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In a prospective pilot study, we evaluated the possibility of performing a total parathyroidectomy with parathyroid gland implantation into the forearm (a combined neck and upper extremity procedure) under cervical epidural anesthesia (CEA) at C6-7 level using ropivacaine. The indication for CEA was the patient's choice or a previous procedure on the neck(More)
BACKGROUND Remifentanil has been suggested for its short duration of action to replace standard opioids for induction of general anaesthesia in caesarean section. While the stabilizing effect of remifentanil on maternal circulation has been confirmed, its effect on postnatal adaptation remains unclear, as currently published studies are not powered(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)
We describe successful fiberoptic-guided tracheal intubation through the novel supraglottic "I-gel" airway in two uncooperative adult patients with genetic syndromes, learning disability, and predicted difficult airway, scheduled for complex dental treatment under general anesthesia. The I-gel maintained the airway immediately after induction, allowing(More)
BACKGROUND Insertion of a supraglottic airway and tracheal intubation through it may be indicated in resuscitation scenarios where conventional laryngoscopy fails. Various supraglottic devices have been used as conduits for tracheal intubation, including the intubating laryngeal mask airway (ILMA), the Ctrach laryngeal mask and the I-gel supraglottic(More)
Supraglottic airway devices are routinely used for airway maintenance in elective surgical procedures where aspiration is not a significant risk and also as rescue devices in difficult airway management. Some devices now have features mitigating risk of aspiration, such as drain tubes or compartments to manage regurgitated content. Despite this, the use of(More)
The objective of this study was to evaluate the possibility and describe the methodology of a computed tomography-guided anterior approach to superior hypogastric plexus block for noncancer pain. A computed tomography-guided anterior approach to the superior hypogastric plexus was used in 2 patients with pelvic pain and anatomic disturbance of the lumbar(More)
Fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography (FDG-PET) is on the verge of becoming an established imaging tool in the fields of clinical oncology, cardiology, and neurology. Because of the high glucose uptake of inflammatory cells, FDG scanning is an appropriate tool for use in tracing suspected inflammation or to evaluate infection. PET, although highly(More)