James A. Dolak

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PURPOSE To explain the considerations governing the anesthetic management of pregnant patients with Klippel-Trenaunay syndrome (KTS). Klippel-Trenaunay syndrome is a congenital vascular disease characterized by cutaneous hemangiomas, venous varicosities, and limb hypertrophy; and is associated with both hemorrhagic and thrombotic complications. The(More)
Wider selection of young patients for prosthetic valve replacement for valvular heart disease has resulted in an increase in number of women with heart disease reaching childbearing age. Such patients presenting in labor for emergency cesarean section require special consideration. We present a report of a parturient who presented at 36 weeks of gestation(More)
PURPOSE To describe the impact of maternal automatic implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (AICD) therapy on pregnancy outcome, and discuss the clinical rationale for regional anesthesia in parturients with AICDs. CLINICAL FEATURES A 20-yr-old primigravida with a history of familial cardiomyopathy and AICD placement presented at 39 weeks gestational age(More)
Mitochondrial myopathy, encephalopathy, lactic acidosis, and stroke-like episodes (MELAS syndrome) is a mitochondrial disorder associated with neurologic, cardiac, neuromuscular, hepatic, metabolic and gastrointestinal dysfunction and potential anesthetic and obstetric complications. The case of a parturient with MELAS syndrome requiring labor analgesia is(More)
The calcium fluorescent probe fura2 was used to measure concentration of free calcium in the cytosol of isolated rat hepatocytes in suspension. The resting level in untreated hepatocytes was 121 nM. On addition of CCl4 at a concentration of 0.5 mM, cytosolic free calcium rose sharply and reached a statistically significant (P less than 0.05) steady plateau(More)
The effect of chlordecone (CD) on hepatic repair, measured either as recovery of microsomal enzymatic functions or as the induction of cytosolic thymidine kinase (TK) activity, was evaluated in rats given carbon tetrachloride (CCl4). Carbon tetrachloride was administered to CD-potentiated and control animals using doses of this hepatotoxin which produce(More)
Chlordecone greatly potentiates carbon tetrachloride (CCl4) hepatotoxicity. In order to quantitate the degree of this potentiation, the effects of a range of doses of CCl4 on two microsomal enzymatic functions and liver enzyme release were examined in chlordecone-treated and control rats. Male Sprague-Dawley rats were pretreated with 15 mg chlordecone per(More)
Not all postpartum headaches are caused by dural puncture, and it is possible for postpartum patients to have >1 cause for headache. After neuraxial block with an incidental large-gauge dural puncture, our patient developed a severe, classic postdural puncture headache which initially responded to an epidural blood patch. The patient was readmitted 2 days(More)