Author(s): Rowley SA, Hale JE, Finlay RD
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Abstract AIMS: A prospective, randomised, double blind study was used to investigate the effect of hyaluronidase on the quality of block achieved with sub-Tenon's local anaesthesia. METHODS: 150 patients scheduled for elective cataract surgery were randomly allocated to either sub-Tenon's block with 3 ml lignocaine 2\%/adrenaline 1:200 000 alone or with the addition of 30 IU/ml of hyaluronidase. The blocks were assessed for degree of akinesia and reduction of eyelid movement, and also post-injection and postoperative pain scores. RESULTS: Akinesia and reduction of eyelid movement measured 10 minutes after injection were significantly better in the group with hyaluronidase added to the anaesthetic solution. Postoperative pain scores were not significantly different between the two groups but the post-injection pain score was greater (marginally significant) in the group with hyaluronidase added. CONCLUSION: The addition of hyaluronidase significantly improves the quality of the motor blockade achieved with sub-Tenon's local anaesthesia, but has no effect on the sensory blockade.
This article was published in Br J Ophthalmol
and referenced in Journal of Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology