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In summary, disease of the thyroid gland is common. Anaesthetists will be required to manage patients with hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism and those requiring thyroidectomy. Since anaesthesia for thyroidectomy provides many challenges of airway management, the anaesthetist should pay particular attention to preoperative assessment of the airway and(More)
We have studied the onset and duration of action of rocuronium 0.6 mg kg-1 in patients receiving therapy for more than 1 month with beta-receptor blocking drugs (n = 16), calcium entry blocking drugs (n = 17) or anticonvulsant drugs (n = 14) and compared these data with those from a control group (n = 27). Anaesthesia comprised fentanyl, propofol infusion(More)
Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) is a transmissible spongiform encephalopathy believed to be caused by the bovine spongiform encephalopathy agent, an abnormal isoform of the prion protein (PrP(sc)). At present there is no specific or effective treatment available for any form of CJD. Pentosan polysulphate (PPS), a large polyglycoside molecule with(More)
Propofol was given by continuous intravenous infusion to 10 patients with severe head injuries in the intensive care unit. Heart rate, mean arterial blood pressure, intracranial pressure, cerebral perfusion pressure, pupil size and arterial carbon dioxide tension were recorded throughout the study period. A mean infusion rate of 2.88 mg/kg/hour provided(More)
Carcinoid syndrome creates many challenges during anaesthesia, including hypertension, hypotension and bronchospasm. These challenges are less common and less severe after the routine use of octreotide. We describe the use of remifentanil as part of the anaesthetic management of a 67-yr-old man undergoing resection of a carcinoid tumour of the terminal(More)
We surveyed 33 UK MR units that have been developed by New Opportunity Funding (NOF) with reference to planning for and provision of anaesthetic services. The likely clinical and resource implications were documented. Units were developed predominantly in acute general hospitals with paediatric, critically ill and neuroscience patients represented. It may(More)
The management of patients with subarachnoid haemorrhage following rupture of an intracranial aneurysm is changing. The recent introduction of endovascular occlusion of the aneurysm using detachable coils offers an alternative to craniotomy and clipping of the aneurysm for the prevention of recurrent aneurysmal haemorrhage. The aim of this survey was to(More)