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On behalf of the editorial board of the Greek e-Journal of Perioperative Medicine with great pleasure we welcome you to our new website www.e-journal.gr. This website was created in order to enlarge and modernize our e-journal. We would like to inform you that the Greek e-Journal of Perioperative Medicine is the electronic version of the official publication of “The Society of Anesthesiology and Intensive Medicine of Northern Greece” (ISSN 1109 – 6888). It has recognized by the Ministry of Health among the National Scientific Journals (FEK 964/20-7-2006). Publications in the journal are copyrighted. In this open access e-journal, material submitted for publication include: Editorial articles, Special articles, Clinical studies, Experimental studies, Case reports, and Correspondence letters to the editors in the field of Perioperative Care, Anesthesia, Critical care and Emergency Medicine.

Recently, our e-journal has officially accepted by the following medical libraries: DRJI – Directory of Research Journal Indexing, Journal Index.net, Medical Journal Link, ResearchBib. The 2013 Impact Factor for the journal The Greek e–journal of Perioperative Medicine is 0.638.

In this effort and following the rapid evolution of medicine and technology and always with the full support of The Society of Anesthesiology and Intensive Medicine of Northern… Continue reading

Fractures of the proximal femur are of the most frequent, especially in elderly patients. The increased frequency of these fractures highlights the need for effective management of those patients and the impact of these fractures regarding the cost to the national health system. The effects of pain in elderly patients is extremely aggravating, frequently leading to mental (confusion, delirium) and physical (cardiovascular) deterioration and complications.

The pain management of these patients in the emergency department (ED) with intravenous administered analgesics might complicate the status of these patients. The use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID’s) might increase the risk of gastric ulceration, gastric haemorrhage and coronary syndromes, while the use of IV opioids–especially in elderly-incorporates the risk of respiratory depression, delirium, hypotension and constipation. The pain management of these patients with the use of fascia iliaca block applied in ED, or even in a prehospital setting from doctors of various specialties, paramedics or nurses seems to gain acceptance because of its steep learning curve, the simple technique, the high success rate and the low rate of significant complications.

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Difficulties or failure in airway management are common factors leading to death and brain damage as a direct result of anesthesia. Prediction of the difficult airway enables the anesthetists to prepare for this challenging clinical scenario. Although the ability to predict accurately a difficult airway preoperatively would be of great value, it is evident from the literature that no single airway assessment can reliably predict a difficult airway. The purpose of this paper is to define the difficult airway and to review the current literature on methods used for prediction of difficult airway.

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The aim of this study was to compare the combination of oral tramadol and midazolam to oral midazolam alone, in children undergoing adenotonsillectomy, as an oral premedication, regarding also sedation and postoperative pain relief. Sixty children selected for elective adenotonsillectomy were enrolled in this randomized, controlled prospective study. Patients were randomly allocated into two groups. Group M (n=30) received 0.5 mg.kg-1 oral midazolam and group MT (n=30) received 0.2 mg.kg-1 oral midazolam with 1 mg.kg-1 oral tramadol as a premedication 30min preoperatively. Standard general anesthesia technique was used.

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This study was undertaken to evaluate the immediate postoperative complications in renal transplant recipients requiring Intensive Care Unit (ICU) admission. All renal transplant recipients with immediate post-transplantation complications (<1 week) admitted to our ICU from 1992 to 2012 were studied. Patients’ characteristics, transplant variables and prognosis were evaluated and data were analyzed to identify factors of outcome. Over the study period 13 men and 3 women, (26.2 % of renal transplant recipients requiring ICU admission) aged 45.4±10 years, were included in the study. APACHE II and SOFA scores on ICU admission were 17.8±4.6 and 8.4±3.6 respectively.

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Schwannomas, known also as neurilemmomas, are considered to be benign in the vast majority of cases. Originating from the schwan cells of the neural sheath of peripheral nerves, they usually develop in the head and neck. Involvement of the brachial plexus is relatively rare, with an incidence of 0.3–0.4/100,000 person per year1. Malignant transformation is extremely uncommon. Patients’ initial symptoms include pain, loss of function, numbness or a progressively growing mass in the supraclavicular region. Neglected cases regarding larger benign tumors may present with monoparesis of an upper limb2. Primary malignant schwannomas of the brachial plexus causing monoplegia are extremely infrequent and to the best of our knowledge very few cases have been published in the international literature.

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Intrathecal drug administration extends beyond the purposes of anaesthesia, to therapeutic applications. Here, we describe the case of a patient with severe Systemic Lupus Erythematosus having affected multiple organs and had a meningococcal infection. She was treated with intrathecal antibiotic therapy resulting in a successful outcome.

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