As general anaesthesia administered during the first two trimesters of pregnancy for gynaecological procedures was associated with a high incidence of mis-carriage and exposes the fetus to teratogenic effects of drugs, a case of successful breast tumour extraction under thoracic paravertebral block is reported with review of the literature.

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Cardiac stabilization during “off-pump” coronary revascularization (OPCAB) has been implicated in causing intraoperative hemodynamic disturbances. Stroke volume and cardiac output reductions may alter the ventilation/perfusion ratio in the lungs and compromise the gas exchange. This study was conducted to determine the impact of heart’s stabilization on arterial blood-gas profile in patients undergoing OPCAB surgery.

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