administración parenteral de los mismos. No obstante, es importante tener en cuenta los posibles efectos adversos que pueden aparecer, siendo la depresión respiratoria la complicación más importante. La morfina es el opioide agonista mu más utilizado para el tratamiento del dolor agudo o crónico y constituye el analgésico estándar con el que se comparan los nuevos analgésicos. El fentanilo es un agonista opioide derivado de la fenilpiperidina que posee una alta afinidad por los receptores mu, lo que le confiere una potencia analgésica 50-100 veces superior a la morfina. El tramadol es el más reciente de los opioides sintéticos empleados en España. Tiene baja afinidad por los receptores mu, kappa y delta, no obstante su potencia analgésica respecto a la morfina es 1/10 por vía parenteral y 1/30 por vía espinal. Los opioides por vía epidural se han empleado ampliamente en adultos, pero con una frecuencia mucho menor en pediatría. En este artículo se repasan los distintos estudios que han evaluado sus efectos en pediatría, haciendo referencia a la farmacocinética, consideraciones clínicas y posibles efectos adversos tras la administración de morfina, fentanilo o tramadol por vía epidural.There is a high number of opiate receptors located at the gelatinous substance of the medullar dorsal horn. Epidural injection of opiates allows saturable and competitive binding to these receptors, thus providing analgesia and reducing the risk of side effects associated to their parenteral administration. However, potential side effects must be taken into account, the major complication being respiratory depression. Morphine is the

  19. A child case of spinal epidural abscess with successful conservative treatment following early diagnosis by CT and 67Ga SPECT

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    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. (Namekawa, K.)

  20. Diagnosis of epidural hematoma by brain scan and perfusion study: case report. [/sup 99m/Tc tracer techniques

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    Buozas, D.J.; Barrett, I.R.; Mishkin, F.S.

    1976-11-01

    By using the arterial and venous phases of an anterior cerebral perfusion study, which showed downward displacement of the sagittal sinus, and the finding of a rim on the delayed scans, the specific diagnosis of epidural hematoma was established.

  1. Assessment of the implication of epidural steroid injection versus other conservative measures in the management of lumbar disc herniation

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    Amal F Soliman

    2016-01-01

    Conclusion Epidural injection could be a preferable choice in managing low back and radicular pain due to LDH. It was a clinically useful mode of treatment that is cost-effective and could offset the need for surgery.

  2. Postoperative analgesia with epidural opioids after cesarean section: Comparison of sufentanil, morphine and sufentanil-morphine combination

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    Kalpana S Vora

    2012-01-01

    Conclusion: Epidural administration of a combination of sufentanil and morphine offered the advantage of faster onset of action and longer duration of analgesia as compared to the two drugs administered alone.

  3. Epidural spinal cord compression as initial clinical presentation of an acute myeloid leukaemia: case report and literature review

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    Dominique N'Dri Oka; Alpha Boubacar Bah; André Valentin Tokpa; Louis Derou

    2016-01-01

    Epidural localization of myeloid leukaemia is rarely reported.Spinal cord compression as an initial presentation of acute myeloid leukaemia is extremely rare.This is a report of a 17-year-old black boy who presented to emergency department with neurological symptoms of spinal cord compression.Imaging modalities showed multiple soft tissue masses in the epidural space.After surgical treatment,histopathological examination of the epidural mass showed myeloid leukaemia cells infiltration.Literature review on Medline and "scholar Google" database was done.The characteristics and management of extra-medullary leukaemia are discussed.Granulocytic sarcoma,myeloid sarcoma or chloroma with acute myeloid leukaemia should be considered as part of epidural spinal cord compression.Therefore surgery is indicated on an emergent basis.

  4. Comparative evaluation of the effect of silicone and teflon in prevention of epidural fibrosis after laminectomy in rat

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    Sheikh Rezaei A

    2001-08-01

    Full Text Available There are many studies about epidural fibrosis after surgical manipulation of the spine. We have studied formation of the post laminectomy epidural fibrosis after application of two materials (Silicone and Teflon in this report. This expriment is on two groups of rats. Two separated laminectomies were done in each rat, one serving as control while in the other laminectomy spaces Silicone was used in group A and Teflon in group B. Laminectomy spaces were evaluated with gross dissection and histologic studies after 6 weeks. Silicone decreased intermuscular scar, deep scar, dural adhesion and collagen fiber density in epidural space. Teflon decreased dural adhesion and collagen fiber density but did not decrease intermuscular and deep scar formation in epidural space.

  5. One-week postoperative patency of lower extremity in situ bypass graft comparing epidural and general anesthesia

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    Wiis, Julie Therese; Jensen-Gadegaard, Peter; Altintas, Ümit; Seidelin, Claus; Martusevicius, Robertas; Mantoni, Teit

    2014-01-01

    under epidural (n = 386) or general (n = 499) anesthesia. Thirty-day mortality (3.4% for epidural anesthesia versus 4.4% general anesthesia; P = 0.414) and comorbidity were comparable in the 2 groups. Graft occlusion within 7 days after surgery was reported in 93 patients, with a similar incidence in...... the epidural (10.1%) and general (10.8%) anesthesia groups (P = 0.730). When examining a subgroup of patients (n = 242) exposed to surgery on smaller vessels (femorodistal in situ bypass procedures, n = 253), the incidence of graft occlusion was also similar in the 2 groups at 14.0% and 9.......4%, respectively (P = 0.262). CONCLUSION: This retrospective study has shown that when graft patency is evaluated 7 days after surgery, anesthetic choice (epidural or general anesthesia) does not influence outcome....

  6. Effectiveness of epidural versus alternate analgesia for pain relief after radical prostatectomy and correlation with biochemical recurrence in men with prostate cancer

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    Full Text Available Maria C Mir,1 Binoy Joseph,1 Rona Zhao,1 Damien M Bolton,1 Dennis Gyomber,1 Nathan Lawrentschuk1,21University of Melbourne, Department of Surgery, Austin Hospital, Melbourne, VIC, Australia; 2Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, Austin Hospital, Melbourne, VIC, AustraliaObjectives: Our objectives were to analyze the effectiveness of epidural anesthesia in patients who underwent open retropubic radical prostatectomy (RRP at our institution over the past decade, and to examine subsequent oncologic outcomes, comparing those receiving with those not receiving epidural anesthesia.Methods: A comprehensive database of all patients undergoing RRP from November 1996 to December 2006 was analyzed; 354 patients underwent RRP at our institution and were divided into those receiving or not receiving an epidural. An independent pain management team scoring technical success found epidural technique to be consistent. Oncological outcome was an endpoint of our study, comparing both analysis groups. We classed prostate-specific antigen (PSA recurrence after RRP as a serum PSA ≥ 0.2 ng/mL at any stage of postoperative follow-up. Complications were recorded to 30 days using the modified Clavien system, and full statistical analyses were undertaken.Results: Records were available for 239 men; we observed a decreased trend in the use of epidural for pain management, along with a decrease in average hospital stay and an overall epidural success rate of 64%. When dividing data into RRP with and without epidural, we found a median hospital stay of 7 days for patients receiving an epidural compared with 6 days for those not receiving an epidural. The differences were statistically significant (P < 0.048 and remained so after adjusting for complications (P < 0.0001. Regarding oncological outcome, PSA recurrence was further analyzed in this cohort. Percentage of recurrence was higher (14.8% for patients receiving an epidural than for the non-epidural group (4.8%. The

  7. Prevention of phantom pain after major lower limb amputation by epidural infusion of diamorphine, clonidine and bupivacaine.

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    M Jahangiri; Jayatunga, A. P.; Bradley, J. W.; Dark, C. H.

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    Phantom limb pain may appear in up to 85% of patients after amputation. There is no effective treatment. Perioperative epidural infusion of morphine and bupivacaine, alone or in combination, is effective in preventing phantom limb pain in patients with pre-existing limb pain. Serious side-effects, however, make them difficult to manage on a general ward. Clonidine has been shown to be an effective postoperative analgesia when applied epidurally. To mitigate the potentially serious side-effect...

  8. Efficacy of caudal epidural injection of lidocaine, xylazine and xylazine plus hyaluronidase in reducing discomfort produced by electroejaculation in bulls

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    PAGLIOSA, Ronaldo C.; DEROSSI, Rafael; COSTA, Deiler S.; FARIA, Fabio J.C.

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    To test the hypothesis that epidural administration of lidocaine, xylazine or xylazine plus hyaluronidase provides reduced pain and stress during electroejaculation in bulls, eight 30-month-old Nellore bulls received saline solution (control), 2% lidocaine, 2% xylazine or 2% xylazine plus hyaluronidase injected into the first intercoccygeal (Co1–Co2) epidural space in randomized order. Heart rate, respiratory rate, mean arterial pressure, analgesia, animal behavior and motor blockade were eva...

  9. Low-dose spinal neostigmine further enhances the analgesic effect of spinal bupivacaine combined with epidural dexamethasone, following orthopedic surgery

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    Gabriela Rocha Lauretti

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    Full Text Available Background: Opioids are considered mainstream for combined spinal-epidural anesthesia, but frequently limited by adverse effects. The aim of this study was to examine whether low-dose spinal neostigmine, epidural dexamethasone or their combination enhances analgesia from spinal bupivacaine without adverse effects. Materials and Methods : A total of 60 patients undergoing orthopedic surgery were randomized to one of four groups and evaluated for 24-h after surgery for analgesia (time to first rescue analgesic and rescue analgesic consumption. Patients received 15 mg bupivacaine plus the test drug intrathecally (saline or 1 microgram (μg neostigmine. The epidural test drug was either saline or 10 mg dexamethasone. The Control group (CG received spinal and epidural saline. The Neostigmine group (NG, spinal neostigmine and epidural saline; the Dexamethasone group (DG, spinal saline and epidural dexamethasone; and the Neostigmine-dexamethasone group (NDG, spinal neostigmine and epidural dexamethasone. Results: The CG (282 ± 163 min and NG (524 ± 142 min were similar in their times to first rescue analgesic and analgesic consumption. The time to first rescue analgesic was longer for the DG (966 ± 397 min compared with CG and NG (P < 0.0002, and the DG had less ketoprofen consumption and lower overall visual analogue scale-pain sores compared with CG and NG (P < 0.0005. Addition of 1 mg-neostigmine (NDG resulted in longer time to rescue analgesic (1205 ± 303 min; P < 0.02 and lower ketoprofen consumption (P < 0.05 compared to DG. Sporadic cases of vesical catheterization and emesis were observed, however adverse effects were similar among groups. Conclusion: Spinal 1 microgram (μg neostigmine further enhanced analgesia from spinal bupivacaine combined with epidural dexamethasone, without increasing the incidence of adverse effects.

  10. The effect of tramadol and tramadol + gabapentin combination in patients with lumbar disc herniation after epidural steroid injection

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    PİRBUDAK, LÜTFİYE; ÇİÇEK, HÜLYA; Mustafa IŞIK; ZER, YASEMİN

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    Background/aim: To compare the effects of tramadol-only treatment and tramadol + gabapentin treatment in patients who had received an epidural steroid injection. Materials and methods: Forty patients with hernia disc-originated acute lumbar discogenic pain were evaluated. All patients received a single dose of steroid and local anesthesia mixture epidurally via the lumbar approach. In both groups, Group T (tramadol, n = 20) and Group TG (tramadol + gabapentin, n = 20), the injection dose wa...

  11. Efficacy of epidural steroid injection of patients with back pain dependant to lombar disc hernia; prospective, clinical study

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    Şavluk, Ömer Faruk; Erbaş, Mesut

    2012-01-01

    It is aimed to evaluate of the effectiveness of the application of epidural steroid injection(ESE) in patients with lumbar disc herniation (LDH) in this study. Between November 2010- December 2011 patients applied Yahyalı State Hospital Algology Clinic withlow back pain for at least 3 months was evaluated in a prospective study. Application of the lumbar epidural steroid injection was planned for 150 patients. visual analogue scale (VAS) were used for scoring pain of patients. Besides, patien...

  12. Epidural anesthesia for laparoscopic cholecystectomy in a patient with sickle cell anemia, beta thalassemia, and Crohn's disease -A case report-

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    Baş, Sema Şanal; Özlü, Onur

    2012-01-01

    A 37-year-old woman diagnosed with sickle cell anemia (SCA), beta (+) thalassemia, Crohn's disease, and liver dysfunction was scheduled for laparoscopic cholecystectomy (LC) due to acute cholecystitis with gall bladder. Regional anesthesia was performed. An epidural catheter was inserted into the 9-10 thoracal epidural space and then 15 ml of 0.5% bupivacaine was injected through the catheter. The level of sensorial analgesia tested with pinprick test reached up to T4. Here we describe the fi...

