Comparison of Caudal Bupivacaine, Bupivacaine with Fentanyl and Bupivacaine with Tramadol Administration for Post Operative Analgesia in Children
Pavithra V1*, Monal Ramani2, Pratham Bysani3 and Deepti Srinivas
1Department of Anesthesiology, MS Ramaiah Medical College, India
2Department of Anesthesiology, BJ Medical College, India
3Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute, India
4National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, India
Submission: March 07, 2017; Published: March 21, 2018
*Corresponding author: Pavithra V, Department of Anesthesiology, MS Ramaiah Medical College, Ahmedabad, India, Email: email@example.com
How to cite this article: Pavithra V, Monal Ramani, Pratham Bysani, Deepti Srinivas. Comparison of Caudal Bupivacaine, Bupivacaine with Fentanyl
and Bupivacaine with Tramadol Administration for Post Operative Analgesia in Children. J Anest & Inten Care Med. 2018; 6(2): 555681. DOI: 10.19080/JAICM.2018.06.555681
Objective: To compare the effectiveness of caudal bupivacaine, bupivacaine plus fentanyl and bupivacaine plus tramadol for post operative analgesia in children.
Materials and methods: The study was conducted on 75 children of ASA I and II physical status aged 1 to 12 years undergoing elective infraumbilical surgeries. Patients were divided into 3 groups and the following were given in the caudal epidural space after the induction of anesthesia:
a) Group I: 0.125% Inj. Bupivacaine 1ml/kg
b) Group II: 0.125 Inj. Bupivacaine 1ml/kg plus Inj. Fentanyl 1mcg/kg
c) Group III: 0.125% Inj. Bupivacaine 1ml/kg plus Inj. Tramadol 2mg/kg
Results: Group III had a lower pain score, prolonged mean duration of analgesia, less requirement for rescue analgesics compared to the other two groups.
Conclusion: Addition of Tramadol to Bupivacaine provides prolonged and good quality post operative analgesia in comparison with Bupivacaine alone or with Fentanyl in Caudal Block in the post operative period.
Postoperative analgesia through the caudal epidural route with bupivacaine in children is firmly established in infra umbilical surgery [1,2]. The mean duration of surgical analgesia provided by bupivacaine is limited  Different drugs such as tramadol, fentanyl, clonidine, and midazolam with bupivacaine prolong the postoperative analgesia. Tramadol is a centrally acting analgesic effect via opioid receptors . The main site of action of epidurally administered fentanyl is the substantia gelatinosa on the dorsal horn of spinal cord . We evaluated the duration of postoperative analgesia, intraoperative hemodynamic changes, sedation score and any side effect while using caudal block with bupivacaine, tramadol and fentanyl in pediatric patients undergoing infraumbilical surgeries.
After obtaining Institutional Ethical Committee approval, written and informed consent were obtained from parents. This is a prospective, randomized, controlled, single-blind study. We
recruited 75 children of either sex with American Society of Anesthesiologist (ASA) physical status I and II, aged 1-12 years, weighing 5-30 kg who was scheduled for elective infra umblical surgeries of similar duration under general anesthesia. Patients are having a local infection at the caudal site, neurological disorder, the history of allergic reaction to local anesthetics, sacral/vertebral abnormalities, and bleeding diathesis were excluded from the study. An intravenous access was secured, and glycopyrrolate injection (0.004 mg/kg) and ondansetron injection (0.15mg/kg) were administered. Standard monitoring including an electrocardiogram (ECG), noninvasive blood pressure (NIBP) measurement, pulse oximetry, capnography, and temperature were applied. All patients were induced with either inhalational agent sevoflurane (1-6%) with 50% nitrous oxide in oxygen. In the left lateral position, caudal block was performed using 22-gauge epidural needle under complete aseptic precautions. After confirmation and negative aspiration for blood and cerebrospinal fluid, the drugs (bupivacaine/tramadol/fentanyl) were introduced into the caudal space slowly with continuous ECG monitoring (Figure 1).
Patients were randomly allocated into 3 groups and the following drug was administered caudally:
a. Group 1: Inj. Bupivacaine 0.125% 1ml/kg
b. Group 2: Inj. Bupivacaine 0.125% 1ml/kg + Inj .Fentanyl
c. Group 3: Inj. Bupivacaine 0.125% 1ml/kg + Inj. Tramadol
d. HR, BP and SpO2 were recorded before induction, 5 minutes after caudal analgesia and every 15 minutes during the surgery.
e. At the completion of surgery, patients were extubated and were observed for 2 hours in the recovery room for vitals.
