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See detailBispectral Index profile during carotid cross clamping
Bonhomme, Vincent ULg; Desiron, Quentin ULg; Lemineur, Thierry et al

in Journal of Neurosurgical Anesthesiology (2007), 19(1), 49-55

This study aimed at investigating the Bispectral Index (BIS) profile during carotid cross clamping (CXC). The study involved a pilot group of 10 patients undergoing routine carotid endarterectomy with ... [more ▼]

This study aimed at investigating the Bispectral Index (BIS) profile during carotid cross clamping (CXC). The study involved a pilot group of 10 patients undergoing routine carotid endarterectomy with shunt insertion under total intravenous anesthesia, and a study group of 26 additional patients. In all patients, rates of propofol and remifentanil providing a steady-state level of hypnosis (BIS: 40-60) were maintained constant throughout a recording period ranging from 3 minutes before CXC to shunt insertion. BIS was recorded throughout this period and the internal carotid backflow observed at the time of shunt insertion was graded as good, moderate, or poor. In addition, A-Line Autoregressive Index (AAI) and processed electroencephalogram (EEG) parameters were recorded in patients of the study group. All parameters were averaged over I minute before CXC, at CXC, 1, 2, and 3 minutes after CXC, and at shunt insertion. Statistical analysis was performed using X 2, Friedman, and Spearman correlation tests. For technical reasons, reliable AAI, BIS monitor-derived, and other processed EEG data were obtained in 24, 25, and 18 patients of the study group, respectively. During the first 3 minutes after CXC, BIS increased over 60 [68.8 (6.1)] in 47%, decreased below 40 [34.9 (4.4)] in 25%, and remained in the 40 to 60 range in 28% of all recruited patients. A BIS increase was more frequently observed in patients with moderate or poor than in those with good internal carotid backflow (78, 67, and 29%, respectively). It was significantly correlated to an increase in AAI and EEG amplitude, a decrease in EEG suppression ratio, and a shorter time between induction of anesthesia and CXC. A BIS decrease was significantly correlated to an increase in suppression ratio and a longer time between induction and CXC. In conclusion, during CXC under a constant level of intravenous anesthesia, BIS may increase, decrease, or remain unchanged. The paradoxical BIS increase could be related to borderline ischemia, a change in brain anesthetic agent concentration, or a change in the nociceptive-antinociceptive balance associated with a CXC-elicited painful stimulation. Caution should be used when interpreting BIS value during CXC. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of an intubation dose of rocuronium on Spectral Entropy and Bispectral Index (TM) responses to laryngoscopy during propofol anaesthesia
Hans, Pol ULg; Giwer, Jérôme ULg; Brichant, Jean-François ULg et al

in British Journal of Anaesthesia (2006), 97(6), 842-847

Background. The spectral entropy of the electroencephalogram has been proposed to monitor the depth of anaesthesia. State Entropy (SE) reflects the level of hypnosis. Response Entropy (RE), computed from ... [more ▼]

Background. The spectral entropy of the electroencephalogram has been proposed to monitor the depth of anaesthesia. State Entropy (SE) reflects the level of hypnosis. Response Entropy (RE), computed from electroencephalogram and facial muscle activity, reflects the response to nociceptive stimulation. We evaluated the effect of rocuronium on Bispectral Index (TM) (BIS) and entropy responses to laryngoscopy. Methods. A total of 25 patients were anaesthetized with propofol using a target-controlled infusion. At steady state, they randomly received 0.6 mg kg(-1) rocuronium (R) or saline (S). After 3 min, a 20 s laryngoscopy was applied. BIS, RE and SE were recorded continuously and averaged over 1 min during baseline, at steady state, 2 min after R or S administration (R/S+2) and 0, 1, 2 and 3 min after laryngoscopy (L0, L1, L2, L3). Results. At R/S+2, the RE-SE gradient was higher in Group S than in Group R. Laryngoscopy provoked an increase in BIS, RE and SE. Comparing R/S+2 and L0 values in Groups R and S, BIS increased from 43 (6) to 49 (8) and 42 (9) to 51 (15), SE increased from 43 (7) to 50 (8) and 41 (10) to 55 (12), and RE increased from 46 (8) to 54 (9) and 47 (12) to 66 (15), respectively. BIS and SE did not differ between groups. At L0, RE and RE-SE were higher in Group S [66 (15) and 11 (4), respectively] than in Group R [54 (9) and 4 (2), respectively]. Conclusions. Rocuronium alters the RE-SE gradient and the RE and RE-SE responses to laryngoscopy. Muscle relaxation may confound interpretation of entropy monitoring. [less ▲]

