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  1. Remifentanilo vs. bloqueo central epidural para control del dolor postoperatorio en cirugía vascular de urgencias Remifentanyl versus epidural central blockade for the management of postoperative pain in emergency vascular surgery

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    A. Quirante

    2004-12-01

    Full Text Available El correcto tratamiento del dolor postoperatorio constituye una prioridad dentro de los objetivos del anestesiólogo. En pacientes con patología vascular severa quirúrgica, el tratamiento analgésico efectivo se suele realizar mediante bloqueo continuo epidural. Sin embargo, la administración de analgésicos, tanto opiáceos como no opiáceos, por vía intravenosa, es una alternativa a la vía epidural cuando esta es desestimada. Caso clínico: Presentamos el caso de un paciente varón de 63 años portador de un bypass fémoro-poplíteo a primera porción en miembro inferior izquierdo, el cual es intervenido quirúrgicamente y con carácter urgente tras el diagnóstico de falso aneurisma séptico de arteria iliaca izquierda con rotura de anastomosis fémoro-poplítea. Se optó por una anestesia general basada en la analgesia con remifentanilo frente a bloqueo central epidural dado el carácter urgente de la cirugía y la ingesta habitual de antiagregantes plaquetarios. Se planificó como estrategia analgésica postoperatoria la administración de remifentanilo a dosis sedoanalgésicas (Introduction: The appropriate management of postoperative pain is a priority among the objectives of the anesthesiologist. In patients with severe surgical vascular pathology, an effective analgesic treatment is usually provided with epidural continuous blockade. However, the intravenous administration of analgesics, either opiates or non opiates, is an alternative to the epidural route when this has to be dismissed. Clinical case: We present the case of a 63-years old male patient carrying a femoro-popliteus bypass in the first portion of the left lower limb that underwent emergency surgery after being diagnosed of a false septic aneurysm in the left iliac artery with breakage of the femoro-popliteus anastomosis. General anesthesia based on remifentanyl was decided instead of epidural central blockade due to the urgent nature of the surgery and the regular

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

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    2014-01-01

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

  3. Central temperature changes are poorly perceived during epidural anesthesia.

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    Glosten, B; Sessler, D I; Faure, E A; Karl, L; Thisted, R A

    1992-07-01

    Hypothermia and shivering are common during epidural anesthesia for cesarean delivery but are not always accompanied by a sensation of coldness. To test the hypothesis that central temperature changes are not perceived during epidural anesthesia, we measured central and skin temperatures and thermal perception in 30 patients undergoing cesarean delivery with epidural anesthesia. Central temperature decreased 1.0 +/- 0.6 degrees C from control values during anesthesia and surgery, but thermal perception scores did not reflect central temperatures (P = 0.56) or changes in central temperature (P = 0.63). A feeling of warmth was significantly correlated with increased mean skin temperature (P = 0.02) and increased upper body skin temperature (P = 0.03). We conclude that central temperature is poorly perceived and is less important than skin temperature in determining thermal perception during high levels of epidural anesthesia.

  4. 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

  5. Estudio comparativo de la eficacia analgésica del bloqueo continuo intercostal versus analgesia epidural torácica en la nefrectomía parcial abierta.

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    2014-01-01

    Un importante efecto secundario de la cirugía es el dolor agudo postoperatorio. La estrategia más utilizada en su control tras cirugía mayor abdominal ha sido la analgesia epidural. El desarrollo de las técnicas laparoscópicas ha provocado un aumento de casos que finalizan en cirugía abierta, para los que se están probando otras técnicas de control del dolor postoperatorio, como la analgesia perineural, utilizada en cirugía traumatológica, pero de la que hay poca experiencia en cirugía urológ...

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

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

    2015-01-01

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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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.

  11. 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

  12. 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.

  13. Estudo comparativo entre bupivacaína (S75-R25 e ropivacaína em bloqueio peridural para analgesia de parto Estudio comparativo entre la bupivacaína (S75-R25 y la ropivacaína en bloqueo epidural para analgesia de parto A comparative study between bupivacaine (S75-R25 and ropivacaine in spinal anesthesia for labor analgesia

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    Celso Schmalfuss Nogueira

    2010-10-01

    las repercusiones maternas y fetales con el uso de la bupivacaína (S75-R25 y de la ropivacaína cuando se usan para la analgesia de parto por bloqueo epidural. MÉTODOS: Realizamos un ensayo clínico prospectivo, encubierto y randomizado, con 49 pacientes gestantes a término, que presentaban bajo riesgo, con indicación de parto vaginal, y una edad entre los 15 y los 35 años, ASA I o II distribuidas en dos grupos: GI - bupivacaína (S75-R25 0,25%; GII - ropivacaína a 0,20%. RESULTADOS: Quedó evidenciada la diferencia estadísticamente significativa entre los dos grupos, 30 minutos después de la administración de la epidural, siendo que las puntuaciones de dolor fueron más elevadas en el grupo que utilizó la ropivacaína. No se encontraron diferencias estadísticas significativas en cuanto a la latencia de la analgesia, nivel sensorial del bloqueo, volumen del anestésico local, dosis de rescate, duración del parto y de la analgesia, frecuencia de parto instrumental, alteraciones hemodinámicas, puntuaciones de Apgar o pH del cordón umbilical e incidencia de eventos adversos. CONCLUSIONES: El uso de la bupivacaína (S75-R25 y la ropivacaína para la analgesia de parto, proporcionó buenas condiciones para la realización de la anestesia epidural con pequeñas incidencias de eventos adversosBACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Spinal anesthesia is used for relief of pain during labor and it is associated with low indices of complications. Studies with levorotatory enantiomers of local anesthetics demonstrate higher safety due to the lower cardiotoxicity. The objective of this study was to evaluate the latency and duration of analgesia and maternal and fetal repercussions with bupivacaine (S75-R25 and ropivacaine in spinal anesthesia for labor analgesia. METHODS: A prospective, double-blind, randomized clinical assay was undertaken with 49 labouring parturients with low risk, with indication of vaginal delivery, ages 15 to 35 years, ASA I or II, divided into two groups

  14. Infections following epidural catheterization

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    Holt, MS; Andersen, SS; Andersen, Ove;

    1995-01-01

    of 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...... 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...

  15. Bloqueio combinado para analgesia de parto: a adição de sufentanil ao anestésico local influencia o apgar dos recém-nascidos? Bloqueo combinado para analgesia de parto: ¿la adición de sufentanil al anestésico local influye en el apgar de los reciÿn nacidos? Combined spinal-epidural for labor analgesia: does the addition of sufentanil to the local anesthetic influence apgar scores of the newborns?

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    Domingos Dias Cicarelli

    2007-06-01

    Universidade de São Paulo (USP y evaluar si la utilización de sufentanil asociado al anestésico local en el BC altera el Apgar de los recién nacidos. MÉTODO: Se analizaron las fichas de anestesia en que se realizaron BC para la analgesia de parto durante 12 meses en el Hospital Universitario de la USP. Se registraron el uso y la dosis de sufentanil, la vía de parto utilizada y las puntuaciones de Apgar del 1°, 5° y 10° minutos de los recién nacidos. RESULTADOS: De los 635 BC evaluados, 307 utilizaron sufentanil y anestésico local (Grupo SUF y 328, solo anestésico local (Grupo AL. Ciento veinte y siete (20% fueron realizados a través de la técnica de aguja por dentro de aguja y los otros 508 (80% realizados por la técnica dos punciones. No se verificó diferencia entre el Apgar de los grupos estudiados en el 1°, 5° y 10° minutos. CONCLUSIONES: El sufentanil utilizado en el bloqueo combinado no alteró el Apgar de los recién nacidos.BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Combined spinal-epidural (CSE is a very common obstetric technique. However, the literature does not present a standardization regarding the technique, doses, and anesthetics used, besides there is also the controversy about the possibility that the addition of opioids to the local anesthetic causes fetal bradycardia and affects its vitality. The aim of this study was to identify the techniques and anesthetics used in the Anesthesiology Service of the Hospital Universitário of Universidade de São Paulo (USP and determine whether the use of sufentanil associated with the local anesthetic affects Apgar scores of newborns. METHODS: The anesthesiology charts of patients submitted to CSE for labor analgesia over a 12-month period at the Hospital Universitário of USP were analyzed. The use and dose of sufentanil, the type of delivery, and Apgar scores in the 1st, 5th, and 10th minutes were recorded. RESULTS: Of the 635 CSE analyzed, 307 used sufentanil and local anesthetic (SUF Group and 328 only local

  16. 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

  17. Spinal and epidural anesthesia

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

  18. Fiabilidad técnica del bloqueo caudal guiado con ecografía

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    A. Mendiola de la Osa

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Introducción: el bloqueo-infiltración caudal es una técnica utilizada en las unidades de dolor para tratar el dolor de origen radicular lumbosacro. Esta técnica se ha realizado clásicamente mediante referencias anatómicas o guiado mediante fluoroscopia. Se presenta la realización de la técnica eco-guiada y las complicaciones surgidas tras la realización de la misma. Material y métodos: estudio observacional descriptivo en el que se estudiaron las complicaciones de la técnica. Se realizaron 126 procedimientos en pacientes adultos de ambos sexos. Procedimiento: se localizó el hiato sacro mediante ecografía y se insertó una aguja de Touhy 18 G en el espacio epidural caudal perforando el ligamento sacro-coccígeo. Resultados: no surgieron complicaciones graves en ninguno de los pacientes. No hubo casos de mala ventana ecográfica por lo que se pudo realizar la técnica en todos los enfermos programados. Conclusión: debido a la ausencia de complicaciones la realización de la técnica eco-guiada es una alternativa segura y fiable a la técnica guiada con fluoroscopia. Mediante esta técnica se evita la exposición de radiaciones ionizantes. Además el bloqueo caudal eco-guiado no necesita del uso de contrastes yodados y permite transportar el ecógrafo a la cabecera del enfermo en caso de ser necesario.

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

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    S. F. González-Pérez

    2006-04-01

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

  20. Comparison of influence of high thoracic epidural anesthesia and central analgesia on hemodynamic during on-bypass coronary artery bypass grafting

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    V. A. Sobokar

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    Full Text Available Objective. Despite some advantages, the use of high thoracic epidural anesthesia (HTEA during cardiac operations may be discouraged by fear of adverse hemodynamic effects. Aim. To compare the hemodynamic effects of HTEA and central analgesia (CA during on-bypass CABG. Methods. 132 patients were assigned into two groups – study group (n = 85, where the surgery was carried out under HTEA and control group (n = 47 - where the surgery was carried out under CA. Data of the intraoperative monitoring and trans-oesophageal cardiac ultrasound - cardiac index (CI, stroke index (SI, ejection fraction (EF and index of systemic vascular resistance (ISVR were obtained. Results. After induction and sternotomy patients in the study group had higher EF - 57(53, 65% vs 54 ± 7% (p = 0,013 and 55 ± 8 vs 52 ± 9%, (p = 0,031. After sternotomy CI and SI in the study group were also higher, respectively 2,42 (2,0;3,1 vs 2,23±0,63 l · min-1 · m-2, (p = 0,041 and 43 (34;46 vs 37±10 ml · m-2 (p = 0.014. Conclusion. We concluded that HTEA has advantages over CA by its influence on hemodynamics.

  1. Analgesia epidural para parto en la gestante obesa Epidural analgesia for labour in obese patients

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    E. Guasch

    2006-10-01

    Full Text Available La obesidad es un problema global de salud en continuo aumento en el mundo desarrollado. Dado que la incidencia de la obesidad es mayor en mujeres que en hombres, los anestesiólogos con especial dedicación a la obstetricia, tendrán mayor oportunidad de enfrentarse a este tipo de pacientes. Nuestro objetivo es determinar la dificultad en la realización de la técnica epidural para analgesia de parto y analizar la incidencia de complicaciones ocurridas durante la punción en las gestantes obesas, así como evaluar la eficacia de la analgesia epidural en este grupo de pacientes en un estudio observacional retrospectivo de todos los bloqueos epidurales para analgesia de parto realizados en un hospital universitario de nivel 4 durante un periodo de cuatro años. Se ha estudiado un total de 13616 pacientes, clasificándolas según el índice de masa corporal en Kg./m² (IMC. En las pacientes no obesas (IMCObesity is an increasing global health problem in Developer countries. As its incidence is grater in women than men, obstetric anesthesiologists wil be envolved in the care of the obese patient more often. Our aim is to study punction dificulties in obese parturients requiring epidural analgesia for labor, and to compare punction complications between obese and non obese parturients as analgesic efficacy between obese and non obese patients in a retrospective observational study among all the epidural analgesic blocks performed in a universitary hospital in a four years period. We studied 13616 patients, who were classified according to body mass index in Kg/m² (BMI. In the non obese group patients (BMI<30; first attempt epidural success was achieved in 76,5%. Mild obese patients (BMI 30-32, severe obese (BMI 33-39 and morbid obese (BMI≥40, the percents were 69, 3%, 63,2% y 47,4% respectively. The comparison among obese and non obese patients was significati-vely different (p<0,001. Punction complications did not show differences among groups

  2. 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

  3. Infections following epidural catheterization

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    Holt, MS; Andersen, SS; Andersen, Ove

    1995-01-01

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

  4. 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

  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. Spinal and Intracranial Epidural Abscess

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    J Gordon Millichap

    2009-03-01

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

  7. Traumatic epidural hematoma in children.

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

    2005-07-01

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

  8. 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

  9. Bilateral assymetric epidural hematoma

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    Edmundo Luis Rodrigues Pereira

    2015-01-01

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

  10. Aspergillus spinal epidural abscess

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

    1982-12-17

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

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

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

    2013-01-01

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

  12. Low-dose epidural dexmedetomidine improves thoracic epidural anaesthesia for nephrectomy.

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    Zeng, X Z; Xu, Y M; Cui, X G; Guo, Y P; Li, W Z

    2014-03-01

    Thoracic epidural anaesthesia alone is an applied technique of anaesthesia for nephrectomy which has both advantages and limitations. Dexmedetomidine is a highly selective alpha2-adrenoreceptor agonist which has both central and peripheral analgesic properties. Forty patients undergoing nephrectomy were enrolled in this clinical trial and allocated randomly to two groups, a control group (C group) and a dexmedetomidine group (D group). The C group received epidural 0.75% levobupivacaine 12 ml with 1 ml of isotonic sodium chloride solution, while the D group received epidural 0.75% levobupivacaine 12 ml with 1 ml (0.5 µg/kg) of dexmedetomidine. Haemodynamic changes, onset time and duration of sensory and motor block, muscle relaxation score, verbal rating score for pain, sedation score and the total postoperative analgesic consumption were evaluated. Sensory blockade duration was longer in the D group than in the C group (P=0.01). The incidence of motor block and the muscle relaxation score were significantly higher in the D group compared with the C group (P=0.01). Compared with the C group, pain scores were significantly lower in the first four postoperative hours in the D group (two hours rest P=0.038; two hours activity P=0.009; four hours rest P=0.044; four hours activity P=0.003). The total amount of flurbiprofen analgesic was significantly lower in the D group compared with the C group (P=0.03). Epidural dexmedetomidine 0.5 µg/kg appears to intensify thoracic epidural anaesthesia with levobupivacaine.

  13. [Epidural emphysema complicating bronchial asthma].

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

    2012-12-01

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

  14. Epidural injections for back pain

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

  15. Antibacterial activity of epidural infusions.

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

    2009-01-01

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

  16. Esclerosis sistémica complicada con síncope y bloqueo AV completo

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    Francisco Femenía

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available La esclerosis sistémica es una compleja enfermedad que afecta el tejido conectivo, el sistema vascular y el sistema inmunológico, y se caracteriza por fibrosis cutánea y de órganos viscerales. Los bloqueos de rama y los hemibloqueos se presentan en el 25 a 75% de los casos y constituyen predictores independientes de mortalidad. Los bloqueos auriculoventriculares de segundo o tercer grado son muy raros. Presentamos el caso de una mujer de 47 años de edad, con diagnóstico de esclerosis sistémica, quien presenta episodio sincopal secundario a bloqueo auriculoventricular completo con necesidad de implante de marcapasos definitivo.

  17. 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

  18. Esclerosis sistémica complicada con síncope y bloqueo AV completo

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    Francisco Femenía; Mauricio Arce; Martín Arrieta

    2010-01-01

    La esclerosis sistémica es una compleja enfermedad que afecta el tejido conectivo, el sistema vascular y el sistema inmunológico, y se caracteriza por fibrosis cutánea y de órganos viscerales. Los bloqueos de rama y los hemibloqueos se presentan en el 25 a 75% de los casos y constituyen predictores independientes de mortalidad. Los bloqueos auriculoventriculares de segundo o tercer grado son muy raros. Presentamos el caso de una mujer de 47 años de edad, con diagnóstico de esclerosis sistémic...

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. 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.)

  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. Acute cervical epidural hematoma: case report

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    BORGES GUILHERME

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

  4. Epidural hematomas of posterior fossa

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    Radulović Danilo

    2004-01-01

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

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

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

    2014-03-01

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

  6. Apakah Epidural Preemtif Menghambat Stres Pembedahan dengan Sempurna?

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    Muh. Rumli Ahmad

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    Full Text Available Preemptive analgesia is initiating an analgesic regimen before the onset of the noxious stimulus. Damages to the tissue caused by surgical trauma generate noxious response conveyed to the central nervous system (CNS by two pathways, neural pathway and circulatory pathway. This study is a double- blinded clinical trial that included 48 patients undergoing lower extremity orthopedic surgery. The subjects were divided into two groups: group I (n=24 received 10 mL bupivacaine 0.25% from epidural route, and group II (n=24 received 10 mL NaCl 0.9% from epidural route as the control group before induction of anesthesia. Both groups were anesthetized under general anesthesia. Group I received 5 mL bupivacaine 0,5% every 90 minutes and group II received 5 mL NaCl 0,9 with similar time intraoperatively. Post-operatively, both groups received continuous bupivacaine 0,25% 4 mL/ hour until 24 hours after surgery. Measurements of cytokine levels: tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α, interleukin- 1β (IL-1β, IL-6 and IL-10 were done before induction of anesthesia, in the early post-operative period, at 4, 8, and 24 hours after surgery. Group I showed lower level proinflammatory cytokines level compared with group II but the difference was not statistically significant (p>0.05. The level of anti-inflammatory cytokine was higher in group I, but the difference was not statistically significant (p>0.05. Pain intensity at 4 hours, 8 hours, 24 jam hours post operative was lower significantly (p0.05 excepst at early postoperative period (p<0.05. Generally, preemptive epidural analgesia was able to suppress the cytokine responses, but not completely. In conclusion, preemptive epidural analgesia is associated with better analgesia and better hemodynamic stability compared without preemptive epidural, but unable to suppress the production of proinflammatory and anti-inflammatory cytokines.

  7. Bloqueo interescalénico para cirugía de hombro : Reparos anatómicos

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    El bloqueo interescalénico, es especialmente efectivo para la cirugía de hombro y la porción proximal del brazo y es ideal para la reducción de una luxación de hombro. El objetivo del presente trabajo es resaltar la importancia de los reparos anatómicos para efectuar el bloqueo interescalénico.

  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

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    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. The experience of labour with epidural analgesia

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    Jepsen, Ingrid; Keller, Kurt Dauer

    2014-01-01

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

  10. Epidural Analgesia in the Postoperative Period

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

  11. Paraplegia After Thoracic Epidural Steroid Injection.

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    Loomba, Vivek; Kaveeshvar, Hirsh; Dwivedi, Samvid

    2016-09-01

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

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. Bacteriological Profile of Epidural Catheters

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

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

  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

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    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. Idiopathic Spinal Epidural Abscess: A Case Report

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    Chaitali Biswas

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

  17. Idiopathic Spinal Epidural Abscess: A Case Report

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

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

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    Armando Bedoya

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

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

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

  20. Lumbar Epidural Varix Mimicking Perineural Cyst

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

    2013-01-01

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

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

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

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    Aldrete, J Antonio

    2003-02-01

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

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

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

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

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

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

    2011-05-01

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

  6. 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 ...

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

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

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

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    Isaías Salas Herrera; Luis Carlos Huertas Gabert

    2002-01-01

    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 N...

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

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    Torres Giménez, Anna

    2014-01-01

    [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...

  10. Bloqueo regional axilar en trauma de miembro superior en el Hospital General Luis Vernaza.

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    Mendoza Ligua, Rosa Mariluz

    2015-01-01

    El objetivo del trabajo fue determinar tiempo de analgesia en el posoperatorio, medir analgesia mediante escala visual análoga (EVA), protocolizar el bloqueo axilar del plexo braquial como anestesia de elección en el trauma de miembro superior antebrazo muñeca y mano para disminuir losrequerimientos analgésico posquirúrgicos, valoración demográfica por edad sexo y ASA en el Hospital General Luis Vernaza. Materiales y métodos: El estudio fue prospectivo analítico experi...

  11. 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.

  12. 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

  13. Successful medical treatment of spinal epidural abscess.

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

    2008-04-01

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

  14. Epidural anaesthesia and analgesia for liver resection.

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

    2013-06-01

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

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

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    Gottschalk, Antje; Poepping, Daniel M

    2015-07-01

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

  16. Epidural morphine for postoperative pain relief in children

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

    1993-01-01

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

  17. [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.

  18. Spinal epidural abscess in brucellosis.

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

    2013-09-26

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

  19. Evaluación de la eficacia de tres técnicas analgésicas, analgesia epidural, bloqueo femoral continuo y doble bloqueo femoral y ciático continuos en la artroplastia total de rodilla.

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    La artroplastia total de rodilla es una intervención quirúrgica que se realiza en pacientes afectos de gonartrosis avanzada que cursa con dolor e impotencia funcional significativa. La mayoría de pacientes tienen más 65 años y presentan frecuentemente patología asociada. El dolor postoperatorio que aparece como consecuencia de la agresión quirúrgica es de intensidad moderada-severa, se inicia en las 3-6 primeras horas, prolongándose hasta las 24h y es a partir de este momento cuando comienz...

  20. Effect of postoperative epidural analgesia on surgical outcome

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    Holte, K; Holte, Kathrine

    2002-01-01

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

  1. Newborns from deliveries with epidural anaesthesia

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    Avramović Lidija

    2010-01-01

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

  2. Analgesia epidural obstétrica: fallos y complicaciones neurológicas de la técnica Obstetric epidural analgesia: failures and neurological complications of the technique

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    M. I. Segado-Jiménez

    2011-10-01

    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

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. Effect of postoperative epidural analgesia on surgical outcome

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    Holte, K; Holte, Kathrine

    2002-01-01

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

  6. Unusual Spinal Epidural Lipomatosis and Lumbosacral Instability

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    Ruiz Picazo, David; Ramírez Villaescusa, José

    2016-01-01

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

  7. Solitary Spinal Epidural Metastasis from Gastric Cancer

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    Taisei Sako

    2016-01-01

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

  8. Epidural steroid injection for lumbosacral radiculopathy

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

    2006-06-15

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

  9. Fundamentos del Bloqueo a Cuba: Análisis Crítico

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    Orlando Pardo Martínez

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    Full Text Available En el ensayo se analiza, desde sus orígenes, la fundamentación política y jurídica del bloqueo de los EE.UU., hacia Cuba, destacándose la progresiva intensidad del mismo a través de la expedición de leyes asfixiantes tras el fracaso de las sucesivas administraciones de los EE.UU., en el diseño de la política exterior hacia la Isla, lo cual condujo, de manera particular, al traslado de la competencia para decidir sobre el diferendo directamente al Congreso estadounidense, dificultándose con ello el espacio político para superarlo, debido a la naturaleza misma de la dinámica interna de dicho colectivo político.

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

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    Jepsen, Ingrid

    2010-01-01

    How first time mothers experience the use of epidural analgesia during birth Ingrid Jepsen, Midwife, SD, MPH, Kurt Dauer Keller cand.psych, PhD Contact email irj@ucn.dk Aim: to investigate the experiences of epidural analgesia as to the choice of epidurals, the changes in pain, the period from...... the epidural to the birth, and the relationship to the midwife. Place of origin: The labor ward, Aalborg Sygehus Nord, Aalborg. The homes of the women. Method: Field study and interviews. Nine women were observed from the establishment of the epidural until birth. They were interviewed the day after the birth...

  11. 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.

  12. Spinal epidural hematoma; Spinales epidurales Haematom

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

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

  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. Rapidly Progressive Spontaneous Spinal Epidural Abscess

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

  16. Rapidly Progressive Spontaneous Spinal Epidural Abscess.

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

    2016-01-01

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

  17. 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.

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

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

    2015-08-20

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

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

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

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

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

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

    2012-01-01

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

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

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

    1988-01-01

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

  2. Neuraxial block and postoperative epidural analgesia

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    Leslie, K; McIlroy, D; Kasza, J

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

  3. Infektioner i forbindelse med epidural kateterisation

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

    1996-01-01

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

  4. 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.

  5. MRI features of epidural extramedullary hematopoiesis

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

    2000-07-01

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

  6. Spontaneous extracranial decompression of epidural hematoma

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

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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.)

  7. 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.

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

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    Rachna Wadhwa

    2011-01-01

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

  9. Epidural morphine for postoperative pain relief in children

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

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

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

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

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

  11. Epidural catheter fragment entrapment: a case report

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    Mohammadi M

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

  12. 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)

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

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    Luis Fernando Bueno Morillas

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    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.

  14. Serratia marcescens spinal epidural abscess formation following acupuncture.

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

    2014-01-01

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

  15. 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.

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    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.

  16. 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

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    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.

  17. Myelopathy with syringomyelia following thoracic epidural anaesthesia.

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    Aldrete, J A; Ferrari, H

    2004-02-01

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

  18. CT in thrombosed dilated posterior epidural vein

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

    1987-05-01

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

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

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    Ismail, Zuhair Bani

    2016-12-01

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

  20. Epidural analgesia in cattle, buffalo, and camels

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    Ismail, Zuhair Bani

    2016-01-01

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

  1. 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.

  2. Epidural analgesia in cattle, buffalo, and camels

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    Zuhair Bani Ismail

    2016-12-01

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

  3. Esclerosis sistémica complicada con síncope y bloqueo AV completo Systemic sclerosis complicated with syncope and complete AV block

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    Francisco Femenía; Mauricio Arce; Martín Arrieta

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    La esclerosis sistémica es una compleja enfermedad que afecta el tejido conectivo, el sistema vascular y el sistema inmunológico, y se caracteriza por fibrosis cutánea y de órganos viscerales. Los bloqueos de rama y los hemibloqueos se presentan en el 25 a 75% de los casos y constituyen predictores independientes de mortalidad. Los bloqueos auriculoventriculares de segundo o tercer grado son muy raros. Presentamos el caso de una mujer de 47 años de edad, con diagnóstico de esclerosis sistémic...

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

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    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...

  5. Síndrome de Horner contralateral asociado a bloqueo de ganglio estrellado: reporte de caso y revisión de la literatura

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    A. Cadavid Puentes; F. Bermúdez Guerrero; M.V. Zea Medina

    2014-01-01

    Se describe un caso de síndrome de Horner contralateral luego de bloqueo de ganglio estrellado. Se trata de un varón de 56 años con diagnóstico de síndrome doloroso regional complejo tipo II en miembro superior derecho quien posterior a la aplicación de anestésico local guiado por ecografía en proximidad al ganglio estrellado derecho presenta síndrome de Horner izquierdo. El síndrome de Horner contralateral a un bloqueo de ganglio estrellado es una entidad de ocurrencia supremamente rara, en ...

  6. Cuando la contigüidad no es suficiente: bloqueo en relaciones de equivalencia / When Contiguity is not Enough: Blocking Equivalence Relations

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    El fenómeno de bloqueo describe una circunstancia en la cual se impide o se dificulta el la transferencia de funciones entre eventos que se han presentado en una relación de contigüidad espacio-temporal. Desde una perspectiva teórica y empírica, el efecto bloqueo no debería predecirse en la adquisición de clases de estímulos aun cuando algunos de los estímulos de la misma clase se presenten simultáneamente. El presente estudio examina si la historia adicional de entrenamiento A-EI bien sea pr...

