The comparison of epidural fentanyl, epidural lidocaine, and intravenous fentanyl in patients undergoing gastrectomy

I. Harukuni, H. Yamaguchi, S. Sato, H. Naito

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This study was conducted prospectively to compare the effect of epidural fentanyl (EP-F), epidural lidocaine (EP-L), and intravenous fentanyl (IV-F) on hemodynamic and hormonal responses to surgery and postoperative analgesic requirement in 30 patients undergoing gastrectomy during isoflurane anesthesia. An epidural catheter was placed via the T8-9 interspace. Group EP-F received fentanyl 2 μg/kg in 10 mL saline, and Group EP-L, 10 mL 1.5% lidocaine, epidurally; Group IV-F was given fentanyl, 2 μg/kg, IV. Fifty percent of the original dose was repeated every hour. Hemodynamic data and plasma hormonal levels were compared between those before and those at 1 h after skin incision. The total number of analgesic administrations within the first 48 h postoperatively were compared. Group EP-L developed more frequent episodes of hypotension. Group IV-F required higher isoflurane concentrations and the plasma epinephrine levels increased more than in Groups EP-F and EP- L. In Groups EP-L and IV-F, the plasma antidiuretic hormone (ADH) level increased more than in Group EP-F. In Groups EP-F and IV-F, the plasma cortisol and adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) levels increased more than in Group EP-L. The use of postoperative analgesics was significantly less in Group EP-F. In conclusion, in Group EP-F, attenuated hormonal responses to surgery was accompanied with less hypotension and postoperative analgesic requirements were reduced.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1169-1174
Number of pages6
JournalAnesthesia and analgesia
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1995
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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