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      Ultrasound-Guided Transversus Abdominis Plane Block for Cesarean Delivery: Injection Site Pain as a New Complication and Dexamethasone Reduced Incidence

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          Although ultrasound-guided transversus abdominis plane block (TAPB) is widely used in multimodal analgesia after cesarean delivery (CD), the complications of TAPB during analgesia after CD have rarely been reported.


          A total of 84 cases of CD were randomly assigned to either a ropivacaine group (R group) or ropivacaine + dexamethasone group (RD group) in this double-blind trial. The pain site and pain degree at rest and during activity at 2 h, 6 h, 10 h, 12 h, 14 h, 16 h, 20 h, and 24 h after maternal surgery were recorded. The consumption of opioids at 24h, postoperative nausea, vomiting, exhaustion, and other adverse reactions were recorded.


          A total of 80 patients were included in the analysis of results. A total of 19 patients developed ISP, 14 in the R group and 5 in the RD group. The incidence of ISP in the R and RD groups was 35% and 12.5%, respectively. The results described above showed that combining dexamethasone with ropivacaine reduced the incidence of ISP, and the difference was statistically significant (P<0.05). Two groups of women with positive ISP had higher values of opioid consumption than women with negative ISP, but the difference was not significant.


          Dexamethasone as an adjuvant for ropivacaine can effectively relieve the ISP of ultrasound-guided TAPB after CD, and can enhance the analgesic effect of ropivacaine.

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                J Pain Res
                J Pain Res
                Journal of Pain Research
                19 March 2020
                : 13
                : 565-573
                [1 ]Department of Anesthesiology, The Third Affiliated Hospital of Nanchang University , Nanchang, Jiangxi 330008, People’s Republic of China
                [2 ]Department of Pain Management, West China Hospital, Sichuan University , Chengdu, Sichuan 610041, People’s Republic of China
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                Correspondence: He-Guo Luo Department of Anesthesiology, The Third Affiliated Hospital of Nanchang University , Nanchang, Jiangxi330008, People’s Republic of China Email 542534631@qq.com

                These authors contributed equally to this work

                © 2020 Liu et al.

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