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

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

    2004-01-01

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

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

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

    2013-07-01

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

  9. Extensive spinal epidural abscess as a complication of Crohn's disease.

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    Smith, Chez; Kavar, Bhadrakant

    2010-01-01

    A spinal epidural abscess is a neurosurgical emergency. Successful treatment frequently requires decompression of the spinal canal in combination with intravenous antibiotics. We report a patient with Crohn's disease who developed an extensive spinal epidural abscess communicating with an intra-abdominal collection.

  10. Minimally invasive treatment of multilevel spinal epidural abscess.

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    Safavi-Abbasi, Sam; Maurer, Adrian J; Rabb, Craig H

    2013-01-01

    The use of minimally invasive tubular retractor microsurgery for treatment of multilevel spinal epidural abscess is described. This technique was used in 3 cases, and excellent results were achieved. The authors conclude that multilevel spinal epidural abscesses can be safely and effectively managed using microsurgery via a minimally invasive tubular retractor system.

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

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

    2013-01-01

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

  12. 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

    2013-02-01

    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

  13. [Temperature changes and thermoregulatory responses during epidural anesthesia in women undergoing cesarean delivery].

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    Negishi, C; Ozaki, M; Suzuki, H; Ohno, T

    1996-05-01

    Eleven healthy pregnant women were studied to determine temperature changes after induction of epidural anesthesia during cesarean delivery. Epidural anesthesia was induced by 2% lidocaine 15-20 ml (T 5 level) at 25 degrees C ambient temperature. Tympanic membrane and skin surface temperature, skin-temperature gradients (forearm-fingerchip, calf-toe), thermal perception (1-10 scale VAS) and the presence or absence of shivering were measured. Sixty minutes after induction, tympanic temperature decreased for 0.52 +/- 0.26 degrees C and average skin temperature increased for 0.56 +/- 0.17 degrees C. Central hypothermia and shivering did not produce a cold sensation. Temperature gradients of upper limb increased to 2.0 +/- 3.7 degrees C (50 minutes after induction) and the lower limbs decreased to -1.4 +/- 0.55 degrees C (30 minutes after induction). Shivering occurred in 3 patients. We conclude that epidural anesthesia impaired thermoregulatory control and induced redistribution hypothermia as in nonpregnant individuals.

  14. Citrobocter kasori spinal epidural abscess: a rare occurrence.

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    Kumar, Ashok; Jain, Pramod; Singh, Pritish; Divthane, Rupam; Badole, C M

    2013-01-01

    Pyogenic spinal epidural abscess Is an uncommon Infectious occurrence. Clinical prospects of pyogenic spinal epidural abscess are graver if not promptly diagnosed and treated appropriately. A case of spinal epidural abscess has been presented with sinus tract formation at L4-L5 level, of pyogenic aetiology that progressed to paraplegia over the course of the disease. MRI pointed towards an epidural abscess extending from T12 vertebral level to S1 vertebral level. Surgical decompression in the form of laminectomy and evacuation of pus was done and antibiotics were given according to culture and sensitivity. Histopathological analysis revealed the acute suppurative nature of the abscess. Citrobacter kasori was isolated on pus culture. Pyogenic epidural abscess with causative organism being Citrobacter kasori has least been documented.

  15. [Spontaneous epidural hematoma after open heart surgery: case report].

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    Anegawa, S; Hayashi, T; Furukawa, Y; Nagashima, T; Kumate, M

    1999-11-01

    Acute epidural hematoma not associated with head injury is rarely encountered and is known as spontaneous epidural hematoma. To our knowledge, only five cases with epidural hematoma after open-heart surgery have been published. Pathogenesis and preventive measures have not yet been determined. We report a case of such spontaneous epidural hematoma and consider the possible pathogenesis. A 12-year-old female received a radical operation for severe subaortic stenosis. The intraoperative course was uneventful except for massive hemorrhage which was adequately controlled. Postoperatively, she was moved to the CCU still not having aroused from anesthesia. Eleven hours later, it was found that her pupils were fixed and dilated. CT scan demonstrated a huge bifrontal epidural hematoma with disappearance of the basal cistern. Even though immediate emergency evacuation was performed, the patient died of acute brain swelling four days after the operation.

  16. Spinal epidural abscess presenting as intra-abdominal pathology: a case report and literature review.

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    Bremer, Andrew A; Darouiche, Rabih O

    2004-01-01

    Spinal epidural abscess is a rare infectious disease. However, if left unrecognized and untreated, the clinical outcome of spinal epidural abscess can be devastating. Correctly diagnosing a spinal epidural abscess in a timely fashion is often difficult, particularly if the clinician does not actively consider the diagnosis. The most common presenting symptoms of spinal epidural abscess include backache, radicular pain, weakness, and sensory deficits. However, early in its course, spinal epidural abscess can also present with vague and nondescript manifestations. In this report, we describe a case of spinal epidural abscess presenting as abdominal pain, and review the literature describing other cases of spinal epidural abscess presenting as intra-abdominal pathology.

  17. Bloqueo y radiofrecuencia de la articulación sacroilíaca Block and radiofrequency sacroiliac joint

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    J. De Andrés Ares

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available La articulación sacroilíaca (ASI es una importante fuente de dolor axial, contribuyendo en hasta un 15% del dolor crónico axial. Existen numerosas pruebas diagnósticas, aunque el examen físico, las pruebas radiológicas son insuficientes para el adecuado diagnóstico. El criterio diagnóstico más aceptado es el alivio del dolor de la ASI tras uno o varios bloqueos diagnósticos intra-articulares con anestésicos locales, realizados de manera adecuada. El proceder ante la positividad del bloqueo es la radiofrecuencia de las ramas que inervan la ASI. En el siguiente artículo se repasará la anatomía, el diagnóstico y los distintos tratamientos intervencionistas del dolor de origen sacroilíaco.Sacroiliac joint (ASI is an important source of pain, contributing to 15% of chronic back pain. There are numerous diagnostic tests, although historical and physical examination findings and radiological imaging are insufficient for a proper diagnosis. An analgesic response to a properly performed diagnostic block, is the most reliable method to diagnose sacroiliac joint pain. If there is a positive block, radiofrequency denervation of the ASI is performed for a longterm pain-free period. The following article will review the anatomy, diagnosis and interventional treatment of sacroiliac joint pain.

  18. Enfermedad de Chagas en un paciente con bloqueo trifascicular referido para colocación de marcapasos cardiaco

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    Oswaldo Gutiérrez-Sotelo

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    Full Text Available Se presenta el caso de un paciente procedente de la zona atlántica, inicialmente diagnosticado con cardiopatía hipertensiva e isquémica, referido para implante de marcapasos debido a bloqueo trifascicular (bloqueo atrioventricular, de la rama derecha y de la división anterior de la rama izquierda del haz de His; después del implante, se reportó serología “positiva” para enfermedad de Chagas. Este fue el único caso de un total de 241 pacientes sometidos a implante de dispositivos cardiacos, que contaban con pruebas de tamizaje para esta enfermedad, en un periodo de 22 meses; la mayoría, procedente las provincias de San José, Cartago y Limón. Esta baja prevalencia ya ha sido reportada en el país y contrasta con las cifras elevadas de otras naciones, en donde la enfermedad es endémica.

  19. Extensive spinal epidural abscess complicated with hydrocephalus

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    Balan Corneliu

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    Full Text Available Spinal epidural abscess is a rare but severe infection requiring prompt recognition in order to have a favorable outcome and appropriate treatment, mainly surgical. We present one of the largest extensions of such abscess in literature, involving the whole spine. No surgical treatment was tempted due to the involvement of 19 levels but antibiotics. The evolution of the lesion was complicated with hydrocephalus, by mechanism of cervical block of CSF flow, and needed first external derivation and later ventriculo-peritoneal drainage.

  20. Absceso epidural cervical por peptostreptococcus anaerobius

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

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

  1. Anestesia peridural para cesariana: estudo comparativo entre Bupivacaína Racêmica (S50-R50 e Bupivacaína com excesso enantiomérico de 50% (S75-R25 a 0,5% associadas ao Sufentanil Anestesia epidural para cesárea: estudio comparativo entre Bupivacaína Racémica (S50-R50 y Bupivacaína con exceso enantiomérico de 50% (S75-R25 a 0,5% asociadas al Sufentanil Epidural block for cesarean section: a comparative study between 0.5% racemic Bupivacaine (S50-R50 and 0.5% enantiomeric excess Bupivacaine (S75-R25 associated with Sufentanil

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    Angélica de Fátima de Assunção Braga

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    bupivacaína racémica a 0,5% asociada a opioides por vía epidural constituye una técnica anestésica utilizada en cesárea, sin embargo su toxicidad se pone en tela de juicio. La bupivacaína con exceso enantiomérico de 50%, presenta un menor cardio y neurotoxicidad. Se evaluó la eficacia de la bupivacaína racémica y de la bupivacaína con exceso enantiomérico de 50% a 0,5%, asociadas al sufentanil, por vía epidural en embarazadas sometidas a la cesárea. MÉTODO: Cincuenta embarazadas a término, sometidas a la cesárea electiva bajo bloqueo epidural, distribuidas en dos grupos, de acuerdo con el anestésico local usado: Grupo I - bupivacaína racémica a 0,5% con vasoconstrictor; Grupo II - bupivacaína con exceso enantiomérico de 50% (S75-R25 a 0,5% con vasoconstrictor. En los dos grupos el anestésico local (100 mg estuvo asociado al sufentanil (20 µg y el volumen total usado de la solución fue de 24 mL. Se evaluaron: la latencia del bloqueo sensitivo; nivel máximo del bloqueo sensitivo; grado del bloqueo motor; tiempo para la regresión del bloqueo motor; duración de la analgesia; efectos colaterales maternos y repercusiones neonatales. RESULTADOS: La latencia, el nivel máximo del bloqueo sensitivo, el grado del bloqueo motor y la duración de la analgesia fueron similares en los dos grupos; el tiempo para la regresión del bloqueo motor fue significativamente menor en el Grupo II. Los efectos colaterales ocurrieron con frecuencia similar en los dos grupos. Hubo ausencia de alteraciones cardiocirculatorias maternas y repercusiones neonatales. CONCLUSIONES: La bupivacaína racémica y la bupivacaína con exceso enantiomérico de 50%, por vía epidural, proporcionan una anestesia adecuada para la realización de la cesárea. La bupivacaína con exceso enantiomérico de 50%, es una alternativa promisoria para ese tipo de procedimiento, por presentar un menor tiempo para la regresión del bloqueo motor, lo que mucho se desea en la paciente obst

  2. Epidural abscess caused by Streptococcus milleri in a pregnant woman

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    Bearman Gonzalo

    2005-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Bacteria in the Streptococcus milleri group (S. anginosus, S. constellatus, and S. intermedius are associated with bacteremia and abscess formation. While most reports of Streptococcus milleri group (SMG infection occur in patients with underlying medical conditions, SMG infections during pregnancy have been documented. However, SMG infections in pregnant women are associated with either neonatal or maternal puerperal sepsis. Albeit rare, S. milleri spinal-epidural abscess in pregnancy has been reported, always as a complication of spinal-epidural anesthesia. We report a case of spinal-epidural abscess caused by SMG in a young, pregnant woman without an antecedent history of spinal epidural anesthesia and without any underlying risk factors for invasive streptococcal disease. Case presentation A 25 year old pregnant woman developed neurological symptoms consistent with spinal cord compression at 20 weeks gestation. She underwent emergency laminectomy for decompression and was treated with ceftriaxone 2 gm IV daily for 28 days. She was ambulatory at the time of discharge from the inpatient rehabilitation unit with residual lower extremity weakness. Conclusion To our knowledge, this is the first reported case of a Streptococcus milleri epidural abscess in a healthy, pregnant woman with no history of epidural anesthesia or invasive procedures. This report adds to the body of literature on SMG invasive infections. Treatment of SMG spinal-epidural abscess with neurologic manifestations should include prompt and aggressive surgical decompression coupled with targeted anti-infective therapy.

  3. 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

  4. 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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    Porika

    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.

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

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

    2016-07-01

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

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. 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

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    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.

  9. Continuous positive airway pressure breathing increases the spread of sensory blockade after low-thoracic epidural injection of lidocaine.

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    Visser, W.A.; Gielen, M.J.M.; Giele, J.L.P.

    2006-01-01

    Factors affecting the distribution of sensory blockade after epidural injection of local anesthetics remain incompletely clarified. To evaluate if increasing intrathoracic pressure affects the spread of thoracic epidural anesthesia, we randomized 20 patients who received an epidural catheter at the

  10. 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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    Pablo A. Chiale

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available 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 electroestimulación cardíaca permanente y se le permitió continuar con actividad física.

  11. COMPARISON OF PATIENT CONTROLLED EPIDURAL ANALGESIA WITH CONTINUOUS EPIDURAL INFUSION FOR LABOUR ANALGESIA

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    Sumaiah Tahseen

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available We conducted a study to compare the efficacy and safety of Patient Controlled Epidural Analgesia (PCEA with that of Continuous Infusion of Epidural Analgesia (CIEA for maintenance of labour analgesia and evaluated the quality of analgesia and obstetric and safety outcomes. METHODS The study was a hospital-based prospective, randomised control trial on 80 parturients who had a normal antenatal period. Each parturient received 500-1000 mL lactated ringer solution Intravenously (IV prior to initiating epidural blockade. Epidural catheter placement was performed in a standard manner and all patients received an initial dose of 8-10 mL bupivacaine 0.25%. Parturients self-administered 0.125% bupivacaine with fentanyl 2.5 µg/mL using PCA pumps programmed as follows: 4 mL bolus with a 20 mins Lockout Interval (LI. Group B received CIEA of 8 mL 0.125% bupivacaine with fentanyl 2.5/mL. Hourly assessments included: VAS scores for pain and satisfaction, sensory and motor block, analgesic supplements, bupivacaine and fentanyl consumption. RESULTS Data from 80 patients showed no differences among groups in pain relief. Maternal satisfaction was greater in PCEA group. Anaesthetic interventions by way of supplemental doses of Bupivacaine and Fentanyl in the PCEA group were minimal (4 and 2 vs 25 and 12 P <0.001 compared to CEI group. PCEA group received less local anaesthetic (5.2 vs 9.4 p <0.001 and few patients in PCEA group had motor weakness compared to CEI group (6 vs 17 p <0.05. Both methods were safe for mother and newborn. CONCLUSION Patients who received PCEA required less anaesthetic interventions, required lower doses of local anaesthetic, fentanyl and have less motor weakness than those who received CEI.

  12. 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.)

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

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    Alvarez, Adriana; Induru, Raghava; Lagman, Ruth

    2013-09-01

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

  14. Spinal epidural abscess in a patient with piriformis pyomyositis

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    Gerald S Oh

    2016-01-01

    Conclusion: A 19-year-old male presented with a holospinal epidural abscess (C2 to sacrum originating from piriformis pyomyositis. The multilevel cord abscess was emergently decompressed, leading to a marked restoration of neurological function.

  15. 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.

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

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

    2012-12-01

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

  17. [Combined epidural and spinal anesthesia for cesarean section].

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    Hody, J L

    1994-01-01

    Combined spinal epidural block has proven its efficacy in skilled hands. This technique allies advantages of spinal anaesthesia, regarding its speed of action and intensity of motor blockade and advantages of postoperative epidural analgesia. This block must be performed with great care and method to reach a success rate of almost 100%. Local anaesthetics and additives are reviewed and commented. The two main complications, hypotension and post dural puncture headache can be contained in very low limits.

  18. 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.

  19. Primary epidural lymphoma without vertebral involvement in a HIV-positive patient; Linfoma epidural primario sin afectacion vertebral en un paciente VIH positivo

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    Perez, M. O.; Grive, E.; Quiroga, S.; Rovira, A. [Hospital General Universitari Vall d`Hebron. Barcelona. (Spain)

    1999-05-01

    Epidural involvement is rarely associated with lymphoma, it being more typical of non-Hodgkin`s lymphoma in advanced stages of the disease. The invasion of the epidural space is usually caused by the extension of a paravertebral mass or by the affected vertebrae. However, the epidural space alone can be involved. We present a case of epidural lymphoma in a patient who presented with clinical evidence of spinal cord compression. Magnetic resonance disclosed the existence of an epidural mass compressing and displacing the spinal cord without involving the adjacent vertebra or the associated paravertebral mass. (Author) 9 refs.

  20. 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

  1. 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.

  2. Epidural fibrosis after permanent catheter insertion and infusion.

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    Aldrete, J A

    1995-11-01

    Forty-six permanent epidural catheters and life-port units were implanted in 43 patients with severe, recurrent low back pain who had been considered not to be candidates for surgical intervention and in whom other therapeutic modalities had failed. Eight cases developed epidural fibrosis (EF). For analgesia, patients received either infusions with preservative-free solutions of fentanyl and bupivacaine or daily boluses of morphine and bupivacaine. Catheters remained from 75 days to 433 days. Signs of EF appeared from 21 days to 320 days after implantation. Pain at injection or resistance to injection were initial manifestations of EF, followed by poor, and eventually, nil analgesic effect. The epidural catheters were made of either polyamide, silicone, or polyurethane. Epidurograms revealed encapsulation, narrowing, and loculation of epidural space with gradually reduced spread of the contrast material. The occurrence of EF limits the permanency of implanted epidural catheters. The infusate does not cause this complication, which appears to be a foreign body reaction due to the presence of the catheter in the epidural space.

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. Spinal epidural abscess treated with antibiotics alone.

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    Pathak, Ashish; Singh, Poonam; Gehlot, Prateek; Dhaneria, Mamta

    2013-04-30

    Spinal epidural abscess (SEA) is a rare clinical condition among children. Most patients do not present with classical signs. A 13-year-old boy without any predisposing factors presented with paraparesis, bladder and bowel involvement. MRI spine demonstrated an SEA at the C7 and D1 levels on both sides of the midline with cord oedema at the C2-3 to C6 level with minimal marrow oedema in the C6 vertebral body. We treated the patient with antibiotics (ceftriaxone and vancomycin) alone. The patient showed excellent response with only minimal residual gait disturbance at the end of 6 weeks of antibiotic therapy. This is the first paediatric report of complete recovery of a patient at clinical stage 4 following antibiotic treatment alone from India. However, caution should be exercised to closely monitor the patient's recovery as any progression in the neurological state warrants surgery.

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

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    Henneman, Justin P.; Sandberg, Warren S.

    2013-01-01

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

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

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    Esther Cheng; Eric Thorpe; Richard Borrowdale

    2016-01-01

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

  8. Spontaneous epidural emphysema and pneumomediastinum during an asthmatic attack in a child

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    Caramella, D.; Bulleri, A.; Battolla, L.; Bartolozzi, C. [Department of Radiology, University of Pisa, Via Roma 67, I-56 100 Pisa (Italy); Pifferi, M.; Baldini, G. [Department of Pediatrics, University of Pisa, Pisa (Italy)

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    CT revealed the presence of epidural emphysema as an incidental finding in a 13-year-old boy in whom mild infrequent coughing during an asthmatic attack resulted in a pneumomediastinum and subcutaneous emphysema. Epidural emphysema was not associated with neurological symptoms. The CT images demonstrated the pathway of air leakage from the posterior mediastinum through the intervertebral foramina into the epidural space. Repeat CT showed spontaneous resolution of the epidural emphysema. (orig.) With 2 figs., 9 refs.

  9. 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

  10. Epidural anesthesia in repeated cesarean section. Anestesia epidural en la cesárea iterativa.

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    2003-05-01

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

    Fundamento: La anestesiología ha experimentado durante los últimos años un desarrollo espectacular en las diferentes áreas de su competencia, entre las que se encuentra sin lugar a dudas, la que centra su actividad asistencial en la paciente obstétrica y todo lo relacionado con su práctica adecuada en estas. Objetivo: Evaluar la eficacia de la anestesia epidural en la cesárea iterativa. Métodos: Estudio descriptivo retrospectivo de una serie de casos (112 en que fue

  11. Esclerosis sistémica complicada con síncope y bloqueo AV completo Systemic sclerosis complicated with syncope and complete AV block

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    Francisco Femenía

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available La esclerosis sistémica es una compleja enfermedad que afecta el tejido conectivo, el sistema vascular y el sistema inmunológico, y se caracteriza por fibrosis cutánea y de órganos viscerales. Los bloqueos de rama y los hemibloqueos se presentan en el 25 a 75% de los casos y constituyen predictores independientes de mortalidad. Los bloqueos auriculoventriculares de segundo o tercer grado son muy raros. Presentamos el caso de una mujer de 47 años de edad, con diagnóstico de esclerosis sistémica, quien presenta episodio sincopal secundario a bloqueo auriculoventricular completo con necesidad de implante de marcapasos definitivo.Systemic sclerosis is a complex disease that affects the connective tissue, the vascular system and the immune system. It typically produces skin and organ fibrosis. Cardiac bundle branch blocks and fascicular blocks occur in 25-75% of the cases and were found to be independent predictors of mortality. Second and third degree atrioventricular block are very rare. We present the case of a 47 year-old female with diagnosis of systemic sclerosis, presented with syncope secondary to complete atrioventricular block requiring permanent pacemaker implantation.

  12. Epidural anaesthesia with levobupivacaine and ropivacaine : effects of age on the pharmacokinetics, neural blockade and haemodynamics

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    Simon, Mischa J.G.

    2006-01-01

    Epidural neural blockade results from processes after the administration of a local anaesthetic in the epidural space until the uptake in neural tissue. The pharmacokinetics, neural blockade and haemodynamics after epidural anaesthesia may be influenced by several factors, with age as the most impor

  13. Catheter-related epidural abscesses -- don't wait for neurological deficits.

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    Royakkers, A.A.; Willigers, H.; Ven, A.J.A.M. van der; Wilmink, J.T.; Durieux, M.; Kleef, M. van

    2002-01-01

    Epidural abscess is a rare but serious complication of epidural anesthesia for peri- and postoperative analgesia. It is feared because of possible persistent neurological deficits. Epidural abscess presents mostly with a classic triad of symptoms: back pain, fever and variable neurological signs and

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

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    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

  15. Epidural fat image in lumbar magnetic resonance image

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

    1993-12-01

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

  16. 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

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

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

    2017-01-01

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

  18. 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

  19. Evaluation and management of spinal epidural abscess.

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    DeFroda, Steven F; DePasse, J Mason; Eltorai, Adam E M; Daniels, Alan H; Palumbo, Mark A

    2016-02-01

    Spinal epidural abscess (SEA) is an uncommon and potentially catastrophic condition. SEA often presents a diagnostic challenge, as the "classic triad" of fever, spinal pain, and neurological deficit is evident in only a minority of patients. When diagnosis is delayed, irreversible neurological damage may ensue. To minimize morbidity, an appropriate level of suspicion and an understanding of the diagnostic evaluation are essential. Infection should be suspected in patients presenting with axial pain, fever, or elevated inflammatory markers. Although patients with no known risk factors can develop SEA, clinical concern should be heightened in the presence of diabetes, intravenous drug use, chronic renal failure, immunosuppressant therapy, or a recent invasive spine procedure. When the clinical profile is consistent with the diagnosis of SEA, gadolinium-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging of the spinal column should be obtained on an emergent basis to delineate the location and neural compressive effect of the abscess. Rapid diagnosis allows for efficient treatment, which optimizes the potential for a positive outcome.

  20. Combined general-epidural anesthesia with continuous postoperative epidural analgesia preserves sigmoid colon perfusion in elective infrarenal aortic aneurysm repair

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    Venetiana Panaretou

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: In elective open infrarenal aortic aneurysm repair the use of epidural anesthesia and analgesia may preserve splanchnic perfusion. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of epidural anesthesia on gut perfusion with gastrointestinal tonometry in patients undergoing aortic reconstructive surgery. Methods: Thirty patients, scheduled to undergo an elective infrarenal abdominal aortic reconstructive procedure were randomized in two groups: the epidural anesthesia group (Group A, n=16 and the control group (Group B, n=14. After induction of anesthesia, a transanally inserted sigmoid tonometer was placed for the measurement of sigmoid and gastric intramucosal CO 2 levels and the calculation of regional-arterial CO 2 difference (ΔPCO 2 . Additional measurements included mean arterial pressure (MAP, cardiac output (CO, systemic vascular resistance (SVR, and arterial lactate levels. Results: There were no significant intra- and inter-group differences for MAP, CO, SVR, and arterial lactate levels. Sigmoid pH and PCO 2 increased in both the groups, but this increase was significantly higher in Group B, 20 min after aortic clamping and 10 min after aortic declamping. Conclusions: Patients receiving epidural anesthesia during abdominal aortic reconstruction appear to have less severe disturbances of sigmoid perfusion compared with patients not receiving epidural anesthesia. Further studies are needed to verify these results.

  1. Combined general–epidural anesthesia with continuous postoperative epidural analgesia preserves sigmoid colon perfusion in elective infrarenal aortic aneurysm repair

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    Panaretou, Venetiana; Siafaka, Ioanna; Theodorou, Dimitrios; Manouras, Andreas; Seretis, Charalampos; Gourgiotis, Stavros; Katsaragakis, Stylianos; Sigala, Fragiska; Zografos, George; Filis, Konstantinos

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    Background: In elective open infrarenal aortic aneurysm repair the use of epidural anesthesia and analgesia may preserve splanchnic perfusion. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of epidural anesthesia on gut perfusion with gastrointestinal tonometry in patients undergoing aortic reconstructive surgery. Methods: Thirty patients, scheduled to undergo an elective infrarenal abdominal aortic reconstructive procedure were randomized in two groups: the epidural anesthesia group (Group A, n=16) and the control group (Group B, n=14). After induction of anesthesia, a transanally inserted sigmoid tonometer was placed for the measurement of sigmoid and gastric intramucosal CO2 levels and the calculation of regional–arterial CO2 difference (ΔPCO2). Additional measurements included mean arterial pressure (MAP), cardiac output (CO), systemic vascular resistance (SVR), and arterial lactate levels. Results: There were no significant intra- and inter-group differences for MAP, CO, SVR, and arterial lactate levels. Sigmoid pH and PCO2 increased in both the groups, but this increase was significantly higher in Group B, 20 min after aortic clamping and 10 min after aortic declamping. Conclusions: Patients receiving epidural anesthesia during abdominal aortic reconstruction appear to have less severe disturbances of sigmoid perfusion compared with patients not receiving epidural anesthesia. Further studies are needed to verify these results. PMID:23493852

  2. [Intracranial epidural abscess in a newborn secondary to skin catheter].

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    Fernández, L M; Domínguez, J; Callejón, A; López, S; Pérez-Avila, A; Martín, V

    2001-08-01

    Intracranial epidural abscesses are uncommon lesions, being more frequents in older children and adults. They commonly arise as a result of direct extension of a preexisting infection and rarely present with focal deficit. We present a case of a 11-days old preterm infant who developed an intracranial epidural abscess as a result of an infected scalp vein catheter. The diagnosis was made on the basis of the cranial ultrasound and CT scan images. An identified strain of Enterococcus faecium was cultured from all the samples. The patient underwent a right frontal craniotomy with drainage of the abscess and a 2-week total course of intravenous antibiotics was administrated. CT scan imaging 3 week after the procedure demonstrated no evidence of residual lesion. When present, a scalp vein catheter, in absence of others predisponing factors, must be considered as an etiologic agent for an intracranial epidural abscess in this age-group.

  3. Acute lymphocytic leukemia recurring in the spinal epidural space.

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    Higashida, Tetsuhiro; Kawasaki, Takashi; Sakata, Katsumi; Tanabe, Yutaka; Kanno, Hiroshi; Yamamoto, Isao

    2007-08-01

    A 27-year-old man presented with a very rare spinal epidural mass associated with recurrence of acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL) manifesting as acute progressive neurological deficits. The patient presented with shoulder pain and ambulatory difficulties 3 years after remission of ALL treated by bone marrow transplantation. Magnetic resonance imaging revealed an epidural mass extending from C-7 to T-3, which compressed the cord and extended to the intervertebral foramen along the roots. After decompression surgery, the symptoms dramatically improved. Histological examination showed clusters of immature lymphocytes consistent with recurrence of leukemia, so chemotherapy and radiation therapy were carried out. At 1 year after the operation, no local mass expansion or systemic progression of leukemia had occurred. Leukemic mass must be considered in the differential diagnosis of spinal epidural mass, even in patients with ALL.