  13. Comparative evaluation of the effect of silicone and teflon in prevention of epidural fibrosis after laminectomy in rat

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    Sheikh Rezaei A; Fakhr Tabatabaei SA; Khoshnevisan A; Marzban H; Nikbakht M; Barbarestani M; Asadi F; Alavi Naeini M

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    There are many studies about epidural fibrosis after surgical manipulation of the spine. We have studied formation of the post laminectomy epidural fibrosis after application of two materials (Silicone and Teflon) in this report. This expriment is on two groups of rats. Two separated laminectomies were done in each rat, one serving as control while in the other laminectomy spaces Silicone was used in group A and Teflon in group B. Laminectomy spaces were evaluated with gross dissection and hi...

  14. Thoracic epidural anesthesia attenuates hemorrhagic-induced splanchnic hypo-perfusion in post-resuscitation experimental hemorrhagic shock

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    Amir S Madjid

    2008-06-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of present study was to assess the effects of thoracic epidural anesthesia on splanchnic perfusion, bacterial translocation and histopathologic changes in experimental hemorrhagic shock in short-tailed macaques (Macaca nemestrina. Sixteen Macaca nemestrinas were randomly assigned to one of two groups i.e. the lidocaine group (n = 8, receiving general anesthesia plus lidocaine thoracic epidural anesthesia; and the saline group (n = 8, receiving general anesthesia alone as control. Hemorrhagic shock was induced by withdrawing blood gradually to a mean arterial pressure (MAP of 40 mm Hg, and maintained for 60 minutes. Animals were then resuscitated with their own blood and ringer lactate solution (RL. After resuscitation, epidural lidocaine 2% was given in the lidocaine group and saline in the control group. Resuscitation that was performed after one hour hemorrhagic shock, with hemodynamic variables and urine output returned to normal, revealed there was no improvement of splanchnic perfusion. PgCO2, P(g-aCO2, and pHi remained in critical value and tended to deteriorate in the saline group. Contrast to saline group, splanchnic perfusion in lidocaine group tended to improve. This condition was supported by the finding of less bacterial translocation and better histopathologic changes in lidocaine thoracic epidural anesthesia group than in saline group. This study concludes that lidocaine thoracic epidural anesthesia attenuates splachnic hypoperfusion in post-resuscitation hemorrhagic shock in Macaca nemestrina. (Med J Indones 2008; 17: 73-81Keywords: thoracic epidural anesthesia, lidocaine, hemorrhagic shock, splanchnic hypoperfusion, bacterial translocation

  15. Hematoma após anestesia peridural: tratamento conservador. Relato de caso Hematoma posterior a la anestesia peridural: tratamiento conservador. Relato de caso Hematoma after epidural anesthesia: conservative treatment. Case report

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    Edno Magalhães

    2007-04-01

    ó las sensibilidades térmica y dolorosa y la regresión total del bloqueo motor. En la 12ª hora, deambulaba y refería dolor en la herida operada. El hematoma peridural no se visualizó en una nueva tomografía computadorizada en la 14ª hora después del inicio del tratamiento. La paciente recibió alta hospitalaria 86 horas después del inicio del tratamiento conservador, sin comprometimiento neurológico. Una tomografía computadorizada de control después de 7 meses, mostró el canal vertebral completamente normal. CONCLUSIONES: La eficiencia del abordaje conservadora fue una alternativa importante para la intervención quirúrgica en casos específicos. La evaluación de la progresión o estabilización del comprometimiento neurológico, particularmente después de la 8ª hora posterior a la punción peridural, es esencial para la elección del tratamiento.BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Hematoma associated with spinal compression after epidural anesthesia is a severe neurological complication, despite the reduced incidence reported (1:150,000. It is an acute episode and the traditional treatment includes urgent surgical decompression. More recently, treatment with corticosteroids has been used as an alternative, in specific cases, with good neurological resolution. The objective of this report was to present the case of an epidural hematoma treated conservatively with complete neurological recovery. CASE REPORT: Female patient, 34 years old, ASA physical status I, with no prior history of bleeding disorders or anticlotting treatment, underwent epidural anesthesia at the L2-L3 level for the surgical treatment of lower limb varicose veins. Eight hours after the regional anesthesia, the patient still presented complete motor blockade (Bromage scale, reduction of thermal and pain sensitivity below L3, hyperalgesia in the left plantar region, preserved tendon reflexes, and absence of lumbar pain. A CT scan showed an epidural hematoma in L2, with compression of the dural

  16. Controle da dor pós-operatória da artroplastia total do joelho: é necessário associar o bloqueio do nervo isquiático ao bloqueio do nervo femoral? Control del dolor postoperatorio de la artroplastia total de la rodilla: ¿es necesario asociar el bloqueo del nervio isquiático al bloqueo del nervio femoral? Control of postoperative pain following total knee arthroplasty: is it necessary to associate sciatic nerve block to femoral nerve block?

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    2007-10-01

    Full Text Available JUSTIFICATIVA E OBJETIVOS: A artroplastia total do joelho (ATJ promove grande trauma tecidual, produzindo intensa dor no pós-operatório. A analgesia pós-operatória de boa qualidade é fundamental, devendo-se considerar que a mobilização articular precoce é um importante aspecto para obtenção de bons resultados. Há controvérsias na literatura sobre a eficácia do bloqueio isolado do nervo femoral. O objetivo deste estudo foi avaliar a analgesia pós-operatória com a associação do bloqueio dos nervos isquiático e femoral. MÉTODO: Foram estudados 17 pacientes submetidos à ATJ sob raquianestesia, divididos em dois grupos: A e B. No Grupo A (n = 9 foi realizado bloqueio do nervo femoral e no Grupo B (n = 8, bloqueio dos nervos femoral e isquiático. Os bloqueios foram realizados no pós-operatório imediato utilizando-se 20 mL de ropivacaína a 0,5% em cada um. A dor foi aferida nas primeiras 24 horas pela Escala Analógica Visual e escala verbal. Foi observado o tempo decorrido entre os bloqueios e a primeira queixa de dor (M1. RESULTADOS: A mediana do tempo de analgesia (M1 no Grupo A foi de 110 min. e no Grupo B de 1.285 min. (p = 0,0001. Não foram observadas complicações atribuíveis às técnicas utilizadas. CONCLUSÃO: O bloqueio do nervo isquiático, quando associado ao bloqueio do nervo femoral, nas condições deste estudo, melhorou de maneira significativa a qualidade da analgesia pós-operatória da ATJ.JUSTIFICATIVA Y OBJETIVOS: La artroplastia total de la rodilla (ATR promueve gran trauma del tejido produciendo un intenso dolor en el postoperatorio. La analgesia de postoperatorio de buena calidad es fundamental, debiendo considerar que la movilización articular precoz es un importante aspecto para la obtención de buenos resultados. Existen controversias en la literatura sobre la eficacia del bloqueo aislado del nervio femoral. El objetivo de este estudio fue evaluar la analgesia en postoperatorio con la asociaci

  17. Comparative evaluation of dexmedetomidine and fentanyl for epidural analgesia in lower limb orthopedic surgeries

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    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Background and Aims: Opioids as epidural adjunct to local anesthetics (LA have been in use since long and α-2 agonists are being increasingly used for similar purpose. The present study aims at comparing the hemodynamic, sedative, and analgesia potentiating effects of epidurally administered fentanyl and dexmedetomidine when combined with ropivacaine. Methods: A total of one hundred patients of both gender aged 21-56 years, American Society of Anaesthesiologist (ASA physical status I and II who underwent lower limb orthopedic surgery were enrolled into the present study. Patients were randomly divided into two groups: Ropivacaine + Dexmedetomidine (RD and Ropivacaine + Fentanyl (RF, comprising 50 patie nts each. Inj. Ropivacaine, 15 ml of 0.75%, was administered epidurally in both the groups with addition of 1 μg/kg of dexmedetomidine in RD group and 1 μg/kg of fentanyl in RF group. Besides cardio-respiratory parameters and sedation scores, various block characteristics were also observed which included time to onset of analgesia at T10, maximum sensory analgesic level, time to complete motor blockade, time to two segmental dermatomal regressions, and time to first rescue analgesic. At the end of study, data was compiled systematically and analyzed using ANOVA with post-hoc significance, Chi-square test and Fisher′s exact test. Value of P<0.05 is considered significant and P<0.001 as highly significant. Results: The demographic profile of patients was comparable in both the groups. Onset of sensory analgesia at T10 (7.12±2.44 vs 9.14±2.94 and establishment of complete motor blockade (18.16±4.52 vs 22.98±4.78 was significantly earlier in the RD group. Postoperative analgesia was prolonged significantly in the RD group (366.62±24.42 and consequently low dose consumption of local anaesthetic LA (76.82±14.28 vs 104.35±18.96 during epidural top-ups postoperatively. Sedation scores were much better in the RD group and highly significant on

  18. Sympathetic activity of S-(+-ketamine low doses in the epidural space

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    Slobodan Mihaljevic

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: S-(+-ketamine is an intravenous anaesthetic and sympathomimetic with properties of local anaesthetic. It has an effect of an analgetic and local anaesthetic when administered epidurally, but there are no data whether low doses of S-(+-ketamine have sympathomimetic effects. The aim of this study was to determine whether low doses of S-(+-ketamine, given epidurally together with local anaesthetic, have any effect on sympathetic nervous system, both systemic and below the level of anaesthetic block. METHODS: The study was conducted on two groups of patients to whom epidural anaesthesia was administered to. Local anaesthesia (0.5% bupivacaine was given to one group (control group while local anaesthesia and S-(+-ketamine were given to other group. Age, height, weight, systolic, diastolic and mean arterial blood pressure were measured. Non-competitive enzyme immunochemistry method (Cat Combi ELISA was used to determine the concentrations of catecholamines (adrenaline and noradrenaline. Immunoenzymometric determination with luminescent substrate on a machine called Vitros Eci was used to determine the concentration of cortisol. Pulse transit time was measured using photoplethysmography. Mann-Whitney U-test, Wilcoxon test and Friedman ANOVA were the statistical tests. Blood pressure, pulse, adrenaline, noradrenaline and cortisol concentrations were measured in order to estimate systemic sympathetic effects. RESULTS: 40 patients in the control group were given 0.5% bupivacaine and 40 patients in the test group were given 0.5% bupivacaine with S-(+-ketamine. Value p < 0.05 has been taken as a limit of statistical significance. CONCLUSIONS: Low dose of S-(+-ketamine administered epidurally had no sympathomimetic effects; it did not change blood pressure, pulse, serum hormones or pulse transit time. Low dose of S-(+-ketamine administered epidurally did not deepen sympathetic block. Adding 25 mg of S-(+-ketamine to 0

  19. Intravenous remifentanil versus epidural ropivacaine with sufentanil for labour analgesia: a retrospective study.

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    Rong Lin

    Full Text Available Remifentanil with appropriate pharmacological properties seems to be an ideal alternative to epidural analgesia during labour. A retrospective cohort study was undertaken to assess the efficacy and safety of remifentanil intravenous patient-controlled analgesia (IVPCA compared with epidural analgesia. Medical records of 370 primiparas who received remifentanil IVPCA or epidural analgesia were reviewed. Pain and sedation scores, overall satisfaction, the extent of pain control, maternal side effects and neonatal outcome as primary observational indicators were collected. There was a significant decline of pain scores in both groups. Pain reduction was greater in the epidural group throughout the whole study period (0 ∼ 180 min (P < 0.0001, and pain scores in the remifentanil group showed an increasing trend one hour later. The remifentanil group had a lower SpO2 (P < 0.0001 and a higher sedation score (P < 0.0001 within 30 min after treatment. The epidural group had a higher overall satisfaction score (3.8 ± 0.4 vs. 3.7 ± 0.6, P = 0.007 and pain relief score (2.9 ± 0.3 vs. 2.8 ± 0.4, P < 0.0001 compared with the remifentanil group. There was no significant difference on side effects between the two groups, except that a higher rate of dizziness (1% vs. 21.8%, P < 0.0001 was observed during remifentanil analgesia. And logistic regression analysis demonstrated that nausea, vomiting were associated with oxytocin usage and instrumental delivery, and dizziness was associated to the type and duration of analgesia. Neonatal outcomes such as Apgar scores and umbilical-cord blood gas analysis were within the normal range, but umbilical pH and base excess of neonatus in the remifentanil group were significantly lower. Remifentanil IVPCA provides poorer efficacy on labor analgesia than epidural analgesia, with more sedation on parturients and a trend of newborn acidosis. Despite these adverse effects, remifentanil IVPCA can still be an alternative

