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Research Paper | Anaesthesiology | India | Volume 12 Issue 2, February 2023
Efficacy of Bilateral Superficial Cervical Plexus Block for Postoperative Analgesia in Thyroidectomy
Chennupati Kalyani | K. Chinna Rangaswamy | B. Vemanna Naik | A. Naveen Kumar 
Abstract: Background and Objective: As thyroid surgery is being performed as an ambulatory procedure, recent studies concerning post thyroidectomy analgesia have focused on regional techniques such as bilateral superficial cervical plexus block (BSCPB) and bilateral combined superficial and deep cervical plexus block. But, data regarding the efficacy of BSCPB are controversial. Hence, we compared the efficacy of BSCPB with 0.25% bupivacaine for postoperative analgesia in thyroidectomy cases. Methods: Patients (n = 40) undergoing thyroidectomy were randomized into 2 groups (n = 20 each) to receive BSCPB using 15 mL of 0.25% bupivacaine (group B) or 0.9% normal saline (group S) on each side before extubation. Postoperative pain scores were assessed for 24 hours. Results: Postoperative pain scores were significantly lower in group B (compared to S) at 2, 4 and 8 hours. Conclusion: BSCPB with 0.25% bupivacaineis effective in reducing postoperative pain and analgesic requirements in thyroidectomy.
Keywords: Bilateral Superficial Cervical Plexus Block, 0.25% Bupivacaine, Analgesia, Thyroidectomy
Edition: Volume 12 Issue 2, February 2023,
Pages: 1303 - 1305