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Indian Journal of Anesthesia and Analgesia

Volume  5, Issue 12, December 2018, Pages 2094-2097


Original Article

Comparison of 0.5% Bupivacaine and Dexamethasone with 0.75% Ropivacaine and Dexamethasone in Peribulbar Block for Small Incision Cataract Surgery: A Prospective Randomized Study
Arun Kumar1, Nishant Agrawal2, Shantala Arun Kumar3
1Professor and Head of Department 2Post Graduate, Department of Anaesthesia 3Professor and Head of Department of Ophthalmology, S.S. Institute of Medical Science and Research Centre, Davangere, Karnataka 577005,
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  Objective: To compare the anaesthetic efficacy and postoperative analgesia of 0.75% ropivacaine and 2mg dexamethasone with 0.5% bupivacaine and 2mg dexamethasone in peribulbar block for patients undergoing small incision cataract surgery. Methods: 50 patients were divided into 2 groups of 25 each and were randomized to receive peribulbar anaesthesia using 0.5% bupivacaine and 2mg dexamethasone in group I and 0.75% ropivacaine and 2mg dexamethasone in group II. The patients were compared for the duration of akinesia and postoperative analgesia. Results: Akinesia was achieved slower in group I (14.12±2.99 mins) when compared to group II (8.24± 1.05 mins) which was statistically significant. Group I showed significantly longer postoperative akinesia (2.52±0.51 hours) than group II (0.77±0.12 hours). Also the VAS scores were significantly lower at 1 hour in group I (2.94±0.54) when compared to group II (4.96±0.89). Conclusion: Ropivacaine and dexamethasone showed faster onset of akinesia but bupivacaine and dexamethasone showed prolonged postoperative akinesia, better postoperative analgesia and prolonged time to first recue analgesic. 

Keywords: Bupivacaine; Ropivacaine; Dexamethasone; Peribulbar Block

Corresponding Author : Nishant Agrawal, Post Graduate, Department of Anaesthesia, S.S. Institute of Medical Science and Research Centre, Davangere, Karnataka 577005, India.