The following parameters were noted for:
a. Post operative pain assessed at 30mins, 2 hours, 4, 8, 12, 24 hours after recovery from anesthesia using Modified objective pain score(MOPS).
b. Time at which post operative rescue analgesia was first received and the number were noted
c. Sedation score at 1hr and 4 hours after recovery from analgesia using objective score based on the eye opening.
d. Incidence of adverse effects was evaluated.
The anesthesiologist performing the caudal block was blinded to the identity of the drug used. The patients were repositioned supine. This was followed by insertion of Igel. Intraoperatively, no analgesic was supplemented. Anesthesia was maintained with assisted ventilation using sevoflurane initially with 2% and then after decreasing up to 0.6% with hemodynamic stability or controlled ventilation using injection atracurium (0.5mg/kg) with 50% nitrous oxide in oxygen and sevoflurane decreases up to 0.6% with hemodynamic stability. Glucose/saline solution was infused as per requirement, and perioperative blood loss was replaced as per requirement.
During surgery, adequate analgesia was assessed by hemodynamic stability, as indicated an increase in heart rate and systolic blood pressure of no more than 15% compared with baseline values obtained just before the surgical incision with decreased requirement of sevoflurane concentration, at approximately 0.6%. An increase in heart rate and systolic blood pressure within 20 min of skin incision indicated failure of caudal anesthesia. At the end of surgery, the residual neuromuscular block was antagonized with glycopyrrolate injection 0.008mg/kg and neostigmine injection 0.05mg/kg intravenously. Intraoperatively required concentration of sevoflurane was recorded at every 15 min. Heart rate, NIBP, SpO2, EtCO2, and temperature were recorded at every 15min interval till the end of surgery and every hourly interval postoperatively till rescue analgesic was given.
Duration of surgery, duration of anesthesia, and perioperative complications such as brady/tachycardia, hypo/hypertension, vomiting, and urinary retention were recorded. In the recovery room, hemodynamic parameters, sedation, and pain score were recorded at hourly interval till rescue analgesic was given. Postoperative sedation was assessed by using four point sedation score (0 - spontaneous eye opening, 1 - eye open on speech, 2 - eye open on shake, 3 - unarousable), and pain was evaluated by using
FLACC (F = Face, L = Leg, A = Activity, C = Cry, C = Consolability), score (maximum score of 10) at 1 h interval for first 3 h and thereafter every 2 h interval till score >4, and rescue analgesic was given. The use of FLACC is a valid and reliable tool for assessing procedural pain in children aged 5-16 years [6-8]. The Collected data were presented as a mean ± standard deviation, numbers, and percentages as appropriate. A value of P<0.05 was considered as a statistically significant difference with ANOVA being done for statistical analysis among the 3 groups, a student's t test for analgesics between any 2 out of 3 groups for various parameters a
Pain after surgery is inevitable, and the relief of postoperative pain has been consistently and systematically inadequate. A caudal block is one of the common regional anesthetic techniques used in pediatric age group undergoing infraumbilical surgery . It is generally considered a simple, safe procedure with more reliability, and predictability of the cephalic spread of local anesthetic solution in children than in adults. It produces minimal hemodynamic changes and provides some pain-free period intraoperatively and postoperatively in infraumbilical surgeries in children [1,2,9]. Analgesic effect of caudal bupivacaine terminates early, and supplementary analgesics are required in the postoperative period. Various adjuvant drugs such as ketamine, midazolam, tramadol, fentanyl, clonidine, dexmedetomidine have been used to prolong the duration of analgesia for the caudal block [1,10]. In our study, single shot caudal epidural using 1 ml/kg of 0.25% bupivacaine with 2 mg/kg tramadol or 2 ng/kg fentanyl with a maximum volume of 12 ml were given.
Tramadol is a racemic mixture of two enantiomers. The (+) enantiomer has moderate affinity for the opioid ^ receptor, which is greater than that of the (-) enantiomer. In addition, the (+) enantiomer inhibits serotonin reuptake, and the (-) enantiomer is a norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor. These complementary properties result in a synergistic antinociceptive interaction between the two. The resulting opioid has a striking lack of respiratory depressant effect despite having analgesic potency approximately equal to that of pethidine . Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid agonist. It exerts its analgesic action by binding to mu receptor, as well as to kappa and delta receptors within the spinal cord, producing spinal analgesia. It easily crosses the lumbar dura and penetrates quickly the lipid phase of the underlying tissue of the cord with minimal migration of opioids in rostral direction, hence, avoiding central nervous system depression of respiratory and cardiovascular system . Caudal bupivacaine with tramadol 1 mg/kg provides prolonged, and good quality postoperative analgesia compared to plain bupivacaine in children [10-13].