  20. Bloqueio "3 em 1" por via anterior: bloqueio parcial, completo ou superdimensionado? Correlação entre anatomia, clínica e radio imagens Bloqueo "3 en 1" por vía anterior: bloqueo parcial, completo o superdimensionado? Correlación entre anatomía, clínica y radio imágenes Anterior "3-in-1" blockade: partial, total or overdimensioned block? Correlation between anatomy, clinic and radio images

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    Karl Otto Geier

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    em 1" ou "2,5 em 1", sem a participação do nervo obturador. Com cateter curto (G2, o bloqueio "3 em 1" foi classificado como completo em 6,6% dos casos (um paciente. Porém, com cateter longo (G3, o resultado tende a ser mais previsível em relação aos outros grupos, especialmente quando o cateter alcança o espaço paravertebral lombossacral, resultando num bloqueio "3 em 1" completo em 20% dos casos (três pacientes ou, raramente, num bloqueio "3 em 1" superdimensionado em 13,2% dos casos (dois pacientes.JUSTIFICATIVA Y OBJETIVOS: El clásico bloqueo "3 en 1" por vía anterior ha suscitado divergencias cuanto al envolvimiento anestésico de sus tres participantes, el nervio femoral, el nervio cutáneo lateral del muslo y el nervio obturador. El objetivo de este estudio es verificar el resultado del bloqueo "3 en 1" por vía anterior, a través de las técnicas: inyección única (G1, catéteres cortos (G2 y catéteres largos (G3. Los bloqueos "3 en 1", clínicamente identificados como completos o superdimensionados fueron, adicionalmente, investigados por medio de radio imagen. MÉTODO: La identificación del espacio subfascial ilíaco en los bloqueos "3 en 1" con inyección única o con catéteres fue hecha por la pérdida de resistencia al aire. En varios eventos dolorosos, el volumen anestésico administrado varió entre 30 y 40 ml y la introducción cranial de los catéteres fue hasta 18 cm en el espacio subfascial ilíaco. Cuando la pesquisa clínica apuntaba envolvimiento del nervio obturador o de otro nervio adicional al bloqueo "3 en 1", se complementava la investigación con estudio radiográfico y tomodensiométrico con el propósito de establecer correspondencia con la anatomía pélvica. RESULTADOS: El envolvimiento de los nervios femoro cutáneo lateral y obturador no fueron constantes, al contrario del nervio femoral. En el estudio, ningún bloqueo "3 en 1" completo con inyección única (G1 se manifestó, y si un bloqueo "2 en 1", con la

  1. Opiodes como coadyuvantes de la analgesia epidural en pediatría Opioids as adjuvants of epidural analgesia in the paediatric age

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    M. A. Vidal

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    Full Text Available Hay un elevado número de receptores opioides localizados en la sustancia gelatinosa del asta dorsal medular. La inyección epidural de opioides permite la unión de forma saturable y competitiva con estos receptores, con lo que se consigue analgesia y disminución del riesgo de efectos adversos asociados a la administración parenteral de los mismos. No obstante, es importante tener en cuenta los posibles efectos adversos que pueden aparecer, siendo la depresión respiratoria la complicación más importante. La morfina es el opioide agonista mu más utilizado para el tratamiento del dolor agudo o crónico y constituye el analgésico estándar con el que se comparan los nuevos analgésicos. El fentanilo es un agonista opioide derivado de la fenilpiperidina que posee una alta afinidad por los receptores mu, lo que le confiere una potencia analgésica 50-100 veces superior a la morfina. El tramadol es el más reciente de los opioides sintéticos empleados en España. Tiene baja afinidad por los receptores mu, Kappa y delta, no obstante su potencia analgésica respecto a la morfina es 1/10 por vía parenteral y 1/30 por vía espinal. Los opioides por vía epidural se han empleado ampliamente en adultos, pero con una frecuencia mucho menor en pediatría. En este artículo se repasan los distintos estudios que han evaluado sus efectos en pediatría, haciendo referencia a la farmacocinética, consideraciones clínicas y posibles efectos adversos tras la administración de morfina, fentanilo o tramadol por vía epidural.A large number of opioid receptors are located in the substantia gelatinosa of the medullar dorsal horn. Epidurally injected opioids bind with these receptors in a competitive and saturable manner causing analgesia and a lower risk of side effects as compared with its parenteral administration. However, its possible side effects, mainly respiratory depression, should be considered. Morphine is the mu agonist opioid most widely used for

  2. Anestesia combinada raqui-peridural em paciente portadora de esclerose lateral amiotrófica: relato de caso Anestesia combinada raquiepidural en paciente portadora de esclerosis lateral amiotrófica: relato de caso Combined spinal-epidural block in a patient with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis: case report

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    Adriano Bechara de Souza Hobaika

    2009-04-01

    transtrocantérica de fémur. Cuadro de debilidad en los miembros superiores e inferiores, disartria, consciente y orientada. Aparato respiratorio: tos ineficaz, reducción de la fuerza de los músculos intercostales y diafragma y reducción del murmurio vesicular en bases pulmonares. Primeramente, la punción epidural fue realizada en L3/L4, donde un catéter de silicona fue introducido 5 cm. A continuación, la punción raquídea se hizo en L4/L5 con administración de 7.5 mg de bupivacaína hiperbárica. Más 37 mg de ropivacaína a 0,37% se administraron por el catéter epidural para que el bloqueo sensitivo llegase al dermatomo T10. El procedimiento transcurrió sin complicaciones y la paciente recibió alta tres días después. CONCLUSIONES: Las evidencias han demostrado que la administración de bloqueos de neuro eje, parece ser segura en pacientes con esclerosis lateral amiotrófica, pues evita la manipulación de las vías aéreas y las complicaciones ventilatorias.BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis starts between the fifth and sixth decades of life, causing degeneration and death of upper and lower motor neurons. When the muscles responsible for ventilation are affected, the patient dies of respiratory failure within a few years. CASE REPORT: This is a 63 years old female with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis who underwent surgical treatment of a transtrochanteric fracture of the femur. The patient presented weakness of upper and lower limbs and dysarthria, and she was awake and oriented. Respiratory function: ineffective cough, decreased strength of the intercostal muscles and diaphragm, and reduction of the breath sounds in both lung bases. Initially, the L3/L4 epidural space was punctured and a silicon catheter was introduced to 5 cm. This was followed by a spinal puncture in the L4/L5 space and the administration of 7.5 mg of hyperbaric bupivacaine. This was followed by the administration of 37 mg of 0.37% ropivacaine through the epidural

  3. Differential analgesic effects of low-dose epidural morphine and morphine-bupivacaine at rest and during mobilization after major abdominal surgery

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    Dahl, J B; Rosenberg, J; Hansen, B L;

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    In a double-blind, randomized study, epidural infusions of low-dose morphine (0.2 mg/h) combined with low-dose bupivacaine (10 mg/h) were compared with epidural infusions of low-dose morphine (0.2 mg/h) alone for postoperative analgesia at rest and during mobilization and cough in 24 patients after...... mobilization from the supine into the sitting position 12 and 30 h after surgical incision and during cough 8, 12, and 30 h after surgical incision (P less than 0.05). We conclude, that low-dose epidural bupivacaine potentiates postoperative low-dose epidural morphine analgesia during mobilization and cough...

  4. Cardiovascular and ventilatory responses to electrically induced cycling with complete epidural anaesthesia in humans

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    Kjaer, M; Perko, G; Secher, N H;

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    Cardiovascular and ventilatory responses to electrically induced dynamic exercise were investigated in eight healthy young males with afferent neural influence from the legs blocked by epidural anaesthesia (25 ml 2% lidocaine) at L3-L4. This caused cutaneous sensory anaesthesia below T8-T9 and.......1 vs. 17.3 +/- 0.91 min-1) were similar, and ventilation (54 +/- 5 vs. 45 +/- 41 min-1) was higher (P <0.05). In contrast, the rise in mean arterial blood pressure during voluntary exercise (93 +/- 4 (rest) to 119 +/- 4 mmHg (exercise)) was not manifest during electrically induced exercise with...... epidural anaesthesia [93 +/- 3 (rest) to 95 +/- 5 mmHg (exercise)]. As there is ample evidence for similar cardiovascular and ventilatory responses to electrically induced and voluntary exercise (Strange et al. 1993), the present results support the fact that the neural input from working muscle is crucial...

  5. Computed tomography in epidural abscess, subdural empyema, meningitis, and brain abscess

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    Computerised tomography cannot be of great help in diagnosing meningitis. Examination of the cerebrospinal fluid remains essential. After the inflammation of the meninges has progressed to some stage of encephalitis, the formation of an abscess can be located via computed tomography. It is characterised by the ring-type abscess capsule. Computed tomography for diagnostic purposes is superior to cerebral scanning, which demonstrates enhanced activity, but does not show the formation of a membrane, so essential for differential diagnosis. Furthermore, computed tomography shows the adjacent anatomical structures and answers the questions of displacements and threatening invasion of the ventricle system. Epidural and subdural abscesses can also be located by computed tomography. Therapy can begin directly after computerised tomography, whereas in scintigraphy only a non-specific enhanced activity is present, which often does not allow differentiation between epidural and subdural location. (orig.)

  6. Rupture of the retrocorporeal artery: a rare cause of spontaneous spinal epidural haematoma.

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    Guédon, Alexis; Clarençon, Frédéric; Law-Ye, Bruno; Sourour, Nader; Gabrieli, Joseph; Rojas, Patricia; Chiras, Jacques; Peyre, Matthieu; Di Maria, Federico

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    A 22-year-old man presented with a sudden backache and paraplegia (ASIA = B). Magnetic resonance imaging showed an anterior pan-spinal epidural haematoma. Digital subtraction angiography was performed and ruled out an underlying vascular malformation but showed an active contrast media leakage into the T-4 ventral epidural space with a pattern of pseudo-aneurysm. A rupture of a T-4 retrocorporeal artery was considered as the aetiology, possibly caused by a haemorrhagic sub-adventitial dissection. Treatment consisted in the embolisation of both the pseudo-aneurysm and the parent artery with liquid acrylic glue, followed by neurosurgical decompression in emergency. The patient had totally recovered (ASIA = E) by the 10-month clinical follow-up. PMID:27106842

  7. [Effect of the continuous epidural saline infusion for patients with postdural puncture headache after pulmonary resection].

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    Katayama, Tatsuya; Hirai, Shinji; Hamanaka, Yoshiharu; Fukui, Takayuki; Itou, Shimon; Hatooka, Shunzou; Mitsudomi, Tetsuya

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    The dual puncture is one of the diseaseful complications at the induction of the epidural anesthesia, which causes severe symptoms of intracranial hypotension such as headache and nausea. The clinical courses of 3 patients with the dual puncture symptoms after pulmonary resections were retrospectively reviewed, and the effect of the continuous epidural saline infusion treatment (CESI) for the dual puncture was evaluated. Pneumococcal empyema developed in 1 patient who had been treated with conservative management. In contrast, the symptoms of the others who were treated with the CESI were quickly recovered or were effectively prevented. This report strongly suggested that the CESI was convenient and effective treatment for dual punctune symptoms by suppressing the cerebrospinal fluid leakage by elevation of the fluid pressure in the extradural space. PMID:22187867

  8. Even a "pigtail" distal end catheter can enter the epidural space after continuous paravertebral block.

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    Fuzier, Régis; Izard, Philippe; Aziza, Richard; Pouymayou, Jacques

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    A woman with a medical history of breast cancer presented with chronic pain of the right hemithorax. To alleviate pain, a continuous paravertebral block was performed using a pigtail end catheter, introduced using ultrasound visualization (transversal technique at the inferior articular process of T6). Complete pain relief was observed. A few hours later, urinary retention was diagnosed and discharge from the ambulatory setting was canceled. On the following day, a new injection of local anesthetics through the catheter triggered paresthesia in the contralateral leg and a new urinary retention was diagnosed. A CT scan confirmed the epidural misplacement of the catheter. The latter was withdrawn, and the patient was released to home after the complete disappearance of her neurological symptoms. This case report highlights the risk of inadvertently misplacing the catheter into the epidural space during thoracic paravertebral block, even with a "pigtail" distal end type of catheter. PMID:26906035

  9. Epidural steroid injection: A procedure ideally suited for performance in the radiology department

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    Epidural steroid injection, a procedure used for decades for the treatment of low back pain, is often performed blindly by anesthesiologists in the pain clinic setting. The authors believe the radiologist is best equipped to do this procedure under fluoroscopic guidance. With the patient prone, a 22-gauge spinal needle is advanced into the sacral epidural space through the sacral hiatus. The needle position is checked in posteroanterior and lateral projections and a limited epidurogram is obtained. This is followed by administration of 0.125% bupivacaine (16-20 ml) and betamethasone (12-24 mg). More than 200 such examinations have been performed, with a failure rate of less than 5% and with no serious complications

  10. Increased apoptosis of peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) during general and epidural anaesthesia in dogs.

