• Br J Anaesth · Sep 2006

    Randomized Controlled Trial Comparative Study

    The effect of epidural sufentanil in ropivacaine on urinary retention in patients undergoing gastrectomy.

    • J Y Kim, S J Lee, B N Koo, S H Noh, H K Kil, H S Kim, and S Y Ban.
    • Department of Anaesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Gachon Medical School Gil Medical Center Incheon, South Korea.
    • Br J Anaesth. 2006 Sep 1;97(3):414-8.

    BackgroundAlthough epidural opioids have excellent analgesic property, their side-effects limit its use in patient-controlled epidural analgesia (PCEA). This study was designed to compare side-effects of epidural sufentanil in ropivacaine with that of morphine in ropivacaine focusing on lower urinary tract function after major abdominal surgery.MethodsIn total 60 patients undergoing gastrectomy were randomly allocated to receive either sufentanil in ropivacaine (Group S, n=30) or morphine in ropivacaine (Group M, n=30) for their PCEA. Epidural catheter was inserted between the 7th and 8th thoracic spine. Visual analogue pain score and side-effects such as nausea, vomiting, pruritus, hypotension and urinary retention were evaluated during postoperative days (PODs) 1 and 2 in the postanaesthetic care unit.ResultsThe incidence of serious to major micturition problem in Group S was lower than that in Group M (P<0.001). The incidence of pruritus, nausea and vomiting was also lower in Group S than in Group M on POD 1.ConclusionsThe lower incidence of major/serious micturition problem in patients receiving sufentanil in ropivacaine thoracic epidural analgesia suggests that continuation of urinary drainage may not be necessary from POD 1 onwards.

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