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Online ISSN 1827-1596
Alemanno F. 1, Ghisi D. 2, Fanelli A. 2, Faliva A. 3, Pergolotti B. 3, Bizzarri F. 3, Fanelli G. 3
1 Department of Anesthesia and Pain Therapy, Ospedale San Camillo, Brescia, Italy;
2 Department of Anesthesia and Pain Therapy; Istituti Ospitalieri di Cremonaz Cremona, Italy;
3 Department of Anesthesia, Intensive Care and Pain Therapy; Ospedale Maggiore di Parma, Parma, Italy
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of tramadol as an adjuvant to the local anaesthetic solution in patients undergoing shoulder arthroscopy for rotator cuff tear after middle interscalene block (MIB).
METHODS: We enrolled 120 patients (ASA I-II), scheduled for arthroscopic surgery for rotator cuff tear. The patients were sedated with midazolam 0.02 mg/kg and haloperidol 2 mg i.v. before performing MIB. All subjects underwent a MIB with 0.4 mL/kg of 0.5% levobupivacaine. After computerized randomization, all patients were allocated in 1 of 3 groups, each including 40 subjects. Group Placebo (Group P) received 0.4 mL/kg of 0.5% levobupivacaine plus isotonic sodium chloride for MIB and isotonic sodium chloride i.m. Group “Perineural Tramadol” (Group TPN) received 0.4 ml/Kg of 0.5% levobupivacaine plus 1.5 mg/kg of tramadol perineurally and isotonic sodium chloride i.m. Group “Intramuscular Tramadol” (Group TIM) received 0.4 ml/Kg of 0.5% levobupivacaine plus isotonic sodium chloride perineurally and 1.5 mg/kg of tramadol i.m.
RESULTS: The MIB onset times were not statistically different in the three groups. The duration of analgesia was significantly longer in Groups TPN and TIM, where tramadol was administered, either i.m. or perineurally, compared with the placebo group. A significant statistical difference was found in the duration of analgesia between the group TPN and TIM.
CONCLUSON:The addition of tramadol to the local anaesthetic solution administered for MIB provided a longer duration of analgesia compared with placebo and i.m tramadol administration in patients undergoing arthroscopic surgery for rotator cuff tear.