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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 63  |  Issue : 8  |  Page : 623-628

Time course of psychomotor recovery after intravenous dexmedetomidine infusion as a part of balanced anaesthetic technique: A randomised, double-blind study

Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care, Jawaharlal Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and Research, Puducherry, India

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Dr. Satyen Parida
Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care, Jawaharlal Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and Research, Puducherry
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ija.IJA_192_19

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Background and Aims: Dexmedetomidine is a drug that is being widely used as an adjuvant to anaesthesia because of its unique pharmacodynamic and pharmacokinetic properties. We aimed to assess the recovery of psychomotor function from balanced anaesthesia including intravenous dexmedetomidine infusion as adjunct. Methods: Ninety American Society of Anesthesiologists I and II patients were randomised to group D (n = 45), to receive 1 μg/kg of dexmedetomidine loading dose over 10 min, with maintenance infusion of 0.5 μg/kg/h, and group S (n = 45), to receive an equal volume of 0.9% normal saline. Objective parameters were recovery of psychomotor function assessed by Trieger dot test (TDT), digit symbol substitution test (DSST) and intraoperative opioid requirement. the total fentanyl used intraoperatively in the two groups. Statistical analysis was performed using unpaired Student's t-test, Chi-squareor Fisher's exact test. Results: Psychomotor recovery assessed by TDT showed statistically significant early recovery in group D compared with group S. This was seen in the maximum distance of dots missed at 30 min, 60 min, 90 min and 120 min as well as in the average distance of dots missed at identical time points. Similarly, DSST revealed early recovery at 30 min (12.4 ± 5.3 vs. 10.4 ± 3.9 P = 0.04) postoperative interval but not at other time intervals. There was significant decrease in the intraoperative opioid requirement in group D compared with group S. Conclusion: The addition of dexmedetomidine to balanced anaesthetic technique significantly hastened the psychomotor recovery compared with placebo.

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