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Does Preprocedural Ultrasound Increase the First-Pass Success Rate of Epidural Catheterization Before Cesarean Delivery? A Randomized Controlled Trial

Abdelkhalek, M., Atallah, M.M., Allakkany, N.S., Elkharboutly, W.S., Tawfik, M.M.
(Anesth Analg. 2017;124(3):851–856) Studies regarding the use of preprocedural ultrasound for epidural catheterization are largely unblinded and differ greatly in design, expertise of the operator, performance of epidural technique, and primary outcomes. To address this inconsistency, the authors of the present study compared preprocedural ultrasound with conventional palpation for epidural catheterization performed by a single experienced anesthesiologist as a component of double-interspace combined spinal-epidural anesthesia for cesarean delivery.
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