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To the Editor: Greater occipital nerve block is indicated for cervico-genic or cluster headache. Identifying the location of the nerve is important for differential diagnosis of cervico-genic headache, because it is necessary to block this nerve and not neighboring structures [1]. The blocking point is where the greater occipital nerve crosses the superior(More)
Occipital nerve block is usually considered to be a very simple and safe regional anaesthetic technique. We describe a case of sudden unconsciousness during a lesser occipital nerve block in a patient with an occipital bone defect. A 63-year-old man complained of headache, which was localized to the right occipital region. A right lesser occipital nerve(More)
This study is a pharmacogenetic clinical trial designed to clarify whether the N-acetyltransferase 2 gene (NAT2) genotype-guided dosing of isoniazid improves the tolerability and efficacy of the 6-month four-drug standard regimen for newly diagnosed pulmonary tuberculosis. In a multicenter, parallel, randomized, and controlled trial with a PROBE design,(More)
OBJECTIVES (1) To determine whether serum concentration of serum amyloid A (SAA) protein is influenced by the SAA1 allele in Japanese patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) as previously shown in a healthy control group; and (2) to analyse what factors, based on such an allelic bias, influence the relative SAA values of those patients. METHODS SAA and C(More)
We report the effective use of epidural block in three patients with 'painful legs and moving toes' syndrome, which is characterized by involuntary movements of the toe (and sometimes of the foot) and excruciating pain in the leg. Several treatments had been unsuccessful in the management of the three patients reported including baclofen, benzodiazepines,(More)
We have investigated the effects of various intravenous anesthetics, propofol, fentanyl and ketamine on the excitability of spinal motoneuron using an F-wave analysis in a total of 28 patients. All patients were divided randomly into three groups as follows; 2 mg.kg-1 intravenous bolus injection followed by 6 mg.kg-1.h-1 infusion of propofol (P group), 1(More)
The purpose of this study was to investigate the influence of the stellate ganglion block (SGB), stellate ganglion electrical stimulation (SGES) and stellate ganglionectomy on bilateral arterial blood flows (BAF). Sixteen mongrel dogs were divided into two groups; a SGB group (n = 8) and a SGES group (n = 8). Anesthesia was induced with pentobarbital 25(More)