Chia-Shiang Lin

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BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Minocycline is a second-generation tetracycline with multiple biological effects, including inhibition of microglial activation. Recently, microglial activation has been implicated in the development of nerve injury-induced neuropathic pain. In this study, the authors examined the effects of continuous intrathecal minocycline on(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Ganglion impar block is an uncommon procedure that has been performed traditional with fluoroscopy. One approach is the trans-sacrococcygeal approach. Sometimes this can be difficult because the sacrococcygeal joint (SCJ) cannot be readily seen on anteroposterior (AP) and lateral fluoroscopy. This technical report describes the(More)
T-type Ca2+ channels have been implicated in the induction of long-term potentiation, a synaptic plasticity involved in the central sensitization that contributes to the generation of inflammatory pain, in spinal sensory neurons. In this study, we examined the effects of intrathecal T-type Ca2+ channel blockers, mibefradil, ethosuximide and NiCl2, in the(More)
BACKGROUND Mirtazapine is a new antidepressant that blocks 5-HT2 and 5-HT3 receptors. With this receptor profile, it is possible that mirtazapine could provide both anxiolysis and efficacy for postoperative nausea and vomiting (PONV). We therefore tested the hypothesis that premedication with mirtazapine can reduce preoperative anxiety and PONV. METHODS(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE Gabapentin, an anticonvulsant with analgesic effect, has been reported to be an activator of hyperpolarization-activated cyclic nucleotide-gated (HCN) channels. In this study, we tested the effect of intrathecal ZD7288, an HCN channel inhibitor, and its interaction with intrathecal gabapentin in the rat formalin test. METHODS Male(More)
When administering postoperative acute pain services, particularly regarding patient- controlled epidural analgesia, difficulties may occasionally be encountered during removal of the epidural catheter. In this report, we present an instance of difficult removal of epidural catheter in a female patient undergoing open reduction and internal fixation of the(More)
Congenital long QT syndrome (LQTS) with atrioventricular block is a rare and malignant arrhythmia, which usually responds poorly to traditional beta-blocker therapy. We describe a male neonate with LQTS with ventricular tachycardia and 2:1 atrioventricular block. This patient's sister had similar presentation and died suddenly at the age of 8 months despite(More)
Delineation of architecture of peripheral nerves can be successfully achieved by high-resolution ultrasound (US), which is essential for US-guided pain management. There are numerous musculoskeletal pain syndromes involving the trunk nerves necessitating US for evaluation and guided interventions. The most common peripheral nerve disorders at the trunk(More)
AIMS It is perceived that patients with a history of frequent alcohol consumption require more opioids for postoperative pain control and experience less postoperative nausea and vomiting than patients without such a history. However, there is scarce evidence supporting this notion. The aim of this study was to assess association between frequent alcohol(More)