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Comparison of General Anaesthesia and Spinal Anaesthesia for Caesarean Section in Antigua and Barbuda

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330–3
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A comparison of general anaesthesia versus regional anaesthesia for Caesarean section reveals that both techniques are safe. Spinal anaesthesia is associated with significantly less blood loss, fewer transfusions, better Apgar scores and with insignificant trends toward shorter hospital stay, fewer neonatal care unit admissions, fewer perinatal deaths but more frequent postoperative infection.

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e-Published: 03 Jul, 2013

Anaesthesia for Operative Deliveries at the University Hospital of the West Indies: A Change of Practice

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187–191
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In 1996, more than 90% of the Caesarean sections at the University Hospital of the West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica, were being done under general anaesthesia. By 2001, more than 80% of the Caesarean sections were done under spinal anaesthesia.

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e-Published: 05 Jun, 2013

Which Anaesthesia should be Recommended for Prostate Biopsy?

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135–38
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Transrectal ultrasound guided prostate biopsies are routinely performed by most urologists. In this trial, the efficacy of the administration of lidocaine gel intrarectally and the lidocaine periprostatic infiltration are compared for this procedure. Rectal administration of lidocaine gel is safe, simple and effective.

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Objective: Although transrectal ultrasound-guided prostatic biopsies are associated with significant discomfort and pain, most urologists do not use any kind of anaesthesia. We therefore compared the efficacy of two local anaesthetics, namely, the rectal administration of lidocaine gel and lidocaine periprostatic infiltration prior to biopsies.

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e-Published: 05 Jun, 2013
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