|Year : 2013 | Volume
| Issue : 1 | Page : 39-43
Efficacy and safety of dexmedetomidine as an additive to local anesthetics in peribulbar block for cataract surgery
Shivakumar M Channabasappa1, Vijaya R Shetty2, Shruthi K Dharmappa3, Jahanabi Sarma1
1 Department of Anaesthesiology, KVG Medical College and Hospital, Karnataka, India
2 Department of Ophthalmology, KVG Medical College and Hospital, Karnataka, India
3 Department of Oral Pathology, Sharavathi Dental College, Karnataka, India
|Date of Web Publication||26-Jun-2013|
Shivakumar M Channabasappa
Department of Anaesthesiology, SSS Mansion, 3rd Cross, Basaveshwara Nagar, Shimoga, Karnataka
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
| Abstract|| |
Background and Objectives: We evaluated the effect of adding dexmedetomidine to lidocaine and bupivacaine for peribulbar block in two different doses. The primary endpoints were the onset and duration of corneal anesthesia, globe akinesia, and duration of analgesia.
Materials and Methods: A randomized controlled clinical trial was conducted on 90 ASA I-II patients scheduled for elective cataract surgery under peribulbar anesthesia. Patients were randomly allocated to one of three groups of 30 each; group C (control) received 3 ml of 2% lidocaine with 3 ml of 0.5% bupivacaine; group D 50 received 3 ml of 2% lidocaine with 3 ml of 0.5% bupivacaine and 50 ug of dexmedetomidine; and group D 25 received 3 ml of 2% lidocaine with 3 ml of 0.5% bupivacaine and 25 μg of dexmedetomidine.
Results: The onset of corneal anesthesia and globe akinesia was significantly shorter in group D 50 ( P < 0.001) as compared to group C; however, in Group D 25 onset of corneal anesthesia was significantly faster, but not onset of globe akinesia ( P = 0.45). The duration of corneal anesthesia and globe akinesia was significantly longer ( P < 0.001) in both Group D 50 and Group D 25 in comparison to Group C. Decrease in IOP was observed in both group D 50 and group D 25 at 5 minutes and 10 minutes following peribulbar block which was significant ( P < 0.05) compared to group C.
Conclusion: Addition of dexmedetomidine to lidocaine and bupivacaine in peribulbar block shortens the onset time and prolongs the duration of the block and postoperative analgesia. It also provides sedation which enables full cooperation and potentially better operating conditions.
Keywords: Cataract surgery, dexmedetomidine, peribulbar block
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Channabasappa SM, Shetty VR, Dharmappa SK, Sarma J. Efficacy and safety of dexmedetomidine as an additive to local anesthetics in peribulbar block for cataract surgery. Anesth Essays Res 2013;7:39-43
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Channabasappa SM, Shetty VR, Dharmappa SK, Sarma J. Efficacy and safety of dexmedetomidine as an additive to local anesthetics in peribulbar block for cataract surgery. Anesth Essays Res [serial online] 2013 [cited 2020 May 25];7:39-43. Available from: http://www.aeronline.org/text.asp?2013/7/1/39/113987
| Introduction|| |
Peribulbar block is commonly used for cataract surgery in adults,  most commonly local anesthetics were injected into peribulbar space, but using only local anesthetics for peribulbar anesthesia is associated with delayed onset of globe akinesia and corneal anesthesia,  short duration of analgesia and frequent need of block supplementation.  To decrease the time of onset of action and increase the duration of analgesia, many additives ,,,, such as clonidine, hyluronidase, sodium bicarbonate and adrenaline were added to local anesthetics with limited success.
Dexmedetomidine is centrally acting highly specific α2 -agonist commonly used as sedative, preemptive analgesic  and to maintain stable hemodynamics in laparoscopic surgeries.  It also has been used has additives to local anesthetics in peripheral nerve block, brachial plexus block  and subarachnoid anesthesia, but none of the studies has been shown the effect of dexmedetomidine on peribulbar block for cataract surgery.
