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UNLABELLED In this prospective, randomized, double-blinded, controlled study, we tested the hypothesis that auricular electroacupuncture relieves pain more effectively than conventional manual auricular acupuncture. We studied 21 chronic cervical pain patients without radicular symptoms with insufficient pain relief (visual analogue scale >5) treated with(More)
INTRODUCTION The appropriate strategy for trauma-induced coagulopathy management is under debate. We report the treatment of major trauma using mainly coagulation factor concentrates. METHODS This retrospective analysis included trauma patients who received >or= 5 units of red blood cell concentrate within 24 hours. Coagulation management was guided by(More)
BACKGROUND Lumbar facet nerve (medial branch) block for pain relief in facet syndrome is currently performed under fluoroscopic or computed tomography scan guidance. In this three-part study, the authors developed a new ultrasound-guided methodology, described the necessary landmarks and views, assessed ultrasound-derived distances, and tested the clinical(More)
UNLABELLED Acupuncture is an established adjuvant analgesic modality for the treatment of chronic pain. Electrical stimulation of acupuncture points is considered to increase acupuncture analgesia. In this prospective, randomized, double-blind, controlled study we tested the hypothesis that auricular electroacupuncture (EA) relieves pain more effectively(More)
Pre- and intraoperative platelet function monitoring is increasingly recommended in order to detect risk factors for bleeding and to target coagulation management. The ideal anticoagulant for accurate platelet aggregometry remains controversial. The aim of this experimental trial was to compare platelet aggregability in whole blood stored in citrate,(More)
We systematically evaluated the effects of test temperature and storage temperature on platelet aggregation using flow cytometry and impedance aggregometry. Aliquots of citrated whole blood from 27 healthy adult male volunteers were stored at 37 degrees C and 22 degrees C. Aliquots were subjected to impedance aggregometry in response to collagen, adenosine(More)
Topical capsaicin 8% was developed for the treatment of peripheral neuropathic pain. The pain reduction is associated with a reversible reduction of epidermal nerve fiber density (ENFD). During its application, topical capsaicin 8% provokes distinct pain. In a randomized, double-blind study analyzed with a block factorial analysis of variance, we tested(More)
The mechanisms causing temperature-dependent bleeding, especially in hypothermic patients, warrant clarification. Therefore the aim of this study was to investigate platelet aggregation at the clinically important temperature range of 30-34 degrees C. After obtaining informed consent citrated whole blood was drawn from 12 healthy adult male volunteers, who(More)
BACKGROUND Addition of nonopioid analgesic drugs reduces pain and opioid requirements in acute low back pain. In noncancer chronic low back pain (CLBP), the efficacy of a combined regimen to reduce breakthrough pain has not been proven so far. OBJECTIVE Evaluation of the effects of intravenous (i.v.) nonopioid analgesic drugs on pain intensity and lumbar(More)
BACKGROUND Bleeding complications are a common side effect in patients under dual antiplatelet (anti-PLT) therapy. PLT transfusion provides a treatment option for these patients. However it is currently unclear if, and to what extent, P2Y12 inhibitors influence PLT function of donor PLTs and if patients taking these medications are likely to benefit from(More)