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    Simeonova, Galina P; Slavov, Emil; Usunov, Roustislav; Halacheva, Krasimira; Dinev, Dinco N

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    The objective of the study was to investigate the hypothesis that perioperative lymphocytopenia was due to apoptosis of these cells induced by either halothane or epidural anaesthesia in dogs. The relationship between apoptosis induction and plasma concentrations of the stress hormone cortisol and the cytokines TNF-alpha and IL-10 was examined as well. The study was performed on 22 healthy mongrel dogs, equal numbers from both genders, weighing 18.3 +/- 2.9 kg, and aged between 3-5 years. Dogs were divided in three groups. Eight of the animals were anaesthetized with halothane, another eight received epidural anaesthesia using lidocaine, and six served as controls. Venous blood samples were obtained immediately before (0 minute) anaesthesia, during deep anaesthesia (120 minute), and on the next day (24 hour) in order to determine the following parameters: the total lymphocyte counts, the percentage of apoptotic peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) by flow cytometry, plasma concentrations of the cytokines tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha) and interleukin-10 (IL-10) by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA), and plasma cortisol levels by radioimmune assay. Both halothane and epidural anaesthesia in dogs induces apoptosis of PBMC with slight decrease in total lymphocyte counts. These immunomodulatory effects were transient and faded till the 24th hour. Concerning the mechanism of inducing lymphocyte apoptosis by general or epidural anaesthesia, it seemed that neither cortisol, nor the tested cytokines TNF-alpha and IL-10 were implicated in this process. Further investigations are necessary to confirm this assumption. PMID:18491210

  11. Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss after Orthopedic Surgery under Combined Spinal and Epidural Anesthesia

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    Postoperative hearing loss following nonotologic surgery is rare. For patients undergoing subarachnoid anesthesia, the loss of cerebral spinal fluid and hence the drop in intracranial pressure can result in hearing loss and cranial nerve palsy. We report a case in which a patient sustained orthopedic surgery under combined spinal and epidural anesthesia complicated by severe and persistent sensorineural hearing loss. This report is a reminder that postoperative sudden sensorineural hearing lo...

  12. Epidural electrocorticography for monitoring of arousal in locked-in state

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    Electroencephalography often fails to assess both the level (i.e. arousal) and the content (i.e. awareness) of pathologically altered consciousness in patients without motor responsiveness. This might be related to a decline of awareness, to episodes of low arousal and disturbed sleep patterns, and/or to distorting and attenuating effects of the skull and intermediate tissue on the recorded brain signals. Novel approaches are required to overcome these limitations. We introduced epidural e...

  13. Evaluation of prostaglandin D2 as a CSF leak marker: implications in safe epidural anesthesia

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    Kondabolu S

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    Full Text Available Sirish Kondabolu, Rishimani Adsumelli, Joy Schabel, Peter Glass, Srinivas PentyalaDepartment of Anesthesiology, School of Medicine, Stony Brook Medical Center, Stony Brook, New York, USABackground: It is accepted that there is a severe risk of dural puncture in epidural anesthesia. Of major concern to anesthesiologists is unintentional spinal block. Reliable identification of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF from the aspirate is crucial for safe epidural anesthesia. The aim of this study was to determine whether prostaglandin D2 could be clinically used as a marker for the detection of CSF traces.Methods: After obtaining Institutional Review Board approval and patient consent, CSF was obtained from patients undergoing spinal anesthesia, and blood, urine, and saliva were obtained from normal subjects and analyzed for prostaglandin D2 (PGD. CSF (n=5 samples were diluted with local anesthetic (bupivacaine, normal saline and blood in the ratios of 1:5 and 1:10. PGD levels in the CSF samples were analyzed with a PGD-Methoxime (MOX EIA Kit (Cayman Chemicals, MI. This assay is based on the conversion of PGD to a stable derivative, which is analyzed with antiserum specific for PGD-MOX. Results: Different concentrations of pure PGD-MOX conjugate were analyzed by EIA and a standard curve was derived. PGD levels in CSF and CSF with diluents were determined and the values were extrapolated onto the standard curve. Our results show a well-defined correlation for the presence of PGD both in straight CSF samples and in diluted CSF (dilution factor of 1:5 and 1:10. Conclusion: Prostaglandin D2 was reliably identified in CSF by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay when diluted with local anesthetic, saline, and serum, and can be used as a marker to identify the presence of CSF in epidural aspirates.Keywords: epidural, cerebrospinal fluid, leak, marker, prostaglandin D2

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

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    Sandeep Kundra; Vishnu Gupta; Hanish Bansal; Anju Grewal; Sunil Katyal; Ashwini Kumar Choudhary

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    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...

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

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    Kundra, Sandeep; Gupta, Vishnu; Bansal, Hanish; Grewal, Anju; Katyal, Sunil; Choudhary, Ashwini Kumar

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    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)...

  16. Comparison between Epidural Block vs. High Intensity Laser Therapy for Controlling Chronic Low Back Pain

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    Badiozaman Radpay; Mahtab Poorzamany Nejat Kermany; Mastneh Dahi-Taleghani

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    Background: Chronic low back pain is among a wide spread musculoskeletal conditions that is related to disability with high economy cost. There are several treatment modalities for controlling chronic low back pain (CLBP), among them high intensity laser therapy (HILT) and epidural blocks (EB) use more commonly. This study aimed to evaluate the benefits and hazards of each of these two methods.Materials and Methods: We designed a randomized controlled double blind study during 24 months.101 p...

  17. 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

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    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...

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

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    Vipul L. Kuvad

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    Background: Although various studies have evaluated traditional caudal and interlaminar approach for lumbar epidural steroid, I tried to evaluate efficacy of transforaminal approach in this study. Methods: In twenty five patients with inclusion criteria, I administered periodic injections of methyl prednisolone acetate in combination with 2% xylocaine through transforaminal approach under fluoroscopic guidance. Patients were evaluated and assessed for pain relief, activity level and disabi...

  19. Efficacy of lumbar epidural corticosteroid injections on clinical status of the patients with radiculopathy

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    Jülide Öncü; Reşat İlişer; Göksel Çelebi; Banu Kuran; Gülgün Durlanık

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    Objective: To investigate the effect of lumbar epidural steroid injection in patients with radiculopathy Materials-Methods: 37 patients with radiculopathy were recruited retrospectively in the study. Radicular, low back pain and paresthesia intensity were evaluated using visual analog scale (VAS); the evidence of nerve stretch was evaluated by straight leg rising (SRL), disability levels were evaluated using the Oswestry Disability Index (ODI) and the quality of life was evaluated by ...

  20. Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injection for Painful Spasticity in Cervical Spinal Cord Injury: A Case Report

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    Bang, Hyun; Chun, Seong Min; Park, Hee Won; Bang, Moon Suk; Kim, Keewon

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    We report a case of a 53-year-old male with traumatic cervical spinal cord injury (SCI). He could not maintain a standing position because of painful spasticity in his lower limbs. A magnetic resonance imaging and electromyography indicated chronic lumbosacral radiculopathy, explaining his chronic low back pain before the injury. For diagnostic as well as therapeutic purposes, transforaminal epidural steroid injection (ESI) to the right L5 root was performed. After the intervention, the spast...

  1. [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. PMID:10738758

  2. Epidural electrocorticography for monitoring of arousal in locked-in state

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    Alireza Gharabaghi

    2014-10-01

    Epidural ECoG constitutes a feasible trade-off between surgical risk and quality of recorded brain signals to gain information on the patient’s present level of arousal. This approach enables us to optimize the timing of interactions and medical interventions, all of which should take place when the patient is in a phase of high arousal. Furthermore, avoiding low-responsiveness periods will facilitate measures to implement alternative communication pathways involving brain-computer interfaces.

  3. Evaluation of a segmented rectal probe and caudal epidural anesthesia for electroejaculation of bulls

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    Etson, Cathy J.; Waldner, Cheryl L.; Barth, Albert D.

    2004-01-01

    Changes in concentrations of cortisol and progesterone in serial blood samples were used to quantify a stress response to different methods of electroejaculation in 10 Hereford bulls. Treatments included restraint (control), and electroejaculation using rectal probes with segmented electrodes or conventional nonsegmented electrodes, with or without lidocaine caudal epidural anesthesia. A subjective scoring system was used to assess behavioral responses to the different methods of electroejacu...

  4. Ganglion cyst in the lumbar anterior epidural space:a case report

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    A ganglion cyst is a tumor-like lesion that contains mucous or myxoid material in the fibrous capsule. We report a case of ganglion cyst located in the lumbar anterior epidural space and causing lumbar radiculopathy. Computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging revealed the cyst as a cystic lesion with wall enhancement. Myelography showed that it was not filled with contrast medium and not connected with the dura, nerve root, or facet joint

  5. Ganglion cyst in the lumbar anterior epidural space:a case report

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    Jin, Sung Chan; Park, Dong Woo; Lee, Seoung Ro; Joo, Kyung Bin [Hanyang Univ. College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2001-03-01

    A ganglion cyst is a tumor-like lesion that contains mucous or myxoid material in the fibrous capsule. We report a case of ganglion cyst located in the lumbar anterior epidural space and causing lumbar radiculopathy. Computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging revealed the cyst as a cystic lesion with wall enhancement. Myelography showed that it was not filled with contrast medium and not connected with the dura, nerve root, or facet joint.

  6. Epidural anesthesia for repeat cesarean delivery in a parturient with Klippel-Feil syndrome

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    Smith, Kathleen A.; Adrienne P Ray

    2011-01-01

    A patient with Klippel-Feil syndrome, morbid obesity, and scoliosis required cesarean delivery. Her previous cesarean deliveries were performed under general anesthesia. She desired a regional technique. Following aspiration prophylaxis and placement of standard monitors, ultrasound was used to identify midline and L 2-3 interspace. Unintentional dural puncture occurred at 10 cm, with an inability to advance the catheter. On second attempt, an epidural catheter was placed easily. After negati...

  7. A comparison of epidural anaesthesia with lignocaine, bupivacaine and a lignocaine-bupivacaine mixture in cats.

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    Lawal, F M; Adetunji, A

    2009-12-01

    A mixture of 2% lignocaine (LIG) and 0.5% bupivacaine (BUP), at respective dose rates of 2 mg/kg and 0.5 mg/kg (LIG-BUP), was compared to LIG (4 mg/kg) and BUP (1 mg/kg) for lumbosacral epidural anaesthesia in 5 sedated cats. Each cat received all 3 treatment regimens at 1-week intervals. The cats were premedicated with an intramuscular injection of atropine sulphate (0.04 mg/kg) and ketamine hydrochloride (10 mg/kg). Onset and duration of analgesia, and time to walking were determined. Associated changes in heart rate (HR), respiratory frequency (fR) and rectal temperature (RT) were recorded. Onset of analgesia with epidurally administered LIG-BUP (4.5 +/- 0.7 min), LIG (3.9 +/- 1.0 min) and BUP (5.0 +/- 1.0 min) was similar. Duration of analgesia with LIG-BUP (49.4 +/- 4.5 min) was significantly (P<0.05) longer than with LIG (40.2 +/- 1.0 min) but shorter than with BUP (79.4 +/- 6.3 min). There were no significant differences in times to standing with LIG-BUP (26.3 +/- 6.4 min), LIG (20.4 +/- 4.7 min) and BUP (22.6 +/- 10.3 min). Minimal changes were observed in HR, fR and RT. In conclusion, duration of analgesia produced by LIG-BUP was shorter compared with BUP but longer compared with LIG. Neither LIG nor LIG-BUP has any advantage over epidural BUP in terms of onset of analgesia, time to standing and physiological responses. Therefore, lumbosacral epidural administration of BUP appears to be the best choice for a long surgical procedure lasting more than 1 hour when compared with either LIG or LIG-BUP. PMID:20458866

  8. A comparison of epidural anaesthesia with lignocaine, bupivacaine and a lignocaine-bupivacaine mixture in cats

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    F.M. Lawal

    2009-05-01

    Full Text Available A mixture of 2% lignocaine (LIG and 0.5% bupivacaine (BUP, at respective dose rates of 2 mg/kg and 0.5 mg/kg (LIG-BUP, was compared to LIG (4 mg/kg and BUP (1 mg/kg for lumbosacral epidural anaesthesia in 5 sedated cats. Each cat received all 3 treatment regimens at 1-week intervals. The cats were premedicated with an intramuscular injection of atropine sulphate (0.04 mg/kg and ketamine hydrochloride (10 mg/kg. Onset and duration of analgesia, and time to walking were determined. Associated changes in heart rate (HR, respiratory frequency (ƒR and rectal temperature (RT were recorded. Onset of analgesia with epidurally administered LIG-BUP (4.5 ± 0.7 min, LIG (3.9 ± 1.0 min and BUP (5.0 ± 1.0 min was similar. Duration of analgesia with LIG-BUP (49.4 ± 4.5 min was significantly (P < 0.05 longer than with LIG (40.2 ± 1.0 min but shorter than with BUP (79.4 ± 6.3 min. There were no significant differences in times to standing with LIG-BUP (26.3 ± 6.4 min, LIG (20.4 ± 4.7 min and BUP (22.6 ± 10.3 min. Minimal changes were observed in HR, ƒR and RT. In conclusion, duration of analgesia produced by LIG-BUP was shorter compared with BUP but longer compared with LIG. Neither LIG nor LIG-BUP has any advantage over epidural BUP in terms of onset of analgesia, time to standing and physiological responses. Therefore, lumbosacral epidural administration of BUP appears to be the best choice for a long surgical procedure lasting more than 1 hour when compared with either LIG or LIG-BUP.

