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From a prospectively defined cohort of patients who underwent either general, regional or combined anaesthesia from 1 January 1995 to 1 January 1997 (n = 869 483), all consecutive patients (n = 811) who died within 24 h or remained unintentionally comatose 24 h after anaesthesia were classified to determine a relationship with anaesthesia. These deaths (n =(More)
Evidence-based guidelines for the perioperative management of psychotropic drugs are lacking. The level of evidence is low and is based on case reports, open trials, and non-systematic reviews. However, the interactions and effects mentioned indicate that patients who use psychotropics and require surgery have an enhanced perioperative risk. A group of(More)
To compare the effects of two free radical scavengers, dimethylsulfoxide 50% (DMSO) and N-acetylcysteine (NAC), for treatment of complex regional pain syndrome I (CRPS I), a randomized, double-dummy controlled, double-blind trial was conducted. Two outpatient clinics of two university hospitals in The Netherlands participated in the study and 146 patients,(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES A positive response to sacroiliac joint intra-articular infiltration with local anesthetics is used to confirm sacroiliac joint pain. However, current anatomical and histological knowledge concerning the anatomy of pain perception within the sacroiliac joint intra- and peri-articular structures is insufficient to explain the(More)
Median nerve somatosensory evoked potentials (SSEP) were studied in 10 ASA I patients during general anaesthesia with propofol, vecuronium and fentanyl after premedication with diazepam. N14 and N20 latencies, central conduction time (CCT) and corresponding interpeak amplitudes were assessed at induction, after intubation, during steady state, at(More)
BACKGROUND We previously demonstrated the involvement of the Ca2+-independent protein kinase C-delta (PKC-delta) isoform in sevoflurane-induced cardioprotection against ischaemia and reperfusion (I/R) injury. Since sevoflurane is known to modulate myocardial Ca2+-handling directly, in this study we investigated the role of the Ca2+-dependent PKC-alpha(More)
OBJECTIVES To explore the feasibility of intravenous magnesium administration as a potential candidate intervention for a large size trial in Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Type 1 (CRPS 1). DESIGN Randomized clinical trial. SETTING Outpatient pain clinic. PATIENTS Ten CRPS 1 patients. INTERVENTIONS Eight patients received 70 mg/kg magnesium sulphate(More)
Editor, To achieve extended anaesthesia and analgesia, a psoas compartment–sciatic nerve block (PCSNB) requires administration of large volumes of potentially cardiotoxic local anaesthetics. Due to the anatomic location of the lumbar plexus [1], mostly within muscle tissue, initial absorption of the administered local anaesthetics after a psoas compartment(More)
The pathways of nociception, concerning dentogenic pain, are followed from the peripheral nociceptors to the cortex. The branches of the trigeminal nerve supply the semilunar ganglion. From this ganglion the trigeminal nuclei are reached, extending from the bottom of the third ventricle to the upper cervical segments. The thalamus and subsequently the(More)