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See detailBlood glucose concentration profile after 10 mg dexamethasone in non-diabetic and type 2 diabetic patients undergoing abdominal surgery
Hans, Pol ULg; Vanthuyne, A.; Dewandre, Pierre-Yves et al

in British Journal of Anaesthesia (2006), 97(2), 164-170

BACKGROUND: Dexamethasone prevents postoperative nausea and vomiting but may increase blood glucose. We compared blood glucose concentrations after dexamethasone in non-diabetic and type 2 diabetic ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Dexamethasone prevents postoperative nausea and vomiting but may increase blood glucose. We compared blood glucose concentrations after dexamethasone in non-diabetic and type 2 diabetic patients undergoing surgery and looked for any association with preoperative glycosylated haemoglobin [HbA (1c)] and BMI. METHODS: Sixty three patients were enrolled: 32 were non-diabetic (Group ND) and 31 type 2 diabetic (Group D) without insulin treatment. Anaesthesia was induced using i.v. anaesthetic agents and maintained with sevoflurane. All patients received 10 mg dexamethasone at induction. Blood glucose concentrations were measured at induction and then every 60 min for 240 min. Data were analysed using anova. Effects of HbA (1c) and BMI were investigated using linear correlation and logistic regression. RESULTS: Blood glucose concentrations increased significantly over time and peaked at 120 min after 10 mg dexamethasone in both groups. The magnitude of increase was comparable between the groups [mean (SD) 29 (19) and 35 (19)% of baseline in Group D and Group ND, respectively]. Maximum concentrations were higher in Group D [8.97 (1.51) mmol litre(-1), range 6.67-12.94 mmol litre(-1)] than in Group ND [7.86 (1.00) mmol litre(-1), range 5.78-10.00 mmol litre(-1)]. There was a significant correlation between the maximum concentrations and BMI (R(2)=0.21) or HbA (1c) (R(2)=0.26). Logistic regression analysis revealed that the higher the BMI, the lower the HbA (1c) threshold associated with an increased probability (>0.5) of observing blood glucose levels higher than 8.33 mmol litre(-1) during 240 min after dexamethasone administration. Similarly, the higher the HbA (1c), the lower the BMI threshold associated with the same probability. CONCLUSIONS: After 10 mg dexamethasone, blood glucose levels increase in non-diabetic and type 2 diabetic patients undergoing abdominal surgery. Poorly controlled diabetes and severe obesity can influence the development of hyperglycaemia. [less ▲]

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See detailCombined use of Bispectral Index (TM) and A-Line (TM) Autoregressive Index (TM) to assess anti-nociceptive component of balanced anaesthesia during lumbar arthrodesis
Bonhomme, Vincent ULg; Llabres, V.; Dewandre, Pierre-Yves et al

in British Journal of Anaesthesia (2006), 96(3), 353-360

BACKGROUND: This study evaluated the A-Line Autoregressive Index (AAI) response to surgical stimulation during lumbar arthrodesis, as an estimate of the anti-nociceptive component of a Bispectral Index ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: This study evaluated the A-Line Autoregressive Index (AAI) response to surgical stimulation during lumbar arthrodesis, as an estimate of the anti-nociceptive component of a Bispectral Index (BIS) guided anaesthesia combined with epidural analgesia. METHODS: An epidural catheter was inserted in 23 patients allocated randomly to receive ropivacaine plus clonidine (Group R) or normal saline (Group S) epidurally. General anaesthesia was induced with propofol, cis-atracurium and a remifentanil infusion that was stopped 3 min after tracheal intubation, and maintained using sevoflurane to keep BIS at 50 (range 40-60). Mean arterial pressure, heart rate, end-tidal sevoflurane, BIS and AAI were analysed from 2 min before to 17 min after surgical incision. RESULTS: While BIS was maintained at 50, AAI significantly increased from a 2 min averaged value of 12 (4) to 21 (7) in Group S within the first 5 min after surgical incision, but did not change in Group R. Maximum AAI values reached during the study period were significantly higher in Group S than in Group R [38 (12) and 27 (10), respectively]. Binary logistic regression analysis allowed the calculation of AAI threshold values above which the probability of predominant nociception over anti-nociception was higher than 95%. At 1 MAC sevoflurane concentration, a 2 min averaged AAI of 35 or an AAI peak value of 62 were associated with such a probability. CONCLUSIONS: During a BIS-guided constant level of hypnosis, AAI response to the onset of surgical stimulation significantly differs according to the analgesic regimen. Further studies are needed to refine the estimation of sensitivity and specificity of this variable in assessing the balance between nociception and anti-nociception during general anaesthesia. [less ▲]

