intrathecal analgesia


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intrathecal analgesia

The injection of pain-relieving medications into the subarachnoid space. It is used to control severe pain, e.g., the pain of vertebral compression fracture or metastatic bone disease.
Synonym: intrathecal anesthesia
See also: analgesia
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However, the incidence of mild pruritus was significantly higher in the intrathecal analgesia group (Table 4).
Our study is novel as we compared the safety and efficacy of intrathecal analgesia with morphine and bupivacaine combined with relaxant general anaesthesia and controlled ventilation, without use of anaesthesia workstation, anaesthetic gases and inhalation agents as opposed to a traditional anaesthetic protocol for major abdominal surgery.
Intrathecal analgesia with morphine-bupivacaine combined with relaxant general anaesthesia and intravenous midazolam in a simulated resource poor setting (without anaesthesia workstation, nitrous oxide and volatile agent) is safe for a wide range of major abdominal surgery.
Because there is no motor blockade, intrathecal analgesia does not interfere with the mechanisms of labor or delivery.
Intrathecal analgesia may be an ideal pain management option in situations where epidural anesthesia is not available.
Major complications are rare with intrathecal analgesia.
Urinary retention can also occur after intrathecal analgesia, and should be treated with intermittent catheterization as needed.
Intrathecal analgesia is very effective for this type of pain.