Perspectives in Clinical Research

ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year
: 2014  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 85--87

Evaluation the effects of adding ketamine to morphine in intravenous patient-controlled analgesia after orthopedic surgery


Godrat Akhavanakbari, Ali Mohamadian, Masood Entezariasl 
 Department of Anesthesiology, Ardabil University of Medical Sciences, Iran

Correspondence Address:
Ali Mohamadian
Department of Anesthesiology, Ardabil University of Medical Sciences
Iran

Abstract

Background: Intravenous patient-controlled analgesia (PCA) with morphine is commonly used for post-operative pain after major surgery. Ketamine has analgesic property at lower doses, and in combination with opioids it could have synergistic effect. The aim of this study is to determine effects of the addition of ketamine to morphine for PCA after orthopedic surgery. Materials and Methods: In this double-blind randomized clinical trial, 60 patients were randomly allocated to receive PCA consisting: Group 1 (morphine 0.2 mg/ml), Group 2 (morphine 0.2 mg/ml + ketamine 1 mg/ml), and Group 3 (morphine 0.1 mg/ml + ketamine 2 mg/ml). In this, anesthesiologists managed study, patients had orthopedic surgery. Assessments were made at 24 h and 48 h post-operatively. Visual analog scale (VAS) was used for recording pain score. PCA morphine use was recorded at 24 h and 48 h. VAS scores over 48 h were analyzed with analysis of variance for repeated measures. Significance level was taken as 0.05. Results: There is no significant difference between demographic information of the three groups ( P > 0.05). Control of pain in Group 2 and Group 3 was better than in Group 1 (only morphine) ( P = 0.001) but there was no significant difference between Group 2 and Group 3 ( P > 0.05). Rate of narcotic consumption in groups 2 and 3 was significantly lower than Group 1 ( P < 0.05). Conclusion: After orthopedic surgery, the addition of ketamine to morphine for intravenous PCA was superior to Intravenous PCA opioid alone. The combination induces a significant reduction in pain score and cumulative morphine consumption.



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Akhavanakbari G, Mohamadian A, Entezariasl M. Evaluation the effects of adding ketamine to morphine in intravenous patient-controlled analgesia after orthopedic surgery.Perspect Clin Res 2014;5:85-87


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 Introduction



Intravenous patient-controlled analgesia (PCA) with morphine is commonly used for post-operative pain after major surgery. Narcotic drugs by inhibiting the release of Substance P in spinal cord and also, with direct effects on opiate receptors in the posterior horn of the spinal cord can cause analgesia. [1]

Due to the adverse effects associated with opioids (such as nausea, respiratory depression, tolerance and sedation), it is necessary to reduce opioid dosage and improve the quality of analgesia, by the use of adjuvant drugs. [2],[3] In experimental trials, ketamine has been shown to prevent opioid tolerance, and lower morphine consumption. Low-dose ketamine has analgesic properties and when used with opioids can be synergistic and may antagonize the effect on the NMDA receptors with magnesium-dependent block of channels. [4],[5]

Several studies have shown the effects of Ketamine in improving drug induced analgesia. [6],[7],[8] This study was designed to determine if the addition of ketamine to morphine for Intravenous PCA results in increased analgesic efficacy and lower pain scores compared with morphine PCA alone after orthopedic surgery. This study also explored the possibility of reducing the dose of morphine while maintaining analgesia.

 Materials and Methods



This is a double-blind clinical trial. After obtaining written, informed consent, 60 patients were randomly allocated to receive PCA post-operatively, consisting: Group 1 (morphine 0.2 mg/ml), Group 2 (morphine 0.2 mg/ml + ketamine 1 mg/ml), and Group 3 (morphine 0.1 mg/ml + ketamine 2 mg/ml). Patients were ASA physical status I-II, aged 20-60 and underwent orthopedic surgery.

Auto fuser post-operative pain control pump with 100 ml volume (Bolus 2 cc, Infusion 5 cc in hour and duration 60 min) was connected to patients in recovery unit. Pain score of patient recorded by visual analog scale (VAS), Sedation score by Ramsey Sedation score (0-5) and incidence of nausea and vomiting by N and V score (1-4) at hours 6-12-24-36-48 after pump connection and registered in designed forms. In cases with VAS higher than 3 or sedation score zero, drug dose was increased 20% and 2 mg morphine was injected for patients. In cases with VAS = 0 and (or) drug side-effects the dose decreased about 20%. In cases with nausea and vomiting metoclopramide (10 mg) was administered.

