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Efficacy of local dexmedetomidine add-on for spermatic cord block anesthesia in patients undergoing intrascrotal surgeries: randomized controlled multicenter clinical trial

Authors Hetta DF, Kamal EE, Mahran AM, Ahmed DG, Elawamy A, Abdelraouf AM

Received 1 July 2017

Accepted for publication 11 October 2017

Published 8 November 2017 Volume 2017:10 Pages 2621—2628


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Review by Single anonymous peer review

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Editor who approved publication: Dr E Alfonso Romero-Sandoval

Diab Fuad Hetta,1 Emad E Kamal,2 Ali M Mahran,2 Doaa G Ahmed,1 Abdelraheem Elawamy,3 Abdelraouf MS Abdelraouf3

1Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Management, South Egypt Cancer Institute, 2Department of Dermatology and Andrology, 3Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care, Faculty of Medicine, Assiut University, Assiut, Egypt

Study objective: The objective of this study was to evaluate the effect of adding dexmedetomidine (DEX) to bupivacaine on the quality of spermatic cord block anesthesia and postoperative analgesia.
Design: This is a randomized, double-blind study.
Setting: This study was performed in an educational and research hospital.
Patients: One hundred twenty adult males were scheduled for intrascrotal surgeries.
Interventions: Patients were divided into two groups: group B received 10 mL of bupivacaine 0.25% for spermatic cord block and intravenous 50 µg of DEX and group BD received 10 mL of bupivacaine 0.25% added to 50 µg of DEX (9.5 mL bupivacaine 0. 25% + 0.5 mL [50 µg] DEX) for spermatic cord block, and for masking purposes, the patients received isotonic saline intravenously.
Measurements: Time to first analgesic request, analgesic consumption, and visual analog scale (VAS) pain score in the first 24 hours postoperatively were assessed.
Main results: Time to first rescue analgesic was significantly delayed in group BD in comparison with group B, median (interquartile) range, 7 (6–12) hours versus 6 (5–7) hours, (p=0.000), the mean cumulative morphine consumption (mg) in the first postoperative 24 hours was significantly lower in group BD compared with group B, 8.13±4.45 versus 12.7±3.79, with a mean difference (95% CI) of −4.57 (−6.06 to −3.07) (p=0.000); also, there was a significant reduction of VAS pain score in group BD in comparison with group B at all measured time points, VAS 2 hours (1.28±0.9 vs 1.92±0.8), VAS 6 hours (2.62±1.5 vs 3.93±1.2), VAS 12 hours (2.40±1.1 vs 3.57±0.65), VAS 24 hours (1.90±0.68 vs 2.53±0.62) (p=0.000)
Conclusion: The addition of 50 µg of DEX to bupivacaine 0.25% in spermatic cord block for intrascrotal surgeries resulted in delay of first analgesic supplementation, reduction of postoperative analgesic consumption as well as improvement of the success rate of the block.

Keywords: dexmedetomidine, spermatic cord, intrascrotal surgery

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