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See detailComparative effects of ketamine on Bispectral Index and spectral entropy of the electroencephalogram under sevoflurane anaesthesia
Hans, Pol ULg; Dewandre, Pierre-Yves; Brichant, Jean-François ULg et al

in British Journal of Anaesthesia (2005), 94(3), 336-340

BACKGROUND: The Bispectral Index (BIS) and spectral entropy of the electroencephalogram can be used to assess the depth of hypnosis. Ketamine is known to increase BIS in anaesthetized patients and may ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: The Bispectral Index (BIS) and spectral entropy of the electroencephalogram can be used to assess the depth of hypnosis. Ketamine is known to increase BIS in anaesthetized patients and may confound that index as a guide to steer administration of hypnotics. We compared the effects of ketamine on BIS, response entropy (RE) and state entropy (SE) during surgery under sevoflurane anaesthesia. METHODS: Twenty-two women undergoing gynaecological surgery were enrolled in this double-blind, randomized study. Anaesthesia was induced i.v. and maintained with sevoflurane. Under stable surgical and anaesthetic conditions, patients were assigned to receive either a bolus of ketamine 0.5 mg kg(-1) or the same volume of saline. Blood pressure, heart rate, BIS, RE and SE were measured every 2.5 min from 10 min before (baseline) until 15 min after ketamine or saline administration. The maximum relative increase in BIS, RE and SE compared with baseline was calculated for each patient. Values are mean (sd). RESULTS: Baseline values were BIS 33 (4), RE 31 (5), SE 30 (5) for the ketamine patients and BIS 35 (3), RE 33 (5) and SE 32 (6) for the patients receiving saline. BIS, RE and SE increased significantly from 5 min (BIS) and 2.5 min (RE and SE) after ketamine administration, peaking at 46 (8) (BIS), 52 (12) (RE) and 50 (12) (SE) respectively. The maximum relative increase in RE [42.2 (10.4%)] and SE [41.6 (10.9)%] was higher than that of BIS [29.4 (10.4%)]. Blood pressure, heart rate and RE-SE gradient did not change in either group. CONCLUSIONS: Ketamine administered under sevoflurane anaesthesia causes a significant increase in BIS, RE and SE without modification of the RE-SE gradient. This increase is paradoxical in that it is associated with a deepening level of hypnosis. [less ▲]

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See detailEffects of Nitrous Oxide on Spectral Entropy of the Eeg During Surgery under Balanced Anaesthesia with Sufentanil and Sevoflurane
Hans, Pol ULg; Dewandre, Pierre-Yves; Brichant, Jean-François ULg et al

in Acta Anaesthesiologica Belgica (2005), 56(1), 37-43

BACKGROUND: Spectral entropy of the electroencephalogram (EEG) has been proposed to monitor anaesthetic depth. We investigated the effect of nitrous oxide on response (RE) and state entropy (SE) of the ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Spectral entropy of the electroencephalogram (EEG) has been proposed to monitor anaesthetic depth. We investigated the effect of nitrous oxide on response (RE) and state entropy (SE) of the EEG during lumbar disc surgery under anaesthesia with sufentanil and sevoflurane. METHODS: In an open study, anaesthesia was induced with propofol and sufentanil, and maintained with 2% end-tidal sevoflurane concentration in air/oxygen (FiO2 = 0.4) in 25 patients. During surgery, nitrous oxide was randomly administered either at 0 or at 60% end-tidal concentration in 10 (control group) and 15 patients (nitrous oxide group), respectively. RE and SE were recorded at 2.5 min intervals for 10 min before randomization and for 25 min either continuously (control) or after achieving the target nitrous oxide concentration. RESULTS: Two patients who received nitrous oxide were excluded from statistical analysis because of protocol violation. Nitrous oxide provoked a significant decrease in RE and SE from 46.2 +/- 11.1 and 44.3 +/- 11.1 to a lowest value of 27.8 +/- 8.3 and 27.1 +/- 8.9, respectively. The decrease in entropy persisted during the 25 min recording period. CONCLUSIONS: Addition of nitrous oxide during balanced anaesthesia with sufentanil and sevoflurane provokes a decrease in response and state entropy of the EEG during lumbar disc surgery. [less ▲]