After 2 day, according to clinical condition and patient satisfaction the drug dose was decreased slowly and stopped. The necessary information such as age, sex, anesthesia method, time of surgery, VAS score and sedation score, nausea, vomiting and other complications were noted in the designed forms.

We used SPSS.15 software for analysis of data using mean (± SD), ANOVA and Chi-square tests. P < 0.05 was considered significant.

 Results



Age, sex and duration of surgery were similar in patients of the three groups (P > 0.05). At the end of the study the differences in VAS score and rate of drug consumption was statistically significant between patients in three groups (P0 = 0.001) [Table 1].{Table 1}

Rate of nausea, vomiting and other complications did not have statistically significant differences between patients in three groups (P > 0.05).

 Discussion



The objective of this review was to compare the efficacy and safety of intravenous patient-controlled opioid and ketamine to with that of opioid alone for the management of acute post-operative pain. Six studies have shown that the addition of ketamine to morphine resulted in improved post-operative analgesia and five have shown no improvement. [1],[9],[10],[11],[12],[13],[14],[15],[16],[17],[18]

This study showed that using low-dose of ketamine with morphine in PCA can reduce post-operative pain scores and reduce the rate of drug consumption. Adding ketamine has significant effect on VAS scores and drug dose (P0 = 0.001) due to analgesia property of this drug and possibly due to the effects of drug on cholinergic and mono aminergic mechanisms. [19] On the other hand ketamine can prevent acute tolerance to drugs that could contribute to the decrease in the morphine consumption. [20],[21] In fact, nociceptive stimulation can cause activation of NMDA receptors, worsening the post-operative pain and by adding ketamine, this effect may be aborted. [21] The results of our study mimic those obtained in other studies on this combination.

Six studies have in the past shown improved post-operative analgesia with the addition of ketamine to opioids, which our study also shows. [11],[12],[13],[15],[16],[18] Five showed no significant clinical improvement. [1],[9],[10],[14],[17] Six studies showed a statistically significant decrease in pain intensity with ketamine compared with morphine alone. [9],[12],[13],[14],[16],[18] Four studies found no improvement in pain control when adding ketamine to morphine. [1],[10],[14],[17] Six studies found a statistically significant decrease in morphine consumption in the ketamine group and five did not. [1],[9],[10],[14],[17] Three studies found a statistically shorter duration of PCA use in the ketamine group compared with the morphine group. [9],[12],[16]

In the Dickenson et al., study, mean Ketamine dose used was 1.2 mg/h and adding ketamine has dramatic effect after elective Micro-discectomy. [22] In the Reeves et al., study, mean of used ketamine in firstly 24 h after major abdominal surgery was 3.2 mg/h but they did not find any effect. [17] Adriaenssens et al., showed that Ketamine 10 mg/h has a decreasing effect on drug dose and nausea after abdominal surgery. [23] In this study, there is no significant difference in complications such as sedation, nausea and vomiting and sleep disorders between three groups (P > 0.05). The incidence of sedation in group 3 was higher than other groups because of the high-dose of ketamine. Weinbroum et al., showed that sedation rate in Ketamine group compared to morphine only group is low and analgesia is better for patient, [8] which is similar with our study result.

In another study, the rate of nausea and vomiting in ketamine group is lower than morphine alone group [24] that is similar to our study. In yet another study, the rate of sleep disorder and sedation in ketamine group was more than morphine group but not statistically significant. [17] In seven studies, opioid-related side-effects were statistically significantly higher in the morphine group compared with the ketamine group. [10],[11],[12],[13],[14],[16] Side-effects included nausea, pruritus, sedation, urinary retention >24 h, and desaturation. [10],[11],[12],[13],[15],[16] Four studies did not find any statistically significant difference [9],[17],[18] which is similar to our study results.

 Conclusion



Results showed that adding low-dose ketamine to morphine in PCA, can lead to better control of pain in patients after orthopedic surgery and decrease rate of narcotic consumption. The combination shows a significant reduction in pain score and cumulative morphine consumption. The benefit of adding ketamine to morphine in intravenous PCA after surgery remains unclear and larger double-blinded randomized studies are required to confirm these findings in future.

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