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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 67  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 163--168

Neuroprotective role of dexmedetomidine in epilepsy surgery: A preliminary study

1 Department of Neuroanaesthesiology and Critical Care, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
2 Department of Anesthesia, AIIMS, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India
3 Department of Neurosurgery, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
4 Department of Neurology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
5 Department of Neurobiochemistry, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
6 Department of Biophysics, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
7 National Institute of Medical Malaria Research, New Delhi, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Ashish Bindra
Room No 710, CN Centre, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi - 110 029
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0028-3886.253616

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Purpose: Long standing temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) causes cerebral insult and results in elevated brain injury biomarkers, S100b and neuron specific enolase (NSE). Surgery for TLE, has the potential to cause additional cerebral insult. Dexmedetomidine is postulated to have neuroprotective effects. The aim of this study was to assess the effect of intraoperative dexmedetomidine on S100b and NSE during TLE surgery. Materials and Methods: 19 consenting adult patients with TLE undergoing anteromedial temporal lobectomy were enrolled and divided into two groups. Patients in Group D (n = 9) received dexmedetomidine whereas patients in Group C (n = 10) received saline as placebo in addition to the standard anaesthesia technique. Blood samples of these patients were drawn, before induction of anaesthesia, at the end of surgery, as well at 24 hours and 48 hours postoperatively, and analysed for serum S100b and NSE. Results: The demographic and clinical profile was comparable in both the groups. The baseline S100b in group C and group D was 66.7 ± 26.5 pg/ml and 34.3 ± 21.7 pg/ml (P = 0.013) respectively. After adjustment for the baseline, the overall value of S100b was 71.0 ± 39.8 pg/ml and 40.5 ± 22.5 pg/ml (P = 0.002) in the control and study group, respectively. The values of S100b (79.3 ± 53.6 pg/ml) [P = 0.017] were highest at 24 hours postoperatively. The mean value of NSE in the control and study group was 32.8 ± 43.4 ng/ml (log 3.0 ± 0.1) and 13.51 ± 9.12 ng/ml (log 2.42 ± 0.60), respectively. The value of NSE in both the groups was comparable at different time points. Conclusions: Lower perioperative values of S100b were observed in patients who received intraoperative dexmedetomidine. Dexmedetomidine may play a role in cerebroprotection during epilepsy surgery.


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