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See detailRecovery from Neuromuscular Block after an Intubation Dose of Cisatracurium and Rocuronium in Lumbar Disc Surgery
Hans, Pol ULg; Welter, Philippe ULg; Dewandre, Pierre-Yves et al

in Acta Anaesthesiologica Belgica (2004), 55(2), 129-33

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Residual muscle paralysis remains a concern for anaesthesiologists. This study investigated the recovery from neuromuscular block (NMB) after an intubation dose of cisatracurium ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Residual muscle paralysis remains a concern for anaesthesiologists. This study investigated the recovery from neuromuscular block (NMB) after an intubation dose of cisatracurium (C) or rocuronium (R) in 32 patients undergoing lumbar disc surgery. METHODS: Anaesthesia was induced with propofol and sufentanil, and maintained with sevoflurane in nitrous oxide/oxygen. Patients were randomised to receive twice the ED95 of either cisatracurium (GC) or rocuronium (GR) before tracheal intubation. After placement in prone position, neuromuscular transmission was monitored at the wrist by accelerometry. NMB was antagonised when the TOF ratio (TOFR) was < 0.75 at muscle closure. The time from muscle relaxant to muscle closure, and to TOFR of 0.25 and of 0.50 were recorded. Data were analysed using Student's t-tests, chi-squared tests and two-way mixed-designed ANOVA's. The prediction probability (Pk) of the times from muscle relaxant to muscle closure, and to TOFR of 0.25 for the necessity to antagonize NMB was calculated in both groups. P < 0.05 was considered statistically significant. RESULTS: NMB was antagonized in 8 (GC) and 6 (GR) patients, respectively. The time from muscle relaxant to muscle closure was shorter in patients whose NMB was antagonized. The Pk of this time was significant in GC (0.85) but not in GR (0.69). In GR contrarily to GC, the times to a TOFR of 0.25 and 0.50 were longer in patients whose NMB was antagonized. The Pk of the time to TOFR of 0.25 was significant in GR (0.95) but not in GC (0.64). CONCLUSIONS: A single dose of cisatracurium or rocuronium may be associated to some degree of NMB at the end of lumbar surgery, depending on the duration of surgery and on the duration of action of the muscle relaxant which is more variable for rocuronium than for cisatracurium. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of intra-operative magnesium sulphate on pain relief and patient comfort after major lumbar orthopaedic surgery
Levaux, Christine ULg; Bonhomme, Vincent ULg; Dewandre, Pierre-Yves et al

in Anaesthesia (2003), 58(2), 131-135

The effects of intra-operative magnesium sulphate on pain relief after major lumbar surgery were investigated in 24 patients. Patients were randomly allocated to receive either an infusion of 50 mg x kg ... [more ▼]

The effects of intra-operative magnesium sulphate on pain relief after major lumbar surgery were investigated in 24 patients. Patients were randomly allocated to receive either an infusion of 50 mg x kg(-1) magnesium sulphate or an equivalent volume of saline at induction of anaesthesia. Anaesthesia was induced with propofol and remifentanil. Tracheal intubation was facilitated using rocuronium. Maintenance was achieved with remifentanil and sevoflurane in nitrous oxide/ oxygen. Intra-operative monitoring included standard equipment and neuromuscular transmission. During surgery, neuromuscular block recovery was longer in the magnesium group. Postoperative opioid consumption and pain scores were lower in the magnesium group. The first night's sleep and the global satisfaction scores were better in the magnesium group. The results of the study support magnesium sulphate as a useful adjuvant for postoperative analgesia after major lumbar surgery. [less ▲]

