Alain A d'Hollander

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BACKGROUND Since neostigmine was introduced for reversal of neuromuscular block, there has been controversy about the optimum dose for antagonizing neuromuscular block. The purpose of this study was to characterise recovery of neuromuscular transmission following a vecuronium-induced block 15 min after neostigmine administration using different stimulation(More)
UNLABELLED We were looking for a clinical test to indicate a train-of-four (TOF) ratio of approximately 0.9. We compared the adductor pollicis muscle (AP) visually evaluated response to ulnar nerve 100-Hz, 5-s tetanus (RF100 Hz) with the measured AP TOF ratio in 30 ASA physical status I or II adult anesthetized (propofol, sufentanil, N2O/O2) patients. After(More)
IMPLICATIONS The authors describe a modified technique of posterior approach to the lumbar plexus in the psoas compartment which allows nerve stimulation for the location of the plexus and catheter placement for extended-duration surgery and postoperative patient-controlled regional analgesia. A frequent incidence of total lumbar plexus block was observed.
BACKGROUND Neuromuscular blocking agents have always shown wide inter-individual variability when it comes to their duration of action. This prevents clinicians from anticipating the evolution of the neuromuscular block for any given patient. With this study, we aimed to assess the nature of the relationships existing between different time course(More)
BACKGROUND As very strong agreement has been reported between bispectral index (BIS) values measured from the occipital and frontal skull areas, we compared BIS values measured from central and parietal areas with those from frontal area to investigate whether BIS is really a topographically dependent or topographically independent variable. METHODS(More)
PURPOSE Median nerve somatosensory evoked responses (MnSSER) alterations were compared to clinical tests (cold and pinprick) variations, in 20 ASA I adult patients following infraclavicular block obtained with 40 mL ropivacaine 0.5% to assess first, the difference of time course of the respective electrophysiological and clinical signs, and second, the(More)
To test if recovery of neuromuscular transmission is complete after the use of neostigmine under standardized conditions, we have measured adductor pollicis mechanical activity in response to 0.1 Hz (twitch height), train-of-four (TOF) and 100 Hz (RF 100 Hz) ulnar nerve stimulations. We studied 56 adult anaesthetized (thiopentone, fentanyl, nitrous oxide in(More)
We studied the possible effects of repetitive (1-min interval) 50- and 100-Hz tetanic stimuli on 50-Hz and 100-Hz tetanic fade ratios (RF50HZ and RF100HZ). We also evaluated the sensitivity of the recorded responses to these two tests to assess residual neuromuscular block (isometric adductor pollicis mechanical activity), either during spontaneous(More)
We recorded adductor pollicis mechanical activity in response to low (0.1 and 2 Hz) and high (50 and 100 Hz) frequency stimulation 15 min after edrophonium 250, 500 and 1000 micrograms kg-1, given to antagonize vecuronium-induced block at 10, 25 and 50% pre-reversal twitch height. We studied 54 ASA class I and II anaesthetized (methohexitone, fentanyl,(More)