Caudal tramadol 2mg/kg with 0.5mg/kg of 0.25% bupivacaine provided longer duration of postoperative analgesia up to 16 or 18 h without having significant side effects but with higher sedation score for 1h postoperatively . Similarly in our study, the duration of postoperative analgesia was more than 10h up to 18 h without significant side effects in caudal bupivacaine 0.25% 1ml/kg with tramadol 2mg/kg. Greater epidural use of tramadol 2mg/kg may be preferred to morphine 0.1 mg/kg for postoperative analgesia in children undergoing urological surgery without any significant side effects . Caudal tramadol 2mg/ kg combined with bupivacaine 0.25% 0.75ml/kg provided longer duration of postoperative analgesia and reduced requirement for rescue analgesic compared with tramadol 1mg/kg or 1.5 mg/kg in children undergoing inguinal herniotomy . El Hamamsy et al.  observed analgesia for up to 4.5 and 5 h with caudal fentanyl 2^g/kg and tramadol 2mg/kg respectively. The mean duration of surgery was 140 min. They also observed that if the period of time between performing the caudal injection and recovery of the child from anesthesia was <2 h, the incidence of immediate pain (requiring rescue analgesia) was high (30%), demonstrating a slow onset of action of caudal tramadol.
However, with a longer duration surgery, caudal tramadol produced good quality analgesia for an average of 10.7h. The slow onset of action of caudal tramadol may imply that there is little advantage in injecting tramadol into the extradural space. Bupivacaine tramadol may prove more useful in young children and infants than other opioids because of its lack of respiratory depressant effects. A bupivacaine-fentanyl mixture as a single caudal epidural injection does not change the onset, quality and duration of analgesia and sedation score . We observed analgesia for up to 11 h and 18 h with caudal fentanyl 2^g/ kg and tramadol 2 mg/kg, respectively. The time for onset of analgesia in both groups was respectively same. Prosser et al.  observed no significant effects of tramadol on prolongation of analgesic effects of bupivacaine when administered caudally after hypospadias surgery . Cook and Doyle concluded that the addition of caudal fentanyl to local anesthetics offered no advantage over the administration of local anesthetics alone for short surgical procedures in children . Doctor et al. 
mentioned that addition of fentanyl 1 ng/kg to ropivacaine or bupivacaine administered through the caudal epidural route imparts no added advantage to bupivacaine except a less intense motor block in children undergoing surgery below the umbilicus. Kawaraguchi et al.  concluded that the addition of fentanyl 1mg/kg to ropivacaine 0.2% for caudal analgesia provides no further analgesic advantages to ropivacaine.
Shukla et al.  observed a transient decrease of oxygen saturation to 91% in five cases and vomiting in eight patients out of 45 who received fentanyl 1 |ig/kg with ropivacaine caudally. Patel mentioned in his case series that fentanyl does not prolong the duration of analgesia but significantly increases the incidence of nausea and vomiting . El Hamamsy et al.  observed that caudal fentanyl 2|ig/kg produced useful analgesia for up to 4.5h. However, the addition of fentanyl to local anesthetics increased significantly the incidence of vomiting and desaturation compared with other groups who did not receive fentanyl. In our study, we observed that caudal fentanyl 2|ig/kg prolong the duration of analgesia with mild sedation in an immediate postoperative period without any side effects. Khalid mentioned postoperative analgesia up to 16±4h with increased incidence of vomiting with tramadol 2mg/kg . Demiraran et al.  reported statistically higher sedation scores in the morphine group compared with the tramadol group. The incidence of nausea and vomiting was 25% in the tramadol group.
Prakash et al.  concluded that the most frequently reported side effect of epidural tramadol is nausea. The longer time to first void in patients receiving tramadol 2 mg/kg though statistically significant appears clinically acceptable. None of the patients required bladder catheterization. In a study done by Prosser et al. , 35-40% patient required a urinary catheter in bupivacaine and tramadol groups. According to them first indication for additional analgesia was related to the acute attack of bladder spasm . In our study, nausea and vomiting were observed in four patients of Group BT, and respiratory depression and pruritus were not observed in any patients of both the groups. About 70-75% patients in both groups were catheterized intraoperatively. Remaining patients did not have a problem to void urine postoperatively. The addition of caudal epidural analgesia to general anesthesia inhibits the stress responses from the lower part of the body during surgery and reduces the neurohormonal responses. It was demonstrated that small doses of a mixture of bupivacaine 0.25% alone or with fentanyl 1 |ig/kg when administered through the caudal epidural does not have any beneficial effect on pain scores and catecholamine levels [20,21]. In our study intraoperatively, there was a decrease in the heart rate and systolic blood pressure and decreases the requirement of end tidal sevoflurane concentration in both the groups.
It can be concluded that the addition of Tramadol 2mg/kg to Bupivacaine 0.125% 1ml/kg resulted in prolonged duration of
analgesia in comparison to Bupivacaine alone or with Fentanyl
1mcg/kg in Caudal Block in the post operative period.