  4. 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.

  5. COMPARATIVE STUDY OF EPIDURAL BUPIVACAINE AND BUPIVACINE WITH NEOSTIGMINE

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    Pavani

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Many drugs have been used to prolong analgesic effects of epidural local anesthetics. These are called adjuvants. We studied the epidural effect of Neostigmine when adminstered with Bupivacaine in comparison with Bupivacaine . OBJECTIVE: The objective for the study was to find a drug which enhances the onset of action, increases the duration of action of the local anesthetic with minimal or no side effects, instead of increasing the dose of local anaesthetic. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A prospecti ve study was conducted on 100 adult patients, selected at random of either sex, of age between 20 - 65 years and belonging to ASA grade I or II. The study was designed to compare the effects of epidural Neostigmine with Bupivacaine and epidural Bupivacaine u sed alone with regard to onset, duration of analgesia, hemodynamic stability and level of anaesthesia. Patients were divided into two groups of 50 each. Group I received 19ml of 0.5% Bupivacaine+1ml of normal saline. Group II received 19ml of 0.5% Bupivaca ine+100μg of Neostigmine in 1ml of normal saline. In the operating room the patients were assessed for time of onset of analgesia, duration of anaesthesia, level of analgesia and complications. RESULTS : The addition of Neostigmine resulted in significant r apid onset of action, longer duration of analgesia and motor blockade. There was no incidence of respiratory depression, pruritus, fluctuations in blood pressure, or change in pulse rate, except one patient who developed bradycardia. CONCLUSION : Co adminis tration of epidural Neostigmine and Bupivacaine appears to be a useful technique for epidural anaesthesia as it provides faster onset, longer duration of action and haemodynamic stability.

  6. Survey of the Factors Associated with a Woman's Choice to Have an Epidural for Labor Analgesia

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    Jennifer Harkins

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Objectives. The purpose of this study was to determine the factors associated with whether a woman received an epidural in labor and to determine the main source used to obtain information about labor epidurals. Methods. Over a one-month period, we surveyed all patients who labored, the day after their delivery. We used multiple logistic regression to identify potential predictive factors after initial univariate analysis. Results. 320 women who met enrollment criteria delivered during the study period and 94% completed the study. Of the 302 patients surveyed, 80% received an epidural for labor. Univariate analysis showed the following variables were associated with whether women received an epidural (P<.01: partner preference, prior epidural, language, education, type of insurance, age, duration, and pitocin use. Using computed multiple logistic regression only partner preference and prior epidural were associated with whether women received an epidural. Conclusion. It was not surprising that a previous epidural was predictive of a patient receiving an epidural. The strong association with partner preference and epidural use suggests this is an important factor when counseling pregnant women with regard to their decision to have a labor epidural.

  7. Unusual case of persistent Horner's syndrome following epidural anaesthesia and caesarean section.

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    Goel, Shubhra; Burkat, Cat Nguyen

    2011-01-01

    This is a rare case of persistent Horner's syndrome following epidural anesthesia and Caesarean section. A 33-year-old female presented with persistent ptosis and miosis following epidural anesthesia and Caesarian section several months prior. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)/magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) of head, neck, and chest were unremarkable. Medline search using terms Horner's, epidural, spinal anesthesia, delivery, childbirth, Caesarian, and pregnancy identified 31 articles describing Horner's syndrome in obstetric epidural anesthesia, of which 11 were following Caesarean section. The increased incidence of Horner's syndrome in the setting of epidural anesthesia in pregnancy may be related to epidural venous engorgement and cephalic spread of the local anaesthetic, with disruption in the oculosympathetic pathway. It is important to include recent epidural anesthesia within the differential diagnosis of acute Horner's syndrome in a postpartum female. Rarely, the ptosis may be permanent and require surgical intervention.

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

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    Shubhra Goel

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available This is a rare case of persistent Horner′s syndrome following epidural anesthesia and Caesarean section. A 33-year-old female presented with persistent ptosis and miosis following epidural anesthesia and Caesarian section several months prior. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI/magnetic resonance angiography (MRA of head, neck, and chest were unremarkable. Medline search using terms Horner′s, epidural, spinal anesthesia, delivery, childbirth, Caesarian, and pregnancy identified 31 articles describing Horner′s syndrome in obstetric epidural anesthesia, of which 11 were following Caesarean section. The increased incidence of Horner′s syndrome in the setting of epidural anesthesia in pregnancy may be related to epidural venous engorgement and cephalic spread of the local anaesthetic, with disruption in the oculosympathetic pathway. It is important to include recent epidural anesthesia within the differential diagnosis of acute Horner′s syndrome in a postpartum female. Rarely, the ptosis may be permanent and require surgical intervention.

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

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    Bang, Jin Hyuk; Cho, Keun-Tae

    2015-09-01

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

  10. 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.)

  11. CLINICAL EFFECTS OF ROPIVACAINE MESYLATE IN EPIDURAL ANESTHESIA AND ANALGESIA

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    Jian-qing Xu; Bo Zhu; Tie-hu Ye

    2005-01-01

    @@ SINCE the report that ropivacaine hydrochloride, a new amide local anesthetic, is of lower cardiac toxicity both in animals and humans,1 several studies have shown it to be a clinically effective local anesthetic widely used for both epidural anesthesia2-4 and analgesia5-7. Ropivacaine mesylate made in China is structurally from ropivacaine hydrochloride by substituting a mesylate group for hydrochloride group.8 This study was designed to clinically provide a double-blind comparison of ropivacaine mesylate with ropivacaine hydrochloride in epidural anesthesia and analgesia.

  12. Extensive spinal epidural hematoma: a rare complication of aortic coarctation

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    Zizka, J.; Elias, P.; Michl, A. [Dept. of Radiology, Charles University Hospital, Hradec Kralove (Czech Republic); Harrer, J. [Dept. of Cardiac Surgery, Charles University Hospital, Hradec Kralove (Czech Republic); Cesak, T. [Dept. of Neurosurgery, Charles University Hospital, Hradec Kralove (Czech Republic); Herman, A. [1. Dept. of Internal Medicine, Charles University Hospital, Hradec Kralove (Czech Republic)

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    Development of collateral circulation belongs among the typical signs of aortic coarctation. Cerebral or spinal artery aneurysm formation with increased risk of subarachnoid hemorrhage represent the most common neurovascular complication of this disease. We report a case of a 20-year-old sportsman who developed acute non-traumatic paraplegia as a result of extensive spinal epidural hemorrhage from collateral vessels accompanying aortic coarctation which was unrecognized up to that time. To the best of our knowledge, acute spinal epidural hematoma as a complication of aortic coarctation has not been previously reported. (orig.)

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

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    Matías Calandrelli

    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

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

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    César A. Contreras-Bejarano

    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.

  15. Comparison of low doses of intrathecal bupivacaine in combined spinal epidural anaesthesia with epidural volume extension for caesarean delivery

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    Jain, Gaurav; Dinesh K. Singh; Bansal, Pranav; Ahmed, Bashir; Dhama, Satyavir S.

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    Aims and Objectives: This study aims to compare relative efficacy of three different doses of intrathecal bupivacaine in combined spinal epidural anaesthesia (CSEA) for caesarean delivery. Materials and Methods: In a double blinded manner, 204 cases were randomized into three groups: I, II, and III to receive a dose of 4, 5.5, and 7 mg of hyperbaric bupivacaine with a fixed dose of 25 μg fentanyl intrathecally, and Dextran 40 w/v 10 mL given for epidural volume extension (EVE), in CSEA. Our p...

  16. Upper Cervical Epidural Abscess in a Patient With Parkinson Disease

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    Al-Hourani, Khalid; Frost, Chelsea

    2015-01-01

    To our knowledge, there are no reports in the literature of patients with Parkinson disease (PD) developing upper cervical spine infections. Our objective is to present a case of upper cervical epidural abscess in a patient with PD and to review upper cervical spine infection. We present the patient’s presentation, physical examination, imaging findings, and management as well a review of the literature. A 66-year-old male with PD presented to the emergency department (ED) following referral by a neurologist for a presumed C2 fracture. The preceding history was 1 week of severe neck pain requiring a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), which was initially interpreted as a C2 fracture. On admission from the ED, further review of the MRI appeared to show anterior prevertebral abscess and an epidural abscess. The patient’s neurological examination was at baseline. In the span of 2 days, the patient developed significant motor weakness. A repeat MRI demonstrated expansion of the epidural collection and spinal cord compression. Surgical management consisting of C1 and C2 laminectomy, irrigation, and debridement from anterior and posterior approaches was performed. Postoperatively, the patient did not recover any motor strength and elected to withdraw care and died. Spinal epidural abscess requires a high index of suspicion and needs prompt recognition to prevent neurological impairment. Upper cervical spine infections are rare but can lead to lethal consequences. PMID:26623170

  17. Awake transapical aortic valve implantation using thoracic epidural anesthesia.

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    Mukherjee, Chirojit; Walther, Thomas; Borger, Michael Andrew; Kempfert, Joerg; Schuler, Gerhard; Mohr, Friedrich Wilhelm; Ender, Joerg

    2009-09-01

    Transapical aortic valve implantation is a minimally invasive, beating-heart procedure that normally requires a general anesthetic. We herein report an 85-year-old patient with impaired pulmonary function who underwent successful transapical aortic valve implantation while awake, using a thoracic epidural anesthetic.

  18. Spinal epidural angiolipomas: Clinical characteristics, management and outcomes

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    Bouali, Sofiene; Maatar, Nidhal; Bouhoula, Asma; Abderrahmen, Khansa; Said, Imed Ben; Boubaker, Adnen; Kallel, Jalel; Jemel, Hafedh

    2016-01-01

    Purpose: The spinal epidural angiolipomas are rare expansive processes made of mature lipomatous and angiomatous elements. They often have a benign character. Their etiology, pathogenesis remains uncertain, and it is a cause of spinal cord compression. The magnetic resonance imaging is the most important neuroradiological examination. Histological examination is the only examination to confirm the diagnosis. Surgery is the treatment of choice. Methods: A retrospective study of all patients operated on for a spinal epidural angiolipoma at the Department of Neurosurgery at the National Institute of Neurology of Tunis between January 2000 and December 2014 (15 years) was performed. The aim of this study is to describe the clinical, radiological, histological characteristics and the treatment of this tumor. Results: A total of nine patients were operated from January 01, 2000 to November 30, 2014. The average age of our patients was 51 years with ages that ranged from 29 to 65 with a male predominance. The period between onset of symptoms and diagnosis ranged from 24 months with an average 12 months. Posterior localization of the tumor was seen in all patients. Surgical resection was performed for all cases. The postoperative course has been satisfactory, with a complete recovery of neurological functions in all patients. Conclusions: The spinal epidural angiolipomas is rare expansive process causing spinal cord compression. Treatment is exclusively surgical resection. The functional outcome of spinal epidural angiolipomas is particularly favorable with a complete neurological recovery is if the patient was quickly operated. PMID:27695535

  19. Update on epidural analgesia during labor and delivery.

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    Lurie, S; Priscu, V

    1993-05-01

    Properly administered epidural analgesia provides adequate pain relief during labor and delivery, shortens the first stage of labor, avoids adverse effects of narcotics, hypnotics, or inhalation drugs and it could be used as anesthesia in case a cesarean section is required. Epidural analgesia should be provided to all patients who need and ask for it with an exception of contraindications such as coagulation disorders, suspected infection or gross anatomic abnormality. The technique must be carried out with care if serious life-threatening complications, such as intravenous or intrathecal injection of local anesthetic, are to be avoided. The aim of many recent investigations has been to reduce the total dose of local anesthetic used. Supplementation of an opioid (mainly fentanyl) and introduction of the patient controlled epidural pump may not only serve this goal, but also reduce the demands on the time of obstetric anesthetists. We conclude that properly and skillfully administered epidural is the best form of pain relief during labor and delivery and we hope that more mothers could enjoy its benefits.

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

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    Weijun Wang

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Background and Objective. Although minimally invasive surgical treatment of acute epidural hematoma attracts increasing attention, no generalized indications for the surgery have been adopted. This study aimed to evaluate the effects of minimally invasive surgery in acute epidural hematoma with various hematoma volumes. Methods. Minimally invasive puncture and aspiration surgery were performed in 59 cases of acute epidural hematoma with various hematoma volumes (13–145 mL; postoperative follow-up was 3 months. Clinical data, including surgical trauma, surgery time, complications, and outcome of hematoma drainage, recovery, and Barthel index scores, were assessed, as well as treatment outcome. Results. Surgical trauma was minimal and surgery time was short (10–20 minutes; no anesthesia accidents or surgical complications occurred. Two patients died. Drainage was completed within 7 days in the remaining 57 cases. Barthel index scores of ADL were ≤40 (n=1, 41–60 (n=1, and >60 (n=55; scores of 100 were obtained in 48 cases, with no dysfunctions. Conclusion. Satisfactory results can be achieved with minimally invasive surgery in treating acute epidural hematoma with hematoma volumes ranging from 13 to 145 mL. For patients with hematoma volume >50 mL and even cerebral herniation, flexible application of minimally invasive surgery would help improve treatment efficacy.

  1. 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

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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)

  2. 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 < 0,05 con significación estadística. Resultados: se realizaron 129 bloqueos epidurales caudales en 89 pacientes por cuadros de dolor crónico. La tasa global de éxito del bloqueo caudal con la técnica a ciegas fue de un 65,11%. Existen diferencias estadísticamente significativas en la tasa de fallos de la técnica a ciegas para las variables: experiencia profesional del médico anestesiólogo y la presencia de obesidad. La mal posición más frecuente en nuestra cohorte es la colocación subcutánea de la aguja, que representa un 80% de los casos (36/45. Conclusiones: recomendamos el uso de la visión radiológica para realizar los bloqueos epidurales caudales.

  3. 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

  4. Using Computed Tomography Scans and Patient Demographic Data to Estimate Thoracic Epidural Space Depth

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    Full Text Available Background and Objectives. Previous studies have used varying methods to estimate the depth of the epidural space prior to placement of an epidural catheter. We aim to use computed tomography scans, patient demographics, and vertebral level to estimate the depth of the loss of resistance for placement of thoracic epidural catheters. Methods. The records of consecutive patients who received a thoracic epidural catheter were reviewed. Patient demographics, epidural placement site, and technique were collected. Preoperative computed tomography scans were reviewed to measure the skin to epidural space distance. Linear regression was used for a multivariate analysis. Results. The records of 218 patients were reviewed. The mean loss of resistance measurement was significantly larger than the mean computed tomography epidural space depth measurement by 0.79 cm (p<0.001. Our final multivariate model, adjusted for demographic and epidural technique, showed a positive correlation between the loss of resistance and the computed tomography epidural space depth measurement (R2=0.5692, p<0.0001. Conclusions. The measured loss of resistance is positively correlated with the computed tomography epidural space depth measurement and patient demographics. For patients undergoing thoracic or abdominal surgery, estimating the loss of resistance can be a valuable tool.

  5. 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;

    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......Heat loss during anaesthesia and surgery is a common problem. In patients with restricted cardio-pulmonary reserves this may endanger the postoperative outcome. In order to compare thermal balance we studied 25 men undergoing transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP), using either general...... 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...

  6. Bloqueo femoral tres en uno para cirugía de fractura transtoncantérica de cadera: seguridad y analgesia

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    Walter Rojas-Rivera

    2002-06-01

    Full Text Available Objetivo: Determinar la eficacia del bloqueo femoral tres en uno, como técnica anestésica alternativa en la realización de cirugía de cadera, en pacientes ASA III y IV, así como la valoración postquirurgica de la analgesia. Metodos: se realizó un estudio prospectivo en 12 pacientes, los cuales fueron sometidos a cirugía de cadera, osteosíntesis con pin placa en fractura transtocantérica de fémur, y cuyo estado general fuera clasificado como ASA III o IV. Se le aplicó bloqueo femoral tres en uno y fémoro cutáneo lateral ipsilateral. Se utilizó buvicaína o.25%, lidocaína 2%, llevada a 40 ml de volumen. Resultados: la muestra incluyó siete varones y cinco mujeres. La edad media fue de 68.3 años, con límites entre 37 y 93 años. Los pacientes mostraron asociados diagnósticos de hipertensión arterial, diabetes mellitus, asma, cardiopatía isquémica, disrritmias, encefalopatía. Conclusiones: La estabilidad hemodinámica observada fue excelente, así como la analgesia, durante todo procedimiento y recuperación. La analgesia suplementaria fue mínima y el porcentaje de fallo fue menor del 9%. La gran estabilidad hemodinámica, la técnica sencilla y la alta tasa de efectividad hacen del bloqueo femoral tres en uno, una excelente opción para pacientes ASA III y IV con fractura transtocantérica de cadera, que serán sometidos a cirugía.

  7. 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.)

  8. ADMINISTRAÇÃO EPIDURAL DE OPIÓIDES EM CÃES EPIDURAL OPIOIDS ADMINISTRATION IN DOGS

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    Carlos Augusto Araújo Valadão

    2002-04-01

    Full Text Available Os opióides têm sido utilizados em Medicina Veterinária há vários anos como alternativa para o alívio da dor pós-operatória ou traumática. Atualmente, tem-se dado maior valor ao controle da dor nos animais, visando a oferecer melhores condições de recuperação ao paciente traumatizado ou recém-operado. A morfina foi o primeiro opióide usado em animais. Mais recentemente, a administração dessa substância, por via epidural, vem sendo empregada no controle da dor com resultados promissores. Assim, nesta revisão, abordam-se vários aspectos referentes aos efeitos e às indicações da administração epidural de opióides em cães.Opioids have been used for several years to relieve traumatic pain in Veterinary Medicine. The painful stimulus are implicated with delayed tissue recuperation of surgical wounds. Today, a great importance has been given to pre-emptive control of post operative pain in animals. Indeed, the use of epidural morphine, the first opioid substance used in animals, has provided excellent analgesia and good condition at the immediate post operative period. In addition, several aspects concerning the effects indications and forms of epidural opioids injections in dogs are considered in this review.

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

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    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 tr...

  10. Incidencia del nivel de competición en el rendimiento del bloqueo en voleibol femenino. [Impact on competition level performance block female volleyball].

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    Jorge Montoro-Escaño

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available En este trabajo se ha registrado, analizado y valorado la acción de juego del bloqueo en voleibol femenino, para hacer una descripción de dicho gesto técnico-táctico en función al nivel de competición. Para ello se ha utilizado una herramienta de observación mixta formada por un sistema de formatos de campo (cada criterio está formado por un sistema de categorías E/ME que valora el contexto de juego, la situación táctica, los aspectos técnicos y el resultado de la acción. Se registraron 1645 acciones de bloqueo pertenecientes a tres niveles de competición diferentes. Se han realizado análisis descriptivos, de generalizabilidad y variabilidad; con el objetivo de determinar los modelos significativos que mejor explican la variabilidad del rendimiento en el bloqueo, y valorando la varianza asociada a cada una de las categorías, teniendo en cuenta sus interacciones. Habiéndose encontrado una mayor complejidad en los modelos de ejecución técnica del bloqueo cuanto mayor es el nivel de competición. Abstract In this work we have observed, analyzed and assessed the blocking action game in women's volleyball, for a description of the technical-tactical gesture according to the level of competition. To do this we used a mixed observation tool consists of a system of field formats (each criterion consists of a system of categories E / ME that values the context of play, the tactical situation, the technical and the result of action. 1645 were blocking actions from three different levels of competition. Descriptive analyzes were made of generalisability and variability, with the aim to determine the models that best explain significant variability in blocking performance, and assessing the variance associated with each of the categories, taking into account their interactions. Having found a larger complexity on the models of execution of the blocking technique the higher the level of competition is.

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

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    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 a...

  12. 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...

  13. 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

  14. 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

    2003-06-01

    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

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

    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 99m...

  16. Patrón visual de jugadoras experimentadas de voleibol durante la acción del bloqueo

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    Sara Vila-Maldonado

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    Full Text Available El objetivo del presente estudio fue analizar el com- portamiento visual de las jugadoras de voleibol en una situación de bloqueo basándose en la figura de la colo- cadora. La muestra quedó compuesta por 29 jugadoras de voleibol (23.10 ± 3.74 años que competían de mane- ra federada. Se analizó el comportamiento visual de las jugadoras utilizando secuencias de vídeo proyectadas a tamaño real. Las participantes visionaron el mismo número de colocaciones, realizadas por dos jugadoras distintas, de su mismo nivel competitivo. Dentro del comportamiento visual se analizó la duración, núme- ro y orden de las fijaciones visuales, y los movimientos sacádicos. El número medio de fijaciones de las parti- cipantes fue de 3.61, con una duración media de 3.56 s. Encontramos un patrón en el comportamiento visual de las participantes del estudio basado en sus fijaciones visuales. Inicialmente las participantes utilizaban la vi- sión periférica para detectar diferentes estímulos de la escena y posteriormente su tendencia fue a utilizar la visión fóvea centrándose en distintas zonas concretas. Las zonas más fijadas por las participantes, de las cua- les extraen la información para su toma de decisiones, son fondo (FD y codo-muñeca (CM en primer lugar, seguidas de cabeza (CB, balón (BA, hombro-codo (HC, balón-muñeca (BM y tronco (TR.

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

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    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

  18. 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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    . 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

  19. 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.

  20. Treatment of cranial epidural hematoma in a neonate by needle aspiration of a communicating cephalhematoma.

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    Smets, Koenraad Jan; Vanhauwaert, Dimitri

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    A newborn presented on day 15 of life with an epidural hematoma, extending through a diastatic sutura squamosa in an external cephalhematoma. There was no skull fracture. The cephalhematoma was punctured twice with 24-h interval, reducing both the cephalhematoma and the epidural component. In the absence of neurological signs or symptoms, aspirating a cephalhematoma to evacuate the communicating epidural hematoma in a newborn infant may avoid more invasive surgical intervention.

  1. Spinal epidural abscess: a rare complication of ulcerative colitis after ileal pouch anal anastomosis

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    Kawamura, Mikio; ARAKI, TOSHIMITSU; Okita, Yoshiki; Kondo, Satoru; Ichikawa, Takashi; FUJIKAWA, HIROYUKI; Uchida, Keiichi; Mohri, Yasuhiko; KUSUNOKI, MASATO

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    Background Spinal epidural abscess is a rare condition with high morbidity and mortality, for which a delay in diagnosis and treatment can lead to irreversible neurologic deficit or even death. Although patients with spinal epidural abscess have systemic predisposing immunocompromised conditions, spinal intervention, or trauma, this condition has been reported as a result of perforation or fistulization arising from inflammatory bowel disease. We describe herein a rare case of spinal epidural...

  2. 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...

  3. Preprocedural ultrasound examination versus manual palpation for thoracic epidural catheter insertion

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    Ahmed M Hasanin

    2017-01-01

    Conclusion: Preprocedural ultrasound imaging increased the incidence of first pass success in thoracic epidural catheter insertion and reduced the catheter insertion time compared to manual palpation method.

  4. Headache and seizures after cervical epidural injection in a patient undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting

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    Dheeraj Arora

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Epidural analgesia is widely used in cardiothoracic surgery. Most of the complications associated with epidural analgesia are related to the insertion techniques of epidural catheter. A 68-year-old obese patient posted for coronary artery bypass grafting surgery developed headache followed by seizures after insertion of the thoracic epidural catheter. Magnetic resonance imaging revealed air in the basal cisterns and in the left frontal region. The patient was managed conservatively and the symptoms subsided after 24 h. Later, the patient underwent coronary angioplasty.

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

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

    2009-06-30

    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 inflammatory markers and a staphylococcal bacteremia. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) confirmed the diagnosis of spinal epidural abscess and he subsequently underwent a three level laminectomy with good resolution of his back pain and neurological symptoms. He has made a complete recovery with a prolonged course of intravenous antibiotics.

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

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    Rhys D.R. Evans

    2009-03-01

    Full Text Available 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 inflammatory markers and a staphylococcal bacteremia. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI confirmed the diagnosis of spinal epidural abscess and he subsequently underwent a three level laminectomy with good resolution of his back pain and neurological symptoms. He has made a complete recovery with a prolonged course of intravenous antibiotics.

  8. Transient bladder and fecal incontinence following epidural blood patch

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    Palomero-Rodríguez, Miguel Angel; Palacio-Abinzada, Francisco J.; Campollo, Sara Chacón; Laporta-Báez, Yolanda; Mendez Cendón, Jose Carlos; López-García, Andres

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    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 L1 -L2 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 L1 to L2 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. PMID:26543470

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. Diabetes mellitus and spinal epidural abscess: clinical or surgical treatment?

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    Felício, João S; Martins, Carlliane Lins P; Liberman, Bernardo

    2011-12-01

    Spinal epidural abscess (SEA) is an uncommon condition and its most important predisposing factor is diabetes mellitus. Although the treatment of choice is prompt surgical abscess evacuation, followed by antibiotic therapy, successful conservative treatment of SEA has been reported in some cases. We describe a SEA case in a 23-year old white woman with diabetes for 14 years, who was successfully treated only with antibiotics, and achieved full recovery at the fourth month of follow-up.

  12. Spontaneous pneumomediastinum and epidural pneumatosis after oral ecstasy consumption.

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    Clause, A L; Coche, E; Hantson, P; Jacquet, L M

    2014-04-01

    A 19-year-old man was admitted with acute dyspnoea. Physical examination revealed subcutaneous emphysema in the cervical and thoracic area. This was further confirmed by the total body computed tomography that also demonstrated mediastinal emphysema. Epidural pneumatosis of the thoracis spine was also evident. There was no history of trauma, but well of a recent oral ecstasy consumption during a techno rave party, associated with intense dancing and jumping. Clinical course was favourable with conservative therapy.

  13. 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.

  14. Hands-and-knees positioning during labor with epidural analgesia.

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    Stremler, Robyn; Halpern, Stephen; Weston, Julie; Yee, Jennifer; Hodnett, Ellen

    2009-01-01

    Hands-and-knees position has shown promise as an intervention to improve labor and birth outcomes, but no reports exist that examine its use with women laboring with epidural analgesia. Concerns of safety, effects on analgesia, and acceptability of use may limit use of active positioning during labor with regional analgesia. This article presents a case study series of 13 women who used hands-and-knees position in the first stage of labor.

  15. Thoracic spinal epidural abscess caused by Salmonella typhi.

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    Abdullah, Saad Hamdan; Ata, Osama Abu; El-Adwan, Nael

    2008-03-01

    A 56-year-old man presented with a rare spinal epidural abscess manifesting as attacks of back pain associated with fever, weight loss, generalized weakness and fatigability, and constipation. He had multiple skin pustules in the last 4 months treated with oral amoxicillin. He had suffered diabetes mellitus for the last 5 years and was insulin dependent. Physical examination found slight paraparesis with sensory loss around the nipple and sphincteric urgency, and diabetic retinopathy. Magnetic resonance imaging showed edematous T2, T3, and T4 vertebral bodies, and narrow enhanced T3-4 disk space with a soft tissue enhanced mass mostly anterior to the spinal cord and indenting the cord. T3-4 costotransversectomy was performed to remove the extradural mass and evacuate the intradiscal material. Histological examination of the bone found osteomyelitis, and culture of the soft tissue showed Salmonella typhi sensitive to ceftriaxone and ciprofloxacin. Intravenous ceftriaxone administration was started, and the patient was discharged after 6 days in good condition. The outcome of spinal epidural abscess is devastating unless recognized and treated early. The present case of spinal epidural abscess in the thoracic spine caused by Salmonella typhi infection illustrates the importance of cultures to assess the drug sensitivity of the specific strain detected and adjusting the treatment accordingly.