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See detailEpidural administration of low-dose morphine combined with clonidine for postoperative analgesia after lumbar disc surgery
Bonhomme, Vincent ULg; Doll, Anne; Dewandre, Pierre-Yves et al

in Journal of Neurosurgical Anesthesiology (2002), 14(1), 1-6

This study evaluates the efficacy and side effects of a low dose of epidural morphine combined with clonidine for postoperative pain relief after lumbar disc surgery. In 36 of 51 patients who accepted the ... [more ▼]

This study evaluates the efficacy and side effects of a low dose of epidural morphine combined with clonidine for postoperative pain relief after lumbar disc surgery. In 36 of 51 patients who accepted the procedure, an epidural catheter was inserted (L1-L2 level). General anesthesia was induced with propofol and sufentanil, and maintained with sevoflurane in O2/N2O. After emergence from anesthesia, epidural analgesia was initiated according to two randomly assigned protocols: 1 mg of morphine with 75 microg of clonidine (Group M) or 12.5 mg of bupivacaine with 75 microg of clonidine (Group B), in 10 mL saline. Piritramide was administered during the first postoperative 24 hours using a patient-controlled analgesia device (PCA). The following parameters were recorded: piritramide consumption during the first 24 hours; pain at rest during the first postoperative hours (D0), during the first night (D1), and during the first mobilization; [visual analogue scale (VAS)]; and the occurrence of drowsiness, motor blockade, respiratory depression, nausea, vomiting, itching, micturition problems, and bladder catheterization during D0 and D1. Epidural administration of morphine-clonidine significantly improved postoperative pain relief and reduced piritramide consumption as compared to epidural bupivacaine-clonidine. Side effects did not differ between groups except for a higher incidence of micturition problems in Group M during D1. The occurrence of bladder catheterization was not significantly higher in that group. We conclude that a low dose of epidural morphine combined with clonidine offers a better postoperative analgesia than does bupivacaine-clonidine. The excellent analgesic conditions were obtained at the expense of a higher incidence of difficulties in initiating micturition. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of Nitrous Oxide on the Bispectral Index and the 95% Spectral Edge Frequency of the Electroencephalogram During Surgery
Hans, Pol ULg; Bonhomme, Vincent ULg; Benmansour, H. et al

in Anaesthesia (2001), 56(10), 999-1002

We studied the effect of nitrous oxide on the bispectral index and 95% spectral edge frequency of the electroencephalogram in 20 patients undergoing lumbar surgery under general anaesthesia combined with ... [more ▼]

We studied the effect of nitrous oxide on the bispectral index and 95% spectral edge frequency of the electroencephalogram in 20 patients undergoing lumbar surgery under general anaesthesia combined with epidural administration of 5 mg morphine. [less ▲]

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See detailEffects of Mild Hypothermic Cardiopulmonary Bypass on Eeg Bispectral Index
Dewandre, Pierre-Yves; Hans, Pol ULg; Bonhomme, Vincent ULg et al

in Acta Anaesthesiologica Belgica (2000), 51(3), 187-90

We studied the effect of mild hypothermic cardiopulmonary bypass (30 degrees C) on the EEG Bispectral Index in 10 patients undergoing elective CABG. BIS was recorded at 11 event-related time points during ... [more ▼]

We studied the effect of mild hypothermic cardiopulmonary bypass (30 degrees C) on the EEG Bispectral Index in 10 patients undergoing elective CABG. BIS was recorded at 11 event-related time points during the procedure. After a significant decrease at the induction of anaesthesia, BIS was not further modified during the procedure. BIS was neither affected by surgical stimulation nor by CPB and mild hypothermia. We conclude that we did not find any reason to preclude the use of BIS to assess the hypnotic effects of anaesthetics during normothermic or mild hypothermic CPB. [less ▲]

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See detailEffects of Ephedrine on the Onset Time of Neuromuscular Block and Intubating Conditions after Cisatracurium: Preliminary Results
Albert, Franz ULg; Hans, Pol ULg; Bitar, Yasser et al

in Acta Anaesthesiologica Belgica (2000), 51(3), 167-71

We studied the effects of intravenous ephedrine on the onset time and the intubating conditions 2 min after a bolus dose of cisatracurium (0.15 mg kg-1). Thirty patients anaesthetized with sufentanil and ... [more ▼]