  9. Impact of Epidural Failures on the Results of a Prospective, Randomized Trial.

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    Desai, Amita; Alemayehu, Hanna; Weesner, Kathryn A; St Peter, Shawn D

    2016-04-01

    Introduction We conducted a prospective randomized trial to evaluate the merits of two established postoperative pain management strategies: thoracic epidural (EPI) versus patient-controlled analgesia (PCA) with intravenous narcotics after minimally invasive repair of pectus excavatum. Pain scores favored the EPI group for the first two postoperative days only. Critics of the trial suggest that if the epidural failure rate was not so high, results may have favored the EPI group. Therefore, we performed a subset analysis of the EPI group to evaluate the impact of these failures. Methods Patients for whom epidural catheter could not be placed or whose catheters were removed early owing to dysfunction were compared with those with well-functioning catheters. Those with well-functioning catheters were also compared with the PCA group. A two-tailed independent Student t-test and a two-tailed Fisher exact test were used where appropriate. Results Of 55 patients in the EPI group, 12 patients (21.8%) had failed placement or required early removal. Comparing those with failed placements with the rest of the group, there was no difference in daily visual analogue scale pain scores or measures of hospital course. Likewise, comparing those with well-functioning catheters only to those in the PCA group, the results of the trial are replicated in terms of pain scores, hospital course, and length of stay. Conclusion In patients with failed epidural therapy, there is no significant difference in postoperative hospital course. Comparing those with well-functioning catheters to those in the PCA group, trial results are replicated-that is, no significant difference in length of stay, time to regular diet, or time to transition to oral medications. Therefore, failure rate in the EPI group did not influence the results of the trial. PMID:25643246

  10. 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.

  11. Radiofrequency Ablation of Lung Tumours with the Patient Under Thoracic Epidural Anaesthesia

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    Radiofrequency ablation of lung tumours is a curative technique that is newly considered being offered to nonsurgical patients. It is of major interest because it enables local destruction of the tumour without surgery and spares healthy parenchyma. However, some patients have previous serious respiratory failure, thus ruling out mechanical ventilation. To operate with the patient under thoracic epidural is an answer to this problem. Our experience shows that the procedure is able to be performed completely without converting to general anaesthesia.

  12. EPIDURAL ANESTHESIA FOR CESAREAN SECTION IN ATRIAL SEPTAL DEFECT WITH PULMONARY HYPERTENSION

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    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available Pregnant patients with atrial septal defect (ASD with pulmonary hypertension , occasionally present for anaesthesia . These patients are considered high risk for anaesthesia due to increased chances of per i operative cardiovascular complications . Anaesthesia requires intensive cardiovascular mo nitoring and maintenance of stable pulmonary and systemic haemodynamics . Here is a case of second gravida for LSCS which was managed under epidural anaesthesia successfully

  13. Pyogenic Arthritis of the Facet Joint with Concurrent Epidural and Paraspinal Abscess: A Case Report

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    Rhyu, Kee-Won; Park, Sang-Eun; Ji, Jong-Hun; Park, In; Kim, Young-Yul

    2011-01-01

    Pyogenic arthritis of lumber spinal facet joints is an extremely rare condition. There are only 40 reported cases worldwide. Most cases were associated with history of paravertebral injection, which was not found in our patient. At the time of hospital admission, he had no abnormal magnetic resonance image findings. Two weeks later, he developed pyogenic facet joint arthritis associated with paravertebral and epidural abscess. This report is the first to describe delayed presentation of pyoge...

  14. Patient controlled analgesia with remifentanil versus epidural analgesia in labour: randomised multicentre equivalence trial

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    Freeman, Liv M; Bloemenkamp, Kitty W; Franssen, Maureen T; Papatsonis, Dimitri N; Hajenius, Petra J.; Hollmann, Markus W.; Woiski, Mallory D; Porath, Martina; Berg, Hans J. van den; van Beek, Erik; Borchert, Odette W H M; Schuitemaker, Nico; Sikkema, J Marko; Kuipers, A.H.M.; Logtenberg, Sabine L M

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    OBJECTIVE: To determine women's satisfaction with pain relief using patient controlled analgesia with remifentanil compared with epidural analgesia during labour. DESIGN: Multicentre randomised controlled equivalence trial. SETTING: 15 hospitals in the Netherlands. PARTICIPANTS: Women with an intermediate to high obstetric risk with an intention to deliver vaginally. To exclude a clinically relevant difference in satisfaction with pain relief of more than 10%, we needed to include 1136 women....

  15. Comparison of parenteral tramadol and epidural ropivacaine for labour analgesia: a prospective clinical study

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    Akanksha Lamba; Priya Sardana; Ramanjeet Kaur

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    Background: The pain of childbirth is one of the most severe types of pain that a woman experiences in her lifetime. Adequate analgesia during labour has a positive influence on the course of labour. For labor analgesia several non-pharmacologic and pharmacologic methods are adopted. The objective of the study is to compare parenteral tramadol and epidural ropivacaine with regard to maternal and labour outcome. Methods: This prospective, comparative, interventional clinical study was condu...

  16. THORACIC EPIDURAL ANESTHESIA FOR MODIFIED RADICAL MASTECTOMY-IN TYPE2 DIABETES MELLITUS PATIENT

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    Full Text Available Modified radical mastectomy (MRM, the standard oncologic surgical procedure of the carcinoma of breast is routinely performed under general anesthesia. Carcinoma breast patients are considered to be at high risk for anesthesia due to high possibility of perioperative complications and mortality when associated with long standing type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (DM with other co morbidities. Cardiac complications due to macro vascular and micro vascular involvement can pose a real threat. Here we present a case report of successful perioperative management of modified radical mastectomy only with thoracic epidural anesthesia (TEA in a case of carcinoma breast with long standing type 2 DM and hypertension. A 71year old female, a known case of DM since 7years with co morbidity; hypertension having a carcinoma breast was scheduled for modified radical mastectomy. Continuous epidural anesthesia was administered at T4-5 level. Local anesthetic supplementation titrated as per the demands of surgery and good postoperative analgesia maintained for 48 hours. Long standing DM with hypertension can lead to perioperative morbidity and mortality due to cardiac complications. However, Thoracic epidural anesthesia (TEA reduces cardiac and sympathetic activity and thereby improves perioperative function of vital organs and reduces postoperative morbidity and mortality. The procedure can lead to prompt recovery with additional benefit of prolonged post-operative analgesia. TEA proved to be an excellent anesthetic technique for MRM in patient with long standing DM.

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

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

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    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 was...... 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...

  18. 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. PMID:14740589

  19. Spine epidural and sacroiliac joints injections – when and how to perform

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    Highlights: • Image guided interventions focused to administer drugs inside the epidural space are effective in reducing the perceived spinal pain, but their efficacy seems to be limited in time. • To treat spinal pain with image guided interventions is safe and repeatable. • Sacroiliac dysfunction is a common cause of sciatica-like pain which can be treated with CT-guided interventions (both steroids and pulsed RF denervation). - Abstract: Objectives: To review the state-of-the-art of image – guided techniques used to treat painful syndromes of the lower back, their indications, how they should be performed, their related risks and the expected results. Methods: We describe the actual standards about image-guided infiltrative therapies both on spine and on sacroiliac joints. Results: Both spinal epidural and sacroiliac injections appear useful in a large percentage of treated patients to get control of the perceived pain. Performing these therapies under CT or fluoroscopic guidance is the best and safest way to obtain satisfactory results because it is possible to target the use of drugs directly to the involved painful structures. Conclusions: Image-guided injections of the epidural space and of the sacroiliac joints are effective techniques for the treatment of pain; their effectiveness is sometimes not lasting for long periods of time but considering the low associated risk when performed by trained personnel, they can be easily repeated

  20. Decoding the rat forelimb movement direction from epidural and intracortical field potentials

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    Slutzky, Marc W.; Jordan, Luke R.; Lindberg, Eric W.; Lindsay, Kevin E.; Miller, Lee E.

    2011-06-01

    Brain-machine interfaces (BMIs) use signals from the brain to control a device such as a computer cursor. Various types of signals have been used as BMI inputs, from single-unit action potentials to scalp potentials. Recently, intermediate-level signals such as subdural field potentials have also shown promise. These different signal types are likely to provide different amounts of information, but we do not yet know what signal types are necessary to enable a particular BMI function, such as identification of reach target location, control of a two-dimensional cursor or the dynamics of limb movement. Here we evaluated the performance of field potentials, measured either intracortically (local field potentials, LFPs) or epidurally (epidural field potential, EFPs), in terms of the ability to decode reach direction. We trained rats to move a joystick with their forepaw to control the motion of a sipper tube to one of the four targets in two dimensions. We decoded the forelimb reach direction from the field potentials using linear discriminant analysis. We achieved a mean accuracy of 69 ± 3% with EFPs and 57 ± 2% with LFPs, both much better than chance. Signal quality remained good up to 13 months after implantation. This suggests that using epidural signals could provide BMI inputs of high quality with less risk to the patient than using intracortical recordings.

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

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    Carlos Alexandre Botelho do Amaral

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    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.

  2. Comparison of three different formulations of local anaesthetics for cervical epidural anaesthesia during thyroid surgery

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    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: To compare the efficacy and safety of local anaesthetics under cervical epidural anaesthesia (CEA using lignocaine (1%, bupivacaine (0.25% and ropivacaine (0.5% for thyroid surgery. Methods: In a prospective, randomized fashion, 81 patients were selected for thyroid surgery under CEA. They were assigned to one of three groups: Group L, B and R to receive 10 mL of 1% lignocaine, 0.25% bupivacaine and 0.5% ropivacaine, respectively. We compared their efficacy in terms of pulmonary and haemodynamic parameters, blockade quality and complications. Results: Of the total, 74 patients completed the study successfully. Sensory block attained the median dermatomal range of C2-T4/T5 in all the groups. Motor block was more pronounced in the ropivacaine group. Cardiorespiratory parameters decreased significantly in all the groups; however, none of the patients had any major complications except for bradycardia in two patients. Among the measured variables, the decrease in heart rate and peak expiratory force was more in the lignocaine group while forced vital capacity and forced expiratory volume at 1 sec declined to a greater extent in the ropivacaine group. The lignocaine group required significantly more epidural top-ups compared with the other two groups. Conclusion: We conclude that cervical epidural route can be safely used for surgery on thyroid gland in patients with normal cardiorespiratory reserve, using either of local anaesthetics chosen for our study. Under the selected dose and concentrations, the decrease in cardiorespiratory parameters was lesser with bupivacaine.

