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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 58  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 496-497  

Role of dexmedetomidine and sevoflurane in the intraoperative management of patient undergoing resection of phaeochromocytoma

1 Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Raipur, Chhattisgarh, India
2 Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care, Nizam's Institute of Medical Sciences, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India

Date of Web Publication17-Aug-2014

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Monica Khetarpal
Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Raipur, Chhattisgarh
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0019-5049.139028

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Khetarpal M, Yadav M, Kulkarni D, Gopinath R. Role of dexmedetomidine and sevoflurane in the intraoperative management of patient undergoing resection of phaeochromocytoma. Indian J Anaesth 2014;58:496-7

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Khetarpal M, Yadav M, Kulkarni D, Gopinath R. Role of dexmedetomidine and sevoflurane in the intraoperative management of patient undergoing resection of phaeochromocytoma. Indian J Anaesth [serial online] 2014 [cited 2021 Aug 3];58:496-7. Available from: https://www.ijaweb.org/text.asp?2014/58/4/496/139028


In phaeochromocytoma surgery, dexmedetomidine and sevoflurane could be useful agents in minimising episodes of abrupt arterial hypertension expected during intubation of trachea and manipulation of the tumour. Pharmacological properties of dexmedetomidine and sevoflurane are suitable for maintenance of haemodynamic stability. We report anaesthetic management of a case of phaeochromocytoma resection using combination of dexmedetomidine and sevoflurane.

The patient received phenoxybenzamine and atenolol for 2 weeks before surgery. Preoperatively adequate fluids were given to the patient to restore plasma volume. On arrival in the operating room, invasive arterial pressure recorded through an intraarterial line in the left radial artery was 126/70 mm Hg. In the operating room loading dose of dexmedetomidine 1 μg/kg was given over 10 min followed by continuous infusion of 0.5 μg/kg/h. General anaesthesia was induced with fentanyl 100 μg, propofol 100 mg, continuous infusion of dexmedetomidine, sevoflurane 2% and vecuronium 8 mg. The intraoperative monitoring consisted of electrocardiography, heart rate (HR), pulse oximeter, end tidal CO 2 , invasive blood pressure (BP), central venous pressure (CVP), urine output, arterial blood gases and glucose. Maintenance of anaesthesia was done with 2-5% sevoflurane in oxygen-nitrous mixture and infusion of dexmedetomidine. Intubation of trachea was smoothly performed. However during manipulation of tumour, BP and HR increased abruptly. These changes were controlled by increasing the concentration of sevoflurane to 5%. When BP returned to the baseline value, the concentration of sevoflurane was decreased to 2%. After the ligation of adrenal vein BP dropped to 70/36 mm Hg which improved by decreasing the concentration of sevoflurane and administration of fluids. CVP was maintained around 10-12 mm Hg. The patient was extubated uneventfully 15 min after the completion of the surgery and was shifted to intensive care unit for monitoring.

Anaesthetic management of phaeochromocytoma is extremely challenging for the anaesthesiologists due to severe episodic hypertension during intubation and manipulation of the tumour necessitating the use of hypotensive agents. Preoperative α blockage, intraoperative vasodilators and increasing the depth of anaesthesia are the measures taken to prevent wide swings in haemodynamic changes. Dexmedetomidine is a selective α2-adrenoceptor agonist and has sedative and analgesic properties. The decreased BP and HR are attributed to the low catecholamine level. It has been reported that perioperative use of dexmedetomidine provides a steady haemodynamic course and blunts fluctuations at stressful moments like intubation and extubation [1] and has been described for pheochromocytoma. [2],[3]

In another study dexmedetomidine administered 15 min before the induction of anaesthesia attenuated the haemodynamic responses to laryngoscopy and endotracheal intubation and diminished the isoflurane requirements during abdominal hysterectomy. [4]

Kallio et al. [5] showed that dexmedetomidine caused a dose dependent decrease in arterial BP and HR and decline in plasma level of norepinephrine. In order to blunt the intubation stress, we administered a loading dose of dexmedetomidine of 1 μg/kg before induction and the patient remained haemodynamically stable. After the loading dose, the infusion was maintained at 0.5 μg/kg/h. However during manipulation of tumour, BP and HR abruptly increased. These changes were controlled by increasing the concentration of sevoflurane. The low solubility of sevoflurane in blood and fat indicates that it is an anaesthetic agent with which the anaesthetic level may be rapidly altered and controlled. In our case, the intraoperative hypotensive or hypertensive events have been rapidly controlled, most often only by adjustment of the concentration of sevoflurane. Similar results were obtained by Doi and Ikeda [6] and Tanaka et al. [7] had reported that the combination of continuous epidural block and sevoflurane anaesthesia was very useful for removal of phaeochromocytoma.

In summary, we describe the management of patient of phaeochromocytoma in which the combination of dexmedetomidine and sevoflurane was very effective to control hypertensive surges in the patients who are adequately prepared preoperatively.

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1.Talke P, Chen R, Thomas B, Aggarwall A, Gottlieb A, Thorborg P, et al. The hemodynamic and adrenergic effects of perioperative dexmedetomidine infusion after vascular surgery. Anesth Analg 2000;90:834-9.  Back to cited text no. 1
2.Wong AY, Cheung CW. Dexmedetomidine for resection of a large phaeochromocytoma with invasion into the inferior vena cava. Br J Anaesth 2004;93:873.  Back to cited text no. 2
3.Bryskin R, Weldon BC. Dexmedetomidine and magnesium sulfate in the perioperative management of a child undergoing laparoscopic resection of bilateral pheochromocytomas. J Clin Anesth 2010;22:126-9.  Back to cited text no. 3
4.Aho M, Lehtinen AM, Erkola O, Kallio A, Korttila K. The effect of intravenously administered dexmedetomidine on perioperative hemodynamics and isoflurane requirements in patients undergoing abdominal hysterectomy. Anesthesiology 1991;74:997-1002.  Back to cited text no. 4
5.Kallio A, Scheinin M, Koulu M, Ponkilainen R, Ruskoaho H, Viinamäki O, et al. Effects of dexmedetomidine, a selective alpha 2-adrenoceptor agonist, on hemodynamic control mechanisms. Clin Pharmacol Ther 1989;46:33-42.  Back to cited text no. 5
6.Doi M, Ikeda K. Sevoflurane anesthesia with adenosine triphosphate for resection of pheochromocytoma. Anesthesiology 1989;70:360-3.  Back to cited text no. 6
7.Tanaka S, Miyabe M, Ohyama I, Seki S, Tsukamoto T, Namiki A. Sevoflurane with continuous epidural anesthesia for removal of pheochromocytoma. Masui 1991;40:1261-4.  Back to cited text no. 7


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