We therefore conducted a prospective, randomized control, double-blinded study to evaluate efficacy of dexmedetomidine on peribulbar anesthesia performed with either mixture of 0.5% bupivacaine and 2% lidocaine or 0.5% bupivacaine and 2% lidocaine with different doses of dexmedetomidine for cataract surgery.
| Materials and Methods|| |
After local ethical committee approval and obtaining informed consent from patients, 90 American Society of Anaesthesiology (ASA) physical status I or II patients of either sex, aged 18-80 years scheduled for elective cataract surgeries under peribulbar block were prospectively enrolled in this study.
Patients with history of hypersensitivity to study drugs, significant cardiovascular disease (second [Mobitz II type] or third degree heart block, congestive heart failure, chronic heart failure (New York heart association [NYHA] III-IV), symptomatic coronary artery disease), uncontrolled hypertension, (body mass index [BMI]>35), uncontrolled diabetes (blood sugar >250 recorded in last 30 days or HbA1c >7.5%), chronic clonidine therapy, hepatic impairment (CHILD B or higher), renal impairment, ongoing drug or alcohol abuse, coagulopathy and pregnancy were excluded from study. Details of the anesthetic technique and study protocol were explained to the patients at the preoperative visit. Patients were not premedicated. No topical anesthetic or IV sedative medications were used before or during the block.
Using a computer-generated list, the subjects were randomly and evenly assigned into three groups (n_30): C, D 50 , and D 25 . All healthcare personnel providing direct patient care, and the subjects were blinded to the "study drugs" injected. All medications were prepared by anesthesiologists not participating in the study except for preparing the drugs. They received and kept the computer-generated table of random numbers according to which random group assignment was performed. According to the randomizing table, the drug to be injected in the peribulbar block was prepared in 10-ml syringes to equal volume of 6.5 ml in all three groups and labelled indicating only the serial number of the patient.
Standard monitoring consisting of intermittent noninvasive blood pressure, continuous electrocardiogram, heart rate, and pulse oximetry by Mindray Beneview T8 (Mindray Medical International Limited) were recorded. Hemodynamic variables were recorded every 5 min until completion of surgery.
The peribulbar block was performed by one of two authors (VRS and SMC) with substantial expertise in regional anesthesia for ophthalmic surgery.
Peribulbar block was performed using 26-G, 13-mm short bevelled needle; the needle was inserted through the conjunctiva as far laterally as possible in the inferotemporal quadrant. Once the needle is under the globe, it was directed along the orbital floor, passing the globe's equator to a depth controlled by observing the needle/hub junction reach the plane of the iris. 3.5 ml of "study drug" was injected slowly; in the same way other 3 ml of "study drug" was injected at 2 mm medial and inferior to supra-orbital notch.  Gentle ocular massage was applied to eyeball to promote the spread of local anesthetic and to decrease the intraocular pressure (IOP), at the same time IOP was measured using indentation tonometry at 5 min before injection and 1, 5 and 10 minutes after injection. Corneal sensation was evaluated using cotton wick at every 30 seconds till the onset of anesthesia and every 15 minutes till recovery. Ocular movement was evaluated at 2-minute interval in all four directions using 3-point scale. 0-complete akinesia, 1-limited movement, 2- normal movement.  Time for adequate conditions to start the surgery was defined as presence of corneal anesthesia together with the total ocular movement score ≤1 and eyelid squeezing score of 0. If a block is inadequate for more than 10 min after injection of "study drug", additional injection with 2 ml of lidocaine 2% injected inferotemporally.
- Group-C patients received peribulbar anesthesia using a mixture of 3 ml of 2% lidocaine, 3 ml of 0.5% bupivacaine and 0.5 ml of normal saline.
- Group D 50 patients received peribulbar anesthesia using a mixture of 3 ml of 2% lidocaine, 3 ml of 0.5% bupivacaine and 50 μg of dexmedetomidine (50 μg in 0.5-ml saline).
