• Anterior Mediastinal Mass in a Patient Requiring Lung Isolation

      Janardhanam, Ram; Patel, Vijay; Arthur, Mary E.; Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine; Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery (American Society of Anesthesiologists, 2010-10)
      A patient with an anterior mediastinal mass poses numerous challenges to an anesthesiologist, the major concerns being pulmonary or cardiac collapse on induction of anesthesia. Preoperative evaluation of the chest x-ray as well as the CT scan is valuable in assessing potential problems regarding management of this type of airway. An awake fiberoptic intubation is the preferred method of securing the airway.
    • Thrombolytic Therapy in a Patient with an Epidural Catheter

      Janardhanam, Ram; Mellinger, John D.; Hammonds, William D; Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine (American Society of Anesthesiologists, 2010-10)
      The ability to provide comfort and relieve pain during the postoperative period is a priority in the care of the surgical patient. Epidural anesthesia is widely used to manage postoperative pain. The epidural infusion of local anesthetics combined with opioids provides excellent pain relief. It also reduces intra- and postoperative narcotic requirements, leading to earlier mobilization and faster discharge. However, epidural analgesia carries risks for the patient. This presentation reports on the risk of treating a patient with thrombolytics while receiving epidural analgesia.