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BACKGROUND The aim of this randomized, double-blinded study was to compare the analgesic efficacy of bupivacaine versus ropivacaine brachial plexus analgesia after ambulatory hand surgery. An additional aim was to study the feasibility and safety of patient-controlled regional analgesia (PCRA) outside the hospital. METHODS Sixty patients scheduled for(More)
We compared in a prospective, randomized, double-blinded study the analgesic efficacy of three drugs in 120 ASA I and II patients scheduled to undergo ambulatory hand surgery with IV regional anesthesia. At discharge, oral analgesic tablets were prescribed as follows: tramadol 100 mg every 6 h, metamizol 1 g every 6 h, and paracetamol (acetaminophen) 1 g(More)
Twenty patients with acute traumatic hand injury were interviewed 8-20 days after the day of the accident. The aim of the study was to identify coping strategies, defined as thoughts or actions used by the hand-injured patients to manage stress factors and resulting emotions in the early stage. Stress factors were reported in an earlier study. The analyses(More)
The study group consisted of 100 persons referred with suspected carpal tunnel syndrome. Clinical and neurophysiological examinations were performed blinded from each other. The gold standard for the carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) diagnosis was based on the results of these examinations but relief of CTS symptoms after surgery was also required. The(More)
A modification of an i.v. regional anaesthesia (IVRA) technique is described in which the arm is re-exsanguinated before surgery (re-IVRA). IVRA and re-IVRA were compared for quality of operative field, sensory and motor block, quality of analgesia and blood concentrations of prilocaine, lignocaine and mepivacaine in a double-blind study in 120 patients(More)
Nonsense mutations in FGF16 have recently been linked to X-linked recessive hand malformations with fusion between the fourth and the fifth metacarpals and hypoplasia of the fifth digit (MF4; MIM#309630). The purpose of this study was to perform careful clinical phenotyping and to define molecular mechanisms behind X-linked recessive MF4 in three unrelated(More)
The aim of the study reported in this paper was to identify stress factors in the early stage of acute traumatic hand injury. Stress factors were defined as circumstances which the hand-injured patients experienced as problems in the actual situation. A total of 20 patients, treated as inpatients at the Department of Hand Surgery in Orebro Medical Centre(More)
PURPOSE To review clinical, subjective, and radiographic results of pyrocarbon hemiarthroplasty for proximal interphalangeal (PIP) joint arthritis. METHODS A total of 42 fingers in 38 patients underwent PIP joint hemiarthroplasty between 2005 and 2011. Preoperative diagnoses included 28 with osteoarthritis or posttraumatic arthritis and 10 with(More)