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UNLABELLED Infraclavicular brachial plexus block is a technique well suited to prolonged continuous catheter use. We used a coracoid approach to this block to create an easily understood technique. We reviewed the magnetic resonance images of the brachial plexus from 20 male and 20 female patients. Using scout films, the parasagittal section 2 cm medial to(More)
Sonography was used to detect, localize, and guide removal of foreign bodies in the soft tissues of the extremities and neck. Twenty localization procedures were performed in 19 patients (12 children and seven adults) with 21 foreign bodies including wood, glass, stone, metal, and lead pencil. Localization was accomplished by using anatomic landmarks, ink(More)
CONTEXT Pancreatic cancer is an aggressive tumor associated with high mortality. Optimal pain control may improve quality of life (QOL) for these patients. OBJECTIVE To test the hypothesis that neurolytic celiac plexus block (NCPB) vs opioids alone improves pain relief, QOL, and survival in patients with unresectable pancreatic cancer. DESIGN, SETTING,(More)
UNLABELLED We prospectively studied 1035 individuals undergoing 1214 epidural steroid injections to determine the risk of hemorrhagic complications. A history of bruising or bleeding was present in 176 (15%) patients. A platelet count was assessed in 77 patients before the epidural steroid injection; none was less than 100 x 10(9)/L. Nonsteroidal(More)
BACKGROUND Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) induces proliferation of endothelial cells, stimulates angiogenesis, and increases vascular permeability. Increased VEGF expression has been associated with poor clinical outcomes in many malignancies. Several recent reports have documented over expression of VEGF in papillary thyroid cancer. We(More)