  16. Anatomical Study of Sacral Hiatus for Caudal Epidural Block

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    Dhananjay S Patil

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Anatomy of the sacral hiatus is having clinical importance during caudal epidural block. Present study is aimed at determining anatomy of sacrum specially sacral hiatus for caudal epidural block, with the help of morphometric measurements of the sacrum in relation to sacral hiatus in dry sacral bones. Material & method: Total 103 complete and undamaged adult, dry sacral bones were measured with Vernier caliper (accuracy 0.1 mm and anatomical measurements were obtained. Results: Three bones were excluded because of total posterior closure defect. Agenesis of the sacral hiatus was detected in three sacral bones. Right and left superolateral sacral crests of the sacrum were taken as two points on dorsal surface of sacrum (forming the base of a triangle because posterior superior iliac spines impose on the superolateral sacral crests. The distance between the two superolateral sacral crests (base of a triangle, the distances between the right and left superolateral sacral crest and the sacral apex were on average 60.61(SD 6.71, 61.95 (11.71 and 61.4 (11.98 mm respectively.. Summary: An equilateral triangle formed between the apex of the sacral hiatus and right and left superolateral sacral crests. This equilateral triangle will help in determining the location of the sacral hiatus during caudal epidural block. [National J of Med Res 2012; 2(3.000: 272-275

  17. 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.

  18. Plasma concentrations of buprenorphine after epidural administration in conscious cats.

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    Duke-Novakovski, Tanya; Clark, Christopher R; Ambros, Barbara; Gilbert, Peter; Steagall, Paulo V M

    2011-06-01

    Buprenorphine plasma concentrations were measured after administering buprenorphine (20 μg/kg) into the lumbosacral epidural space of conscious cats chronically instrumented with an epidural catheter. Blood was collected from a jugular vein before injection and 15, 30, 45 and 60 min and 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 12 and 24 h after administration. Plasma buprenorphine concentrations were measured using ELISA. Background concentration (before injection) was 1.27 ± 0.27 ng/mL (mean ± SD). Including background concentration, the mean peak plasma concentration was obtained 15 min after injection (5.82 ± 3.75 ng/mL), and ranged from 3.79 to 2.20 ng/mL (30 min-3 h), remaining between 1.93 and 1.77 ng/mL (4-12 h), and declined to 1.40 ± 0.62 ng/mL at 24h. Elimination half-life was 58.8 ± 40.2 min and clearance 56.7 ± 21.5 mL/min. Results indicate early rapid systemic uptake of buprenorphine from epidural administration with plasma concentrations similar to using buccal or IM routes by 15 min postinjection.

  19. Delayed Presentation of a Cervical Spinal Epidural Abscess of Dental Origin after a Fall in an Elderly Patient.

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    Bodman, Alexa; Riordan, Margaret; Chin, Lawrence S

    2016-05-23

    Spinal epidural abscesses are an uncommon cause of spinal cord injury but, depending on the size and presence of neurological deficits, urgent neurosurgical intervention may be required. We present a unique case of a patient presenting with a spinal epidural collection several days after a fall. While a spinal epidural hematoma was suspected based on the patient's history and MRI findings, a spinal epidural abscess was found during surgery. The patient underwent laminectomy and instrumented fusion with successful treatment of her infection.

  20. Bloqueos diagnóstico-terapéuticos de carillas articulares cervicales Diagnostic-therapeutic cervical facet joint blocks

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    M.L. Franco

    2009-03-01

    Full Text Available El 66% de los adultos experimenta dolor cervical a lo largo de su vida y el 54% lo ha experimentado durante los pasados 6 meses. Sólo el 5% presentará dolor crónico intenso acompañado de incapacidad funcional. El 80% del dolor cervical se produce por lesiones óseas o musculares como consecuencia de la degeneración discal y facetaria, a lo que se pueden sumar agentes externos, como traumatismo, sobrepeso, sobrecargas laborales, estrés, etc. El diagnóstico del dolor cervical se basa, fundamentalmente, en la exploración física y en la clínica del paciente. Ante la presencia de dolor cervical irradiado a nuca, cintura escapulohumeral y miembro superior derecho sin patrón radicular con exploración positiva en carillas articulares, están indicados los bloqueos diagnóstico-terapéuticos de éstas. En el trabajo se describe la anatomía de la región cervical, cuyo conocimiento es imprescindible tanto para garantizar los buenos resultados, como para minimizar los riesgos, así como las indicaciones y práctica de la técnica.Cervical pain is experienced by 66% of adults during their lifetime and by 54% in the previous 6 months. Only 5% will experience intense chronic pain with functional disability. Eighty percent of cervical pain is produced by skeletal or muscular lesions as a result of disc and facet degeneration. External causative agents include trauma, overweight, occupational demands, stress, etc. Diagnosis of cervical pain is mainly based on physical examination and clinical findings. In cervical pain radiating to the neck, scapulohumeral girdle and upper right arm without a radicular pattern and positive examination of the facet joints, diagnostic-therapeutic facet joint blocks are indicated. The present article describes the anatomy of the cervical region. Knowledge of this region is essential to guarantee good results and to minimize risks. The indications and practical features of the technique are also discussed.

  1. A Study of Fetomaternal Outcome of Epidural Analgesia During Labour

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    Shital H Halvadia

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available Background: Epidural anesthesia is regional anesthesia that blocks pain in a particular region of the body. This produces pain relief with minimal side effects. These medications may be used in combination with epinephrine, fentanyl, morphine, or clonidine to prolong the epidural’s effect or to stabilize the mother’s blood pressure. Objectives: This study was conducted to assess the fetomaternal outcome of epidural analgesia in labour. Methods: This study was descriptive case series study which was conducted in department of obstetrics and gynecology, GMERS medical college, Gandhinagar, Gujarat from January 2012 to December 2012. Pregnant women who received epidural analgesia during labour were involved in the study. The inclusion criteria were primi gravida patients who had gestational age of greater than 37 weeks (confirmed by ultrasound without any risk factors, in true labour (cervical dilatation >3 cm with regular uterine contraction and with vertex presentation. Results: Total number of patients was 80 with the mean age of 21.9±1.7 years. Mode of delivery was spontaneous vaginal in 46 patients (57.5%, forceps delivery in 4 patients (5%, ventouse in 14 patients (17.5% and caesarean section in 16 patients (20%. At one minute majority of the babies (n 63, 78.75% had Apgar score of more than 7, only 5 babies (6.25% had Apgar score less than 4, and 12 babies (15% had Apgar score between 4-7. At 5 minutes majority of the babies (n 74, 92.5% had Apgar score of more than 7, only one baby (1.25% had Apgar score less than 4, and 5 babies (6.25% had Apgar score between 4-7. Conclusion: Epidural anaesthesia provided excellent pain relief in majority of the patients. It can also be associated with increase duration of second stage of labour but not associated with fetal compromise in a properly managed patient. [Natl J Med Res 2013; 3(2.000: 184-186

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

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    马民玉; 王承海; 冉菊红

    2010-01-01

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

  3. EPIDURAL ANALGESIA DURING LABOR Analgesia epidural para el trabajo de parto

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    Juan Carlos Zafra Pedone

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: The labor pain affect to all pregnant woman and it has biochemical and physiological changes that affect to mother and fetus and interact with your normal evolution. Currently there are analgesic techniques to less effectively labor pain, to provide a high satisfaction level and supply clinical and laboratory beneficial outcomes. In own context these techniques are very low used. Objective: To describe the use of epidural analgesic procedures in a pregnancy woman group during labor at the Universitarian Hospital San Jose – Popayan, Colombia. Materials and methods: Case series design. We recollected information of patients from Obstetric service during two months of 2006. The patient’s information was recollected from medical history with an instrument that content variables related with the analgesic technique and labor. The analyses were performed using descriptive statistics Results: 41 pregnant woman with a mean age of 23,4 were included. 65,9% were nulliparous and 85,4% were term pregnancy. At the moment of dural puncture the dilation and EVA pain scale mode was 6 and 8 respectively. The latency mean was 14,1 minutes. 95,1% were require a booster applied in a mean of 80 minutes and 61% were required a second booster applied in a mean of 49 min after that. The way of termination of pregnancy was vaginal predominantly. Conclusions: The results of this study are congruent to reporting in the world literature. These conclusions support the effectiveness of epidural analgesia and its favorable benefit/risk relation to the control of labor pain. Introducción: El dolor asociado con el trabajo de parto afecta a todas las pacientes e involucra alteraciones que afectan a la madre y al feto e interactúan interfiriendo con su evolución normal. Actualmente disponemos de alternativas analgésicas peridurales que han demostrado controlar en forma efectiva el dolor, proporcionar un alto grado de satisfacción de las pacientes y proveer

  4. 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;

    1996-01-01

    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 epidur...

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

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

    2000-01-01

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

  6. 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;

    1996-01-01

    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...

  7. Operative treatment of spontaneous spinal epidural hematomas : a study of the factors determining postoperative outcome

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    Groen, R J; van Alphen, H A

    1996-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: We clarify the factors affecting postoperative outcomes in patients who have suffered spontaneous spinal epidural hematomas. METHODS: We review 330 cases of spontaneous spinal epidural hematomas from the international literature and three unpublished cases of our own. Attention was focuse

  8. [Epidural anesthesia and analgesia in the perioperative treatment of a patient with Kartagener syndrome].

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    Errando, C L; Sifre, C; López-Alarcón, D

    1998-12-01

    Kartagener's syndrome is an inherited disease characterized by a triad of symptoms--bronchiectasis, situs inversus and sinusitis--and is classified as an immotile cilia syndrome. Patients may experience specific airway problems when undergoing anesthesia for surgical procedures. We report the case of a woman with Kartagener's syndrome who underwent surgery under epidural anesthesia with postoperative epidural analgesia, both techniques proving successful.

  9. Does epidural sufentanil provide effective analgesia per- and postoperatively for abdominal aortic surgery?

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    Broekema, AA; Kuizenga, K; Hennis, PJ

    1996-01-01

    assess the efficacy of epidural sufentanil in providing per- and postoperative analgesia, 40 patients undergoing elective abdominal aortic surgery received either 50 mu g sufentanil in 10 ml normal saline solution (n=20, ES group) or 10 mi normal saline (n=20, control group) via a thoracic epidural

  10. 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...

  11. 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

  12. Bloqueo femoral tres en uno para cirugía de fractura transtoncantérica de cadera: seguridad y analgesia

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    Walter Rojas-Rivera

    2002-06-01

    Full Text Available Objetivo: Determinar la eficacia del bloqueo femoral tres en uno, como técnica anestésica alternativa en la realización de cirugía de cadera, en pacientes ASA III y IV, así como la valoración postquirurgica de la analgesia. Metodos: se realizó un estudio prospectivo en 12 pacientes, los cuales fueron sometidos a cirugía de cadera, osteosíntesis con pin placa en fractura transtocantérica de fémur, y cuyo estado general fuera clasificado como ASA III o IV. Se le aplicó bloqueo femoral tres en uno y fémoro cutáneo lateral ipsilateral. Se utilizó buvicaína o.25%, lidocaína 2%, llevada a 40 ml de volumen. Resultados: la muestra incluyó siete varones y cinco mujeres. La edad media fue de 68.3 años, con límites entre 37 y 93 años. Los pacientes mostraron asociados diagnósticos de hipertensión arterial, diabetes mellitus, asma, cardiopatía isquémica, disrritmias, encefalopatía. Conclusiones: La estabilidad hemodinámica observada fue excelente, así como la analgesia, durante todo procedimiento y recuperación. La analgesia suplementaria fue mínima y el porcentaje de fallo fue menor del 9%. La gran estabilidad hemodinámica, la técnica sencilla y la alta tasa de efectividad hacen del bloqueo femoral tres en uno, una excelente opción para pacientes ASA III y IV con fractura transtocantérica de cadera, que serán sometidos a cirugía.Twelve three in one femoral blocks were done for osteosynthesis with pin plate in transtrochanteric hip fracture in patients ASA III and ASA IV. It was used bupivacain 0,25% and lidocain 2% to a 40 ml volume. Observed hemodynamic stability was excellent, thus analgesic during the procedure and recover. Supplementary analgesic was minimal and the fail rate was less than 9%. Great hemodynamic stability, the simplicity of the procedure and the high efectiveness rate, made of the three in one femoral block an excellent choice for patients ASA III and ASA IV with transtrochanteric hip fracture that

  13. 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

    2013-09-01

    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 Positron Emission Tomography-Computed Tomography. Although extremely rare, pneumomediastinum can be caused by an epidural block using LOR technique with air. In order to avoid the above danger, the use of saline or very minimal amount of air is required during a careful LOR technique.

  14. [High thoracic epidural analgesia in the postoperative period after correction of congenital heart defects in children].

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    Slin'ko, S K

    1999-01-01

    The effects and side effects of thoracic epidural analgesia on the respiratory response, awakening time, and cooperation with nurses were studied. Forty children received epidural analgesia after open-heart surgery. Lidocaine was injected in a dose of 1.5-2 mg/kg every 1.5-2 h. Controls (16 pts) received intravenous fentanyl + diazepam analgesia. Respiratory response and awakening were significantly earlier (p < 0.001) in the epidural group. Cooperation with nurses was much better in this group, too. No side effects were observed in the epidural group. Therefore, thoracic epidural analgesia is a safe and effective method of postoperative analgesia for children subjected to open-heart surgery.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

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

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    Varaprasad

    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 .

  18. 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.

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

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    Aldrete, J A

    1994-05-01

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

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

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

    2015-03-01

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

  1. Epidural hematomas after the implantation of thoracic paddle spinal cord stimulators.

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    Moufarrij, Nazih A

    2016-10-01

    OBJECTIVE There is little information on the frequency of symptomatic epidural hematomas after the implantation of paddle spinal cord stimulators (SCSs) in the thoracic spine. The purpose of this paper is to provide this metric and compare it to the frequency of symptomatic epidural hematomas for all other thoracic laminectomies combined. METHODS This study involved retrospectively analyzing the experience of a single surgeon in a consecutive series of patients who underwent the implantation of a thoracic paddle SCS with respect to the occurrence of a symptomatic epidural hematoma. For comparison, the occurrence of a symptomatic epidural hematoma in non-SCS thoracic laminectomies done during the same period of time was determined. RESULTS One hundred fifty-four thoracic paddle SCSs were implanted between May 2002 and February 2015. Despite perfect hemostasis and no preoperative risk factors, 4 of 154 patients (2.60%) developed postoperative lower-extremity weakness caused by an epidural hematoma. There were no other causes of a neurological deficit. In 3 of the 4 patients, the symptoms were delayed. Over the same time period, only 1 of 119 patients (0.84%) developed a postoperative motor deficit from a symptomatic epidural hematoma after a non-SCS laminectomy. CONCLUSIONS The occurrence of epidural hematomas after thoracic paddle SCS implantation may be underreported. Suggestions are given to decrease its incidence. It seems paradoxical that an epidural hematoma occurred 3 times more often after small SCS thoracic laminectomies than after larger non-SCS thoracic laminectomies. If confirmed by future studies, this finding may suggest that the intrusion of instruments into a confined epidural sublaminar space or the presence of a paddle and a hematoma in this restricted space may account for this differential.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.)

  4. Spontaneous spinal epidural abscess in a 21-month-old child.

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    Harris, Tyler J; Seamon, Jason P

    2014-12-01

    Spontaneous epidural abscess formation is a rare finding in all populations and even more so in the pediatric population. Its rarity and varied presentations often lead to misdiagnosis. We present a pediatric case in which the diagnosis of spontaneous spinal epidural abscess was missed upon initial presentation and subsequently identified at a later visit to the emergency department. Literature suggests utilizing three simple physical exam findings that may improve the first visit diagnosis of spontaneous epidural abscesses in children. Findings of any two of the following signs should guide the clinician to consider SEA as a possibility prior to discharge: fever, back or neck pain, extremity weakness or inability to walk.

  5. Catatonia and jaw dislocation in the postoperative period with epidural morphine

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    Satyen Parida

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available We report a case of temporomandibular joint dislocation occurring in the postoperative period in a patient, who developed catatonia following administration of a single dose of epidural morphine. The catatonic response to epidural morphine was delayed by several hours in the postoperative period, and might have resulted from intrathecal migration of the drug, through an initial dural puncture while locating the epidural space. The temporomandibular joint dislocation was diagnosed only after reversal of the effects of morphine with naloxone, when the patient complained of inability to fully close her mouth.

  6. 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.

  7. 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

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    oxygen tension, arterial oxygen saturation, heart rate, and skin temperature on the day after operation, and arterial blood for gas analysis was drawn every 15 min during the study. A fluid challenge (10 ml saline/kg body wt) did not alter any of the measured values. The epidural blockade did not change...... any of the measured values. Oxygen therapy before epidural blockade increased median subcutaneous oxygen tension from 60 to 71 mmHg (P tension with oxygen therapy was 30 (15-55) min...... without epidural blockade and 15 (10-20) min with blockade (P tension with or without oxygen therapy after elective uncomplicated major abdominal surgery....

  8. Cervical spontaneous epidural hematoma as a complication of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

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    Mastronardi, L; Carletti, S; Frondizi, D; Spera, C; Maira, G

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    Epidural hematoma is a rare cause of spinal cord compression, which usually provokes severe neurological deficits. It is presumed to originate from venous or, more probably, arterial bleeding. Thrombocytopenia and other disorders of coagulation may precipitate the onset of epidural hematoma and facilitate the evolution of the disease. We report the case of a patient suffering from a non-Hodgkin's lymphoma with severe thrombocytopenia during a MACOP-B schedule, who presented with a spontaneous cervical epidural hematoma. We discuss the etiopathological aspects, diagnosis, and treatment of this rare cause of acute cervical spinal cord compression.

  9. Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal Suppression and Iatrogenic Cushing's Syndrome as a Complication of Epidural Steroid Injections

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    Joyce Leary

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Epidural steroid injections are well accepted as a treatment for radicular back pain in appropriate candidates. While overall incidence of systemic side effects has not been well established, at least five biochemically proven cases of iatrogenic Cushing's Syndrome have been reported as complications of epidural steroid treatment. We present an additional case of iatrogenic Cushing's Syndrome and adrenal suppression in a middle-aged woman who received three epidural steroid injections over a four-month period. We review this case in the context of previous cases and discuss diagnostic and management issues.

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

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    Callesen, T; Schouenborg, Lars Øland; Nielsen, D;

    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

  11. Combined spinal–epidural anesthesia for an elderly patient with proportionate dwarfism for laparotomy

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    Teena Bansal

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Anesthesia in a dwarf patient may be challenging as various anatomical anomalies make both general and regional anesthesia difficult. These patients may have atlantoaxial instability, potential for airway obstruction, and associated respiratory problems that may pose problems for general anesthesia. Spinal stenosis, osteophytes, short pedicles, or a small epidural space could complicate regional anesthesia in dwarfs which could lead to difficulties in locating the epidural space and increase the risk of dural puncture. Spinal stenosis may impair cerebrospinal fluid flow such that identification of dural puncture is difficult. This elderly dwarf patient had history of bronchial asthma with restriction of neck extension, managed successfully using combined spinal–epidural anesthesia.

  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. Dexmedetomidine and clonidine in epidural anaesthesia: A comparative evaluation

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    Sukhminder Jit Singh Bajwa

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Efforts to find a better adjuvant in regional anaesthesia are underway since long. Aims and objectives are to compare the efficacy and clinical profile of two α-2 adrenergic agonists, dexmedetomidine and clonidine, in epidural anaesthesia with special emphasis on their sedative properties and an ability to provide smooth intra-operative and post-operative analgesia. A prospective randomized study was carried out which included 50 adult female patients between the ages of 44 and 65 years of (American Society of Anaesthesiologists ASAI/II grade who underwent vaginal hysterectomies. The patients were randomly allocated into two groups; ropivacaine + dexmedetomidine (RD and ropivacaine + clonidine (RC, comprising of 25 patients each. Group RD was administered 17 ml of 0.75% epidural ropivacaine and 1.5 μg/kg of dexmedetomidine, while group RC received admixture of 17 ml of 0.75% ropivacaine and 2 μg/kg of clonidine. Onset of analgesia, sensory and motor block levels, sedation, duration of analgesia and side effects were observed. The data obtained was subjected to statistical computation with analysis of variance and chi-square test using statistical package for social science (SPSS version 10.0 for windows and value of P 0.05. Dexmedetomidine is a better neuraxial adjuvant compared to clonidine for providing early onset of sensory analgesia, adequate sedation and a prolonged post-operative analgesia.

  14. 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.

  15. 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

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    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.

  16. Laparoscopic hernioplasty with epidural anesthesia; a report of 20 patients

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    Talebpour M

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    Full Text Available Background: The incidence of inguinal hernia is 15 cases per 1,000 populations. The most common surgical methods of hernia repair are conventional open hernioplasty and laparoscopic hernioplasty. The advantages of laparoscopic hernioplasty are that the regional anatomy is observable, and bilateral herniorrhaphy can be performed at the same time. Since laparoscopic hernia is usually performed under general anesthesia, to shorten the length of hospital stay and to prevent complications, in this study, we evaluated the use of epidural anesthesia during hernioplasty. Methods: This study included 20 male patients treated by a single surgeon. We recorded the PCO2 levels before, during and after surgery, as well as the pain and intra-abdominal pressure. Results: Only one patient required conversion to general anesthesia. Three patients had hernia on the left side only, 14 patients on the right only and three patients had bilateral hernia. The PCO2 levels did not change (P=0.789. Fifty percent of patients had no postoperative pain. The median time to return to work or normal physical activity was 7 days. Conclusion: Laparoscopic inguinal herniorrhaphy is a feasible alternative to open surgical hernia repair. Employing epidural anesthesia prevents the complications of general anesthesia. This method achieves a shorter hospital stay and time to return to normal activity, as well as reduction in pain. Controlled trials comparing laparoscopic and tension-free open herniorrhaphy are needed to further assess the relative benefits of this procedure.

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

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    Ashwini

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

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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

  1. 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)

    2010-08-15

    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.)

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. The comparative study of epidural levobupivacaine and bupivacaine in major abdominal surgeries

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    Ali Uzuner

    2011-01-01

    Conclusions: The results of our study suggest that same concentration of epidural levobupivacaine and bupivacaine with fentanyl provide stable postoperative analgesia and both were found safe for the patients undergoing major abdominal surgery.

  5. 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.

  6. 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

    and ten consecutive patients scheduled for elective open colonic resection under general anaesthesia with combined thoracic epidural analgesia were prospectively studied. Postoperative epidural analgesia was maintained for 48 h with bupivacaine 2.5 mg/ml and morphine 50 µg/ml, 4 ml/h. Postoperative pain......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......, respectively. Gastrointestinal recovery and LOS did not differ between patients with high (3-6) versus low (0-2) dynamic pain scores (P > 0.4 and P > 0.1, respectively). It is concluded that a multimodal rehabilitation program including continuous thoracic epidural analgesia leads to early recovery...

  7. 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; van den Berg, Hans J; van Beek, Erik; Borchert, Odette W H M; Schuitemaker, Nico; Sikkema, J Marko; Kuipers, A H M; Logtenberg, Sabine L M; van der Salm, Paulien C M; Oude Rengerink, Katrien; Lopriore, Enrico; van den Akker-van Marle, M Elske; le Cessie, Saskia; van Lith, Jan M; Struys, Michel M; Mol, Ben Willem J; Dahan, Albert; Middeldorp, Johanna M; Oude Rengerink, K

    2015-01-01

    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 interm

  8. 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

  9. 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;

    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...

  10. [Acute epidural hematoma with extravasation on cerebral angiogram in an infant (author's transl)].

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    Oseki, J; Oana, K; Kobayashi, T; Kawada, Y; Kanaya, H

    1977-03-01

    The authors recently operated on a boy four years of age with acute epidural hematoma showing an extravasation on the cerebral angiogram. The hematoma (hematoma volume 125 ml) was evacuated 7 hours after the head injury. The postoperative course was quite uneventful, and he was discharged a month after surgery without any neurologic deficits. The authors reviewed the literature and found 4 cases of acute epidural hematoma with extravasations in infants and children. In all cases the operative results were good. The age incidence and frequency of occurence overall for acute epidural hematomas, extravasations on cerebral angiograms and their mechanism, and the length of time from injury to operation were also discussed. It should be emphasized that, for acute epidural hematoma in infants and children, the early diagnosis and early surgery are essential to save the patients.

  11. Spinal epidural abscess – a rare complication of inflammatory bowel disease

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    Brown, Carl J.; Hussein Jaffer; Nasir Jaffer; Claude Burul; McLeod, Robin S.

    2008-01-01

    Spinal epidural abscess is an uncommon but highly morbid illness. While it usually afflicts older, immunocompromised patients, this condition has been reported as a result of intestinal perforation in the setting of inflammatory bowel disease. Two cases of spinal epidural abscess in patients with inflammatory bowel disease are reported: one in a patient with Crohn’s disease and one in a patient with ulcerative colitis after restorative proctocolectomy.

  12. Spinal Epidural Abscess – A Rare Complication of Inflammatory Bowel Disease

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    Carl J Brown

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Spinal epidural abscess is an uncommon but highly morbid illness. While it usually afflicts older, immunocompromised patients, this condition has been reported as a result of intestinal perforation in the setting of inflammatory bowel disease. Two cases of spinal epidural abscess in patients with inflammatory bowel disease are reported: one in a patient with Crohn’s disease and one in a patient with ulcerative colitis after restorative proctocolectomy.

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

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    Akanksha Lamba

    2016-06-01

    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

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

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

    2011-05-15

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

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

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

    2011-01-01

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

  16. Epidural versus intravenous fentanyl for postoperative analgesia following orthopedic surgery: randomized controlled trial

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    Marcelo Soares Privado

    Full Text Available CONTEXT AND OBJECTIVE: Controversy exists regarding the site of action of fentanyl after epidural injection. The objective of this investigation was to compare the efficacy of epidural and intravenous fentanyl for orthopedic surgery. DESIGN AND SETTING: A randomized double-blind study was performed in Hospital São Paulo. METHODS: During the postoperative period, in the presence of pain, 29 patients were divided into two groups: group 1 (n = 14 received 100 µg of fentanyl epidurally and 2 ml of saline intravenously; group 2 (n = 15 received 5 ml of saline epidurally and 100 µg of fentanyl intravenously. The analgesic supplementation consisted of 40 mg of tenoxicam intravenously and, if necessary, 5 ml of 0.25% bupivacaine epidurally. Pain intensity was evaluated on a numerical scale and plasma concentrations of fentanyl were measured simultaneously. RESULTS: The percentage of patients who required supplementary analgesia with tenoxicam was lower in group 1 (71.4% than in group 2 (100%: 95% confidence interval (CI = 0.001-0.4360 (P = 0.001, Fisher's exact test; relative risk, RR = 0.07. Epidural bupivacaine supplementation was also lower in group 1 (14.3% than in group 2 (53.3%: 95% CI = 0.06-1.05 (P = 0.03, Fisher's exact test; RR = 0.26. There was no difference in pain intensity on the numerical scale. Mean fentanyl plasma concentrations were similar in the two groups. CONCLUSION: Intravenous and epidural fentanyl appear to have similar efficacy for reducing pain according to the numerical scale, but supplementary analgesia was needed less frequently when epidural fentanyl was used. CLINICAL TRIAL REGISTRATION NUMBER: NCT00635986

  17. 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

    for improved mobilization and oral nutrition, and preservation of body composition and muscle function. Studies integrating continuous epidural local anaesthetics with enforced early nutrition and mobilization uniformly suggest an improved recovery, decreased hospital stay and convalescence. CONCLUSIONS......: Epidural local anaesthetics should be included in a multi-modal rehabilitation programme after major surgical procedures in order to facilitate oral nutrition, improve recovery and reduce morbidity....

  18. Efficacy of epidural administration of morphine with bupivacaine for orthopaedic surgery in sheep

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    Durej M.; Ledecký V.; Michalák D.; Hluchý M.; Kòazovický D.

    2012-01-01

    The aim of the study was to test the hypothesis that epidural administration of morphine with bupivacaine provides more intense and sufficient perioperative analgesia compared with parenterally administrated butorphanol during orthopaedic surgery. Sheep were assigned to group C (control group, 6 sheep) and group E (epidural, 5 sheep). Sheep from group C were pre-medicated with midazolam (0.3 mg/kg, i.m.) and butorphanol (0.2 mg/kg, i.m.). Propofol was used ...

