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V Kuchela BabuIndian Journal of Anaesthesia 2018 62(1):4-5
Source: Indian Journal of Anaesthesia - Category: Anesthesiology Authors: Source Type: research

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Conclusion: Hepatectomy for HCC in elderly patients is justified.Eur Surg Res 2018;59:380 –390
Source: European Surgical Research - Category: Surgery Source Type: research
Purpose: The purpose of this study was to compare the short- and long-term outcomes after laparoscopic total gastrectomy (LTG) between elderly and non-elderly patients with gastric cancer.Methods: A retrospective analysis was performed using clinical and follow-up data from 168 patients treated with LTG for gastric cancer at our institution from January 2010 to December 2017. For this study, the short- and long-term outcomes (including tumor recurrence rate, disease-free survival rate, and overall survival rate) were compared between the elderly group (≥70 years) and non-elderly group (
Source: Journal of Cancer - Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Tags: Research Paper Source Type: research
A comprehensive review explores the interactions of biological, social, and psychological factors that contribute to the evolution of treatment-resistant chronic pain.Pain
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Anesthesiology Journal Article Source Type: news
This study aimed to compare patient-controlled paravertebral analgesia (PCPA) and intravenous patient-controlled analgesia (IVPCA) in terms of analgesic efficiency, respiratory function, and adverse effects after video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) lobectomy. Patients and methods: The prospective randomized trial study was carried out on 60 patients who underwent VATS lobectomy (randomly allocated 30 patients in each group). In the PCPA group, an initial dose of 0.3 mL/kg of 0.125% bupivacaine with fentanyl 2 µg/mL was administered, followed by a 3 mL/h continuous infusion with patient-controlled analgesi...
Source: Local and Regional Anesthesia - Category: Anesthesiology Tags: Local Reg Anesth Source Type: research
We report a case of a broken spinal needle occurring in a morbid obese pregnant woman during SA indicated for an emergent cesarean section. Multiple puncture attempts due to difficult identification of lumbar spine, associated with an inadequate use of the introducer, contributed to this complication. The recognition of predictive factors for difficult neuraxial anesthesia, the use of ultrasound in obese patients, and a properly executed technique may have allowed avoiding this complication. PMID: 30538540 [PubMed]
Source: Local and Regional Anesthesia - Category: Anesthesiology Tags: Local Reg Anesth Source Type: research
Abstract Background and purpose: Local infiltration analgesia (LIA) supports early mobilization after hip and knee arthroplasty. Inspired by this, we studied the effectiveness of wound infiltration with the long acting local anesthetic ropivacaine in an effort to decrease the need for postoperative opioids after osteosynthesis of extracapsular hip fracture. Methods: Forty-nine patients undergoing osteosynthesis with a sliding hip screw were randomized into two groups in a double-blind study ( The patients received intraoperative infiltration followed by 6 postoperative injectio...
Source: Pain Research and Management - Category: Anesthesiology Authors: Tags: Pain Res Manag Source Type: research
The American Board of Radiology (ABR) is  replacingits age-old 10-year Maintenance of Certification (MOC) exam with a new Online Longitudinal Assessment (OLA) program. Here ’s what you should expect with the new testing protocol:The new test means that radiologists will no longer have to fly to Tucson or Chicago to take the traditional exam. The ABR took a cue from the American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA), which recently introduced an online version of their Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology (MOCA) called MOCA Minute. The new exam begins on January 7, 2019.Every year, radiologists will need to ans...
Source: radRounds - Category: Radiology Authors: Source Type: blogs
ConclusionsThis study shows that the technical skill of rigid bronchoscopy can be acquired within 10 repetitions in a manikin model. As procedural competence and complication frequency vary with the laryngoscopic grade of the model, both easy and difficult configurations should be used for training. Advanced laryngoscopic skills are not required prior to training in this technique.
Source: Irish Journal of Medical Science - Category: General Medicine Source Type: research
ConclusionSpinal anaesthesia provides reliable blocks for outpatient knee arthroscopy. Considerations on the choice of local anaesthetic for spinal anaesthesia must include not only the recovery profile, but also the impact on operating room efficiency. Due to a superior recovery profile, low incidences of adverse side effects and raised operating room efficiency, chloroprocaine is the recommendable local anaesthetic for spinal anaesthesia in patients undergoing knee arthroscopy in an ambulatory setting. Since the frequency of SPA in patients undergoing outpatient knee arthroscopy is rising yearly, the results of this stud...
Source: Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy - Category: Orthopaedics Source Type: research
ConclusionsThe safety and acute technical success rates of transcatheter mitral PVL closure via a transapical approach were confirmed in Japanese patients. In Japan, transcatheter PVL closure may be an alternative option for patients with PVL who have a high surgical risk.
Source: General Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery - Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research
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