Transcutaneous Electrical Acupoint Stimulation (TEAS) on Prevention Hypotension in Elderly

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    Konya Meram State Hospital
Updated on 14 May 2022
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Despite prophylactic measures, hypotension remains a common side-effect of spinal anesthesia. Electroacupuncture influences hemodynamics. We hypothesized that transcutaneous electrical acupuncture point stimulation (TEAS) at traditionally used acupuncture points would reduce the severity of hypotension after spinal anesthesia in geriatric patients undergoing hernia surgery.


After obtaining written informed patient consent, 60 geriatric patients undergoing hernia surgery under spinal anesthesia were randomized into two groups. In the placebo TEAS group, the gel electrodes will be applied at the same anatomical points without stimulation. The acupoint group will receive TEAS at the PC-5, PC-6, and ST-36 points bilaterally before the spinal anesthesia. The spinal anesthesia will be performed using 12.5 mg 0.5% bupivacaine was from the L3-4 or L4-5 interval with a 25G Quincke spinal needle. Hemodynamic data will be followed every five minutes.

Condition Hypotension
Treatment Transcutaneous Electrical Acupoint Stimulation
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT05272033
SponsorKonya Meram State Hospital
Last Modified on14 May 2022


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Inclusion Criteria

ASA I-III patients aged 65 years and older who are scheduled for inguinal hernia repair

Exclusion Criteria

Patients with neurological or psychological diseases
Patients who have been treated with TEAS or acupuncture before
Patients with heart failure and pace-maker
Those who have a local infection in the TEAS area
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