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

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

    2010-06-01

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

  20. Bloqueo dual del sistema renina-angiotensina frente a la monoterapia: revisión sistemática y metanálisis acumulativo de ensayos clínicos y estudios observacionales

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    Ferrán Catalá-López

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    Full Text Available Fundamentos: Trabajos previos han sugerido que el bloqueo dual con inhibidores del sistema renina-angiotensina (SRA estaría asociado a un incremento de efectos adversos comparado con la monoterapia. Se reexamina la seguridad del doble bloqueo del SRA, especialmente en pacientes de riesgo y se explora la estabilidad de la evidencia acumulada a lo largo de los años. Método: Revisión sistemática con metaanálisis de efectos aleatorios. Se revisaron 15 metaanálisis publicados anteriormente como punto de partida. Se realizó una búsqueda en PubMed/Medline de estudios observacionales y de ensayos clínicos controlados recientes. Las variables dependientes estudiadas fueron: mortalidad (general y cardiovascular, hiperpotasemia, hipotensión, insuficiencia renal, accidente cerebrovascular y la retirada del tratamiento por efectos adversos. Se calcularon los riesgos relativos (RR y su intervalo de confianza (IC95%Resultados: El bloqueo dual del SRA no se asoció con una reducción del RR de la mortalidad general (RR:1,00; IC95%: 0,96-1,05; 21 estudios, ni de la mortalidad cardiovascular (RR:1,01; 0,94-1,09; 13 estudios ni del riesgo de accidente cerebrovascular (RR:1,02; 0,94-1,11; 11 estudios en comparación con la monoterapia. El bloqueo dual se asoció a un riesgo aumentado de hiperpotasemia (RR:1,58; 1,37-1,81; 34 estudios, hipotensión (RR:1,66; 1,41-1,95; 25 estudios, daño renal (1,52; 1,28-1,81; 29 estudios y retirada del tratamiento por efectos adversos (RR:1,26; 1,22-1,30; 37 estudios. Los resultados fueron consistentes en las cohortes de pacientes con diabetes mellitus, enfermedad renal o insuficiencia cardiaca. Conclusiones: El bloqueo dual del SRA vs monoterapia incrementa los riesgos de hiperpotasemia, hipotensión, insuficiencia renal e interrupción del tratamiento por efectos adversos. Además no ofrece beneficios adicionales por reducción de la mortalidad general, mortalidad cardiovascular o accidente cerebrovascular. Estos

  1. EFFECT OF ACUPUNCTURE COMBINED WITH EPIDURAL ANESTHESIA ON PLASMA CATECHOLAMINE CONTENT IN CHOLECYSTECTOMY PATIENTS

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    Li Changgen; Peng Xiaoyun; Xu Mingyu; Wang Zhongcheng

    2001-01-01

    Objective: To observe changes of plasma catecholamine (CA) level in patients experiencing cholecystectomy under acupuncture anesthesia combined with epidural administration of small dose of anesthetics. Methods:33 cholecystectomy patients were randomly divided into acupuncture combined with epidural anesthesia (A) group (n = 11), acupoint-skin electrical stimulation combined with epidural anesthesia (B) group (n= 11 ) and simple epidural anesthesia (C) group (n= 11). Acupoints used were bilateral Zusanli (ST 36) and Neiguan (PC 6) and stimulated with parameters of frequency 2/15 Hz, intermittent waves, electric current 2~3 mA for group A and 13mA for group B. Extradural anesthetic administered was 1.5% Lidocaine 5 mL. Venous blood samples were collected one day before,NE of group A and B lowered in comparison with pre-operation, particularly group A (P <0.01), while in group C,plasma NE level increased slightly; plasma E of group A and B increased significantly compared with pre-operation (P levels recovered basically in comparison with those of one day before operation. It indicates that acupuncture or acupoint-skin electrical stimulation is capable of regulating sympathetic activity during epidural anesthesia. The anesthetic effec t has a closer relation with changes of plasma NE level rather than changes of plasma E or DA levels. C_onclusion:Acupuncture or acupoint-surface electrical stimulation combined with epidural anesthesia may be of reducing or releasing surgical operation generated stress response during cholecystectomy.

  2. 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.

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

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    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.

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

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    MARÍA FLORENCIA DANERI

    2015-01-01

    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.

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

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

    2011-07-01

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

  6. Holocord spinal epidural abscess: Case report and literature review.

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    Xiang, H; Ma, X; Shen, N; Yue, B; Zhang, G; Chen, B

    2016-10-01

    Holocord spinal epidural abscess (SEA) is a rare condition. To our knowledge, five cases of SEA have been reported so far, and no consensus has been made on the treatment yet. In this article, we report a case of holocord SEA and review literature to further understanding of SEA. The advent of antibiotic treatment and the recognition of surgical debridement have been important in searching for alternatives to recovery, so the patient was treated surgically together with systemic antibiotics. The patient remained neurologically stable and continued to be clinically in good condition without any low back pain after 1 year. Surgical drainage, together with systemic antibiotics, is the main treatment choice for extensive SEAs. Although treatment should be considered that highlights the importance of examining the factors related to the health and condition of the patients and the anatomy and extent of the abscess, early surgical treatment associated with prolonged antibiotic treatment is necessary.

  7. Spontaneous spinal epidural hematoma presenting as paraplegia after cardiac surgery.

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    Kin, Hajime; Mukaida, Masayuki; Koizumi, Junichi; Kamada, Takeshi; Mitsunaga, Yoshino; Iwase, Tomoyuki; Ikai, Akio; Okabayashi, Hitoshi

    2016-03-01

    An 86-year-old woman was scheduled to undergo aortic valve replacement and coronary artery bypass graft. On postoperative day 3, she developed sudden-onset neck pain followed by weakness in the right arm. Her symptoms worsened with time, and she developed paraplegia. At 60 h after the first complaint, spontaneous spinal epidural hematoma (SSEH) from C2 to C6 with spinal cord compression was diagnosed from a magnetic resonance image of the cervical region. We decided on conservative therapy because operative recovery was impossible. Delayed diagnosis led to grievous results in the present case. When neurological abnormalities follow neck or back pain after open heart surgery, SSEH must be considered in the differential diagnosis. Further, if it is suspected, early cervical computed tomography/magnetic resonance imaging and surgery should be considered.

  8. [A Case of Spinal Epidural Hematoma Presenting with Transient Hemiplegia].

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    Komai, Takanori; Nakashima, Kazuya; Tominaga, Takashi; Nogaki, Hidekazu

    2016-04-01

    We report a rare case of a patient with spinal epidural hematoma who presented with transient hemiplegia. A 90-year-old man awakened from sleep due to sudden neck pain. Fifteen minutes later, the man experienced progressively worsening weakness in his left hand, and was transported in an ambulance to our hospital. At the hospital, he presented with hemiplegia, and we suspected intracranial disease. Therefore, we performed magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), which revealed no intracranial lesions. Shortly after the MRI, the patient showed no signs of hemiplegia. However, since the severe neck pain persisted, we performed cervical MRI, which showed a high-intensity area at the C2-C5 level, predominantly on the left side. Despite recovery from hemiplegia, we performed a laminectomy of C3-C5 with evacuation of a hematoma at the C2-C6 level. After the surgery, the patient had no neck pain.

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

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    Karthik

    2015-02-01

    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

  10. A double-blind comparison between epidural morphine and epidural clonidine in patients with chronic non-cancer pain.

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    Glynn, C; Dawson, D; Sanders, R

    1988-08-01

    In a randomised double-blind study of 20 patients with chronic pain, epidural morphine 5 mg in 5 ml of saline was compared with epidural clonidine 150 micrograms in 5 ml of saline. Thirteen patients had a clinical and radiological diagnosis of arachnoiditis, 6 had low back pain and 1 had post-operative scar pain. There were 18 females and 2 males with an average age of 52 years, range 22-76 years. There was no difference found between the 2 solutions in the resultant analgesia measured by the visual analogue scale for pain, pain relief or the pain word score during the 3 h period of the study. No difference was found in the patient's mood which was also measured with the visual analogue scale. Two patients had no analgesia from either injection, 2 patients did not obtain any relief from clonidine and another 2 obtained no relief from morphine. Six patients reported that clonidine was better than morphine, 5 reported that morphine and clonidine were the same and 3 reported that morphine was better than clonidine. The duration of analgesia from the clonidine varied from 6 h to 1 month; the duration of analgesia from morphine varied from 6 to 24 h. Clonidine was associated with sedation and a fall in blood pressure of greater than 20 mm Hg in all patients, 1 patient required ephedrine to treat hypotension. Twelve patients had pruritus, 7 nausea and 2 vomiting following the morphine. Statistically there was no difference found between morphine and clonidine for short-term (3 h) analgesia in these patients.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

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

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    Antonio R. Vilches

    2004-02-01

    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.

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

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    Xosé Ramón Rodríguez-Polo

    2013-01-01

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

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    2013-06-01

    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

  14. 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.

  15. SUMMARY OF CLINICAL STUDY ON ACUPUNCTURE COMBINED WITH EPIDURAL ANESTHESIA FOR CHOLECYSTECTOMY

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    秦必光; 刘颖涛; 李长根; 任亚川; 张兰英; 艾中立; 彭小云; 白占勇

    2001-01-01

    Objective: To study clinical effect and anesthetic method of acupuncture anesthesia combined with epidural administration of smadose of anesthetic for cholecystectomy. Methods: A total of 194 cases of cholecystectomy patients were randomly divided into acupuncture combined with epidural anesthesia group (group A, n=66), acupoint-skin electrical stimulation combined with epidural anesthesia group (group B, n = 63) and simple epidural anesthesia group (group C, n=65). Observations were conducted using single-bland method. Bilateral Neiguan (PC 6) and Zusanli (ST 36) were punctured and stimulated electrically in group A and only stimulated electrically via cutaneous electrodes in group B. Epidural anesthetic used was 1.5% Lidocaine and the anesthetic level was controlled to reach T4~11. Results: The class-I (excellent) rates of group A, B and C were 75.76%, 60.32% and 13.85% respectively, showing significant differences between group A and C and group B and C ( P < 0. 001 ). The initial dose, doses of every hour and every case of group A and B were lower than those of group C. The dose of every hour of group C was 36.23% and 3.75 % higher than group A and B respectively ( P < 0. 001 ), suggesting that acupuncture or acu-point-skin electrical stimulation could strengthen anesthetic effect and reduce the dose of epidural anesthetic. During operation, indexes of the life signs as HR, MAP, RR, TV, MV, SpO2 and ECG kept basically stable and all patients in group A passed surgical operation safely. Conclusion: Acupuncture or acupoint-skin electrical stimulation combined with epidural anesthesia can be used as one of the anesthetic methods for cholecystectomy.

  16. 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.

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

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

    2009-03-01

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

  18. Percutaneous drainage of abscess in psoas compartment and epidural space; Case report and review of literature. [Radiological studies

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    Cwikiel, W. (Lund Univ. Hospital (Sweden). Dept. of Diagnostic Radiology)

    1991-03-01

    The history of a patient with neurological deficit symptoms secondary to a spinal epidural abscess connected with psoas abscess and several fistulas on the buttocks is described. Etiology, diagnosis, and treatment are discussed. Percutaneous drainage of the spinal epidural abscess is suggested as an alternative to surgery. (orig.).

  19. Continuous positive airway pressure breathing increases cranial spread of sensory blockade after cervicothoracic epidural injection of lidocaine.

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    Visser, W.A.; Eerd, M.J. van; Seventer, R. van; Gielen, M.J.M.; Giele, J.L.P.; Scheffer, G.J.

    2007-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) increases the caudad spread of sensory blockade after low-thoracic epidural injection of lidocaine. We hypothesized that CPAP would increase cephalad spread of blockade after cervicothoracic epidural injection. METHODS: Twenty patients with an e

  20. 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.)

  1. 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)....

  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;

    1993-01-01

    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...

  3. Severe hypotension related to high negative pressure suction drainage on a thoracic epidural drain during multilevel spinal fixation.

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    Brahmbhatt, Anjalee; Hall, Nicholas D P; Bradley, William Pierre Litherland

    2013-11-15

    Hypotension or bradycardia or both related to intracranial hypotension after craniotomy has been reported in the literature. However, such reports are uncommon with thoracic epidural drains. We describe a case in which application of high negative pressure suction to a thoracic epidural drain caused a sudden decrease in arterial blood pressure.

  4. 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.

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

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    Sang Ho Moon

    2017-01-01

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

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

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

    2014-01-01

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

  7. 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)

    2013-06-15

    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.

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

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    Cihun-Siyong Alex Gong

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

  9. Labor analgesia: An update on the effect of epidural analgesia on labor outcome

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    Samina Ismail

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Following the introduction of epidural for labor analgesia, debate has centered on the issue of its effect on outcome of labor; in terms of length of labor and increase in the rate of instrumental vaginal delivery and cesarean section (CS. There is no ideal study on the effect of epidural analgesia (EA on the outcome of labor due to logistic problems in randomization, blinding and getting a control group; as a result these queries are partly answered. Despite these problems, it has been established that labor epidural has minimal effect on progress of established labor and maternal request should be a sufficient indication to start an epidural. Although instrumental vaginal delivery is probably increased with epidural but obstetrician practice, pain free patient and teaching opportunity are likely factors increasing the incidence. Maternal-fetal factors and obstetric management and not the use of EA are the most important determinants of the CS rate. The purpose of this review is to summarize data from controlled trials addressing the question of whether neuraxial labor analgesia causes an increased risk of CS or rate of instrumental delivery. In addition, the review discusses whether the timing of initiation of analgesia infl uences the mode of delivery.

  10. COMPA RATIVE EVALUATION OF INTRATHECAL, EPIDURAL AND INTRAVENOUS BOLUS SUFENTANIL FOR POST OPERATIVE ANALGESIA IN LOWER LIMB SURGERY

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    Sudhakar

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available In clinical experience sufentanil is more effective when given epidurally than intrathecally and intravenously. To test this hypothesis we compare the analgesic characteristic of 10μgm of epidural, intrathecal and intravenous single shot sufenta nil for pain relieve after elective lower limb surgeries. A randomized double blind trial was conducted on 60 patients who were under - going elective lower limb surgery in epidural anesthesia with bupivacaine. In recovery room as soon as pain score higher than 3 on the scale of 10 on visual analogue score was reported 10μgm intravenous, intrathecal and epidural was given respectively. We concluded that epidural sufentanil is better as compared to intrathecal and intravenous in terms of duration of pain reli ef, vital complications and side effects for post - operative pain relief.

  11. Complicaciones de los tornillos de bloqueo intermaxilar en el tratamiento de las fracturas mandibulares Complications of self-tapping bone screws for maxillomandibular fixation in the treatment of jaw fracture

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    J. Molina Montes; J. González-Lagunas; J. Mareque Bueno; J.A. Hueto Madrid; G. Raspall Martí

    2008-01-01

    Durante la última década se ha introducido el tornillo de bloqueo intermaxilar como método de fijación maxilomandibular en el tratamiento de las fracturas de mandíbula. El propósito del estudio es evaluar las complicaciones de la técnica y la yatrogenia dental que derivan de su aplicación durante un periodo de 4 años. Se han revisado un total de 62 pacientes y 272 tornillos y, aunque han aparecido complicaciones, su incidencia es baja.In the last decade, self-tapping bone screws have been use...

  12. Comparación de las técnicas anestésicas de bloqueo mandibular troncular convencional directa y Gow-Gates en exodoncia de molares mandibulares

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    Proaño de Casalino, Doris; Facultad de Estomatología, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia. Lima,; Guillén Galarza, Manuel Fernando; Escuela de Estomatología. Universidad Nacional de Trujillo. Trujillo

    2014-01-01

    Se presenta una evaluación clínica para determinar si existen diferencias entre el bloqueo mandibularproducido por la técnica troncular convencional directa y la técnica Gow-Gates en pacientes quenecesitaron exodoncias mandibulares, considerando como indicadores: dolor a la penetración einyección anestésica, tiempo de aparición de los primeros síntomas de anestesia, territorioanestesiado a los 5, 10 y 15 minutos, penetración intravascular, anestesia del nervio Bucal Largoy resultado anestésic...

  13. Thoracic spinal epidural abscess caused by fishbone perforation

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    Chen, Jian-Min; Wang, Zhi-Yong; Ni, Guo-Xin

    2016-01-01

    Abstract Rationale: Ingestion of a fishbone is a common cause of esophageal injury, but spinal epidural abscess (SEA) is a rare condition due to the esophageal penetration by a swallowed fishbone. Prompt diagnosis can be seldom made owing to incomplete patient history taking and difficulties in imaging evidence identification. Patient concerns: We describe the case of a 62-year-old woman who was stuck in her throat by a fishbone, and complained of back pain, paresis of the lower limbs and fever, successively. To our knowledge, this is the first case report that we know of thoracic SEA caused by fishbone perforation. Diagnoses: About 20 days after the onset of severe back pain, she was diagnosed with SEA based on the clinical presentation and imaging findings. Interventions: Antibiotic therapy and rehabilitation therapy were carried out afterwards. However, due to exacerbation of her condition, surgical intervention had to be taken eventually. Outcomes: It is quite unfortunate for this patient to have a poor prognosis due to a delayed diagnosis and an improper management. Lessons: A number of lessons can be learnt from this case. PMID:27930507

  14. 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)

    2007-10-15

    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.

  15. Bilobate anterior epidural extension of vertebral lesion : MRI features

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    Park, Dong Woo; Lee, Chae Guk [Pusan Paik Hospital, Pusan (Korea, Republic of)

    1994-11-15

    To determine the value of bilobate anterior epidrual extension(AEE) on MRI in differential diagnosis of tuberculous spondylitis, pyogenic spondylitis and malignant tumor. SE T1-, T2- and Gd-DTPA enhanced T1-weighted, sagittal and axial MR images of 39 patients(40 vertebral lesions), including 16 tuberculous spondylitis, 7 pyogenic spondylitis(8 lesions, consisting of 2 separate lesion of 1 patient), and 16 malignant vertebral tumors(15 metastases, 1 lymphoma) with an AEE were reviewed. The frequency of bilobate AEE shown as double-convexity in the anterior epidural space on axial scans was evaluated in the above vertebral diseases. The bilobate AEE on the axial scans was seen in 12 out of the 16 tuberculous spondylitis(75%) and 1 out of 8 pyogenic spondylitis(13%), and 10 out of the 16 malignant tumor including 15 metastasis and 1 lymphoma(63%). The bilobate AEE of vertebral lesions is suggestive of tuberculous spondylitis or malignant tumor rather than pyogenic spondylitis. This pattern seems to be related with the preservation of the structures, including midline septum, PLL(Posterior longitudinal ligament), lateral membrane and fibrous membrane, limiting and surrounding the extension of the tuberculous spondylitis and malignant tumor, and with the early penetration or disruption of PLL, midline septum, lateral and fibrous membranes in the pyogenic spondylitis.

  16. Combined Spinal-Epidural for Vaginal Delivery in a Parturient With Takayasu’s Arteritis

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    Sean Patrick Clifford MD

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available Takayasu’s arteritis is a rare, progressive panendarteritis involving all layers of the arterial wall. This disease includes variable involvement of the aorta and its major branches. The most common complication with this condition is severe, uncontrolled hypertension, often leading to end organ dysfunction. We describe the management of a 27-year-old woman diagnosed with Takayasu’s arteritis that presented in labor with intense pain and underwent a combined spinal-epidural for anesthetic management. Per literature review, a combined spinal-epidural technique for planned vaginal delivery has not been described for a laboring Takayasu patient. Our technique, utilizing intrathecal opioids and a low-dose local anesthetic-opioid epidural infusion, provided adequate analgesia while maintaining hemodynamic stability throughout labor augmentation and successful vaginal delivery.

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

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    Ivan Hack

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    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.

  18. Treatment of holocord spinal epidural abscess via alternating side unilateral approach for bilateral laminectomy.

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    Hwang, Roy; Yung, Brian H; Sedney, Cara; Miele, Vincent J

    2015-01-01

    To date, this is the first reported case of the surgical management of a holocord epidural abscess done through level-skipping laminectomies. It is also the first reported case of these laminectomies being performed via an alternating side unilateral approach for this condition. A 51-year-old patient presenting with progressive lower extremity weakness secondary to a spinal epidural abscess extending from C4 to S1. A minimally disruptive method of relieving the spinal cord compression via evacuation of the abscess was employed successfully. This report demonstrates the efficacy of level skipping laminectomies via a unilateral approach for holocord epidural abscesses (extending 20 vertebral levels). Performing the laminectomies via a unilateral approach as well as alternating the side of the approach minimized iatrogenic instability risk. Both strategies were designed to minimize incision size, tissue disruption, and the amount of muscular weakness/imbalance postoperatively.

  19. Diagnosis of anterior cervical spinal epidural abscess by US and MRI in a newborn

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    Gudinchet, F.; Chapuis, L. (University Hospital, Lausanne (Switzerland). Dept. of Radiology); Berger, D. (University Hospital, Lausanne (Switzerland). Dept. of Pediatric Surgery)

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    A 10-day-old girl who initially presented with fever developed over five days a complete paresis of both upper arms and swallowing difficulty. After emergency drainage of a retropharyngeal abscess, cervical US demonstrated a cervical anterior epidural mass compressing the cord. MRI confirmed the diagnosis of spinal epidural abscess secondary to C4-C5 spondylodiscitis. Surgical removal of the abscess was followed by complete disappearance of the neurologic symptoms after six months of follow-up. This is the first case of spinal epidural abscess in a newborn to be diagnosed by US and MRI preoperatively. The advantages of these non-invasive imaging modalities are discussed, and compared to myelography. (orig.).

  20. Evaluation of caudal epidural anesthesia efficacy by measurement of feet skin temperature in children

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    M. Yu. Kurochkin

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available Caudal epidural anesthesia in children is not performed in pure form, but only in combination with superficial general anesthesia. Therefore, a search for reliable evaluation criteria of the caudal epidural block onset in children remains actual. Aim. To evaluate effectiveness of caudal epidural anesthesia efficacy by measurement of feet skin temperature in children. Methods and results. We investigated feet skin temperature before the caudal blockade by bupivacaine and after 15–20 minutes in 30 children. The control group included 20 children who underwent total intravenous anesthesia. The study showed that feet skin temperature after caudal blockade significantly increased from 30,1±0,15°C to 33,0±0,1°C (10% and in the control group it did not change significantly. Conclusion. Thus, feet skin thermometry may be considered to be a reliable non-invasive method for assessing the onset of the caudal block.

  1. Technique of fiber optics used to localize epidural space in piglets.

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    Ting, Chien-Kun; Chang, Yin

    2010-05-24

    Technique of loss-of-resistance in epidural block is commonly used for epidural anesthesia in humans with approximately 90% successful rate. However, it may be one of the most difficult procedures to learn for anesthesia residents in hospital. A two-wavelength (650 nm and 532 nm) fiber-optical method has been developed according to the characteristic reflectance spectra of ex-vivo porcine tissues, which are associated with the needle insertion to localize the epidural space (ES). In an in-vivo study in piglets showed that the reflected lights from ES and its surrounding tissue ligamentum flavum (LF) are highly distinguishable. This indicates that this technique has potential to localize the ES on the spot without the help of additional guiding assistance.

  2. SPONTANEOUS SPINAL EPIDURAL HAEMATOMA IN A PATIENT ON ORAL ANTI - COAGULANT THERAPY : A CASE REPORT

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    Deepak

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Sponaneous spinal epidural haematoma (SSEH is an uncommon cause of spinal cord compression. It may be associated with various causative factors, but in many patients, anticoagulation can be implicated. SSEH should be suspected in any patient receiving anticoagulant agents who complains of l imb weakness, sensory deficits and / or urinary retention. Early diagnosis and treatment are very important for the functional recovery of the patient. Spinal magnetic resonance imaging is the most suitable neuroradiological method for early diagnosis. Alt hough primary management is the surgical evacuation of spinal epidural haematoma via laminectomy, rare cases in which the patient is improving rapidly and progressively could be treated conservatively. A 45 - yr - old woman with a spontaneous spinal epidural h aematoma who was receiving acenocoumarol treatment for a mechanical mitral valve who improved with conservative management is presented in this article.

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

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    Tugce Kalayci

    2014-08-01

    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.

  4. 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;

    , and 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......Background: Epidural analgesia is widely used as pain relief during labour but has negative side effects, such as prolonged labour and increased risk of obstetric interventions. Antenatal education in small groups may increase trust in own ability to cope at home in the early stages of labour...... on whether to implement the NEWBORN program in a clinical setting also depend upon the trial effect on psycho-social outcomes which will be analysed in near future. Main messages (max 200 anslag): 1. No effect of antenatal education in small groups on use of epidural analgesia as pain relief during labour...

  5. 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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    Marilia Bonifácio Baranauskas

    2008-04-01

    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

  6. Riscos cardiovasculares do bloqueio androgênico Riesgos cardiovasculares del bloqueo androgénico Cardiovascular risks of androgen deprivation therapy

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    Adriano Freitas Ribeiro

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available O adenocarcinoma de próstata é o câncer mais comum no sexo masculino após o câncer de pele. Entre as várias formas de tratamento do câncer de próstata, a terapia de bloqueio androgênico é uma modalidade consagrada nos pacientes com doença metastática ou localmente avançada, que provavelmente resulta em aumento de sobrevida. No entanto, o bloqueio androgênico é causador de uma série de consequências adversas. Complicações como osteoporose, disfunção sexual, ginecomastia, anemia e alterações na composição corporal são bem conhecidas. Recentemente, uma série de complicações metabólicas foi descrita como aumento da circunferência abdominal, resistência à insulina, hiperglicemia, diabete, dislipidemia e síndrome metabólica com consequente aumento do risco de eventos coronarianos e mortalidade cardiovascular nessa população específica. Este artigo de atualização apresenta uma revisão bibliográfica realizada no MEDLINE de toda literatura publicada em inglês no período de 1966 até junho de 2009, com as seguintes palavras-chave: androgen deprivation therapy, androgen supression therapy, hormone treatment, prostate cancer, metabolic syndrome e cardiovascular disease, no intuito de analisar quais seriam os reais riscos cardiovasculares da terapia de deprivação androgênica, também chamada bloqueio androgênico, nos pacientes com câncer de próstata.El adenocarcinoma de próstata es el cáncer más común en el sexo masculino después del cáncer de piel. Entre las varias formas de tratamiento del cáncer de próstata, la terapia de bloqueo androgénico es una modalidad consagrada en los pacientes con enfermedad metastásica o localmente avanzada, que probablemente resulta en aumento de sobrevida. Mientras tanto, el bloqueo androgénico es causante de una serie de consecuencias adversas. Complicaciones como osteoporosis, disfunción sexual, ginecomastia, anemia y alteraciones en la composición corporal son

  7. Preprocedural ultrasound examination versus manual palpation for thoracic epidural catheter insertion

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    Hasanin, Ahmed M.; Mokhtar, Ali M.; Amin, Shereen M.; Sayed, Ahmed A.

    2017-01-01

    Background and Aims: Ultrasound imaging before neuraxial blocks was reported to improve the ease of insertion and minimize the traumatic trials. However, the data about the use of ultrasound in thoracic epidural block are scanty. In this study, pre-insertion ultrasound scanning was compared to traditional manual palpation technique for insertion of the thoracic epidural catheter in abdominal operations. Subjects and Methods: Forty-eight patients scheduled to midline laparotomy under combined general anesthesia with thoracic epidural analgesia were included in the study. Patients were divided into two groups with regard to technique of epidural catheter insertion; ultrasound group (done ultrasound screening to determine the needle insertion point, angle of insertion, and depth of epidural space) and manual palpation group (used the traditional manual palpation technique). Number of puncture attempts, number of puncture levels, and number of needle redirection attempts were reported. Time of catheter insertion and complications were also reported in both groups. Results: Ultrasound group showed lower number of puncture attempts (1 [1, 1.25] vs. 1.5 [1, 2.75], P = 0.008), puncture levels (1 (1, 1) vs. 1 [1, 2], P = 0.002), and needle redirection attempts (0 [0, 2.25] vs. 3.5 [2, 5], P = 0.00). Ultrasound-guided group showed shorter time for catheter insertion compared to manual palpation group (140 ± 24 s vs. 213 ± 71 s P = 0.00). Conclusion: Preprocedural ultrasound imaging increased the incidence of first pass success in thoracic epidural catheter insertion and reduced the catheter insertion time compared to manual palpation method. PMID:28217056

  8. 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

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

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

    2013-02-01

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

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

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    Mirko Velickovic

    2016-10-01

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

  11. 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)

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    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).

