Effectiveness of perioperative bupivacaine infiltration in tonsillectomy patients

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Purpose: To determine the effectiveness of perioperative local anesthesia in tonsillectomy patients. Design: Two-group prospective, blinded, randomized study. Patients in one group received a local infiltration of 10 mL 0.5% bupivacaine solution, and in the other group they were infiltrated with 10 mL of normal saline. Results: Thirty-four adults agreed to participate in the study over a 2-year period, with 20 patients returning completed questionnaire forms. Regarding pain intensity over a 10-day period, oral analgesic use after surgery, and oral intake after surgery, there were no differences between the two groups, with P values of .25, .32, and .34, respectively. Conclusion: The effect of perioperative local marcain infiltration in tonsillectomy patients was similar to placebo.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)76-80
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Medicine and Surgery
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology


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