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BACKGROUND Continuation of intrathecal anesthesia into the postoperative period has been limited by important safety concerns. Principal among these has been the assumption that extended intrathecal therapy leads to spinal (epidural and intrathecal) space infections. To address the role of extended intrathecal catheter therapy as a cause of infections, we… (More)
We treated a patient with a 30-year history of ethanol and benzodiazepine abuse who, on emerging from general anesthesia, was combative and confused. Our working diagnosis was acute ethanol withdrawal, and the patient received intravenous (i.v.) propofol, and midazolam. Initially small doses (10 to 20 mg) of propofol, combined with a midazolam infusion (50… (More)
Intraspinal clonidine is an effective adjunct to intrathecal/epidural opioid administration. We report a case of neuropathic pain treated with intraspinal analgesics in which depression, insomnia, and night terrors developed in association with intraspinal clonidine.
We report an unusual case of endotracheal tube obstruction secondary to alteration of the preoperative fasting period. A patient scheduled for coronary artery bypass grafting had been instructed to take nothing by mouth except scheduled medication with sips of water prior to surgery. Induction of anesthesia and tracheal intubation were accomplished without… (More)
A case report is presented of supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) associated with metoclopramide administration in the early postpartum period in a 37-year-old woman. The patient was scheduled for elective laparoscopic tubal ligation 4 hours after an uncomplicated spontaneous vaginal delivery. The preoperative evaluation revealed that the patient's only… (More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES The object of this study was to measure the clinically relevant depth of the posterior epidural space (ES) while placing subarachnoid catheters. METHODS "Hanging drop" technique was used to locate the ES via a midline approach in the lumbar area. The distance from the skin to the ES was measured, and the needle was advanced until… (More)