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

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

    2000-10-01

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

  13. 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.)

  14. 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.

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. Lumbosacral epidural magnesium prolongs ketamine analgesia in conscious sheep Sulfato de magnésio prolonga a analgesia epidural lombosacral induzida pela quetamina em carneiros

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    Rafael DeRossi

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    Full Text Available PURPOSE: To determine the analgesic, motor, sedation and systemic effects of lumbosacral epidural magnesium sulphate added to ketamine in the sheep. METHODS: Six healthy adult male mixed-breed sheep; weighing 43 ± 5 kg and aged 20-36 months. Each sheep underwent three treatments, at least 2 weeks apart, via epidural injection: (1 ketamine (KE; 2.5 mg/kg, (2 magnesium sulphate (MG; 100 mg, and (3 KE + MG (KEMG; 2.5 mg/kg + 100 mg, respectively. Epidural injections were administered through the lumbosacral space. Analgesia, motor block, sedation, cardiovascular effects, respiratory rate, skin temperature, and rectal temperature were evaluated before (baseline and after drug administration as needed. RESULTS: The duration of analgesia with the lumbosacral epidural KEMG combination was 115 ± 17 min (mean ± SD, that is, more than twice that obtained with KE (41 ± 7 min or MG (29 ± 5 min alone. KE and KEMG used in this experiment induced severe ataxia. The heart rate and arterial blood pressures changes were no statistical difference in these clinically health sheep. CONCLUSION: The dose of magnesium sulphate to lumbosacral epidural ketamine in sheep is feasible, and can be used in procedures analgesics in sheep.OBJETIVO: Determinar os efeitos analgésicos, motores, sedativos e sistêmicos da adição de sulfato de magnésio na analgesia epidural com quetamina em carneiros. MÉTODOS: Foram utilizados seis carneiros machos sadios, pesando 43 ± 5 kg, com idade entre 20 a 36 meses. Cada animal recebeu três tratamentos, com duas semanas entre experimentos via administração epidural: (1 quetamina (KE; 2,5 mg/kg, (2 sulfato de magnésio (MG; 100 mg e (3 KE + MG (KEMG; 2,5 mg/kg + 100 mg, respectivamente. As administrações epidurais foram administradas no espaço lombosacral. Analgesia, bloqueio motor, sedação, efeitos cardiovasculares, freqüência respiratória, temperatura retal e de pele foram avaliados antes (basal e depois da administra

  19. Epidural tramadol via intraoperatively placed catheter as a standalone analgesic after spinal fusion procedure: An analysis of efficacy and cost

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    Ilangovan, Vijaysundar; Vivakaran, Thanga Tirupathi Rajan; Gunasekaran, D.; Devikala, D.

    2017-01-01

    Objective: This was a prospective analysis of epidural tramadol as a single analgesic agent delivered through intraoperatively placed epidural catheter for postoperative pain relief after spinal fusion procedures in terms of efficacy and cost. Materials and Methods: Twenty patients who underwent spinal fusion procedures were included in the study. After completion of the procedure, an epidural catheter was placed at the highest level of exposed dura and brought out through a separate tract. Postoperatively, tramadol was infused into the epidural space via the catheter at a dose of 1 mg/kg diluted in 10 ml of saline. The dosage frequency was arbitrarily fixed at every 6 h during the first 2 days and thereafter reduced to every 8 h after the first 2 days till day 5. Conventional intravenous analgesics were used only if additional analgesia was required as assessed by visual analog scale (VAS). Results: Patients’ VAS score was assessed every 4 h from the day of surgery. Patients with a VAS score of 6 or more were given additional analgesia in the form of intravenous paracetamol. Of the twenty patients, eight patients needed additional analgesia during the first 24 h and none required additional analgesia after the first 24 h. The median VAS score was 7 within the first 24 h and progressively declined thereafter. Epidural tramadol was noted to be many times cheaper than conventional parenteral analgesics. Conclusion: Epidural tramadol infusion is safe and effective as a standalone analgesic after open spinal fusion surgery, especially after the 1st postoperative day. Intraoperative placement of the epidural catheter is a simple way of delivering tramadol to the epidural space. The cost of analgesia after spinal fusion surgery can be reduced significantly using epidural tramadol alone. PMID:28149082

  20. 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

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

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    Shen, W.C. [Dept. of Radiology, Taichung Veterans General Hospital (Taiwan, Province of China); Lee, S.K. [Dept. of Radiology, Taichung Veterans General Hospital (Taiwan, Province of China); Ho, Y.J. [Dept. of Radiology, Taichung Veterans General Hospital (Taiwan, Province of China); Lee, K.R. [Inst. of Life Science, National Tsing-Hua Univ., Hsin-Chu (Taiwan, Province of China)

    1992-12-01

    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.)

  2. 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;

    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 e...

  3. Spontaneous spinal epidural abscess presenting in a previously healthy young adult man.

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    McDonald, Andrew M; Rollins, Jason L

    2013-01-01

    We report a case of spontaneous spinal epidural abscess (SEA) with initial chief complaint of shoulder pain and no appreciable neurologic symptoms. Since outcomes of SEA appear to be related to the degree of neurologic deficit at the time of intervention, we explore opportunities for earlier diagnosis.

  4. Myelopathy due to spinal epidural abscess without cord compression: a diagnostic pitfall.

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    Warrenburg, B.P.C. van de; Wesseling, P.; Leyten, Q.H.; Boerman, R.H.

    2004-01-01

    Spinal epidural abscess (SEA) is a neurological emergency that requires urgent diagnosis and treatment. We report 2 patients with SEA, in whom, on neuropathological examination, the neurological signs were found to be caused by spinal cord ischemia due to thrombosis of leptomeningeal vessels and com

  5. Spontaneous Spinal Epidural Abscess Presenting in a Previously Healthy Young Adult Man

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    Andrew M. McDonald

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available We report a case of spontaneous spinal epidural abscess (SEA with initial chief complaint of shoulder pain and no appreciable neurologic symptoms. Since outcomes of SEA appear to be related to the degree of neurologic deficit at the time of intervention, we explore opportunities for earlier diagnosis.

  6. Spinal epidural abscess as a result of dissemination from gluteal abscess secondary to intramuscular analgesic injection.

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    Sasani, Mehdi; Aydin, Ozlem; Aydin, Ahmet Levent; Oktenoglu, Tunc; Ozer, Ali Fahir; Ercelen, Omur

    2009-01-01

    Spinal epidural abscess is a collection of suppurative material that forms between the dura mater and the ligamentum flavum. If not recognized early and treated correctly, it can lead to life-threatening sepsis. Here we report the case of a female patient, 51 years of age, with difficulty walking and bilateral leg pain after having had degenerative discogenic pain for many years. The patient had occasionally received intramuscular non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug injections. The current report is that of an unusual case of epidural abscess that formed following multiple dose of intramuscular non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug over a 1-year period. Hematogenous or direct dissemination is the suspected cause. To prevent serious morbidity and mortality, early diagnosis is essential. Patients with localized back pain who are at risk for developing such epidural spinal abscesses should receive a magnetic resonance imaging scan with contrast enhancement without delay. The existence of predisposing factors such as intramuscular injections should be considered in the assessment of suspected spinal epidural abscess.

  7. A RARE CASE OF QUADRIPLEGIA DUE TO SPINAL EPIDURAL HAEMATOMA FOLLOWING SPINAL ANAESTHESIA

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    Quadriplegia following spinal anaesthesia due to spinal epidural haematoma is a rare but critical complication that usually occurs within 24 hours to a few days of the procedure. I report a case of a 32 year old male who underwent Uretero - Renal Scopy (URS) and double ‘J’ (DJ) stenting for right ureteric calculus under spinal ...

  8. [Acute epidural hematoma of the posterior fossa in a case of von Willebrand's disease].

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    Takenaka, N; Mine, T; Ikeda, E; Iwai, H; Kusano, S

    1988-01-01

    A rare case of acute epidural hematoma of the posterior fossa associated with von Willebrand's disease is reported. A 9-year-old boy fell down and hit his occipital region against a floor. Soon after he came home and slept, but three hours later he began to vomit and became drowsiness. He visited our hospital and his Glasgow Coma Scale showed 13 points. CT scan on admission showed acute epidural hematoma of left posterior fossa and contusional hematoma in the right temporal lobe. The bleeding time was over 18 minutes. He had been suspected to be suffering from von Willebrand's disease two years ago. Then fresh blood, fresh frozen plasma and anti-hemophilic globulin were prepared. Ten hours after injury, the operation was begun. Fresh epidural hematoma existed as a clot beyond transverse sinus. During the procedure of dural tenting suture, diffuse bleeding from bone, muscle, subcutaneous tissue and dura occurred and it was difficult to stop the bleeding. By using fresh blood and anti-hemophilic globulin, the bleeding was controlled, and then the operation was achieved. In the postoperative course a new epidural hematoma was found in the left temporal region and a new but asymptomatic retinal hemorrhage was found in his right eye. He was discharged without any neurological deficits 25 days after operation.

  9. Thoracic osteomyelitis and epidural abscess formation due to cat scratch disease: case report.

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    Dornbos, David; Morin, Jocelyn; Watson, Joshua R; Pindrik, Jonathan

    2016-12-01

    Osteomyelitis of the spine with associated spinal epidural abscess represents an uncommon entity in the pediatric population, requiring prompt evaluation and diagnosis to prevent neurological compromise. Cat scratch disease, caused by the pathogen Bartonella henselae, encompasses a wide spectrum of clinical presentations; however, an association with osteomyelitis and epidural abscess has been reported in only 4 other instances in the literature. The authors report a rare case of multifocal thoracic osteomyelitis with an epidural abscess in a patient with a biopsy-proven pathogen of cat scratch disease. A 5-year-old girl, who initially presented with vague constitutional symptoms, was diagnosed with cat scratch disease following biopsy of an inguinal lymph node. Despite appropriate antibiotics, she presented several weeks later with recurrent symptoms and back pain. Magnetic resonance imaging revealed 2 foci of osteomyelitis at T-8 and T-11 with an associated anterior epidural abscess from T-9 to T-12. Percutaneous image-guided vertebral biopsy revealed B. henselae by polymerase chain reaction analysis, and she was treated conservatively with doxycycline and rifampin with favorable clinical outcome.

  10. A comparative study of magnesium sulfate vs dexmedetomidine as an adjunct to epidural bupivacaine

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    Shahi, Vaibhav; Verma, Anil Kumar; Agarwal, Apurva; Singh, Chandra Shekhar

    2014-01-01

    Background and Aims: This prospective, randomized, double-blind study was undertaken to establish the effect of addition of magnesium or dexmedetomidine, as an adjuvant, to epidural bupivacaine in lower limb surgeries. Materials and Methods: One hundred and twenty ASA (American Society of Anesthesiologists) class I and II patients undergoing lower limb surgeries were enrolled to receive either magnesium sulfate (Group M) or dexmedetomidine (Group D) along with epidural bupivacaine for surgical anesthesia. All the study subjects received an epidural anesthesia with 14 ml of 0.5% bupivacaine along with either MgSO4 50 mg (Group M) or dexmedetomidine 0.5 μg/kg (Group D) or saline (Group C). The onset of motor and sensory block, duration of block, hemodynamic parameters, and any adverse events were monitored. Results: Analgesia in the postoperative period was better in Group D, duration of sensory and motor blockade was significantly prolonged in Group D and incidence of sedation was more in Group D. Conclusion: Hence, addition of dexemedetomidine to epidural bupivacaine can be advantageous with respect to increased duration of motor and sensory blockade and arousable sedation. PMID:25425781

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

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    2002-01-01

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

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

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    Rakesh Bahadur Singh

    2015-10-01

    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

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

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

    1991-01-01

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

  14. Evaluation of the effect of magnesium sulphate vs. clonidine as adjunct to epidural bupivacaine

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    Tanmoy Ghatak

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available For treatment of intra and postoperative pain, no drug has yet been identified that specifically inhibits nociception without associated side effects. Magnesium has antinociceptive effects in animal and human models of pain. The current prospective randomised double-blind study was undertaken to establish the effect of addition of magnesium or clonidine, as adjuvant, to epidural bupivacaine in lower abdominal and lower limb surgeries. A total of 90 American Society of Anesthesiology (ASA grade I and II patients undergoing lower abdominal and lower limb surgeries were enrolled to receive either magnesium sulphate (Group B or clonidine (Group C along with epidural bupivacaine for surgical anaesthesia. All patients received 19 ml of epidural bupivacaine 0.5% along with 50 mg magnesium in group B, 150 mcg clonidine in Group C, whereas in control group (Group A, patients received same volume of normal saline. Onset time, heart rate, blood pressure, duration of analgesia, pain assessment by visual analogue score (VAS and adverse effects were recorded. Onset of anaesthesia was rapid in magnesium group (Group B. In group C there was prolongation of duration of anaesthesia and sedation with lower VAS score, but the incidence of shivering was higher. The groups were similar with respect to haemodynamic variables, nausea and vomiting. The current study establishes magnesium sulphate as a predictable and safe adjunct to epidural bupivacaine for rapid onset of anaesthesia and clonidine for prolonged duration of anaesthesia with sedation.

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

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

    2013-02-01

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

  16. [A case of acute intracranial epidural hematoma caused by chronic nasal sinusitis].

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    Kihara, Kazunori; Sato, Motoki; Kado, Ken; Fukuda, Kazumasa; Nakamura, Takao; Yamakami, Iwao

    2015-01-01

    Non-traumatic intracranial acute epidural hematoma(EDH)is rare. It is mostly caused by coagulation disorders, dural metastasis, or vascular malformations of the dura. We report a case of non-traumatic acute EDH caused by chronic nasal sinusitis and review the literature comprising 10 cases of acute EDH caused by chronic nasal sinusitis. A 16-year-old boy visited our outpatient clinic with a 2-day history of severe headache. He did not have fever or neurological abnormalities and showed no evidence of head trauma. Cranial computed tomography(CT)revealed sphenoid sinusitis and a small amount of epidural air in the middle fossa, but no other intracranial abnormalities. After eight days with no subsequent history of trauma, radiological exams showed a massive acute epidural hematoma in the left middle fossa and temporal convexity without any vascular lesion or skull fracture. The patient underwent a hematoma evacuation that revealed neither a skull fracture nor a vascular abnormality. In this adolescent, chronic nasal sinusitis caused fragility of the meningeal artery wall, an air collection in the epidural space, and the detachment of the dura mater from the inner surface of the skull, thereby resulting in a non-traumatic acute EDH.

  17. Paraplegia after thoracotomy under combined general and epidural anesthesia in a child.

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    Allison, C.E.; Aronson, D.C.; Geukers, V.G.; Berg, R. van den; Schlack, W.S.; Hollmann, M.W.

    2008-01-01

    A 9-year-old boy underwent a thoracotomy for excision of his right third rib under combined general and epidural anesthesia for a Ewings sarcoma. Postoperatively, he was found to have a complete T2-3 paraplegia. Permanent paraplegia was described as a rare complication of thoracotomy in adults, and

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

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    Freeman, Liv M.; Bloemenkamp, Kitty W. M.; Franssen, Maureen T. M.; Papatsonis, Dimitri N. M.; Hajenius, Petra J.; van Huizen, Marloes E.; Bremer, Henk A.; van den Akker, Eline S. A.; Woiski, Mallory D.; Porath, Martina M.; van Beek, Erik; Schuitemaker, Nico; van der Salm, Paulien C. M.; Fong, Bianca F.; Radder, Celine; Bax, Caroline J.; Sikkema, Marko; van den Akker-van Marle, M. Elske; van Lith, Jan M. M.; Lopriore, Enrico; Uildriks, Renske J.; Struys, Michel M. R. F.; Mol, Ben Willem J.; Dahan, Albert; Middeldorp, Johanna M.

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    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 res

  19. Sequential combined spinal epidural anaesthesia for caesarean section in peripartum cardiomyopathy

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    Kumari Indira

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Peripartum cardiomyopathy (PPCM is defined as the onset of acute heart failure without demonstrable cause in the last trimester of pregnancy or within the first 6 months after delivery.We report a case of PPCM (LVEF< 25% requiring caesarean section who was successfully managed with sequential combined spinal epidural anaesthesia.

  20. 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...

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

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

    2014-03-01

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

  2. Transient Coma Due To Epidural Anesthesia: The Role of Loss of Sensory Input.

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    Dardis, Christopher

    2015-12-21

    Epidural anesthesia is the most commonly used method of pain relief during labor in the USA. It is not classically associated with alterations in level of alertness. Coma during the procedure is rare, with a reported incidence of 0.1-0.3%.

  3. Effect of ropivacaine in combined with sufentanil epidural analgesia after cesarean section on maternal lactation

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    Hu Feng; Bao-Xia Chen; Xi Ren; Hong-Xia Zhu

    2016-01-01

    Objective:To observe the effect of application of ropivacaine in combined with sufentanil epidural analgesia after cesarean section on the lactation and neonates.Methods:The puerpera who were underwent cesarean section with different analgesia methods were observed. The included puerpera were performed with the cesarean section under combined spinal epidural anesthesia. A total of 30 puerpera who were given ropivacaine in combined with sufentanil epidural analgesia after operation were served as the observation group, while 30 cases who were intermittently given intramuscular injection of pethidine after operation were served as the control group. The postpartum analgesic effects in the two groups were observed. The radioimmunoassay was used to detect the plasma PRL level. The postpartum colostrum time, 24 h lactation number, and NBNA scores in the two groups were compared.Results:The postoperative VAS score in the observation group was significantly lower than that in the control group (P<0.05), while the plasma PRL level was significantly higher than that in the control group (P<0.05). The postoperative colostrum time in the observation group was significantly earlier than that in the control group (P<0.05), while the lactation number was significantly greater than that in the control group (P<0.05).Conclusions:Application of ropivacaine in combined with sufentanil epidural analgesia after cesarean section can effectively alleviate the postoperative pain, and improve the lactation, with no obvious adverse reactions on the neonates and reliable effects.

  4. 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...

  5. 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.

  6. Postoperative analgesia with continuous epidural sufentanil and bupivacaine : A prospective study in 614 patients

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    Broekema, AA; Gielen, MJM; Hennis, PJ

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    To assess the efficacy and safety of postoperative analgesia with continuous epidural sufentanil and bupivacaine, we performed a prospective study in 614 patients undergoing major surgery. Before surgical incision, all patients received an initial dose of 50 mu g sufentanil in 6-10 mL bupivacaine 0.

  7. 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.

  8. 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

    2004-08-01

    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

  9. 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

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

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    Satyendra S

    2015-07-01

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

  11. 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.

  12. Decoding continuous limb movements from high-density epidural electrode arrays using custom spatial filters

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    Marathe, A. R.; Taylor, D. M.

    2013-06-01

    Objective. Our goal was to identify spatial filtering methods that would improve decoding of continuous arm movements from epidural field potentials as well as demonstrate the use of the epidural signals in a closed-loop brain-machine interface (BMI) system in monkeys. Approach. Eleven spatial filtering options were compared offline using field potentials collected from 64-channel high-density epidural arrays in monkeys. Arrays were placed over arm/hand motor cortex in which intracortical microelectrodes had previously been implanted and removed leaving focal cortical damage but no lasting motor deficits. Spatial filters tested included: no filtering, common average referencing (CAR), principle component analysis, and eight novel modifications of the common spatial pattern (CSP) algorithm. The spatial filtering method and decoder combination that performed the best offline was then used online where monkeys controlled cursor velocity using continuous wrist position decoded from epidural field potentials in real time. Main results. Optimized CSP methods improved continuous wrist position decoding accuracy by 69% over CAR and by 80% compared to no filtering. Kalman decoders performed better than linear regression decoders and benefitted from including more spatially-filtered signals but not from pre-smoothing the calculated power spectra. Conversely, linear regression decoders required fewer spatially-filtered signals and were improved by pre-smoothing the power values. The ‘position-to-velocity’ transformation used during online control enabled the animals to generate smooth closed-loop movement trajectories using the somewhat limited position information available in the epidural signals. The monkeys’ online performance significantly improved across days of closed-loop training. Significance. Most published BMI studies that use electrocorticographic signals to decode continuous limb movements either use no spatial filtering or CAR. This study suggests a

  13. 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.

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

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    Reyaz Ahmed Para,Muzamil Latief,Huma Noor

    2013-08-01

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

  15. 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

  16. To ventilate or not after minimally invasive direct coronary artery bypass surgery : The role of epidural anesthesia

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    de Vries, AJ; Mariani, MA; van der Maaten, JMAA; Loef, BG; Lip, H

    2002-01-01

    Objective: To evaluate the effect of immediate postoperative extubation and postoperative ventilation after minimally invasive direct coronary artery bypass (MIDCAB) surgery and to assess the role of epidural anesthesia. Design: Randomized prospective study. Setting: University hospital, single inst

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

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

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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.

  18. Lower extremities and iliopsoas pyomyositis with concurrent septic arthritis and spinal epidural abscess in a diabetic patient.

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    Vallianou, N; Gounari, P; Skourtis, A; Kougias, M; Sioula, E

    2013-10-01

    Pyomyositis is a rarely encountered infection among diabetics, which usually affects lower extremities. Herein, we present a case of lower extremities and iliopsoas pyomyositis with concurrent septic arthritis and spinal epidural abscess in a patient with poorly controlled diabetes mellitus.

  19. 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

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    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.

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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

    2014-01-01

    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.

  3. Isolated subacute tuberculous spinal epidural abscess of the cervical spine: a brief report of a special case.

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    Alg, Varinder S; Demetriades, Andreas K; Naik, Sunil; Gunasekera, Lal

    2009-06-01

    A tuberculous spinal epidural abscess is seen rarely as a late complication of Pott's disease or in immunocompromised patients. Such abscesses in isolation are rare indeed and very uncommon in the developed and developing world. We report a patient with an isolated subacute tuberculous spinal epidural abscess without disc or vertebral involvement and no primary focus or risk factors associated with the development of spinal tuberculosis.

  4. [Pressure Ulcer Caused by Long-term Keeping of the Same Body Position during Epidural Labour Analgesia].

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    Naruse, Satoshi; Uchizaki, Sakiko; Mimura, Shinichiro; Taniguchi, Mizuki; Akinaga, Chieko; Sato, Shigehito

    2016-06-01

    We report the case of a 34-year-old woman (height: 153 cm, weight : 62.4 kg, non-pregnant weight : 52 kg, uniparous) without underlying diseases who developed pressure ulcer due to keeping a similar body position during long-term epidural delivery. Induction of childbirth was started in gestational week 40, causing reduction of fetal heart rate, which improved after adoption of a right lateral recumbent position. Severe contractions occurred and epidural labour analgesia was started. The fetal heart rate decreased again and induction of childbirth was suspended, but the right lateral recumbent position was maintained. Epidural administration was continued due to persistent contractions. Next morning, induction of childbirth was restarted and birth occurred in approximately 6 hours. The right lateral recumbent position was maintained for approximately 20 hours. At childbirth, a pressure ulcer was present in the intertrochanteric part of the right femur. The causes included insufficient knowledge of medical staff about the risk of pressure ulcer during epidural delivery, and no position change. A decreased sensation and blocked motor nerve caused by epidural anesthesia might have accelerated pressure ulcer development. This case suggests that preventive measures against pressure ulcer are required in epidural anesthesia in pregnant women.

  5. 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

  6. 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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    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

  7. 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

  8. 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

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

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    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

  10. Rates of caesarean section and instrumental vaginal delivery in nulliparous women after low concentration epidural infusions or opioid analgesia: systematic review

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    Liu, E H C; Sia, A T H

    2004-01-01

    Objective To compare the effects of low concentration epidural infusions of bupivacaine with parenteral opioid analgesia on rates of caesarean section and instrumental vaginal delivery in nulliparous women.

  11. 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

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

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

    2013-08-01

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

  13. Postoperative epidural analgesia for patients undergoing pectus excavatum corrective surgery: a 10-year retrospective analysis

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    Full Text Available Asad Siddiqui,1 Andrew Tse,2 James E Paul,3 Peter Fitzgerald,4 Bernice Teh,51Department of Anesthesia, University of Toronto, Toronto, 2Department of Anesthesia, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, 3Department of Anesthesia, 4Department of Surgery, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada; 5Canterbury Anesthetic Services, Victoria, Australia Introduction: Managing postoperative pain in patients undergoing minimally invasive pectus excavatum repair (Nuss procedure is challenging but essential in facilitating ambulation and minimizing the length of stay. Although multiple epidural regimens with varying opioids are presently used for pain management, there is currently no clinical consensus regarding which epidural regimen provides the best analgesia outcomes with the fewest side effects. This 10-year retrospective cohort study was performed to compare the quality of analgesia and the incidence of side effects associated with the three most common epidural regimens used at a tertiary care children's hospital, in patients undergoing the Nuss procedure. Methods: Seventy-two pediatric patients were identified as having been treated with one of three epidural regimens for postoperative pain management following the Nuss procedure: Group A (n=12 received 0.125% bupivacaine and 5 µg/mL fentanyl, Group B (n=21 received 0.125% bupivacaine and 10 µg/mL hydromorphone, and Group C (n=39 received 0.1% ropivacaine and 20 µg/mL hydromorphone. Our primary outcome was maximal daily pain scores (numerical rating scale 0–10, with an analytical focus on postoperative day 1 scores. The primary outcome was analyzed using linear regression. The secondary outcomes included the length of stay, side-effect profiles as reflected by the number of treatments for nausea and pruritus, pain scores according to epidural site insertion, occurrence of breakthrough pain, and presence of severe pain throughout their hospital stay. Secondary outcomes were analyzed using linear or

  14. Effects of amiodarone and thoracic epidural analgesia on atrial fibrillation after coronary artery bypass grafting

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    Nygård, Eigil; Sørensen, Lars H; Hviid, Lamia B;

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    OBJECTIVE: This study was designed to assess the effects of a perioperative dosing regimen of amiodarone administration, high thoracic epidural anesthesia (TEA), or a combination of the 2 regimens on atrial fibrillation (AF) after coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). DESIGN AND SETTING......: The study was prospective, controlled, and randomized and was performed in a tertiary health care center associated with a university. PARTICIPANTS: One hundred sixty-three patients scheduled for coronary artery bypass graft surgery. INTERVENTIONS: In this 2 x 2 factorial-designed study the patients were...... randomized to 1 of 4 regimens in which group E had perioperative TEA, group E+A had TEA and amiodarone, group A had amiodarone, and group C served as control. The epidural catheter was inserted at T1-3 the day before surgery. TEA groups received TEA for 96 hours. The amiodarone regimen consisted of a single...

  15. Plasma concentration and cardiovascular effects of lidocaine during continuous epidural administration in dogs anesthetized with isoflurane.

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    Sakonju, Iwao; Maeda, Kenichi; Karasawa, Koichi; Tadokoro, Toshiyuki; Kakuta, Tomoko; Takase, Katsuaki

    2011-03-01

    The cardiovascular effects of continuous epidural administration (CEA) of lidocaine were investigated in anesthetized dogs. Loading epidural injections of 2, 4, or 6 mg/kg of lidocaine were followed by CEA with 1, 2, or 3 mg/kg/hr lidocaine, respectively, for 2 hr under 2.0% isoflurane anesthesia. Heart rate, direct blood pressure, cardiac index, and stroke volume decreased dose-dependently during CEA, whereas systemic vascular resistance did not significantly differ with dose, and no characteristic changes were observed in any groups. Plasma lidocaine concentration reached a steady state during CEA and increased in a dose-dependent manner. Circulatory suppression caused by lidocaine CEA was not attributable to peripheral vasodilation, but rather to the direct cardiac action of systemic lidocaine absorption from the peridural space.

