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BACKGROUND The functional relevance of an intact pulmonary sympathetic innervation for airway resistance is unknown. We therefore evaluated whether or not pulmonary sympathetic denervation by thoracic epidural anesthesia decreases the threshold of an inhalational provocation with acetylcholine in 20 patients with documented bronchial hyperreactivity(More)
BACKGROUND In standard textbooks, intravenous lidocaine is recommended for intubation of patients with bronchial hyperreactivity. However, whether and to what extent intravenous local anesthetics attenuate bronchial hyperreactivity in humans is unknown. Accordingly, nine awake volunteers with known bronchial hyperreactivity were subjected to an inhalational(More)
Hyperalgesia on intradermal capsaicin application can be attenuated by systemic application of local anesthetics. We tested whether low doses of local anesthetics applied pre- or post-traumatically can reduce heat trauma-induced primary and secondary hyperalgesia in humans. Six healthy volunteers consented to the randomized, double-blind, and cross-over(More)
Whether or not neural blockade of pulmonary sympathetic innervation is of relevance for airway resistance in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is unknown. Accordingly we evaluated airway resistance during sympathetic blockade by high thoracic epidural anaesthesia in patients with COPD. Before and 45 min after thoracic epidural(More)
We have compared the efficacy of two non-invasive methods of transdermal anaesthesia: application of EMLA cream and iontophoresis of 5% lignocaine with adrenaline 1:50,000 in six healthy subjects. We tested depth of tissue penetration (pinprick) and effect on pain evoked by i.v. injection. After iontophoresis, pain on i.v. injection was abolished in five of(More)
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