  3. CT-guided cervical interlaminar epidural steroid injection for cervical radiculopathy

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    Objective: To evaluate the safety and effectiveness of CT-guided cervical interlaminar epidural steroid injection for the treatment of cervical radiculopathy. Methods: CT-guided cervical interlaminar epidural steroid injection was performed in 32 patients with cervical radioculopathy, encountered during the period of Dec. 2006 to June 2008, as the patients failed to respond to the conservative treatment in 2 weeks. The clinical data and the imaging findings were retrospectively analyzed. Before and after the procedure, visual analogue scale (VAS) and Odom criteria were used to evaluate the pain of the patient. Results: Three months after the injection, improvement judged by Odom criteria was seen in 28 patients (87.5%), and the mean pain relief value of VAS was 5.88 ± 1.10. No significant difference in effective rate and in VAS score (P>0.05) was found between protrusion group and degenerative group, between the group with the course over 6 months and the group with the course below 6 months, also between the group receiving one injection and the group receiving the second injection. Conclusion: CT-guided fine needle (23 gauge) puncture epidural steroid (Decadron) 'target spot' injection is an ideal alternative for the treatment of cervical radiculopathy, especially for the patients who fails to respond to the conservative treatment. (authors)

  4. [Effects of epidural analgesia combined with general anesthesia on hemodynamics during neck surgery].

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    Arakawa, M; Amemiya, N; Nagai, K; Kato, S; Goto, F

    1993-10-01

    The aim of the present study was to investigate the effect of epidural analgesia combined with general anesthesia on hemodynamics. Thirty patients undergoing surgery for the treatment of cancer of the neck were studied. The patients were divided into two groups of those who received epidural analgesia combined with general anesthesia group (Group 1) and those with general anesthesia alone (Group 2). Blood pressure was not different between the groups. But heart rate and rate pressure products in Group 1 were significantly lower than those of Group 2. CVP in Group 1 increased significantly to 10.1 +/- 2.9 mmHg during surgery from 6.8 +/- 1.8 mmHg at the beginning of the surgery. There was no difference in intraoperative blood loss and the amount of fluid infused between the two groups. These results suggest that epidural anesthesia combined with general anesthesia is effective to stabilize hemodynamics during cervical surgery, but we have to be careful about using local anesthetics during long cervical procedures, because it increases CVP which might result from the depression of cardiac function. PMID:8230698

  5. Drug interaction as cause of spontaneously resolving epidural spinal hematoma on warfarin therapy

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    Amitabh Sagar

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available We present a case of a 42-year-old male, an old case of deep vein thrombosis on warfarin and other drugs like quetiapine, aspirin, diclofenac sodium, fenofibrate, atorvastatin, propanolol and citalopram for concurrent illnesses, who presented with widespread mucocutaneous bleeding and epidural spinal hematoma. The epidural bleed presented clinically as a nontraumatic, rapidly improving myeloradiculopathy. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI of the spine revealed an epidural hematoma at D12-L1 level. The case was managed conservatively due lack of neurosurgical facilities. The patient gained full neurological recovery on conservative management alone. This case highlights the problem of drug interaction on warfarin therapy and also an unusual spontaneous recovery of spinal hematoma. Our case was anticoagulated in the recommended therapeutic INR range of 2.2 to 2.4. Most of the similar cases reported in literature were also anticoagulated in the therapeutic range. Thus intraspinal hemorrhage is a rare but dangerous complication of anticoagulant therapy. It must be suspected in any patient on anticoagulant agents who complains of local or referred spinal pain associated with neurological deficits. Drug interactions with warfarin are common. High suspicion and immediate intervention are essential to prevent complications from intraspinal hemorrhage.

  6. Learned self-regulation of the lesioned brain with epidural electrocorticography

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    Alireza eGharabaghi

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Different techniques for neurofeedback of voluntary brain activations are currently being explored for clinical application in brain-related disorders. One of the most frequently used approaches is the self-regulation of oscillatory signals recorded with electroencephalography (EEG. Many patients are, however, not in a position to use such tools. This could be due to the specific anatomical and physiological properties of the patient's brain after the lesion, as well as to methodological issues related to the technique chosen for recording brain signals.Methods: A patient with extended ischemic lesions of the cortex was unable to gain volitional control of sensorimotor oscillations when using a standard EEG-based approach. We provided him with a neurofeedback set-up with which his brain activity could be recorded from the epidural space by electrocorticography (ECoG.Results: Ipsilesional epidural recordings of field potentials facilitated learned self-regulation of brain oscillations in an online closed-loop paradigm and allowed swift and reliable neurofeedback training for a period of four weeks on a daily basis.Conclusion: Epidural implants may decode and train brain activity even when the cortical physiology is distorted following severe brain injury. Such practice would allow for reinforcement learning of preserved neural networks and may well provide restorative tools for those patients who are worst afflicted.

  7. Spine epidural and sacroiliac joints injections – when and how to perform

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    D’Orazio, Federico, E-mail: federico.dorazio@gmail.com; Gregori, Lorenzo Maria, E-mail: lollog@hotmail.it; Gallucci, Massimo, E-mail: massimo.gallucci@cc.univaq.it

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    Highlights: • Image guided interventions focused to administer drugs inside the epidural space are effective in reducing the perceived spinal pain, but their efficacy seems to be limited in time. • To treat spinal pain with image guided interventions is safe and repeatable. • Sacroiliac dysfunction is a common cause of sciatica-like pain which can be treated with CT-guided interventions (both steroids and pulsed RF denervation). - Abstract: Objectives: To review the state-of-the-art of image – guided techniques used to treat painful syndromes of the lower back, their indications, how they should be performed, their related risks and the expected results. Methods: We describe the actual standards about image-guided infiltrative therapies both on spine and on sacroiliac joints. Results: Both spinal epidural and sacroiliac injections appear useful in a large percentage of treated patients to get control of the perceived pain. Performing these therapies under CT or fluoroscopic guidance is the best and safest way to obtain satisfactory results because it is possible to target the use of drugs directly to the involved painful structures. Conclusions: Image-guided injections of the epidural space and of the sacroiliac joints are effective techniques for the treatment of pain; their effectiveness is sometimes not lasting for long periods of time but considering the low associated risk when performed by trained personnel, they can be easily repeated.

  8. Chlorhexidine Gluconate Dressings Reduce Bacterial Colonization Rates in Epidural and Peripheral Regional Catheters

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    Klaus Kerwat

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    Full Text Available Introduction. Bacterial colonization of catheter tips is common in regional anesthesia and is a suspected risk factor for infectious complications. This is the first study evaluating the effect of CHG-impregnated dressings on bacterial colonization of regional anesthesia catheters in a routine clinical setting. Methods. In this prospective study, regional anesthesia catheter infection rates were examined in two groups of patients with epidural and peripheral regional catheters. In the first group, regional anesthesia was dressed with a conventional draping. The second group of patients underwent catheter dressing using a CHG-impregnated draping. Removed catheters and the insertion sites were both screened for bacterial colonization. Results. A total of 337 catheters from 308 patients were analysed. There was no significant reduction of local infections in either epidural or peripheral regional anesthesia catheters in both CHG and conventional groups. In the conventional group, 21% of the catheter tips and 41% of the insertion sites showed positive culture results. In the CHG-group, however, only 3% of the catheter tips and 8% of the insertion sites were colonised. Conclusion. CHG dressings significantly reduce bacterial colonization of the tip and the insertion site of epidural and peripheral regional catheters. However, no reductions in rates of local infections were seen.

  9. Epidural ropivacaine hydrochloride during labour: protein binding, placental transfer and neonatal outcome.

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    Porter, J M

    2012-02-03

    This study was undertaken: (i) to quantify the effects of labour and epidural analgesia on plasma alpha1-acid glycoprotein concentration, (ii) to examine the effects of changes in plasma alpha1-acid glycoprotein concentration on plasma protein binding and placental transfer of ropivacaine, and (iii) to examine the association between umbilical venous ropivacaine concentration and neurobehavioural function in the neonate. Multiparous patients undergoing induction of labour received a continuous epidural infusion of 0.1% ropivacaine following an epidural bolus. A significant association was demonstrated between maternal plasma alpha1-acid glycoprotein concentration and 1\\/free fraction of ropivacaine 60 min after starting ropivacaine administration (r(2) = 0.77) but not at delivery. No significant correlation was demonstrable between maternal unbound ropivacaine concentration and either neonatal (cord) ropivacaine concentration or UV\\/MV (a measure of placental transfer). Thirty minutes after delivery, 9\\/10 neonates had neurological and adaptive capacity scores < 35, whereas only three infants had scores < 35 at 2 h. All scores exceeded 35 16 h after delivery. No association between mean (SD) umbilical venous ropivacaine concentration [0.09 (0.08) mg x l(-1)] and neurological and adaptive capacity scores was demonstrated.

  10. Adaptive spatial compounding for improving ultrasound images of the epidural space on human subjects

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    Tran, Denis; Hor, King-Wei; Kamani, Allaudin; Lessoway, Vickie; Rohling, Robert N.

    2008-03-01

    Administering epidural anesthesia can be a difficult procedure, especially for inexperienced physicians. The use of ultrasound imaging can help by showing the location of the key surrounding structures: the ligamentum flavum and the lamina of the vertebrae. The anatomical depiction of the interface between ligamentum flavum and epidural space is currently limited by speckle and anisotropic reflection. Previous work on phantoms showed that adaptive spatial compounding with non-rigid registration can improve the depiction of these features. This paper describes the development of an updated compounding algorithm and results from a clinical study. Average-based compounding may obscure anisotropic reflectors that only appear at certain beam angles, so a new median-based compounding technique is developed. In order to reduce the computational cost of the registration process, a linear prediction algorithm is used to reduce the search space for registration. The algorithms are tested on 20 human subjects. Comparisons are made among the reference image plus combinations of different compounding methods, warping and linear prediction. The gradient of the bone surfaces, the Laplacian of the ligamentum flavum, and the SNR and CNR are used to quantitatively assess the visibility of the features in the processed images. The results show a significant improvement in quality when median-based compounding with warping is used to align the set of beam-steered images and combine them. The improvement of the features makes detection of the epidural space easier.

  11. Spinal epidural haematoma: report of 11 cases and review of the literature

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    Spinal epidural haematomas (SEH) are rare; most are caused by trauma, anticoagulant therapy, vascular anomalies, hypertension, blood dyscrasias, epidural anaesthesia or, rarely, spinal surgery. We report 11 cases and review the literature (16 cases). The clinical picture is that of acute spinal cord compression. MRI characteristics are quite specific. On sagittal sections, the SEH appears as a biconvex mass, dorsal to the thecal sac, clearly outlined and with tapering superior and inferior margins. The dura mater is seen as curvilinear low signal separating the haematoma from the cord. Within 24 h of onset, the haematoma is isointense with the cord on T1-weighted images and heterogeneous on T2-weighted images. Later, it gives high signal on both T1-and T2-weighted images. Differential diagnosis must include subdural haematoma, epidural neoplasm and abscess. Complete neurological recovery rapidly follows laminectomy and removal of the clot. In three of our cases, the haematoma resolved spontaneously. MRI is the best examination for diagnostic and follow-up. (orig.)

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

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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. 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.)

  14. Analgesia epidural torácica para el tratamiento de la angina inestable Thoracal epidural analgesia for the management of unstable angina

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    M. Castro

    2005-07-01

    Full Text Available La miocardiopatía isquémica en pacientes con angina inestable refractaria al tratamiento médico constituye un escenario clínico complicado. Una anatomía desfavorable o un riesgo quirúrgico excesivamente alto pueden desaconsejar la realización de una angioplastia o de una cirugía de derivación coronaria. En este artículo se pretende revisar la utilización de la analgesia/anestesia epidural torácica para el tratamiento y estabilización de este tipo de pacientes, a través de una breve descripción de la fisiopatología de la isquemia cardiaca, estudios experimentales en animales y humanos, uso en cirugía cardiaca y efectos secundarios.Ischemic cardiomyopathy in patients with unstable angina refractory to medical therapy is a difficult medical condition. Unfavorable anatomy or excessive surgical risk can advise against the performance of angioplasty or coronary bypass surgery. This study has reviewed the use of thoracal epidural analgesia/anesthesia for the management and stabilization of this type of patients, with a brief description of the physiopathology of cardiac ischemia, experimental studies in animals and human beings, use of cardiac surgery and side effects.

  15. Acute presentation of epidural Ewing′s sarcoma

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    D Goel; Singhal, A.; Gupta, C.; S Kishor; K. Anuradha

    2007-01-01

    Acute transverse myelitis is most common in postviral infections, post-immunization or is associated with multiple sclerosis. Primary central nervous system lymphoma very rarely involves spinal cord and its presentation as myelitis is more uncommon. This case is a rare presentation of a rare disease.