- Group D 25 patients received peribulbar anesthesia using a mixture of 3 ml of 2% lidocaine, 3 ml of 0.5% bupivacaine and 25 μg of dexmedetomidine (25 μg in 0.5 ml saline). Each patient received total volume of 6.5 ml.
Sedation levels were assessed with modified Ramsay sedation scale (1-Anxious and agitated or restless or both, 2-Cooperative, oriented, and tranquil, 3-Responds to commands only, 4-Brisk response to light glabellar tap or loud auditory stimulus, 5-No response to light glabellar tap or loud auditory stimulus) at every 10 minutes during surgery and every 30 minutes in first 2 hours.
Duration sensory and motor block was assessed by onset of pain and recovery of eyeball movement respectively. At the same time on the first postoperative day, the following variables were also recorded: Degree of pain (by using a 5-points verbal rating score: 0-no pain, 1-mild pain, 2-moderate pain, 3-severe pain, 4-unbearable pain). The pain was assessed at the end of surgery and every 60 mins up to 2 h and then at 6 h and 24 h. A tablet of paracetamol 500 mg was given if a verbal rating scale score was ≥2. The time of first request for analgesic and total analgesic requirement in 24 hrs was recorded.
To calculate the required study size, we took into account the results of a previous pilot study with 15 patients per group (unpublished observations). Accepting a one-tailed α-error of 5%, a β error of 5% and power of 90%.  Based on these calculations, the required study size was 30 patients per group.
Statistical analysis was performed using the program GraphPad prism software package v. 5 (GraphPad Inc., CA, USA). Numerical variables were presented as mean and standard deviation (SD) and categorical variables were presented as frequency (%). One-way ANOVA was used for between-group comparisons of numerical variables, if its assumptions were fulfilled, otherwise for nonparametric, the Kruskal-Wallis test was used. Tukey's HSD test or the Mann-Whitney test was used, whenever appropriate, as post-hoc tests. χ2 test was used for between-group comparisons between categorical variables. A P value of ≤0.05 was considered statistically significant.
| Results|| |
Patient characteristics and duration of surgery were similar in all three groups [Table 1]. No differences in baseline hemodynamic variables, IOP and peripheral SpO 2 were reported between the three groups (data not presented). The incidence of successful block was also comparable in all the groups. In Group D 50 , intraoperative mean heart rate was found to be lower up to 60 th min (P0 = 0. 032) and arterial pressure lower up to 30 th min (P = 0.049). One dose of atropine (0.3 mg) was needed in six patients in Group D 50 . However, there was no need to administer ephedrine to any patients.
The onset of corneal anesthesia and globe akinesia was significantly shorter in group D 50 (P < 0.001) as compared to group C but in Group D 25 onset of corneal anesthesia was significantly faster but not globe akinesia (P = 0.45) as compared to Group C. The duration of corneal anesthesia and globe akinesia was significantly higher ( P < 0.001) in both Group D 50 and Group D 25 in compared to Group C [Table 2].
Resolution of motor blockade required >6 h in 24 patients in the group D 50 (80%) and 20 patients in the group D 25 ( 66%) as compared to 14 patients in Group C (47%). Duration of postoperative analgesia was longer in Group D 50 ( P < 0.001) and group D 25 ( P < 0.001) in comparing to Group C. These patients also required significantly ( P < 0.001) smaller doses of rescue analgesic during 24 hours [Table 3]. The number of patients with no pain was always higher in the group D 50 ( 1 h: 29 [96%]; 6 h: 28 [93%]; 24 h: 26 [86%]) and group D 25 ( 1 h: 26 [93%]; 6 h: 22 [73%]; 24 h: 23 [76%]) than in the group C (1 h: 18 [60%]; 6 h: 12 [40%]; 24 h: 17 [56%]) [Figure 1]. During the first day after surgery 17 patients in Group C (56%), 26 patients in the group D 50 ( 86%), 24 patients in the group D 25 ( 66%) did not require pain medication; this difference statistical significant ( P < 0.0001, P < 0.0001).
