Do corticotherapy and hemodilution decrease postoperative inflammation after maxillofacial surgery? . French
Annales Francaises d Anesthesie et de Reanimation. 1996;15((2):):157-61.
OBJECTIVE To assess the efficiency of corticosteroids and preoperative acute normovolaemic haemodilution (PANHD) in reducing postoperative inflammation after maxillofacial surgery. STUDY DESIGN Randomized clinical trial. PATIENTS Thirty-two patients scheduled to undergo maxillary osteotomy for facial dysmorphia were randomized into four groups of eight (PANHD or not; corticosteroids or not). METHODS PANHD decreased haematocrit to 30%. In the corticosteroid groups, methylprednisolone 1.5 mg.kg-1 was given intravenously at the beginning of surgery (after PANHD in haemodiluted group), and after surgery, 1.5 mg.kg-1 iv daily for three days. Postoperative inflammation was assessed with an X-Ray technique (radiotelemetry) providing data on tissue thickness (extent of facial oedema), and by measurement of plasma concentrations of four acute phase proteins during the first postoperative week. RESULTS No change in facial oedema and in acute phase proteins occurred with PANHD. Corticosteroids decreased postoperative oedema and acute phase proteins. CONCLUSION Corticosteroids decrease postoperative inflammation after maxillofacial surgery but not PANHD.
Acute normovolaemic haemodilution does not reduce the inflammatory process induced by facial surgery
Canadian Journal of Anaesthesia. 1995;42((4):):305-9.
The place of preoperative acute normovolaemic haemodilution (haematocrit = 28%-32%) in reducing postoperative inflammation was evaluated after facial surgery. Thirty-two patients scheduled for mandibular osteotomy were randomized to a nonhaemodiluted group or to a haemodiluted group. The degree of postoperative inflammation was evaluated: first by an x-ray technique (radiotelemetry) providing measurements of the tissue thickness (quantitation of facial oedema), and second by the measurement of four acute phase protein plasma concentrations during the first postoperative week. Throughout the study, no changes in facial oedema or in variation of acute phase proteins were detected after haemodilution. It is concluded that acute normovolaemic haemodilution has no effect on the intensity of facial oedema and the biological inflammation process after facial surgery.
Effect of fibrin glue on lymphostasis during lymph node excisions. Prospective randomized study in 40 patients . French
Annales de Chirurgie. 1994;48((2):):194-6.
To evaluate the efficacy of fibrin glue for lymphostasis during axillary and inguinal lymph node removal, we conducted a prospective randomized study including 40 patients. Post-operative mortality and morbidity rates were not different throughout the 2 groups. However they were significant decreasement in drainage duration, in drainage quantity and in hospital duration in the group "with" fibrin when compared with the group "without".