  16. Thoracic epidural analgesia in a child with multiple traumatic rib fractures.

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    Keech, Brian M

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    The morbidity and mortality associated with blunt thoracic trauma are significant and can be multisystem in nature. Of these, pulmonary complications, including ventilatory impairment secondary to pain, have been recognized to be the most consequential. Although several analgesic strategies have emerged, thoracic epidural analgesia (TEA) has arguably demonstrated superior efficacy and is used frequently in adults. Unfortunately, TEA is rarely used in children after blunt thoracic trauma, but may be of considerable benefit. This low rate of use likely reflects one or more of several factors potentially encountered when considering the use of TEA in pediatric chest wall trauma. Among them are (1) uncertainty regarding safety and efficacy; (2) the technical challenges of pediatric thoracic epidural placement, including technique and equipment concerns; and (3) drug selection, dosing, and toxicity. The following case review describes the successful application of TEA in a 4-year-old boy after multiple traumatic rib fractures and associated pneumothorax and pulmonary contusion.

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

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    Azari, Omid; Molaei, Mohammad M; Ehsani, Amir H

    2014-02-27

    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 dromedary camels compared with the effect of administering lidocaine alone.

  18. Solitary epidural brain metastasis of Neuroepithelioma (a Primitive Neuroectodermal Tumor: case report

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    Full Text Available A 14 years old male was referred to Computerized tomography scan (CT of our hospital for evaluation of headache. The patient was known case of cervical soft tissue Primitive neuroectodermal tumor (PNET which has undergone surgery and radiotherapy 4 years ago. The CT scan showed large solitary extra axial, epidural lesion in right parietal region, with mass effect and bony involvement. Then surgery was done for him and the resultant biopsy was Neuroepithelioma. After diagnosis the patient has undergone chemotherapy and radiotherapy. He has no signs or symptoms of malignancy, and also follow up CT scan of the brain, chest, and abdomen were normal after two years of surgery. This is the first reported case of epidural metastasis of a head and neck PNET in an adolescent.

  19. Determinación de la eficacia analgésica de los bloqueos del ganglio estrellado en el síndrome doloroso regional complejo con dolor mediado por el sistema nervioso simpático: estudio preliminar Study of the analgesic efficacy of stellate ganglion blockade in the management of the complex regional pain syndrome in patients with pain mediated by sympathetic nervous system: preliminary study

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    Objetivo: Este estudio fue realizado con el propósito de determinar la eficacia analgésica de los bloqueos del ganglio estrellado, en el alivio del dolor mediado por el sistema nervioso simpático, en pacientes con síndrome doloroso regional complejo. Pacientes y métodos: Se realizó un ensayo clínico controlado con asignación aleatoria y enmascaramiento simple. Treinta y nueve pacientes fueron tratados con una serie de bloqueos de ganglio estrellado, terapia física y tratamiento farmacológico,...

  20. [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

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    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.

  1. EPIDURAL ANESTHESIA FOR CESAREAN SECTION IN ATRIAL SEPTAL DEFECT WITH PULMONARY HYPERTENSION

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    Rashmi

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    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

  2. Fentanyl versus tramadol with levobupivacaine for combined spinal-epidural analgesia in labor

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    Veena Chatrath

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    Full Text Available Background: Neuraxial labor analgesia using new local anesthetics such as levobupivacaine has become very popular by virtue of the safety and lesser motor blockade caused by these agents. Combined spinal-epidural analgesia (CSEA has become the preferred method for labor analgesia as it combines benefits of both spinal analgesia and flexibility of the epidural catheter. Adding opioids to local anesthetic drugs provide rapid onset and prolonged analgesia but may be associated with several maternal and fetal adverse effects. The purpose of this study is to compare fentanyl and tramadol used in CSEA in terms of duration of analgesia and frequency of the adverse fetomaternal outcome. Materials and Methods: A total of 60 primiparas with a singleton pregnancy in active labor were given CSEA after randomly allocating them in two groups of 30 each. Group I received intrathecal 2.5 mg levobupivacaine + 25 μg fentanyl followed by epidural top ups of 20 ml 0.125% solution of the same combination. Group II received 25 mg tramadol instead of fentanyl. Epidural top ups were given when parturient complained of two painful contractions (visual analogue scale ≥ 4. Data collected were demographic profile of the patients, analgesic qualities, side- effects and the fetomaternal outcome. Results: Patients in Group II had significantly prolonged analgesia (145 ± 9 minutes than in Group I (95 ± 7 minutes. Patients receiving fentanyl showed rapid onset of analgesia, but there were more incidence of side-effects like shivering, pruritus, transient fetal bradycardia, hypotension, nausea and vomiting. Only side-effect in the tramadol group was nausea and vomiting. During labor, maternal satisfaction was excellent. Conclusions: Adding tramadol to local anesthetic provides prolonged analgesia with minimal side effects. Fentanyl, when used as adjuvant to local anesthetic, has a rapid onset of analgesia but has certain fetomaternal side-effects.

  3. A comparison of epidural anaesthesia with lignocaine, bupivacaine and a lignocaine-bupivacaine mixture in cats

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    F.M. Lawal

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    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.

  4. Isobolographic analysis of the interaction between epidural sufentanil and bupivacaine in rats.

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    Vercauteren, M; Meert, T F

    1997-09-01

    The present study was performed to evaluate the nature of the interaction between epidurally administered sufentanil and bupivacaine in producing antinociception in rats. Rats in which epidural catheters had been inserted received epidural injections with bupivacaine and sufentanil. Nociception was tested by use of the tail-withdrawal reaction (TWR) test and the hot-plate test. Isobolographic analyses were performed with fixed and variable dose ratio treatment schedules based on the ED50s and the highest inactive concentrations of the compounds in both tests. In the TWR test, a synergistic interaction was obtained between the two compounds independent of whether a variable dose ratio regimen (with either 0.08 microgram/rat sufentanil or 80 micrograms/rat bupivacaine as the preset component) or a fixed dose ratio of 1/1,000 sufentanil/bupivacaine (based on the individual ED50s) was used. In the hot-plate test, a synergistic interaction was observed only in the variable dose ratio regimen with 0.08 microgram/rat sufentanil as the preset component and in the fixed dose ratio regimen of 1/1,000 sufentanil/bupivacaine (a ratio based on the ED50 values of the TWR test) but not with a ratio of 1/200, as demonstrated by the ED50s of both drugs in the hot-plate test. The interaction between epidurally administered bupivacaine and sufentanil seems to be synergistic for both tests when variable and fixed dose ratios are used. The synergism could be more easily demonstrated in the TWR test. For drugs with a segmental action, the hot-plate test seems to be less optimal. The necessity of a minimal critical amount of bupivacaine to obtain synergism may have clinical implications.

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

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

    1994-04-01

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

  6. Safety of 1000 CT-guided steroid injections with air used to localize the epidural space.

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    Chang, A; Pochert, S; Romano, C; Brook, A; Miller, T

    2011-10-01

    Historically, ESIs were performed without any imaging guidance, resulting in erroneous placement in up to 30% of injections. Fluoroscopic imaging is now used to guide most procedures. Recently, several reports have described the use of CT to guide ESIs instead of fluoroscopy. CT provides the ability to use air as contrast to localize the epidural space. This retrospective review will discuss findings in 1000 CT-guided ESIs with air localization.

  7. Comparison of Interpleural and Thoracic Epidural Bupivacaine with Buprenorphine for Post-Thoracotomy Analgesia

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    S K Mathur

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available The study was designed to compare the efficacy of interpleural and thoracic epidural analgesia after thorac-otomy with regard to quality of analgesia and complications. Sixty patients undergoing elective thoracotomy were randomly and equally placed into either interpleural (IP or thoracic epidural (TE group. In IP group an interpleural catheter was placed in paravertebral space under direct vision during surgery and received 0.25% bupivacaine 20 ml with buprenorphine 150 mcg. In TE group an epidural catheter was inserted in the T6-7 / T7-8 interspace and received 0.25% bupivacaine 10 ml with buprenorphine 150 mcg. Dosage were repeated in both the groups to keep a VAS score < 40 for 48 hours post-operatively. Spirometry was done preoperatively and 12, 24 and 36 hours post-opera-tively. Vital parameters were monitored for 48 hours. The mean analgesia time was 331.73±94.03 min and 567.33±127.33 min in IP and TE groups respectively. The VAS score was significantly reduced within the first 30 minutes of injection in both the groups. Post injection VAS was significantly better in TE group. Mean time taken for interpleural and epidural catheter placement was 5.0±0.0 min and 33.83±3.39 min respectively. Postoperative forced expiratory volume in 1 second(FEV1, forced vital capacity (FVC and forced expiratory ratio (FER were similar in both the groups while peak expiratory flow rate (PEFR, maximal expiratory flow (MEF and F50 were slightly better in TE group. Vital parameters showed similar changes in both the groups. The TE group had more complications. Interpleural analgesia, though of shorter duration, is a safe and effective alternative technique for post-thoracotomy analgesia and has a low complication rate.

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

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    Ditza de Vilhena; Luís Pereira; Delfim Duarte; Nuno Oliveira

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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...

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

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    Kondabolu S

    2011-07-01

    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

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

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

    2012-01-01

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

  11. 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...

  12. 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

    BACKGROUND: Surgical injury leads to an endocrine-metabolic and inflammatory response with protein catabolism, increased cardiovascular demands, impaired pulmonary function and paralytic ileus, the most important release mechanisms being afferent neural stimuli and inflammatory mediators. RESULTS......: 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...

  13. Bilateral Heel Numbness due to External Compression during Obstetric Epidural Analgesia

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    Vivian P. Kamphuis

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available We describe the case of a 32-year-old woman who developed bilateral heel numbness after obstetric epidural analgesia. We diagnosed her with bilateral neuropathy of the medial calcaneal nerve, most likely due to longstanding pressure on both heels. Risk factors for the development of this neuropathy were prolonged labour with spinal analgesia and a continuation of analgesia during episiotomy. Padded footrests decrease pressure and can possibly prevent this neuropathy.

  14. Epidural Anesthesia: New Computer Technology Used to Enhance the Teaching of a Common Anesthetic Procedure

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    1997-10-01

    Netter ( Netter , 1989) are still in use today. Other methods of teaching include the use of models. Though some are made from real bone, most are plastic...contains information about the history of regional anesthesia that is brief and 26 accurate, sections on physiology and pharmacology, epidural and spinal...CA. National Library of Medicine (1990). Visible human project. Bethesda, Maryland. Netter , F. H. (1989). Atlas of Human Anatomy. Ciba-Geigy Corp

  15. Epidural Analgesia with Ropivacaine during Labour in a Patient with a SCN5A Gene Mutation

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    A. L. M. J. van der Knijff-van Dortmont

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available SCN5A gene mutations can lead to ion channel defects which can cause cardiac conduction disturbances. In the presence of specific ECG characteristics, this mutation is called Brugada syndrome. Many drugs are associated with adverse events, making anesthesia in patients with SCN5A gene mutations or Brugada syndrome challenging. In this case report, we describe a pregnant patient with this mutation who received epidural analgesia using low dose ropivacaine and sufentanil during labour.

  16. 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.

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

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

  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.

  19. 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.

  20. Spinal epidural abscess with gadolinium-enhanced MRI: serial follow-up studies and clinical correlations

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    Sadato, N. (Dept. of Diagnostic Radiology, Maryland Univ. Medical System, Baltimore, MD (United States)); Numaguchi, Y. (Dept. of Diagnostic Radiology, Maryland Univ. Medical System, Baltimore, MD (United States)); Rigamonti, D. (Dept. of Neurological Surgery, Maryland Univ. Medical System, Baltimore, MD (United States)); Kodama, T. (Dept. of Diagnostic Radiology, Maryland Univ. Medical System, Baltimore, MD (United States)); Nussbaum, E. (Dept. of Neurological Surgery, Maryland Univ. Medical System, Baltimore, MD (United States)); Sato, S. (Dept. of Diagnostic Radiology, Maryland Univ. Medical System, Baltimore, MD (United States)); Rothman, M. (Dept. of Diagnostic Radiology, Maryland Univ. Medical System, Baltimore, MD (United States))

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    We reviewed serial MRI with and without gadolinium-DTPA in eight patients with spinal epidural abscess and correlated the findings and the clinical manifestations. In four patients, diffuse abscesses spanned four vertebral bodies or more; the others had focal abscesses associated with osteomyelitis and/or diskitis. In three of the four patients with diffuse abscesses, MRI (NCMRI) showed diffuse encasement of the subarachnoid space. Contrast-enhanced MRI (CEMRI) demonstrated linear enhancement surrounding unenhanced pus. In the four patients with focal abscesses, CEMR delineated the inflammatory process more clearly than NCMR. On follow-up studies, decrease in abscess size and better visualization of the subarachnoid space correlated with clinical improvement in both diffuse and focal abscesses. Despite clinical improvement, contrast enhancement persisted in the disk or epidural space of three patients, and was thought to represent chronic granulomatous change or postsurgical scar. CEMR is very valvable for the initial diagnosis of an epidural abscess, particularly if it involves lengthy segments. During follow-up, CEMR can document responses to therapy, and provide information for determining appropriate treatment. (orig.)

  1. Insidious Onset of Tetraparesis due to Cervical Epidural Abscess from Enterococcus faecalis

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    Konstantinos Chr. Soultanis

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available We report a case of cervical epidural abscess from Enterococcus faecalis, which caused an insidious onset of tetraparesis. This 53-year-old female with a history of diabetes mellitus and chronic renal failure under hemodialysis presented with pain and progressive weakness of upper and lower extremities without fever. Although a recent MRI she did at the beginning of symptoms showed no significant pathologies, except for a cervical disc herniation and adjacent spinal degeneration, and stenosis that confused the diagnostic procedure, newer imaging with CT and MRI, which was performed due to progression of tetraparesis, revealed the formation of a cervical epidural abscess. Surgical drainage was done after a complete infection workup. The patient showed immediate neurological improvement after surgery. She received antibiotics intravenously for 3 weeks and orally for another 6 weeks. The patient was free from complications 24 months after surgery. A high index of suspicion is most important in making a rapid and correct diagnosis of spinal epidural abscess. The classic clinical triad (fever, local pain, and neurologic deficits is not sensitive enough for early detection. Continuous clinical, laboratory, and imaging monitoring are of paramount importance. Early diagnosis and surgical intervention could optimize the final functional outcome.

  2. Initiation of bladder voiding with epidural stimulation in paralyzed, step trained rats.

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    Parag N Gad

    Full Text Available The inability to control timely bladder emptying is one of the most serious challenges among the several functional deficits that occur after a complete spinal cord injury. Having demonstrated that electrodes placed epidurally on the dorsum of the spinal cord can be used in animals and humans to recover postural and locomotor function after complete paralysis, we hypothesized that a similar approach could be used to recover bladder function after paralysis. Also knowing that posture and locomotion can be initiated immediately with a specific frequency-dependent stimulation pattern and that with repeated stimulation-training sessions these functions can improve even further, we reasoned that the same two strategies could be used to regain bladder function. Recent evidence suggests that rats with severe paralysis can be rehabilitated with a multisystem neuroprosthetic training regime that counteracts the development of neurogenic bladder dysfunction. No data regarding the acute effects of locomotion on bladder function, however, were reported. In this study we show that enabling of locomotor-related spinal neuronal circuits by epidural stimulation also influences neural networks controlling bladder function and can play a vital role in recovering bladder function after complete paralysis. We have identified specific spinal cord stimulation parameters that initiate bladder emptying within seconds of the initiation of epidural stimulation. The clinical implications of these results are substantial in that this strategy could have a major impact in improving the quality of life and longevity of patients while simultaneously dramatically reducing ongoing health maintenance after a spinal cord injury.

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

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

    1989-01-01

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

  4. 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.

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

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    Ashraf Eskandr

    2016-01-01

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

  6. Spinal epidural haematoma: report of 11 cases and review of the literature

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    Boukobza, M. (Dept. of Neuroradiology and Therapeutic Angiography, Hopital Lariboisiere, Paris (France)); Guichard, J.P. (Dept. of Neuroradiology and Therapeutic Angiography, Hopital Lariboisiere, Paris (France)); Boissonet, M. (Dept. of Neurosurgery, Hopital Lariboisiere, Paris (France)); George, B. (Dept. of Neurosurgery, Hopital Lariboisiere, Paris (France)); Reizine, D. (Dept. of Neuroradiology and Therapeutic Angiography, Hopital Lariboisiere, Paris (France)); Gelbert, F. (Dept. of Neuroradiology and Therapeutic Angiography, Hopital Lariboisiere, Paris (France)); Merland, J.J. (Dept. of Neuroradiology and Therapeutic Angiography, Hopital Lariboisiere, Paris (France))

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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.)

  7. 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.)

  8. Comparison of three different formulations of local anaesthetics for cervical epidural anaesthesia during thyroid surgery

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    Gaurav Jain

    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.

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

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    Rogerio Carlos Sanfelice Nunes

    2016-08-01

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

  10. 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.

  11. Effect of epidural anesthesia using ropivacaine combined with remifentanil on delivery

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    Wen Cheng

    2016-01-01

    Objective:Tostudy the ropivacaine combined with remifentanil on analgesic effect and safety of painless labor requirements of maternal epidural anesthesia.Methods:Hospital obstetrics and gynecology scheduled for painless delivery of maternal were selected. 80 cases (analgesic group, the use of ropivacaine epidural analgesia with remifentanil), did not use any analgesia 80 cases of childbirth women as controls group, two groups of mothers underwent index difference childbirth pain were observed during childbirth, birth outcomes and other health care workers with the help of the same group under midwifery.Results:VAS score between T0 time analgesia group and the control group was not statistically significant; in the analgesic, T4, T5, T6 moments analgesia group VAS scores were significantly lower than T1, T2, T3 in the control group. Significantly lower than the control group the first stage of labor analgesia group, significantly longer than the second stage of labor analgesia group control group, two groups of maternal third stage of labor was no significant difference. Mode of delivery between the two groups, birth weight, the first and second 1 min, 5 min Apgar scores were not significantly different.Conclusion: Ropivacaine remifentanil requirements for painless childbirth maternal epidural anesthesia can significantly reduce maternal childbirth pain without causing adverse effects on childbirth and newborns.

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

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    A. E. Karateev

    2016-01-01

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

  13. Characterization of Motor and Somatosensory Evoked Potentials in the Yucatan Micropig Using Transcranial and Epidural Stimulation.

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    Benavides, Francisco D; Santamaria, Andrea J; Bodoukhin, Nikita; Guada, Luis G; Solano, Juan P; Guest, James D

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    Yucatan micropigs have brain and spinal cord dimensions similar to humans and are useful for certain spinal cord injury (SCI) translational studies. Micropigs are readily trained in behavioral tasks, allowing consistent testing of locomotor loss and recovery. However, there has been little description of their motor and sensory pathway neurophysiology. We established methods to assess motor and sensory cortical evoked potentials in the anesthetized, uninjured state. We also evaluated epidurally evoked motor and sensory stimuli from the T6 and T9 levels, spanning the intended contusion injury epicenter. Response detection frequency, mean latency and amplitude values, and variability of evoked potentials were determined. Somatosensory evoked potentials were reliable and best detected during stimulation of peripheral nerve and epidural stimulation by referencing the lateral cortex to midline Fz. The most reliable hindlimb motor evoked potential (MEP) occurred in tibialis anterior. We found MEPs in forelimb muscles in response to thoracic epidural stimulation likely generated from propriospinal pathways. Cranially stimulated MEPs were easier to evoke in the upper limbs than in the hindlimbs. Autopsy studies revealed substantial variations in cortical morphology between animals. This electrophysiological study establishes that neurophysiological measures can be reliably obtained in micropigs in a time frame compatible with other experimental procedures, such as SCI and transplantation. It underscores the need to better understand the motor control pathways, including the corticospinal tract, to determine which therapeutics are suitable for testing in the pig model.

  14. 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.

  15. Combined spinal epidural anesthesia for cesarean section in a patient with left lung agenesis.

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    Babita, G; Rashmi, M; Deb, K

    2001-04-01

    Agenesis of the lung is a rare developmental defect characterized by complete absence of one lung, or hypoplasia of one or both lungs. The majority of reported cases have been associated with other congenital anomalies. It is usually detected in childhood as a result of either pulmonary symptoms or associated anomalies. Although pulmonary agenesis has been reported in adults, there is no report of the management of a pregnant patient for cesarean section in the anesthetic literature. We report the management of a 23-year-old pregnant female at 36 weeks' gestation with oligohydramnios and left lung agenesis for elective cesarean section. She presented with a history of repeated chest infection and was found to have restrictive lung function. She had no other congenital anomalies. Combined spinal epidural anesthesia was administered for cesarean section. The intraoperative course was uneventful except for bradyarrhythmias followed by tachyarrhythmias on manipulation of the uterus. She was given low dose epidural morphine with local anesthetic and intramuscular diclofenac for postoperative analgesia. We believe that normal pregnancy can safely be undertaken in the presence of left lung agenesis. In view of associated congenital anomalies in more than 50% of the cases, anesthetic management should include a particularly careful survey of other systems. The patient should otherwise be managed like any patient with limited pulmonary reserve. Combined spinal epidural anesthesia is safe and appropriate for such patients.

  16. Treatment of degenerative chronic low back pain with fluoroscopically guided epidural procaine-corticosteroid injection

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    Ćulafić Slobodan

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Background/Aim. Low back pain is one of the most common painful conditions in the modern age. Therefore, it is very important to establish the most effective protocol for the treatment of this condition. The aim of this study was to find out if fluoroscopically, guided epidural procainecorticosteroid injection is effective in the treatment of degenerative chronic low back pain. Methods. This prospective cohort study was performed in the Military Medical Academy from September 2005 to June 2006 and included 60 patients of both sexes, 34-85 years of age. Degenerative changes of lumbosacral spine were determined by magnetic resonance imaging. The intensity of low back pain was evaluated by subjective (Roland's scale and objective parameter (Lazarevic sign. Epidural procaine-corticosteroid injection was applied in the patients with low back pain not responding to conservative therapy. After the application of injection, effects of the therapy were followed up. Results. In 92% of the patients there was a reduction of pain intensity for three months, in 4.8% a reduction for a month, but after another injection they felt pain reduction for the next three months. One patient (2.3% had pain reduction for one month. Conclusion. In the treatment of degenerative chronic low back pain, not responding to conservative therapy with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, epidural procaine-corticosteroid injection have a satisfactory short-term as well as a long-term analgesic effect.

  17. 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

    2015-05-15

    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.

  18. 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.

  19. Spinal epidural neurostimulation for treatment of acute and chronic intractable pain: initial and long term results.

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    Richardson, R R; Siqueira, E B; Cerullo, L J

    1979-09-01

    Spinal epidural neurostimulation, which evolved from dorsal column stimulation, has been found to be effective in the treatment of acute and chronic intractable pain. Urban and Hashold have shown that it is a safe, simplified alternative to dorsal column stimulation, especially because laminectomy is not required if the electrodes are inserted percutaneously. Percutaneous epidural neurostimulation is also advantageous because there can be a diagnostic trial period before permanent internalization and implantation. This diagnostic and therapeutic modality has been used in 36 patients during the past 3 years at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Eleven of these patients had acute intractable pain, which was defined as pain of less than 1 year in duration. Initial postimplantation results from the 36 patients indicate that spinal epidural neurostimulation is most effective in treating the intractable pain of diabetes, arachnoiditis, and post-traumatic and postamputation neuroma. Long term follow-up, varying from 1 year to 3 years postimplantation in the 20 initially responding patients, indicates that the neurostimulation continues to provide significant pain relief (50% or greater) in a majority of the patients who experienced initial significant pain relief.

  20. Effect of epidural analgesia with 0.075% ropivacaine versus 0.1%ropivacaine on the maternal temperature during labor:a randomized controlled study

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    YUE Hong-li; SHAO Liu-jiazi; LI Jin; WANG Ya-nan; WANG Lei; HAN Ru-quan

    2013-01-01

    Background A wealth of evidence has indicated that labor epidural analgesia is associated with an increased risk of hyperthermia and overt clinical fever.Recently,evidence is emerging that the epidural analgesia-induced fever is associated with the types of the epidural analgesia and the variations in the epidural analgesia will affect the incidence of fever.The aim of the present study was to investigate the effects of epidural analgesia with 0.075% or 0.1%ropivacaine on the maternal temperature during labor.Methods Two hundred healthy term nulliparas were randomly assigned to receive epidural analgesia with either 0.1% ropivacaine or 0.075% ropivacaine.Epidural analgesia was initiated with 10 ml increment of the randomized solution and 0.5 μg/ml sufentanyl after a negative test dose of 5 ml of 1.5% lidocaine,and maintained with 7 ml bolus doses of the abovementioned mixed analgesics every 30 minutes by the patient-controlled epidural analgesia.The measurements included the maternal oral temperature,visual analog scale pain scores,labor events and neonatal outcomes.Results Epidural analgesia with 0.075% ropivacaine could significantly lower the mean maternal temperature at 4 hours after the initiation of analgesia and the oxytocin administration during labor compared with the one with 0.1%ropivacaine.Moreover,0.075% ropivacaine treatment could provide satisfactory pain relief during labor and had no significant adverse effects on the labor events and neonatal outcomes.Conclusion Epidural analgesia with 0.075% ropivacaine may be a good choice for the epidural analgesia during labor.

  1. Effect of polylactic acid glue in preventing epidural scar adhesion after laminectomy in rabbits

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    LIU Li-min; SONG Yue-ming; DUAN Hong; DING Yong-li; LU Bing

    2006-01-01

    Objective: To determine the efficacy of polylactic acid glue in preventing epidural scar adhesion after laminectomy in rabbits.Methods: Twenty-four apanese white rabbits underwent laminectomy (including the attached ligaments)at L2 and Ls. After laminectomy at L5, polylactic acid glue was sprayed on the dura and nerve roots and this segment was taken as the experimental group. After laminectomy at L2 , nothing was used and this segment was enrolled as the self control group. Four rabbits were killed every two weeks postoperatively till the end of the experiment at 12weeks. Then the operated spine was observed grossly,histologically and ultrastructurally to check the degree of scar formation, the status of epidural scar adhesion, the absorption of the glue, and the intracellular structure of fibroblasts.Results: The glue coagulated immediately after spraying and showed excellent hemostatic effect. The glue membrane was easy to be taken away from the dura mater of the samples for 2 weeks and there were no cells in the epidural space in the experimental group. But the dura mater was covered by hematoma in the control group,which formed mild adhesion, with fibroblasts proliferating actively. In the 4th week, some glue shivers remained in the epidural space with fibroblasts increasing a little, and the dura mater was smooth in the experimental group.However, in the control group, the formed scar was fragile and conglutinated with the dura mater diffusely and fibroblasts were much more than those in the experimental group. In the 6th-12th weeks, there was a potential interspace between the scar and the dura mater, and the polylactic acid glue was absorbed completely in the experimental group. Much tough scar was found in the control group, which was very difficult to dissect from the dura mater and the surrounding tissues. From the ultrastructural observation of the fibroblasts, the nucleus became much bigger and the rough endoplasmic reticulum was much more plentiful in

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

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    Manchikanti L

    2012-08-01

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

  3. Postoperative epidural analgesia for patients undergoing pectus excavatum corrective surgery: a 10-year retrospective analysis

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    Siddiqui, Asad; Tse, Andrew; Paul, James E; Fitzgerald, Peter; Teh, Bernice

    2016-01-01

    Introduction Managing postoperative pain in patients undergoing minimally invasive pectus excavatum repair (Nuss procedure) is challenging but essential in facilitating ambulation and minimizing the length of stay. Although multiple epidural regimens with varying opioids are presently used for pain management, there is currently no clinical consensus regarding which epidural regimen provides the best analgesia outcomes with the fewest side effects. This 10-year retrospective cohort study was performed to compare the quality of analgesia and the incidence of side effects associated with the three most common epidural regimens used at a tertiary care children’s hospital, in patients undergoing the Nuss procedure. Methods Seventy-two pediatric patients were identified as having been treated with one of three epidural regimens for postoperative pain management following the Nuss procedure: Group A (n=12) received 0.125% bupivacaine and 5 µg/mL fentanyl, Group B (n=21) received 0.125% bupivacaine and 10 µg/mL hydromorphone, and Group C (n=39) received 0.1% ropivacaine and 20 µg/mL hydromorphone. Our primary outcome was maximal daily pain scores (numerical rating scale 0–10), with an analytical focus on postoperative day 1 scores. The primary outcome was analyzed using linear regression. The secondary outcomes included the length of stay, side-effect profiles as reflected by the number of treatments for nausea and pruritus, pain scores according to epidural site insertion, occurrence of breakthrough pain, and presence of severe pain throughout their hospital stay. Secondary outcomes were analyzed using linear or logistic regression adjusted for pain scores at baseline. The criterion for statistical significance was set a priori at alpha =0.05. Results Group A had significantly higher day-1 pain scores (score 5.42/10) than Group B (4.52/10; P=0.030) and Group C (4.49/10; P=0.015) after adjusting for baseline pain and age. No significant difference in maximum daily

  4. 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

    2014-04-01

    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.

