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AIM Failed endotracheal intubation and inadequate ventilation with subsequent insufficient oxygenation can result in serious complications potentially leading to permanent health damage. Difficult intubation may occur not only in patients with apparent pathologies in the orofacial region but also, unexpectedly, in those without abnormalities. This study(More)
INTRODUCTION So far, the Load-Sharing Classification (LSC) has been the commonest method employed to identify indication for anterior replacement of vertebral bodies in thoracolumbar spine fractures. The aim of this study was to verify reliability of the LSC method in indications for anterior replacement surgery. METHODS Fractures were examined using(More)
BACKGROUND This prospective study aimed at assessing the effect of initial antibiotic therapy on the mortality of patients with hospital-acquired pneumonia (HAP) by analyzing bacterial pathogens and their resistance to antimicrobial agents. METHODS Included were patients hospitalized in the Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine, Faculty(More)
BACKGROUND Pulsed radiofrequency treatment (PRF) applied to the suprascapular nerve may provide pain relief for patients suffering from shoulder pain as described in three case series. AIMS The effect of PRF to the suprascapular nerve was retrospectively analysed on 28 patients with shoulder pain lasting longer than 1 month, with a 6-month follow-up.(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE There is increasing evidence of gender differences in the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of aminosteroid neuromuscular blocking agents. Compared to males, females are more susceptible, requiring approximately 30% less rocuronium to achieve the same degree of neuromuscular block. However, little information is available(More)
AIM The aim of this study was to compare the complication rate of traditional minimally invasive anterior with the new minimally invasive lateral trans-psoatic retroperitoneal approaches to the intervertebral discs at levels T12-L5. METHODS A review of all cases of minimally invasive anterior (ALIF) and lateral (XLIF) intervertebral disc surgery at levels(More)
AIM To determine the accuracy of the modified Mallampati test for predicting difficult tracheal intubation. DESIGN A cross-sectional, clinical, observational, non-blinded study. A quality analysis of anesthetic care. SETTING Operating theatres and department of anesthesiology in a university hospital. MATERIAL AND METHODS Following the local ethics(More)
AIM The aims of this study were to describe the incidence and type of perioperative complications that occur with minimally invasive anterior retroperitoneal spinal surgery performed at the level of the L5/S1 intervertebral disc. METHODS A retrospective review of 175 patients: 103 women and 72 men, average age 45, who had undergone anterior spinal surgery(More)
AIMS To compare the pharmacodynamics of cisatracurium and rocuronium-induced neuromuscular block following single dose, allowing either spontaneous or neostigmine-accelerated complete recovery. METHODS Following the ethics committee approval and informed consent, 120 patients scheduled for elective surgery under TIVA with tracheal intubation were(More)
AIMS To compare the pharmacodynamics of 0.6 mg kg(-1) rocuronium in young and older patients of both genders during total intravenous anesthesia. METHODS Following local ethics committee approval and informed consent, patients scheduled for surgery under total intravenous anesthesia (propofol/sufentanil) were divided into 4 study groups: 37 males aged(More)