We studied the effects of intravenous ephedrine on the onset time and the intubating conditions 2 min after a bolus dose of cisatracurium (0.15 mg kg-1). Thirty patients anaesthetized with sufentanil and propofol were randomly divided in 2 groups to receive either ephedrine (70 micrograms.kg-1) or saline, 5 s before propofol. Cisatracurium was administered after loss of consciousness. Neuromuscular block was assessed at the adductor pollicis using accelography. Tracheal intubation was performed 2 min after cisatracurium injection and rated as excellent, good, poor or bad. At intubation, neuromuscular block (% height of control T1) was greater in patients receiving ephedrine (36.1 +/- 25.8% vs 57.9 +/- 25.1%) (mean +/- SD). The frequency of excellent intubating conditions was higher after ephedrine (86.6%) than after saline (40.0%). The onset time of cisatracurium was shorter after ephedrine (167 +/- 64.8 s vs 234.9 +/- 63.1 s). Thus, a low dose of ephedrine given before induction of anaesthesia improves the intubating conditions 2 min after 0.15 mg kg-1 cisatracurium and this effect likely relates to a quicker onset of neuromuscular block. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of Epidural Bupivacaine on the Relationship between the Bispectral Index and End-Expiratory Concentrations of Desflurane
Hans, Pol ULg; Lecoq, Jean-Pierre; Brichant, Jean-François ULg et al

in Anaesthesia (1999), 54(9), 899-902

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 ... [more ▼]

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 difference in bispectral index was observed between the groups at any time. We conclude that bispectral index decreases with increasing desflurane concentration and that this relationship is not affected by epidural 0.125% bupivacaine. [less ▲]

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See detailEffects of Two Calculated Plasma Sufentanil Concentrations on the Hemodynamic and Bispectral Index Responses to Mayfield Head Holder Application
Hans, Pol ULg; Brichant, Jean-François ULg; Dewandre, Pierre-Yves et al

in Journal of Neurosurgical Anesthesiology (1999), 11(2), 81-5

The effects of two calculated plasma sufentanil (SUF) concentrations on the hemodynamic and bispectral index (BIS) responses to Mayfield head holder (MH) application were studied in 20 patients scheduled ... [more ▼]

The effects of two calculated plasma sufentanil (SUF) concentrations on the hemodynamic and bispectral index (BIS) responses to Mayfield head holder (MH) application were studied in 20 patients scheduled for intracranial surgery. Premedication consisted of hydroxyzine, alprazolam, and atropine given orally 1 hour before surgery. Anesthesia was provided with propofol (PPF) and SUF using a target-controlled infusion device. Patients were randomly assigned to one of two groups according to calculated plasma concentrations: 3 microg/mL(-1) of PPF and 0.5 ng/mL(-1) of SUF in group I (GI) and 3 microg/mL(-1) of PPF and 1 ng/mL(-1) of SUF in group II (GII). The MH was fixed 33.0+/-6.6 minutes (mean +/- SD) after induction. Systolic (SAP), diastolic (DAP), and mean arterial pressure (MAP) as well as heart rate (HR) and BIS were recorded 1 minute before pinning (baseline) as well as 1 minute (P1), 2 minutes (P2), and 3 minutes (P3) after pinning. Multivariate repeat-measured analyses of variance were applied to the baseline-subtracted measurements of hemodynamic and BIS values. Groups were compared using the Student's t test, and P < .05 was considered to be statistically significant. Patients' characteristics, baseline hemodynamic values, and BIS values were similar in both groups. A significant overall time effect was observed for all variables, but no significant overall SUF effect was detected. Increases in SAP, MAP, DAP, and HR did not differ significantly between groups. The increase in hemodynamic variables did not exceed 20% of baseline value in either group. In contrast, at P1, the increase in BIS over the baseline value was significantly higher in GI (15.0+/-7.9) than in GII (6.7+/-6.5). In conclusion, MH application was associated with a significant, although not clinically relevant, increase in hemodynamic variables whatever the calculated plasma SUF concentration (0.5 or 1.0 ng/mL(-1)). In contrast, the increase in BIS observed at pinning was significantly higher in patients with the lowest calculated plasma SUF concentrations. This suggests that the BIS response to noxious stimulation is modulated by the analgesic regimen. [less ▲]

