The effect of propofol infusion with topical epinephrine on cochlear blood flow and hearing: An experimental study

Chul Ho Jang, Yong Beom Cho, Jun Sik Lee, Geun Hyung Kim, Won-Kyo Jun, Sokcheon Pak

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Abstract

Background and objective Propofol is the most commonly used intravenous (IV) anesthetic agent and is associated with hypotension upon induction of anesthesia. Intravenous propofol infusion has several properties that may be beneficial to patients undergoing middle ear surgery. Topical application of concentrated epinephrine is a valuable tool for achieving hemostasis in the middle ear and during mastoid surgery. The purpose of the present study was to determine the effects of propofol infusion with topical epinephrine on cochlear blood flow (CBF) and hearing in rats. Materials and methods Twenty one male Sprague-Dawley rats were divided into three groups. The rate of intravenous infusion of propofol was 4–6 ml/kg/hour. The first group (control group, n = 7) was given IV infusion of phosphate buffered saline (PBS) with topical application of PBS in the round window. In study group A (n = 7), the effect of topical phosphate buffered saline with IV infusion of propofol on CBF and hearing was evaluated. In study group B (n = 7), additional effects of topical epinephrine with IV infusion of propofol on CBF and hearing were evaluated. The laser Doppler blood flowmeter, CBF, and the mean arterial blood pressure (MAP) were measured and analyzed. Additionally, hearing test using auditory brainstem response (ABR) was performed in both groups. Results In both groups, infusion of propofol induced a time-dependent decrease in MAP. Approximately 30 min after the start of the propofol infusion, the CBF started to decrease slowly. The decrease in CBF was significantly greater in the study group compared to the control group. The threshold was elevated in the study group relative to the control group. Conclusion During middle ear surgery, use of IV infusion of propofol with topical epinephrine cotton ball or cottonoid application is not recommended.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-26
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
Volume91
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2016

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