No clinical evidence of acute opioid tolerance after remifentanil-based anaesthesia

University of Santiago, Chile, CiudadSantiago, Santiago Metropolitan, Chile
BJA British Journal of Anaesthesia (Impact Factor: 4.35). 01/2002; 87(6):866-9. DOI: 10.1093/bja/87.6.866
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ABSTRACT We have prospectively assessed whether remifentanil-based anaesthesia is associated with clinically relevant acute opioid tolerance, expressed as greater postoperative pain scores or morphine consumption. Sixty patients undergoing elective gynaecological, non-laparoscopic, surgery were randomly assigned to receive remifentanil (group R, n=30) or sevoflurane (group S, n=30) based anaesthesia. Postoperative analgesia was provided with morphine through a patient-controlled infusion device. Mean (SD) remifentanil infusion rate in group R was 0.23 (0.10) microg kg(-1) min(-1) and mean inspired fraction of sevoflurane in group S was 1.75 (0.70)%. Mean (SD) cumulative morphine consumption during the first 24 postoperative hours was similar between groups: 28.0 (14.2) mg (group R) vs 28.6 (12.4) mg (group S). Pain scores, were also similar between groups during this period. These data do not support the development of acute opioid tolerance after remifentanil-based anaesthesia in this type of surgery.

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