Low-dose S-ketamine and Dexmedetomidine in Combination With Opioids for Postoperative Analgesia

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  • participants needed
    200
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    Peking University First Hospital
Updated on 15 August 2022

Summary

Scoliosis correction surgery is followed with severe pain. Patients after scoliosis correction surgery usually require high dose opioids and long duration analgesia, which may increase side effects and even drug tolerance. S-ketamine is the pure dextrorotatory enantiomer of ketamine with stronger analgesic effect and less side effects, but mental side effects is a major concern. Dexmedetomidine can be used as an analgesic supplement; it also improves sleep quality in postoperative patients. We hypothesize that low-dose ketamine and dexmedetomidine in combination with opioids may have synergistic effect in analgesia and reduce drug-related side effects. This study aims to explore the effect of low-dose of S-ketamine and dexmedetomidine in combination with opioids for postoperative patient-controlled intravenous analgesia in patients following scoliosis correction surgery.

Description

Scoliosis correction surgery is followed with severe pain. The reported median pain score on the first day after surgery is median 7 (IQR 4, 8); with an incidence of persistent postoperative pain from 5% to 75%. Most patients undergoing this surgery are young and adolescents; they are sensitive to pain and usually require higher dose analgesics and a long duration analgesia. The total dose of opioids required for postoperative analgesia is about 2-4 times higher than that after other surgeries. But even with high dose opioids, the analgesic effect remains unsatisfied. Furthermore, high dose opioids may cause side effects such as respiratory depression, drowsiness, nausea, vomiting, skin itching, and even drug tolerance.

Ketamine is a noncompetitive N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor antagonist (NMDA) with analgesic and anti-hyperalgesia effects. It is widely used for anesthesia induction in critically ill patients, pediatric anesthesia and postoperative analgesia. The advantages of ketamine include mild influence on respiratory and circulatory function, and good analgesic effect. Recent guidelines recommends the use of low-dose ketamine infusion for postoperative analgesia in patients with moderate to severe pain, in order to reduce the consumption of opioids. S-ketamine is the pure dextrorotatory enantiomer of ketamine with stronger analgesic effect and lower incidence of adverse reactions.

Dexmedetomidine is a highly selective α2 receptor agonist with effects of antianxiety, sedation and analgesia. When used as a supplement, it improves analgesic effect, and reduces opioid consumption and opioid related adverse reactions. In the same time, dexmedetomidine activates the endogenous sleep pathway and improves sleep quality by prolonging total sleep time, increasing sleep efficiency, and promoting subjective sleep quality.

It is worthy to note that ketamine can produce adverse reactions such as agitation, delirium and anxiety, and increase the incidence of hallucinations and nightmares when the given dose is slightly higher; whereas the sedative effect of dexmedetomidine may help to reduce the adverse effects of ketamine. We hypothesize that low-dose ketamine and dexmedetomidine in combination with opioids may have synergistic effects in postoperative analgesia and reduce drug-related adverse reactions.

This study aims to explore the effect of low-dose of S-ketamine and dexmedetomidine in combination with opioids for postoperative patient-controlled intravenous analgesia in patients following scoliosis correction surgery.

Details
Condition Scoliosis Correction, Postoperative Analgesia, S-ketamine, Dexmedetomidine, Sufentanil
Treatment Dexmedetomidine, Sufentanil, S-ketamine
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT04791059
SponsorPeking University First Hospital
Last Modified on15 August 2022

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