Utility of prepuncture ultrasound for localization of the thoracic epidural space

@article{Rasoulian2011UtilityOP,
  title={Utility of prepuncture ultrasound for localization of the thoracic epidural space},
  author={Abtin Rasoulian and Jens Lohser and Mohammad Sadegh Najafi and Hedyeh Rafii-Tari and Denis Tran and Allaudin A. Kamani and Victoria A. Lessoway and Purang Abolmaesumi and Robert Rohling},
  journal={Canadian Journal of Anesthesia/Journal canadien d'anesth{\'e}sie},
  year={2011},
  volume={58},
  pages={815-823}
}
BackgroundUltrasound has been shown to facilitate accurate identification of the intervertebral level and to predict skin-to-epidural depth in the lumbar epidural space with reliable precision. We hypothesized that we could accurately predict the skin-to-epidural depth and the intervertebral level in the thoracic spine with the use of ultrasound.MethodsTwenty patients presenting for thoracic surgery were included in a feasibility study. The skin-to-epidural depth was measured using prepuncture… CONTINUE READING
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