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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 392-393

A case of trigeminal hypersensitivity after administration of intrathecal sufentanil and bupivacaine for labor analgesia


Anaesthesiologist, Master of Science in Medicine, Mater Dei Hospital, Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil

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Dr. Adriano Bechara de Souza Hobaika
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DOI: 10.4103/1658-354X.136628

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  Abstract 

Rostral spread of intrathecal drugs and sensitization of supraspinal sites may provoke several adverse effects. This case describes a patient with right hemifacial paresthesia, trismus and dysphasia on the trigeminal nerve distribution after intrathecal sufentanil administration. Primigravida, 34 years, 39 weeks of pregnancy, with hypothyroidism and pregnancy induced hypertension. Allergic to latex. In the use of puran T4, 50 μg /day. When the patient presented cervical dilatation of 4 cm, she requested analgesia. She was placed in the sitting position and a spinal puncture was performed with a 27G needle pencil point in L4/L5 (1.5 mg of bupivacaine plus 7.5 μg of sufentanil). Next, was performed an epidural puncture in the same space. It was injected bupivacaine 0.065%, 10 ml, to facilitate the passage of the catheter. After 5 min lying down in the lateral upright position, she complained of perioral and right hemifacial paresthesia, mainly maxillary and periorbital, as well as trismus and difficulty to speak. The symptoms lasted for 30 min and resolved spontaneously. After 1 h, patient requested supplementary analgesia (12 ml of bupivacaine 0.125%) and a healthy baby girl was born. Temporary mental alterations have been described with the use of fentanyl and sufentanil in combined epidural-spinal analgesia, such as aphasia, difficulty of swallowing, mental confusion and even unconsciousness. In this patient, facial areas with paresthesia indicated by patient appear in clear association with the ophthalmic and maxillary branches of the trigeminal nerve and the occurrence of trismus and dysphagia are in association with the mandibular motor branch. The exact mechanism of rostral spread is not known, but it is speculated that after spinal drug administration, a subsequent epidural dose may reduce the intratecal space and propel the drug into the supraspinal sites.

Keywords: Combined spinal epidural anesthesia, labor analgesia, trigeminal nerve


How to cite this article:
de Souza Hobaika AB. A case of trigeminal hypersensitivity after administration of intrathecal sufentanil and bupivacaine for labor analgesia. Saudi J Anaesth 2014;8:392-3

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de Souza Hobaika AB. A case of trigeminal hypersensitivity after administration of intrathecal sufentanil and bupivacaine for labor analgesia. Saudi J Anaesth [serial online] 2014 [cited 2019 Nov 22];8:392-3. Available from: http://www.saudija.org/text.asp?2014/8/3/392/136628


  Introduction Top


Rostral spread is the supraspinal distribution of an opioid or local anesthetic within the cerebrospinal fluid during neuroaxis anesthesia. When these drugs reach supraspinal sites, sensitization of trigeminal nuclei may occur and provoke certain adverse effects. Although pruritus is the most common adverse effect, rare symptoms may occur. This is the first case that describes a patient with right hemifacial paresthesia, trismus and dysphasia on the trigeminal nerve distribution after intratecal sufentanil administration.


  Case Report Top


Primigravida, 34 years, 39 weeks of pregnancy, with hypothyroidism and pregnancy induced hypertension and allergic to latex in the use of puran T4, 50 μg /day. Previous surgeries: treatment of pyloric stenosis and lower limbs varicectomy. Occupation: pharmaceutical. When patient presented a cervical dilatation of 4 cm, she requested analgesia. She was placed in the sitting position and a spinal puncture was performed with a 27G needle pencil point (BBraun ® ) in L4/L5 (1.5 mg of bupivacaine plus 7.5 μg of sufentanil). Next, was performed an epidural puncture with the Arrow ® set in the same space. It was injected bupivacaine 0.065%, 10 ml, to facilitate the passage of the catheter. An initial resistance to its passage was observed. After 5 min lying down in the lateral upright position, patient complained of perioral and right hemifacial paresthesia, mainly maxillary and periorbital, as well as trismus and difficulty to speak. The symptoms lasted for 30 min and resolved spontaneously. After 1 h, patient requested supplementary analgesia (12 ml of bupivacaine 0.125%) and a healthy baby girl was born (Apgar 9/9). The catheter was removed without problems.


  Discussion Top


Combined spinal-epidural analgesia has become a common technique for labor analgesia, because of the rapid onset and minimal motor blockade. However, temporary mental alterations have been described with the use of fentanyl and sufentanil, such as aphasia, difficulty of swallowing, mental confusion and even unconsciousness. [1],[2],[3],[4]

Rostral dispersion of opioids and local anesthetics are supposed to be the responsible for these adverse effects. The exact mechanism of rostral spread is not known, but it is speculated that after spinal drug administration, a subsequent epidural dose may reduce the intrathecal space and propel the drug to the supraspinal sites. In this patient, the facial areas with paresthesia indicated by patient appear in clear association with the ophthalmic and maxillary branches of the trigeminal nerve and the occurrence of trismus and dysphagia are in association with the mandibular motor branch. The events in this case suggest that sufentanil and/or bupivacaine rostral dispersion to the trigeminal nuclei may have caused these symptoms. Although naloxone is recommended to treat the symptoms, the immediate diagnosis was quite difficult and they resolved spontaneously.

 
  References Top

1.Fragneto RY, Fisher A. Mental status change and aphasia after labor analgesia with intrathecal sufentanil/bupivacaine. Anesth Analg 2000;90:1175-6.  Back to cited text no. 1
    
2.Hamilton CL, Cohen SE. High sensory block after intrathecal sufentanil for labor analgesia. Anesthesiology 1995;83:1118-21.  Back to cited text no. 2
    
3.Scavone BM. Altered level of consciousness after combined spinal-epidural labor analgesia with intrathecal fentanyl and bupivacaine. Anesthesiology 2002;96:1021-2.  Back to cited text no. 3
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4.Kuczkowski KM, Goldsworthy M. Transient aphonia and aphagia in a parturient after induction of combined spinal-epidural labor analgesia with subarachnoid fentanyl and bupivacaine. Acta Anaesthesiol Belg 2003;54:165-6.  Back to cited text no. 4
    



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