COMPARATIVE STUDY
JOURNAL ARTICLE
RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL

Effectiveness of perioperative bupivacaine infiltration in tonsillectomy patients

Stilianos E Kountakis
American Journal of Otolaryngology 2002, 23 (2): 76-80
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PURPOSE: To determine the effectiveness of perioperative local anesthesia in tonsillectomy patients.

DESIGN: Two-group prospective, blinded, randomized study. Patients in one group received a local infiltration of 10 mL 0.5% bupivacaine solution, and in the other group they were infiltrated with 10 mL of normal saline.

RESULTS: Thirty-four adults agreed to participate in the study over a 2-year period, with 20 patients returning completed questionnaire forms. Regarding pain intensity over a 10-day period, oral analgesic use after surgery, and oral intake after surgery, there were no differences between the two groups, with P values of .25, .32, and .34, respectively.

CONCLUSION: The effect of perioperative local marcain infiltration in tonsillectomy patients was similar to placebo.

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