Effect of epidural bupivacaine on the relationship between the bispectral index and end-expiratory concentrations of desflurane

P HansM Lamy


We compared the relationship between the bispectral index and end-tidal desflurane concentrations in 20 patients undergoing elective surgery. Patients received epidurally either 10 ml saline (group S) or 10 ml bupivacaine 0.125% with epinephrine 1/800 000 (group B) before induction of anaesthesia with sufentanil (0.15 microgram.kg(-1)) and propofol (2 mg.kg(-1)); muscle relaxation was obtained with cisatracurium (0.2 mg.kg(-1)). Patients lungs were ventilated to maintain end-tidal desflurane at 3% in O2/N2O (50/50) until 5 min after skin incision, followed by two consecutive 10 min periods at end-tidal desflurane 6% and 9%. bispectral index values were recorded before induction, at 3% desflurane before and 5 min after skin incision, and at 6% and 9% end-tidal desflurane. Bispectral index decreased with increasing end-tidal desflurane concentration (ANOVA: p < 0.05). The decrease in bispectral index was significant between pre-induction, 3% and 6% desflurane. No significant difference was observed at 3% desflurane before and after skin incision, or between 6 and 9% desflurane. The relationship between bispectral index and end-tidal desflurane concentration was fitted by a linear regression in each group. No significant differenc...Continue Reading


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