The goal of the study was to evaluate the effectiveness of analgesia nociception index (ANI) monitoring during intraoperative period for patients with thoracic paravertebral block (TPVB) undergoing breast surgery under general anesthesia. This prospective randomized trial was performed after receiving ethics committee approval in 44 patients who were scheduled to undergo breast surgery under general anesthesia. TPVB was performed in the preoperative period using 20 mL of bupivacaine 0.25% at T4 level. Anesthesia maintenance was provided with sevoflurane in O2: air mixture and remifentanil infusion. Intraoperative concentration of sevoflurane was adjusted according to BIS monitoring keeping the values between 40-60. In a randomized manner patients were divided into two groups. In Group control (n:22) intraoperative remifentanil infusion rate was regulated according to hemodynamic parameters, in Group ANI (n:22) remifentanil infusion rate was titrated to keep ANI monitoring values between 50-70. Total remifentanil consumption was recorded as micrograms. Demographic data, anesthesia and surgery time, intraoperative hemodynamic parameters, post-anesthesia recovery time and requirement of additional analgesic in the recovery drug were recorded. There were no significant difference in demographic data, intraoperative hemodynamic parameters, post-anesthesia recovery time and requirement of additional analgesic drug. There was a statistically significant difference between groups in total remifentanil consumption (Group ANI: 629.6 ± 422.4 mcg, Group control: 965.2 ± 543.6 mcg) (p = 0.027). In patients under general anesthesia ANI monitorisation can help optimisation of opioid consumption and provide data about nociception/antinociception intraoperatively but further experimental and clinical trials in a large scale are needed.
Keywords: Analgesia nociception index; Pain monitoring; Thoracic paravertabral block.