Year : 2016  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 104-107

Does nebulized dexamethasone decrease the incidence of postextubation sore throat?: a randomized controlled study

Department of Anesthesiology, Faculty of Medicine, Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt

Correspondence Address:
Atef K Salama
Lecturer of Anesthesia, Anesthesia Department, Faculty of Medicine, Cairo University, Kasr Al Ainy Street, 11562 Cairo
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/1687-7934.178888

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Objective and aim of study Postoperative sore throat (POST) is a common complaint in about 21-65% of patients undergoing general anesthesia with endotracheal intubation. The aim of this randomized controlled study was to evaluate the efficacy of preoperative nebulized dexamethasone in decreasing the incidence of postextubation sore throat. Patients and methods A total of 120 American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) physical status I-II patients of both sexes aged 25-60 years sexes were included in this study. Patients were randomly assigned into one of the two groups of 60 patients each: group D received dexamethasone 8 mg in 5 ml nebulization and group S (the control group) received normal saline in 5 ml nebulization 15 min before general anesthesia and endotracheal intubation. The intensity of sore throat and hemodynamic variables were monitored before nebulization, on arrival to the postanesthesia care unit (0 h), and at 2, 4, 8, 12, and 24 h postoperatively. Results The incidence and severity of POST were significantly reduced in the dexamethasone group than in the saline group at the following time intervals: 2 h after extubation (P = 0.009), 4 h after extubation (P = 0.000), 8 h after extubation (P = 0.000), and 12 h after extubation (P = 0.002). There was no complication associated with dexamethasone nebulization. Conclusion Preoperative nebulization with dexamethasone 8 mg reduces the incidence and severity of POST in patients receiving general anesthesia with endotracheal intubation.

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