  16. Percutaneous microdiscectomy versus epidural injection for management of chronic spinal pain.

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    Aronsohn, Judith; Chapman, Kenneth; Soliman, Magdy; Shah, Trusha; Costandi, Sherif; Michael, Rafik; Abadir, Adel R

    2010-01-01

    In this study we present the efficacy of aspiration of disc material employing the Stryker Disc Dekompressor during percutaneous microdiscectomy for the treatment of chronic spinal and radicular pain due to contained lumber disc herniation and compare the short-term outcome in such patients with those who received lumber epidural injection. A total of 50 patients with chronic lumber discogenic pain and radiculopathy were enrolled in this study and were randomized into two groups. Group 1 (n=26) underwent first time, single-level lumber discectomy at either L3-4, L4-5, or L5-S1 using the Stryker Disc Dekompressor for aspiration of disc material and Group 2 (n=24) received epidural steroid/local anesthetic injection. Data on patient demographics, operative time, length of hospitalization, incidence of postoperative complications, analgesic usage and postoperative complications were obtained. For short-term evaluation of the outcome in the two patient groups, the Visual Analogue Scale (VAS) from 0-10 for back pain and radicular pain were obtained preoperatively, 24 hr and 1-6 wk postoperatively. Also, the straight leg raising test (SLRT) was performed and recorded. A significant decrease in the radicular pain scores and an increase in SLRT degrees with a decrease in the back pain scores was seen in the disc Dekompressor group with minimal incidence of postoperative complications. In the epidural injection group, the back pain scores were significantly decreased postoperatively while the radicular pain and the SLRT degrees were insignificantly changed 24 hr postoperatively and at wk 6. We conclud that when standardized patient selection criteria are used, the disc DeKompressor is a safe and more effective treatment for radicular pain of discogenic origin than epidural injection with steroid/local anesthetic. Back pain of discogenic origin was more effectively treated with the epidural steroid/local anesthetic injection. Treatment of patients with radicular pain

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

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    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

  18. Foetal heart rate deceleration with combined spinal-epidural analgesia during labour: a maternal haemodynamic cardiac study.

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    Valensise, Herbert; Lo Presti, Damiano; Tiralongo, Grazia Maria; Pisani, Ilaria; Gagliardi, Giulia; Vasapollo, Barbara; Frigo, Maria Grazia

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    To understand the mechanisms those are involved in the appearance of foetal heart rate decelerations (FHR) after the combined epidural analgesia in labour. Observational study done at University Hospital for 86-term singleton pregnant women with spontaneous labour. Serial bedside measurement of the main cardiac maternal parameters with USCOM technique; stroke volume (SV), heart rate (HR), cardiac output (CO) and total vascular resistances (TVR) inputting systolic and diastolic blood pressure before combined epidural analgesia and after 5', 10', 15' and 20 min. FHR was continuously recorded though cardiotocography before and after the procedure. Correlation between the appearance of foetal heart rate decelerations and the modification of maternal haemodynamic parameters. Fourteen out of 86 foetuses showed decelerations after the combined spino epidural procedure. No decelerations occurred in the women with low TVR (1200 dyne/s/cm(-5)). Soon after the epidural procedure, the absence of increase in SV and CO was observed in these women. No variations in systolic and diastolic blood pressure values were found. The level of TVR before combined epidural analgesia in labour may indicate the risk of FHR abnormalities after the procedure. Low TVR (<1000 dyne/s/cm(-5)) showed a reduced risk of FHR abnormalities. FHR decelerations seem to occur in women without the ability to upregulate SV and CO in response to the initial effects of analgesia. PMID:26333691

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

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    2009-11-01

    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.

  20. Influencia del empleo de opioides epidurales durante el parto Impact of the use of epidural opiates during labour

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    A. Domínguez Ruiz-Huerta

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    Full Text Available Objetivos: Analizar la relación entre el empleo de opioides en la analgesia epidural obstétrica y su posible repercusión sobre la evolución y finalización del parto, así como sobre diversas variables obstétrico-fetales. Material y métodos: Estudio retrospectivo y observacional que incluyó a todas las mujeres que dieron a luz en el Complejo Hospitalario de Segovia durante un periodo de 8 meses. La analgesia epidural obstétrica, cuando se administró, consistió en una perfusión de bupivacaína al 0,125% más fentanilo a 2 µg.mL-1 (grupo F, o en una perfusión de bupivacaína al 0,125% (grupo B. Se recogieron los siguientes parámetros: edad, nuliparidad, administración de analgesia epidural (sí/no, tipo de parto, duración de la dilatación, duración del expulsivo, causa de la cesárea, peso fetal, test de Apgar y pH arterial umbilical fetal. Resultados: Se recogieron datos de 576 mujeres. Se administró analgesia epidural en el 47,7% de las parturientas, de las cuales 29,4% recibieron fentanilo en la perfusión continua. La duración de los periodos de dilatación y expulsivo fue más larga en las mujeres con analgesia epidural (p = 0,01 y p = 0,03, respectivamente, con independencia de que recibieran o no opioides epidurales. La analgesia epidural con y sin opioides también se asoció a un mayor riesgo de parto instrumental (28%; p = 0,006, pero no a un incremento de la tasa de cesáreas. Las pacientes que recibieron opioides epidurales presentaron fiebre intraparto en el 12,8% de los casos, frente al 7,1% de las que sólo recibieron bupivacaína en la perfusión. Estas diferencias no se mostraron estadísticamente significativas. Conclusiones: La analgesia epidural durante el parto no modificó el bienestar fetal ni la tasa de partos mediante cesárea, pero sí alteró la dinámica del parto, provocando una prolongación de las fases del mismo, mayor número de partos instrumentados y una alteración en la regulación de la

  1. Applicable study of patient-controlled epidural analgesia in peri-interventional uterine arterial embolization for uterine myomata

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    Objective: To study the effectiveness and safety of epidural patient-controlled analgesia (PCEA) for post-operative pain relief and adverse reactions after uterine arterial embolization (UAE). Methods: 100 patients (ASA I-II grade) undergoing transcatheter UAE of uterine myomata were randomly divided into five groups. All patients except group V used PCEA; including group I ( n=20) for epidural infusion with 0.2% ropivacaine plus 0.004% morphine, group II (n=20) with epidural infusion of 0.2% ropivacaine and 0.004% morphine plus 0.005% droperidol, group III (n=20) with epidural infusion of 0.2% ropivacaine and 0.004% morphine plus 0.01% droperidol, group IV (n=20) of epidural infusion of 0.2% ropivacaine plus 0.01% morphine, group V (n=20) served as the control with either traditional oral drugs of micronized nimesulide, or intramuscular injection (plus analgesic of rotundin or pethidine hydrochloride), or both. Results The quality of pain relief in the group I, group II, group III and group IV was obviously superior to that of group V. The PCEA application group recovered faster than that of group V after the procedure (P<0.01). Conclusions: During or after UEA, PCEA could effectively relieve pain by providing less side effects, faster recovery and high safety to the patient. The best analgetic methods of PCEA are coincident with the use of 0.2% ropivacaine plus 0.01% morphine. (authors)

  2. Is the combination of epidural clonidine–levobupivacaine has same analgesic efficacy and safety as the combination fentanyl–levobupivacaine after radical cystectomy?

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    Essam A. Mahran

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    Conclusion: We concluded that both clonidine and fentanyl can be used as effective additive to epidural levobubivacaine for postoperative analgesia after radical cystectomy with no significant difference between them in vital signs, analgesic, sedative effects and safety profile on adding each of them in doses not exceeding 20 μg/h to epidural continuous levobupivacaine infusion.

  3. Immediate and prolonged effects of pre- versus postoperative epidural analgesia with bupivacaine and morphine on pain at rest and during mobilisation after total knee arthroplasty

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    Dahl, J B; Daugaard, J J; Rasmussen, B;

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    Thirty-two patients scheduled for total knee arthroplasty were randomized to receive an identical epidural blockade initiated 30 min before surgical incision (N = 16), or at closure of the surgical wound (N = 16). Before induction of general anaesthesia the epidural catheter was tested with...... bupivacaine 7.5 mg.ml-1, 2 ml. General anaesthesia was induced with thiopentone, pancuronium or atracurium, and fentanyl 0.1-0.3 mg, and maintained with N2O/O2 and enflurane. The epidural regimen consisted of a bolus of 16 ml of bupivacaine 7.5 mg.ml-1 plus morphine 2 mg, and continuous infusion of......, during or after cessation of the epidural regimen. These results do not suggest timing of analgesia with a conventional, continuous epidural regimen to be of major clinical importance in patients undergoing total knee arthroplasty....

  4. 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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    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

  5. Successful treatment of spontaneous cerebrospinal fluid leak headache with fluoroscopically guided epidural blood patch: a report of four cases.

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    Hayek, Salim M; Fattouh, Maher; Dews, Teresa; Kapural, Leonardo; Malak, Osama; Mekhail, Nagy

    2003-12-01

    Spontaneous cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leak is a rare clinical entity that may result in disabling headaches. It occurs as a result of dural defects, and the initial symptoms resemble those of postdural puncture headache. However, the positional headache can later evolve into a persistent chronic daily headache. The diagnosis of spontaneous CSF leak can be very challenging, but increasing awareness and improved diagnostic techniques are yielding ever more cases. When conservative management fails, the pain management clinician is called upon to administer an epidural blood patch. The success of this technique is dependent upon accurate diagnosis of the site of leakage and targeted epidural administration of the blood patch to this area. In this report, we describe four consecutive cases that were referred to our pain management department over an 18-month period and were successfully treated with site-directed epidural blood patches. PMID:14750917

  6. Twisted tail: spinal epidural lipomatosis responding to chemotherapy in a patient with non-small-cell lung cancer

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    Full text: Spinal epidural lipomatosis is a rare condition, described in corticoadrenal hyperactivity. It is most commonly seen in association with steroid administration and occasionally with Cushing's syndrome. This is the first case report of spinal epidural lipomatosis as presenting finding in a patient with non-small-cell lung carcinoma without any evidence of endogenous or exogenous hypercortisolism. The additional interesting feature is the paraneoplastic behaviour of this condition and even more interestingly its resolution following chemo-treatment of the primary cancer. Spinal epidural lipomatosis is a benign condition, which must be considered in the differential diagnosis of spinal cord compression in this category of patients. Its pathophysiology remains to be discovered in future.

  7. Evaluation of the long-term efficacy of CT-guided epidural steroid injection for the treatment of sciatica

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    Objective: To evaluate the long-term efficacy of CT-guided epidural steroid injection for the treatment of sciatica. Methods: CT-guided epidural steroid injection was performed in 180 patients with sciatica from May 1998 to March 2004, and all patients had failure to previous conservative treatment. Visual analogue scale was used to evaluate the pain of the patient before and after the treatment. Results: Follow-up was taken for 112 cases during 1-6 years after the treatment, 89 patients (79.5%) had successful long-term outcome and 80 patients (71.4%) were satisfied. Conclusions: CT-guided epidural steroid injection can reduce low back pain and radical pain. It should be preferentially considered as the first choice when conservative treatments are failed. (authors)

  8. Facial nerve paralysis and partial brachial plexopathy after epidural blood patch: a case report and review of the literature

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    Radi Shahien

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available Radi Shahien, Abdalla BowirratDepartment of Neurology, Ziv Medical Center, Zfat, IsraelAbstract: We report a complication related to epidural analgesia for delivery in a 24-year-old woman who was admitted with mild pre-eclampsia and for induction of labor. At the first postpartum day she developed a postdural puncture headache, which was unresponsive to conservative measures. On the fifth day an epidural blood patch was done, and her headache subsided. Sixteen hours later she developed paralysis of the right facial nerve, which was treated with prednisone. Seven days later she complained of pain in the left arm and the posterior region of the shoulder. She was later admitted and diagnosed with partial brachial plexopathy.Keywords: facial nerve paralysis, partial brachial plexopathy, epidural blood patch

  9. The roles of acute and chronic pain in regression of sensory analgesia during continuous epidural bupivacaine infusion

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    Mogensen, T; Scott, N B; Lund, Claus; Bigler, D; Hjortsø, N C; Kehlet, Henrik

    1988-01-01

    -point scale) were assessed hourly for 16 hours during continuous epidural infusion of 0.5% plain bupivacaine (8 ml/hr) in 12 patients with chronic nonsurgical pain and in 30 patients after major abdominal surgery performed under combined bupivacaine and halothane--N2O general anesthesia. No opiates were given......The purpose of this study was to investigate whether regression of sensory analgesia during constant epidural bupivacaine infusion was different in postoperative patients with acute pain than in patients with chronic nonsurgical pain. Sensory levels of analgesia (to pinprick) and pain (on a five...... than 0.01). Mean duration of sensory blockade was significantly longer (P less than 0.005) in the patients with chronic pain than in surgical patients (13.1 +/- 1.2 and 8.5 +/- 0.7 hours, respectively). Thus, surgical injury hastens regression of sensory analgesia during continuous epidural bupivacaine...