IOP was increased significantly ( P < 0.001) in group C at 1 minute after injection as compared to group D 50 and D 25 where an increase in IOP was minimal and not statistically significant ( P = 0.21 /P = 0.17). Decrease in IOP was observed in both group D 50 and group D 25 at 5 and 10 minutes following peribulbar block which was significant ( P < 0.05). However, in group C IOP was significantly above the baseline both at 5 and 10 minutes following injection [Table 4], [Figure 2].
|Figure 1: 5 point Verbal rating scale score measured 1, 6, and 24 h after surgery in patients receiving peribulbar anaesthesia in Group-C (n-30), Group D50 (n-30) and Group D25 (n-30)|
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|Figure 2: Graphical representation of intraocular pressure changes during first 10 minutes after peribulbar injection. Data presented as mean IOP (mmHg). Decrease in IOP was observed in both group D50 and group D25 at 5 minutes and 10 minutes following peribulbar block which was significant (P<0.05)|
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Mean Ramsay sedation score (RSS) in group D 50 was significantly higher than both group C and group D 25 till first 60 minutes after injection. However, in Group D 25 RSS scores were higher than group C till first 20 minutes after injection [Figure 3].
|Figure 3: Graphical presentation of Ramsay sedation score during first 120 minutes. Sedation scores in Group D50 were significantly higher between 10 to 60 minutes as compared to control group. In group D25 sedation scores were higher than control group till first 20 minutes|
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| Discussion|| |
In this study, we demonstrated that in patients undergoing peribulbar anesthesia for cataract surgery, dexmedetomidine, added to local anesthetics in two different doses, shortens corneal anesthesia and globe akinesia onset time and extends block duration.
In peribulbar anesthesia, though it has been demonstrated in some studies that clonidine added to local anesthetics extended the duration of anesthesia and increased the quality of the block,  in their study with 1.5-μg/kg clonidine to Mepivacaine 3%-Hyaluronidase solution, Hala M et al.,  reported that there was no significant difference regarding sensory and motor block onset time. However, in this study we found that the onset of sensory and motor block period was shorter in the dexmedetomidine group than in group without dexmedetomidine.
The mechanism by which α2 -adregenic receptor agonist produces analgesia and sedation is not fully understood but is likely to be multifactorial. Peripherally, α2 -agonist produces analgesia by reducing the release of norepinephrine and causing α2 -receptor-independent inhibitor effect on nerve fiber action potential. Centrally, α2 -agonists produce analgesia and sedation by inhibition of substance P release in the nociceptive pathway at the level of the dorsal root neuron and by activation of α2 -adrenoreceptor in the locus coeruleus. ,
There is a significant decrease in the IOP in the dexmedetomidine groups in our study. Madan R et al. found the similar result when added Clonidine to Lidocaine in cataract surgery done by peribulbar block.
The effect of dexmedetomidine on the IOP may be due to its direct vasoconstrictor effect on the afferent blood vessels of the ciliary body leading to reduction of aqueous humor production.  It may also facilitate the drainage of aqueous humor by reducing sympathetically mediated vasomotor tone of the ocular drainage system.  Finally, the hemodynamic effect of dexmedetomidine can be responsible for reduction of IOP. 
This study demonstrates that addition of local anesthetic with dexmedetomidine provides sedation effectively without causing respiratory depression. Dexmedetomidine sedation enables full cooperation and potentially better operating conditions without significant respiratory depression. 
| Conclusions|| |
Dexmedetomidine is a useful drug in combination with bupivacaine and lidocaine in peribulbar anesthesia, as it shortens sensory and motor block onset time, extends motor and sensory block durations, extends the analgesia period, significantly decreases the IOP and provides sedation which enables full cooperation and potentially better operating conditions.
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