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See detailInfluence of Induction of Anaesthesia on Intubating Conditions One Minute after Rocuronium Administration: Comparison of Ketamine and Thiopentone
Hans, Pol ULg; Brichant, Jean-François ULg; Hubert, B. et al

in Anaesthesia (1999), 54(3), 276-9

We compared the effect of thiopentone and ketamine on intubating conditions after rocuronium 0.6 mg.kg-1 in two groups of patients (n = 16 each), aged 21-44 years, undergoing elective surgery ... [more ▼]

We compared the effect of thiopentone and ketamine on intubating conditions after rocuronium 0.6 mg.kg-1 in two groups of patients (n = 16 each), aged 21-44 years, undergoing elective surgery. Premedication consisted of alprazolam 1 mg by mouth 1 h before surgery. All patients received midazolam 2 mg intravenously 2 min before intravenous administration of thiopentone 5 mg.kg-1 or ketamine 2.5 mg.kg-1. Muscle relaxation was provided by rocuronium 0.6 mg.kg-1. One minute after rocuronium administration, tracheal intubation was performed within 15 s by a skilled anaesthetist blinded to the treatment group assignment. Intubating conditions were graded as excellent, good, fair or poor on the basis of jaw relaxation, position of vocal cords and diaphragmatic response. Neuromuscular transmission was assessed at the adductor pollicis muscle using a TOF-GUARD monitor. Excellent and good intubating conditions were obtained in 100% of patients in the ketamine group and in 50% of patients in the thiopentone group (p = 0.002). Jaw relaxation was similar in both groups but vocal cord conditions were better and the diaphragmatic response less marked in the ketamine group compared with the thiopentone group (p = 0.002). The degree of neuromuscular block [% decrease of T1, mean (SD)] at the time of intubation was similar: 51.8 (25)% (ketamine group) and 54.3 (23.1)% (thiopentone group). We conclude that ketamine 2.5 mg.kg-1 provides better intubating conditions than thiopentone 5 mg.kg-1 1 min after administration of rocuronium 0.6 mg.kg-1. [less ▲]

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See detailEffects of Target-Controlled Anesthesia with Propofol and Sufentanil on the Hemodynamic Response to Mayfield Head Holder Application
Hans, Pol ULg; Coussaert, E.; Cantraine, F. et al

in Acta Anaesthesiologica Belgica (1998), 49(1), 7-11

The effects of target-controlled anesthesia with propofol and sufentanil on the hemodynamic response to Mayfield head holder (MH) application were evaluated in 18 ASA I and II patients undergoing ... [more ▼]

The effects of target-controlled anesthesia with propofol and sufentanil on the hemodynamic response to Mayfield head holder (MH) application were evaluated in 18 ASA I and II patients undergoing scheduled intracranial surgery. Premedication consisted of hydroxyzine, alprazolam and atropine given orally 1 h before surgery. Anesthesia was provided with propofol and sufentanil using a target-controlled infusion device; constant calculated plasma concentrations of 4 micrograms ml-1 propofol and 0.5 ng ml-1 sufentanil were maintained throughout the study. Muscle relaxation was obtained with atracurium and ventilation was controlled with air/oxygen. The MH was fixed 45 +/- 12 min (mean +/- SD) after induction of anesthesia. Heart rate and systolic, diastolic, and mean non invasive arterial pressure were monitored and recorded 5 min before induction of anesthesia (control), 1 min before MH application (MH-1), at MH application, and 1 and 2 min after MH application. Systolic, diastolic, mean arterial pressure, and heart rate increased significantly during and after MH application when compared with MH-1 values, but remained constantly lower than control. Hemodynamic parameters measured 1 min before MH application were significantly lower than control. The results of the study indicate that target-controlled anesthesia maintained with constant calculated plasma concentrations of 4 micrograms ml-1 propofol and 0.5 ng ml-1 sufentanil prevents the increase in arterial pressure and heart rate beyond control values following MH application but may induce some degree of arterial hypotension in the absence of nociceptive stimulation. [less ▲]

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