Transmuscular quadratus lumborum block for percutaneous nephrolithotomy reduces opioid consumption and speeds ambulation and discharge from hospital: a single centre randomised controlled trial

Mette Dam, Christian K Hansen, Troels D Poulsen, Nessn H Azawi, Morné Wolmarans, Vincent Chan, Gunnar H Laier, Thomas F Bendtsen, Jens Børglum*

*Corresponding author af dette arbejde

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: Percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PNL) is associated with severe postoperative pain. The current study aimed to investigate the analgesic efficacy of transmuscular quadratus lumborum (TQL) block for patients undergoing PNL surgery.

METHODS: Sixty patients were enrolled in this single centre study. The multimodal analgesic regime consisted of oral paracetamol 1 g and i.v. dexamethasone 4 mg before surgery and i.v. sufentanil 0.25 μg kg -1 30 min before emergence. After operation, patients received paracetamol 1 g regularly at 6 h intervals. Subjects were allocated to receive a preoperative TQL block with either ropivacaine 0.75%, 30 ml (intervention) or saline 30 ml (control). Primary outcome was oral morphine equivalent (OME) consumption 0-6 h after surgery. Secondary outcomes were OME consumption up to 24 h, pain scores, time to first opioid, time to first ambulation, and hospital length of stay. Results were reported as mean (standard deviation) or median (inter-quartile range).

RESULTS: Morphine consumption was lower in the intervention group at 6 h after surgery (7.2 [8.7] vs 90.6 [69.9] mg OME, P<0.001) and at 24 h (54.0 [36.7] vs 126.2 [85.5] mg OME, P<0.001). Time to first opioid use was prolonged in the intervention group (678 [285-1020] vs 36 [19-55] min, P<0.0001). Both the time to ambulation (302 [238-475] vs 595 [345-925] min, P<0.004) and length of stay (2.0 [0.8] vs 3.0 [1.2] days, P≤0.001) were shorter in the intervention group.

CONCLUSIONS: This is the first blinded, RCT that confirms that unilateral TQL block reduces postoperative opioid consumption and hospital length of stay. Further study is required for confirmation and dose optimisation.

CLINICAL TRIAL REGISTRATION: NCT02818140.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
Sider (fra-til)e350-e358
TidsskriftBritish Journal of Anaesthesia
Vol/bind123
Udgave nummer2
DOI
StatusUdgivet - aug. 2019

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