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Ultrasound-guided bilateral superficial cervical plexus block is more effective than landmark technique for reducing pain from thyroidectomy

Authors Senapathi TGA, Widnyana IMG, Aribawa IGNM, Wiryana M, Sinardja IK, Nada IKW, Jaya AAGPS, Putra IGKS

Received 29 March 2017

Accepted for publication 23 June 2017

Published 14 July 2017 Volume 2017:10 Pages 1619—1622


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Editor who approved publication: Dr E Alfonso Romero-Sandoval

Tjokorda Gde Agung Senapathi, I Made Gede Widnyana, I Gusti Ngurah Mahaalit Aribawa, Made Wiryana, I Ketut Sinardja, I Ketut Wibawa Nada, AA Gde Putra Semara Jaya, I Gede Koko Swadharma Putra

Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care, Sanglah Hospital, Faculty of Medicine, Udayana University, Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia

Purpose: Thyroidectomy causes postoperative pain and patient discomfort. Bilateral superficial cervical plexus block is a regional anesthesia technique that can provide analgesia during and after surgery. This study aims to compare the effectiveness of ultrasound (US)-guided versus landmark (LM) technique for bilateral superficial cervical plexus block in thyroidectomy.
Patients and methods:
Thirty-six patients undergoing thyroidectomy were divided into two groups randomly (n=18); either US-guided (US group) or LM technique (LM group) for bilateral superficial cervical plexus block. Patient-controlled analgesia was used to control postoperative pain. Intraoperative opioid rescue, postoperative visual analog scale (VAS) score and opioid consumption were measured.
The number of patients who required intraoperative opioid rescue was significantly lower in the US group (p≤0.05). There was no significant difference in postoperative VAS score at 3 hours (p>0.05), but postoperative VAS score at 6 and 24 hours was significantly lower in the US group (p≤0.05). Twenty-four hour postoperative opioid consumption was significantly lower in the US group (p≤0.05).
Ultrasound-guided bilateral superficial cervical plexus block is more effective in reducing pain both intra- and postoperatively compared with landmark technique in patients undergoing thyroidectomy.

peripheral nerve block, superficial cervical plexus block, ultrasound-guided, pain, thyroidectomy

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