  10. Central Nervous System Aspergillosis causing Spinal Cord Compression

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    Faraz Ahmed

    2010-07-01

    Full Text Available Central nervous system (CNS aspergillosis is a rare and uniformly fatal complication of disseminated disease, involving the cerebral hemispheres and cerebellum in the majority of cases. It is a ubiquitous mold and refers to a group of diseases caused by monomorphic mycelial fungi of the genus Aspergillosis fumigatus. Outbreaks of invasive aspergillosis are a problem in immunocompromized persons after they are exposed to air-borne spores.1 Aspergillosis causing spinal cord compression due to epidural abscess formation and hypertrophic pachymeningitis is a rare entity, thus such a case is presented herewith.

  11. 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

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    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

  12. Sedation with Xylazine-Diazepam and Epidural Administration of Lidocaine and Xylazine for Castration and Ovariohysterectomy in Cats

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    Bizhan Ziaei

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this study was to determine whether anesthesia consisting of sedation induced by intramuscular administration of xylazine-diazepam and lumbosacral analgesia induced by epidural administration of lidocaine and xylazine is satisfactory for castration and ovariohysterectomy in cats. Six adult (3 male and 3 female, 2.5 ± 0.5 years of age cats (mean body weight ± SD, 2.2 ± 0.44 kg were used in this study. Cats were sedated with xylazine (1-2 mg kg-1 IM and diazepam (0.2 mg kg-1, IM and 5 minutes later a 2% solution of lidocaine (0.5ml/4.5kg and xylazine (1 mg kg-1 were administered into the lumbosacral epidural space. Open castration technique or ventral midline routine ovariohysterectomy were performed. Time to onset, duration and cranial spread of analgesia were recorded. Heart rate, respiratory rate and rectal temperature were recorded at time 0 (prior to epidural drugs administration as a base line values and at 10, 20, 30, 45 and 60 minutes after the epidural administration. Onset time of analgesia was 4.0 ± 0.63 min (Mean ± SEM and duration of analgesia was 89.5 ± 3.0 min (Mean ± SEM. However, surgical procedures were completed within 25-37 min. There were significant decrease in heart rate and rectal temperature values and significant increase in respiratory rate (P < 0.001. Intramuscular administration of xylazine-diazepam for sedation and epidural administration of lidocaine and xylazine for analgesia provided satisfactory analgesia for castration and ovariohysterectomy in cats. Utilizing epidural anesthetic technique with this combination is most useful for spaying surgery, especially when the surgical procedure can be completed in < 40 minutes.

  13. Effect of epidural clonidine on characteristics of spinal anaesthesia in patients undergoing gynaecological surgeries: A clinical study

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    Rachna Prasad

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Background and Aims: Combined spinal–epidural (CSE anaesthesia is being increasingly used for effective post-operative analgesia. This study was designed to evaluate the effect of epidural clonidine on characteristics of spinal anaesthesia for gynaecological surgeries. Methods: This was a prospective randomised, double-blind, controlled study involving sixty patients belonging to American Society of Anesthesiologists Physical Status I and II who underwent gynaecological surgeries were randomly divided into clonidine (C group and saline (S group of thirty each. All patients received CSE anaesthesia. Ten minutes before subarachnoid block (SAB, Group C received clonidine 150 μg diluted to 5 ml in normal saline (NS and Group S received NS epidurally. Hyperbaric bupivacaine (15 mg was administered intrathecally for both groups after epidural injection. Sensory and motor block characteristics, analgesia, sedation and haemodynamics were observed. Statistical analysis was performed using appropriate tests. Results: Epidural clonidine produced faster onset (37.83 ± 8.58 s in Group C compared to 50.33 ± 8.80 s in Group S, P = 0.001 and prolonged duration of sensory block (241.17±18.65 minutes in group C compared to 150.33±19.16 minutes in group S, P = 0.001. Time for two segment regression of sensory block was193.67 ± 19.82 min in Group C and 109.33 ± 18.56 min Group S (P < 0.001. The duration of analgesia was 299.00 ± 43.38 min in Group C and 152.50 ± 21.04 min in Group S (P < 0.001. Haemodynamics and sedation scores were comparable between two groups. Conclusion: Administration of clonidine epidurally, 10 min before SAB, caused early onset and prolonged duration of motor blockade and analgesia, without any significant post-operative complication.

  14. Evaluation of Analgesic Effect of Caudal Epidural Tramadol, Tramadol-Lidocaine, and Lidocaine in Water Buffalo Calves (Bubalus bubalis)

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    Ayman Atiba; Alaa Ghazy; Naglaa Gomaa; Tarek Kamal; Mustafa Shukry

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    Aim of this study was to compare the analgesic effect of tramadol and a combination of tramadol-lidocaine with that produced by lidocaine administration in the epidural space in buffalo calves. In a prospective randomized crossover study, ten male buffalo calves were used to compare the epidural analgesic effect of tramadol (1 mg/kg) and tramadol-lidocaine combination (0.5 mg/kg and 0.11 mg/kg, resp.) with that produced by 2% lidocaine (0.22 mg/kg). Loss of sensation was examined by pin-prick...

  15. Mielopatia induzida por medicação anticoagulante: relato de um caso com hematoma epidural espinhal

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    Lineu Cesar Werneck; João Cândido Araujo; Acir Rachid

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    Relato do caso de uma paciente de 51 anos de idade, recebendo anticoagulante por tromboflebite e embolias pulmonares, com tempo de atividade de protrombina dentro do limite terapêutico, que desenvolveu súbita paraplegia. A investigação revelou bloqueio medular e a cirurgia comprovou ser um hematoma epidural espinhal, que foi evacuado. A paciente permaneceu com os mesmos déficits clínicos no post-operatório. São feitos comentários a respeito da etiologia dos hematomas espinhais epidurals, sua ...

  16. Distribution of Methylene Blue after Injection into the Epidural Space of Anaesthetized Pregnant and Non-Pregnant Sheep

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    Moll Sánchez, Xavier; García Arnas, Félix; Ferrer, Rosa Isabel; Santos Benito, Laura; Aguilar Catalán, Adrià

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    The aim of the study was to determine the distribution of different volumes of methylene blue solution injected into the epidural space in anaesthetized pregnant and non-pregnant sheep, to evaluate its cranial distribution and to compare between them. Fifteen pregnant and fifteen non-pregnant sheep were included in the study. Sheep were anaesthetized and received 0.05, 0.1, or 0.2 mL/kg of a lumbosacral epidural solution containing 0.12% methylene blue in 0.9% saline. Thirty minutes after the...

  17. Comparison of ropivacaine and bupivacaine as single-shot epidural anaesthesia for orthopaedic surgery

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    To compare the efficacy and side-effects of 0.5% ropivacaine with that of 0.5% bupivacaine when used for single-shot epidural anaesthesia for orthopaedic surgery. Design: Randomized controlled trial. Place and Duration of Study: Department of Anesthesiology, Combined Military Hospital Rawalpindi, over a period of eight months from June 2013 to January 2014. Patients and Methods: The study was carried out in 60 ASA physical status I, II or III patients undergoing elective lower extremity orthopedic surgery. Two groups of 30 patients each received single-shot epidural anaesthesia either with ropivacaine 0.5% (ropivacaine group) or bupivacaine 0.5% (bupivacaine group). Onset, time for maximum height and median height of sensory block was assessed as well as time to two segment recession. Modified Bromage scale was used for motor blockade. Total duration of motor block and common side effects were also recorded. Results: The patients in both groups were similar in age, height, weight, gender and ASA status. There was no significant difference in onset of sensory block and time for maximum height of sensory block. The median heighest level of sensory block was T6 (T5-T8) for ropivacaine group and T5 (T4-T7) for bupivacaine group. Time for two segment regression and duration of sensory block were also comparable for both groups. The total duration of motor block was significantly more in bupivacaine group (159 min vs 134.2 min, p< 0.001). Modified Bromage scale was also significantly higher in bupivacaine group (2.86 vs 1.96 min, p<0.001). Side effects like hypotension, bradycardia, nausea, vomiting and shivering were similar in both groups. Conclusion: Epidural administration of 0.5% ropivacaine provided effective and good quality anaesthesia. Motor blockade was of less duration as compared to equivalent dose of 0.5% bupivacaine, which may offer potential benefit of early patient mobilization after orthopaedic surgery. (author)

  18. Spine surgery may cause more spinal epidural hematomas than spinal puncture

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    AN Jian-xiong; FANG Qi-wu; Erin A.Sullivan; John P.Williams

    2013-01-01

    Background Spinal epidural hematoma (SEH) is a rare but acute and possibly devastating clinical event.The purpose of this study is to assess the multiple etiologies of SEH seen in an academic medical center over a 15-year span.We have examined the etiologies of SEH occurring in a single institution,the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) over the last fifteen years using an electronic record keeping system and database:the Medical Archive Retrieval System (MARS).Methods We screened MARS from 1986-2001 using key words:epidural,hematoma and spinal.All potential SEH cases were reviewed and only those confirmed by surgical intervention were identified as positive SEH and reported in this study.Results There were 17 cases of confirmed SEH.Among them,seven cases were from spontaneous bleeding,seven cases following spinal surgery,and three cases from traumatic spinal fracture.There were no findings of SEH that were related to spinal or epidural anesthesia.Among the seven patients with spontaneous SEH; two were receiving anti-coagulants for deep venous thrombosis (DVT) and had elevated prothrembin time (PT) and activated partial thromboplastine time (APTT),one had hemophilia (type B),four had hypertension,and three out of seven had chronic renal or liver disease.Among postoperative SEH patients,two of the seven patients were receiving chemotherapy and radiation therapy and one had ongoing hemodialysis for renal failure.Among three patients with traumatic SEH,two had ankylosing spondylitis.Six patients had a history of alcohol abuse.Conclusions Spontaneous bleeding is by far the leading cause of SEH with spinal surgery being the second leading cause.Patients with multiple co-morbidities that result in coagulopathy from a variety of causes include liver or renal disease,alcohol abuse,radiation therapy,or chemotherapy.Neuraxial anesthesia is an extremely rare cause of SEH.

  19. 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.

  20. Epidural levobupivacaine alone or combined with different morphine doses in bitches under continuous propofol infusion

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    V.B. Albuquerque

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this study was to assess the cardiopulmonary, analgesic, adverse effects, serum concentration of cortisol and plasma levels of levobupivacaine and morphine in bitches undergoing propofol anesthesia and epidural analgesia with levobupivacaine alone or combined with morphine. This was a randomized 'blinded' prospective clinical study using 32 adult bitches weighing 9.8±4.1kg that were admitted for elective ovariohysterectomy. Twenty minutes after administration of acepromazine and midazolam, anesthesia was induced with propofol (4mg kg-1 and maintained by a continuous rate infusion (CRI. Each animal was randomly assigned to one of four epidural groups: GL = levobupivacaine alone (0.33mg kg-1; GLM0.1 = levobupivacaine and morphine (0.1mg kg-1; GLM0.15 = levobupivacaine and morphine (0.15mg kg-1; and GLM0.2 = levobupivacaine and morphine (0.2mg kg-1. Variables obtained during anesthesia were heart rate, respiratory rate, systolic, mean and diastolic arterial blood pressures, oxyhemoglobin saturation, inspired oxygen fraction, end-tidal carbon dioxide tension, blood gases, serum cortisol, and plasma levels of levobupivacaine and morphine. The onset and duration times of the blockade were recorded. Arterial pressures were significantly increased in all groups at the times of ovarian pedicle clamping. There was a decrease in pH, together with an increase in both PaO2and PaCO2 over time. Serum cortisol levels were increased in TESu compared to TB, T30 and TR. Limb spasticity, muscle tremors, opisthotonos and diarrhea were observed in some animals during propofol infusion and ceased with the end of CRI. Reactions happened at different moments and lasted for different periods of time in each individual. Epidural with levobupivacaine alone or combined with morphine allowed for ovariohysterectomy to be performed under low propofol infusion rates, with minimal changes in cardiovascular variables and in serum cortisol levels. Adverse effects were