  5. Identification of the epidural space: loss of resistance with air, lidocaine, or the combination of air and lidocaine.

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    Evron, Samuel; Sessler, Daniel; Sadan, Oscar; Boaz, Mona; Glezerman, Marek; Ezri, Tiberiu

    2004-07-01

    The ideal technique for identifying the epidural space remains unclear. Five-hundred-forty-seven women in labor who requested epidural analgesia were randomly allocated to three groups according to the technique by which the epidural space was identified: 1) loss-of-resistance with air (air; n = 180), 2) loss-of-resistance with lidocaine (lidocaine; n = 185), and 3) loss-of-resistance with both air and lidocaine (air-plus-lidocaine; n = 182). We assessed ease of epidural catheter insertion, characteristics of the blockade, quality of analgesia, and complications. The inability to thread the epidural catheter occurred in 16% of the air, 4% of the lidocaine, and 3% of the air-plus-lidocaine patients (P air group had unblocked segments (6.6% versus 3.2% and 2.2%, respectively; P air group (1.7% versus 0% in the other two groups; P space with air was more difficult and caused more dural punctures than with lidocaine or air plus lidocaine. Additionally, sequential use of air and lidocaine had no advantage over lidocaine alone.

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

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    Flisberg Per

    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.

  7. [Drainage of the Frontal Sinus to Cure Epidural and Brain Abscesses Developed after Surgery via Anterior Interhemispheric Approach].

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    Bando, Kazuhiko; Ebisutani, Daizo

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    We report a woman whose anterior communicating artery (AcomA) aneurysm was clipped via an anterior interhemispheric approach when she was 49 years old. At the age of 51, she presented with a subcutaneous abscess and osteomyelitis, so the cranioplastic bone was removed. Six months later, she underwent cranioplasty using hydroxyapatite. Her subcutaneous abscess recurred and the epidural abscess and hydroxyapatite were removed 11 years later after the first operation. The patient underwent observation therapy for the next 4 years, as the dura was ossified. She presented with frontal swelling 15 years after aneurysmal clipping, and neither abscess puncture nor the administration of antibacterial drugs was curative. The patient also complained of chill, thirst, and tremor, and developed disorientation 25 days later. Computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) showed extension of the epidural and subcutaneous abscesses to a frontal brain abscess. After consulting an otolaryngologist, we performed frontal drainage into the nasal cavity. After making a bicoronal skin incision, the subcutaneous, epidural, and intracapsular brain abscesses were removed while taking care not to damage the capsules. A silicone T-tube was placed in the bifrontal epidural cavity (previous frontal sinus), and its tip was inserted into the nasal cavity through the nasofrontal duct for abscess drainage. After 3 months, the tube was removed. A CT scan acquired 10 years later showed no brain abscess, perifocal edema, or epidural and subcutaneous abscesses.

  8. 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

  9. 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......, 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....

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

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    M.J. Orduña González

    2009-04-01

    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

  11. 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

  12. 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;

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    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......-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.......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 infusion...

  13. 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

    2014-01-01

    BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to determine whether anesthesia affects graft patency after lower extremity arterial in situ bypass surgery. METHODS: This investigation was a retrospective study using a national database on vascular surgical patients at a single medical institution. We...... 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...

  14. 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; J. Arias-Delgado; F. Domínguez-Hervella; M. L. Casas-García; A. López-Pérez; C. Izquierdo-Gutiérrez

    2011-01-01

    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 duran...

  15. 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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    Calvo, M.; Gilsanz, F; Palacio, F.; I. Fornet; N. Arce

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    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 suj...

  16. Anterior and posterior tibial anesthetic block in diabetic foot surgery. Bloqueo anestésico tibial anterior y posterior en la cirugía del pie diabético

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    Obdulio Rodríguez García

    2004-12-01

    Full Text Available Fundament: Diabetes Mellitus is a disease of high and increasing prevalence and its complications follow a parallel course. Its morbidity is derived from its own complications which are produced at a long or short term and peripheral vascular disease hihglights among them.Objective: to check the usefulness of the anterior and posterior blockade of the tibia for the surgery of the diabetic foot. Method: Prospective study carried out from January to December 2003 at the University Hospital ¨Dr. Gustavo Aldereguía Lima¨ to patients who are carriers of a diabetic foot and who were initially assisted at the service of Angiology and later at the service of Anesthesiology when the surgical procedures were decided. All the patients were applied an anterior and posterior blockade of the tibial nerve . The variables measured were: age, weight, height, surgical time, type of surgery, cardiac frequency medium arterial pressure, and classification of patients according to the American Association of Anesthesiology All the patients were applied a scale for assessing pain in three different moments.Result: There was a predominance of females . The blockade of the posterior tibial nerve with lidocaine 1 % in different points permitted the performance of the surgical techniques proposed. The anesthetic procedure was favorable, and economic since the patients did not requiere of the use of analgesic in the post operatory stage.

    Fundamento:La diabetes mellitus es una enfermedad de prevalencia alta y creciente, y sus complicaciones siguen un curso paralelo. Su morbilidad se deriva de las propias complicaciones que se producen a mediano y largo plazo, entre las que se destaca la enfermedad vascular periférica. Objetivo: Comprobar la utilidad del bloqueo tibial anterior y posterior para la cirugía del pie

  17. Analgesic efficacy using loss of resistance to air vs. saline in combined spinal epidural technique for labour analgesia.

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    Leo, S; Lim, Y; Sia, A T H

    2008-09-01

    Identification of the epidural space is often performed using the loss of resistance technique to either air or saline. We sought to investigate if the medium used affected the quality of analgesia obtained by parturients who received labour epidurals. We conducted a retrospective audit of labour epidurals performed on nulliparous parturients in our institution from May 2003 to March 2005. All epidural catheters were inserted by senior obstetric anaesthetists using a combined spinal epidural technique. The following information was recorded: parturients' demographic data, loss of resistance technique used, type and amount of local anaesthetic solution administered, complications encountered during procedure, pre-block and post-block pain scores, incidence of breakthrough pain requiring supplemental medication and post-block side-effects. Data from 2848 patients were collected and analysed; 56% of patients made up the saline group and 44% the air group. Patients in both groups had similar demographic profiles and similar incidences of complications and post-block side-effects. However patients in the air group had a higher incidence of recurrent breakthrough pain P = 0.023). We also identified three other factors that were associated with an increased incidence of recurrent breakthrough pain; administration of pre-block oxytocin, sitting position of the parturient during the procedure and the use of intrathecal bupivacaine for induction of analgesia. Our findings suggest that a loss of resistance to air is associated with a higher incidence of recurrent breakthrough pain among parturients who received combined spinal epidural analgesia for labour than a loss of resistance to saline.

  18. Comparative study of epidural bupivacaine with butorphanol and bupivacaine with tramadol for postoperative pain relief in abdominal surgeries

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    Swathi, N.; Ashwini, N.; Shukla, Mukesh I.

    2016-01-01

    Introduction: To compare the efficacy of combination of epidural local anesthetic with tramadol and butorphanol in major abdominal surgeries. Aims: To evaluate duration of analgesia, analgesic efficacy, and safety profile of two groups of drugs-epidural butorphanol with bupivacaine and epidural tramadol with bupivacaine. Materials and Methods: A prospective, randomized controlled, double-blinded study was undertaken in 50 patients scheduled for major abdominal surgeries. Group B received epidural butorphanol 2 mg + bupivacaine 0.125% first dose and subsequent doses, butorphanol 1 mg + bupivacaine 0.125% (total volume 10 ml). Group T received epidural tramadol 2 mg/kg + bupivacaine 0.125% first dose and subsequent doses, tramadol 1 mg/kg + bupivacaine 0.125% (total volume 10 ml). Observed parameters were the quality of analgesia, sedation, and hemodynamic parameters in the intra and post-operative period. Time for request of rescue analgesia was noted in all the patients. Continuous data are analyzed by Student's t-test using IBM SPSS software version 20. P ≤0.05 was considered to be statistically significant. P ≤ 0.001 was considered to be statistically highly significant. Results: Visual analog scale better with butorphanol group than tramadol (0.12 ± 0.332 and 0.84 ± 0.746 for Group B and Group T) at 30 min after first dose. Onset of action (8.44 ± 1.158 min in Group B and 12.80 ± 1.354 min in Group T) faster with butorphanol but duration of analgesia longer with tramadol (5.92 ± 0.76 h in Group B vs. 7.68 ± 0.76 h in Group T). Sedation was seen in patients with butorphanol group. Nausea and vomiting more frequent with tramadol group. Conclusions: Epidural tramadol with antiemetic is better than butorphanol for its longer duration in ambulatory surgery, elderly patients, obese patients, and suitable high-risk patients. PMID:27746533

  19. Pharmacokinetics of epidurally administered nicomorphine with its metabolites and glucuronide conjugates in patients undergoing pulmonary surgery during combined epidural local anaesthetic block and general anaesthesia.

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    Koopman-Kimenai, P M; Vree, T B; Booij, L H; Hasenbos, M A

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    After epidural administration of 15 mg 3, 6-dinicotinoylmorphine (nicomorphine) in 10 patients undergoing pulmonary surgery, the parent compound was quickly metabolized into the metabolites 6-mononicotinoylmorphine and morphine. The mean apparent half-lives (+/- SD) of elimination were 10 min (0.165 h +/- 0.053 h) for 3,6-dinicotinoylmorphine and 1.77 h +/- 1.23 h for 6-mononicotinoylmorphine. Morphine is subsequently metabolized into morphine-3-glucuronide and morphine-6-glucuronide. The apparent half-lives of morphine, morphine-3-glucuronide, and morphine-6-glucuronide are similar: 3.63 h +/- 1.63 h, 4.10 h +/- 0.57 h, and 4.20 h +/- 1.64 h respectively. The possible glucuronide conjugate of 6-mononicotinoylmorphine was not detected. The prodrug 3,6-dinicotinoylmorphine was biotransformed into three active compounds: 6-mononicotinoylmorphine, morphine, and morphine-6-glucuronide.

  20. SPONTANEOUS SPINAL EPIDURAL ABSCESS FOLLOWING TRAUMA TO BACK IN A HEALTHY ADULT WITHOUT PREDISPOSING FACTORS - A RARE CASE REPORT

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    Shanmuga Sundaram

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available Spinal epidural abscess due to its varied presentation , poses a great challenge, more so in a healthy adult, without any predisposing factors. Early diagnosis and treatment is paramount, as late diagnosis and delayed treatment result in increased mortality and morbidity. In this case report, we are presenting a case of spinal extradural abscess in a healthy young adult without predisposing factors, provisionally diagnosed as extradural hematoma and early surgical intervention confirmed the diagnosis of spinal epidural abscess and prevented any devastating consequence

  1. Disseminated Cunninghamella bertholletiae infection with spinal epidural abscess in a kidney transplant patient: case report and literature review.

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    Navanukroh, O; Jitmuang, A; Chayakulkeeree, M; Ngamskulrungroj, P

    2014-08-01

    Cunninghamella bertholletiae is a rare cause of invasive mucormycosis. We report the case of a 42-year-old Thai woman who suffered from disseminated C. bertholletiae infection. The patient developed dry cough, sharp shooting pain in the left buttock referred to the left leg, and fever 1 month after undergoing deceased-donor kidney transplantation. Radiographic studies exhibited multiple pulmonary cavities, osteomyelitis of the sacral spine, epidural abscess along the lumbrosacral spine, and paravertebral soft tissue involvement. Surgical debridement of the epidural abscess concurrent with prolonged intravenous administration of amphotericin B resulted in a good outcome.

  2. Solitary extramedullary plasmacytoma of thoracic epidural space presenting with dorsal compressive myelopathy: A case report and review of literature

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    Amandeep Kumar

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Plasma Cell neoplasms result from monoclonal proliferation of plasma cells. Solitary extramedullary plasmacytomas (SEMPs are rare and constitute 5% of all plasma cell disorders. SEMPs most commonly involve upper aerodigestive tract. Isolated spinal epidural space involvement by SEMPs is extremely rare and to best of our knowledge only 7 such cases have been reported previously in available English literature. We hereby present a rare case of thoracic epidural SEMP in a 32-year-old female who presented with thoracic compressive myelopathy and discuss the pertinent literature.

  3. Effects of thoracic epidural anesthesia on pulmonary venous admixture and oxygenation with isoflurane or propofol anesthesia during one lung ventilation

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    Reda S. Abdelrahman

    2012-10-01

    Conclusions: The administration of thoracic epidural anesthesia, either combined with propofol or isoflurane, was not associated with a relevant impairment of oxygenation during OLV. Therefore Pre-emptive analgesia via an epidural thoracic catheter can be used safely as a standard in lung surgery, decreasing the anesthesia requirements when combined with GA, maximizing the benefits of each form of anesthesia and improving the outcome in patients with cardiopulmonary diseases, hence it was found that it has no effect on oxygenation during OLV, and it is associated with stable hemodynamics.

  4. 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

    2015-01-01

    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...

  5. Trajectory of platelets in pregnancy - do low-risk women need an intrapartum full blood count prior to epidural?

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    Duong, Christine; Kidson-Gerber, Giselle; Peters, Nancy; Listijono, Dave R; Henry, Amanda

    2015-10-01

    This study aimed to investigate whether pregnant women with a normal 28-week gestation platelet count and no high-risk conditions for thrombocytopenia require a pre-epidural platelet count. All 1844 included women (platelet count > 150 × 10(9) /L at 28 weeks' gestation, term singleton birth, no thrombocytopenia risk conditions) had a platelet count > 100 × 10(9) /L prebirth, suggesting low-risk pregnant women do not require pre-epidural full blood count solely to check platelet count.

  6. 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

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available 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. Tras 6 meses se aleatorizaron a ambos grupos de tratamiento (49 pacientes a BAC y 51 a BAI, controlándose posteriormente a los 6, 12 y 18 meses de aleatorizarlos. Se comparó la puntuación de los bloques de ítems y la puntuación global del cuestionario CAVIPRES entre ambos grupos de tratamiento y se estudió su variación a lo largo del tiempo. Resultados: Los pacientes con BAI presentaron mejor calidad de vida global que los pacientes con BAC (p=0,002. De los 5 bloques en los que se divide el cuestionario, el grupo BAI presentó mejor puntuación que el BAC en "Aspectos psicológicos" (p=0,009 y "Apoyo social y pareja" (p=0,008. El BAI mejoró la calidad de vida global de los pacientes a los 18 meses respecto al momento de la aleatorización (p=0,000, y la puntuación de "Vida Sexual" (p=0,000 y "Apoyo social y pareja" (p=0,002. El BAC no mejoró ni la calidad de vida global ni la puntuación de los diferentes bloques a largo del estudio (p>0,05. Conclusión: El BAI mejora la calidad de vida global de los pacientes a los 18 meses de la suspensión del tratamiento.

  7. 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

  8. 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.

  9. Comparison of efficacy of bupivacaine and fentanyl with bupivacaine and sufentanil for epidural labor analgesia

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    Kalra Sumit

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Objectives: A study to compare the efficacy between fentanyl and sufentanil combined with low concentration (0.0625% of bupivacaine for epidural labor analgesia in laboring women. Materials and Methods: Fifty full term parturients received an initial bolus dose of a 10 ml solution containing 0.125% bupivacaine. The patients were randomly divided into two: group F received 0.0625% bupivacaine with 2.5 mcg/ml fentanyl and group S received 0.0625% bupivacaine with 0.25 mcg/ml sufentanil. Verbal analogue pain scores, need of supplementary/rescue boluses dose of bupivacaine consumed, mode of delivery, maternal satisfaction, and neonatal Apgar scores were recorded. No significant difference was observed between both groups. Results: Both the groups provided equivalent labor analgesia and maternal satisfaction. The chances of cesarean delivery were also not increased in any group. No difference in the cephalad extent of sensory analgesia, motor block or neonatal Apgar score were observed. Although mean pain scores throughout the labor and delivery were similar in both groups, more patients in fentanyl group required supplementary boluses though not statistically significant. Conclusion: We conclude that both 0.0625% bupivacaine-fentanyl (2.5 μg/ml and 0.0625% bupivacaine-sufentanil (0.25 μg/ml were equally effective by continuous epidural infusion in providing labor analgesia with hemodynamic stability achieving equivalent maternal satisfaction without serious maternal or fetal side effects. We found that sufentanil was 10 times more potent than fentanyl as an analgesic for continuous epidural labor analgesia.

  10. Combined spinal epidural anesthesia for laparoscopic appendectomy in adults: A case series

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    Rajesh S Mane

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Laparoscopy is one of the most common surgical procedures and is the procedure of choice for most of the elective abdominal surgeries performed preferably under endotracheal general anesthesia. Technical advances in the field of laparoscopy have helped to reduce surgical trauma and discomfort, reduce anesthetic requirement resulting in shortened hospital stay. Recently, regional anaesthetic techniques have been found beneficial, especially in patients at a high risk to receive general anesthesia. Herewith we present a case series of laparoscopic appendectomy in eight American Society of Anaesthesiologists (ASA I and II patients performed under spinal-epidural anaesthesia. Methods: Eight ASA Grade I and II adult patients undergoing elective Laparoscopic appendectomy received Combined Spinal Epidural Anaesthesia. Spinal Anaesthesia was performed at L 2 -L 3 interspace using 2 ml of 0.5% (10 mg hyperbaric Bupivacaine mixed with 0.5ml (25 micrograms of Fentanyl. Epidural catheter was inserted at T 10 -T 11 interspace for inadequate spinal anaesthesia and postoperative pain relief. Perioperative events and operative difficulty were studied. Systemic drugs were administered if patients complained of shoulder pain, abdominal discomfort, nausea or hypotension. Results: Spinal anaesthesia was adequate for surgery with no operative difficulty in all the patients. Intraoperatively, two patients experienced right shoulder pain and received Fentanyl, one patient was given Midazolam for anxiety and two were given Ephedrine for hypotension. The postoperative period was uneventful. Conclusion: Spinal anaesthesia with Hyperbaric Bupivacaine and Fentanyl is adequate and safe for elective laparoscopic appendectomy in healthy patients but careful evaluation of the method is needed particularly in compromised cardio respiratory conditions.

  11. Efficacy of epidural administration of morphine with bupivacaine for orthopaedic surgery in sheep

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    Durej M.

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available The aim of the study was to test the hypothesis that epidural administration of morphine with bupivacaine provides more intense and sufficient perioperative analgesia compared with parenterally administrated butorphanol during orthopaedic surgery. Sheep were assigned to group C (control group, 6 sheep and group E (epidural, 5 sheep. Sheep from group C were pre-medicated with midazolam (0.3 mg/kg, i.m. and butorphanol (0.2 mg/kg, i.m.. Propofol was used for induction of general anesthesia in both groups. Sheep from group E were pre-medicated with midazolam, but without butorphanol. Sacrococcegeal epidural analgesia with morphine (0.1 mg/kg and bupivacaine (1 mg/kg was performed. We detected a significant increase in heart rate (19%, p=0.021 during surgery in group C. Two hours after surgery, the heart rate was 14.9% lower than prior to surgery in group E (p=0.017. In group E, throughout the surgery, we measured an insignificant increase in respiratory rate of 1.99%. In the same group, 120 minutes post surgery, we measured an increase in respiratory rate of 14.7%, while in group C there was a smaller increase of only 10.9%. The result from both groups was insignificant (p>0.05. The consumption of isoflurane in group C was higher than in group E by 27.3% (p=0.0043. The mean MAC was in group C higher by 27.6% as it was in group E (0.75% ± 0.25, 0.95 ± 0.3 in Group E and C, respectively. This distinction, according to the Mann-Whitney test, was not significant (p=0.329.

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

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

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

  13. Comparison of Postoperative Analgesic Effects of Thoracic Epidural Morphine and Fentanyl

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    Gönül Sağıroğlu

    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available Objective: In our study, we aimed to compare epidural morphine and fentanyl analgesia and the side effects in post-thoracotomy pain management. Material and Methods: Forty patients, planned for elective thoracotomy were included. Bupivacain- morphine was administered through an epidural catheter to the patients in Group-M while bupivacain-fentanyl was given in Group-F. Pain assessment was carried out with the Visual Analogue Scale (VAS and VAS-I and VAS-II were assessed in 0, 4, 16 and 24th hour in the postoperative unit. Adverse effects were recorded after the 24th hour. Statistical analyses were performed by using Two-sample independent-t test, Mann Whitney-U test, Wilcoxon-signed ranks test and Pearson chi-squared tests. Results: Although, the VAS-I and VAS-II scores were lower in Group-M than Group-F, the difference was not significant statistically (p>0.05. When other hours were compared with initial states, beginning from the 4th hour, in both groups there was a statistically significant drop in VAS-I and VAS-II scores at all times (p<0.001. Comparing the complications between the groups, in Group-M nausea-vomiting (p<0.015 and bradycardia (p<0.012 were found significantly more frequently than in Group-F. Conclusion: We concluded that, in pain management after thoracic surgery, either morphine or fentanyl may be chosen in thoracal epidural analgesia but, especially in the early postoperative hours, close follow-up is necessary due to the risk of bradycardia development.

  14. COMPARISON OF 0.5% ROPIVACAINE & 0.5% BUPIVACAINE IN EPIDURAL ANAESTHESIA FOR PATIENTS UNDERGOING ABDOMINAL HYSTERECTOMY

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    Durga Shankar

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available Ropivacaine is a new intermediate - acting amide local anesthetic which is structurally closely related to a chemical group of amino amides in present clinical use e.g. bupivacaine and mepivacaine . Ropivacaine has pharmacodynamic and pharmacokinetic properties in animals resembling those of bupivacaine. 1 - 3 In human volunteers, ropivacaine has been shown to be less prone than bupivacaine to produce mild central nervous system and cardiovascular changes after intravenous infusion Hence we designed a study to compare ropivacaine 0.5% with bupivacaine 0.5% for epidural anesthesia fo r abdominal hysterectomy. Healthy women, scheduled for elective abdominal hysterectomy were enrolled into this randomized, double - blind, parallel - group study. Epidural block was obtained with 20 ml of ropivacaine (group R or bupivacaine (group B and surgery started when anesthesia reached T6. Heart rate and blood pressure were assessed before the test dose and at five minute intervals for initial 30mins and then every 10mins until the full recovery. At the same intervals, sensory and motor block characteristics were determined. Adverse events were recorded. Sixty patients were enrolled and data available for analysis was 30 ropivacaine and 30 bupivacaine. Mean duration for total sensory blockade was 323.50±39.33mins for R group as compared to 312.0 ± 30.36mins for B group (p>0.05 . Motor onset time in group R was 17.26 ± 1.78 , 25.44 ± 1.79 and 28.28 ± 1.79mins for grade 1, 2 and 3 motor block respectively, compared to 16.73 ± 1.99 , 25.14 ± 2.05 and 28.66 ± 2.82mins for group B (p>0.05 . Duration of motor block in group R was 211.66 ± 32.91mins as compared to 288.66 ± 36.99mins in group B . (P value < 0.0001 . Analgesia was excellent in 83.33% cases and satisfactory in 10 % cases in group R as compared to 86.66% and 3.33% in group B respectively. 6.66% patients in group R and 10% patients in group B required intravenous fentanyl supplement and were

  15. Spinal epidural abscess caused by Bacteroides fragilis group after dilation and curettage for incomplete abortion

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    Masaki Ohyagi

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Spinal epidural abscess (SEA is a rare infection complicated in patients who have some risk factors such as injection-drug use, diabetes mellitus, and several illnesses. However, no case of SEA associated with abortion has been reported. Here we report a case of SEA in a 30-year-old woman after dilation and curettage for incomplete abortion. The diagnosis of SEA was done by MRI and pus was drained after the cervical discectomy. Bacteroides fragilis group was cultured from the aspirated pus sample. The patient responded to surgical drainage and antibiotics.

  16. Nontropical pyomyositis complicated with spinal epidural abscess in a previously healthy child

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    Mohamed Boulyana

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Pyomyositis (PM, a rare pyogenic infection that involves skeletal muscles, if not immediately diagnosed, can be fatal. Most notably, this results in spinal epidural abscess (SEA in typically unhealthy individuals. Case description: We present a very rare nontropical PM complicated with SEA in a previously healthy child revealed by Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI. Our patient recovered without complications 5 years after abscess drainage and antibiotics. Conclusion: PM remains a challenge to clinicians and should be considered in the differential diagnosis of musculoskeletal pain. MRI is the investigation of choice of spinal infection and should be undertaken at an early stage.

  17. What are we waiting for? An argument for early surgery for spinal epidural abscesses

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    Epstein, Nancy E.

    2015-01-01

    Background: In the article: Timing and prognosis of surgery for spinal epidural abscess (SEA): A review, Epstein raises one major point; it is imperative that spinal surgeons “take back decision-making” from our medical cohorts and reinstitute early surgery (12.5), high C-reactive protein (>115), positive blood cultures, radiographic cord compression, and significant neurological deficits (e.g., 19–45%). Results: Recognizing these risk factors should prompt early open surgery (41-42.5 to up to the 75% failure rate that accompanies the nonsurgical treatment of SEA, much less the >25% mortality rate? PMID:26605113

  18. What are we waiting for? An argument for early surgery for spinal epidural abscesses

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    Nancy E Epstein

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: In the article: Timing and prognosis of surgery for spinal epidural abscess (SEA: A review, Epstein raises one major point; it is imperative that spinal surgeons "take back decision-making" from our medical cohorts and reinstitute early surgery (12.5, high C-reactive protein (>115, positive blood cultures, radiographic cord compression, and significant neurological deficits (e.g., 19-45%. Results: Recognizing these risk factors should prompt early open surgery (41-42.5 to up to the 75% failure rate that accompanies the nonsurgical treatment of SEA, much less the >25% mortality rate?

  19. Vertebral Osteomyelitis and Spinal Epidural Abscess: An Evidence-based Review.

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    Boody, Barrett S; Jenkins, Tyler J; Maslak, Joseph; Hsu, Wellington K; Patel, Alpesh A

    2015-07-01

    Spinal infections have historically been associated with significant morbidity and mortality. Current treatment protocols have improved patient outcomes through prompt and accurate infection identification, medical treatment, and surgical interventions. Medical and surgical management, however, remains controversial because of a paucity of high-level evidence to guide decision making. Despite this, an awareness of presenting symptoms, pertinent risk factors, and common imaging findings are critical for treating spine infections. The purpose of this article is to review the recent literature and present the latest evidence-based recommendations for the most commonly encountered primary spinal infections: vertebral osteomyelitis and epidural abscess.

  20. Spinal epidural abscess caused by bacteroides fragilis group after dilation and curettage for incomplete abortion.

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    Ohyagi, Masaki; Ohkubo, Takuya; Taniyama, Takashi; Tomizawa, Shoji; Okawa, Atsushi; Yokota, Takanori; Mizusawa, Hidehiro

    2012-04-01

    Spinal epidural abscess (SEA) is a rare infection complicated in patients who have some risk factors such as injection-drug use, diabetes mellitus, and several illnesses. However, no case of SEA associated with abortion has been reported. Here we report a case of SEA in a 30-year-old woman after dilation and curettage for incomplete abortion. The diagnosis of SEA was done by MRI and pus was drained after the cervical discectomy. Bacteroides fragilis group was cultured from the aspirated pus sample. The patient responded to surgical drainage and antibiotics.