Brazilian Journal of Anesthesiology
Brazilian Journal of Anesthesiology
Clinical Research

Comparison between dexmedetomidine and fentanyl bolus in attenuating the stress response to laryngoscopy and tracheal intubation: a randomized double-blind trial

Aditya P. Mahiswar, Prakash K. Dubey, Alok Ranjan

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Background and objectives
Laryngoscopy and tracheal intubation lead to a sympathoadrenal response. We compared the efficacy of dexmedetomidine with fentanyl bolus to attenuate this response.

One hundred patients admitted for routine surgical procedures under general anesthesia were enrolled in this double blind, randomized, controlled study. Patients were randomly assigned to two groups: Group F received injection of fentanyl 2 μ and Group D received injection of dexmedetomidine 0.5 μ diluted up to 5 mL by adding normal saline intravenously over 60 seconds. Five minutes thereafter, following induction with propofol and vecuronium, tracheal intubation was performed after 3 minutes of mask ventilation. Hemodynamic parameters were observed at an interval of 2 minutes before tracheal intubation and at an interval of 1 minute for 5 minutes after tracheal tube cuff inflation. Continuous variables are presented as mean with 95% confidence interval, and t-test was applied for comparing the difference of means between two groups after checking the normality condition. Chi-square test was applied to test the independence of attributes of categorical variables. Repeated measures two-way ANOVA was performed to compare the outcome variables between the two groups.

The difference in heart rate and mean arterial pressure of patients in two groups after laryngoscopy and intubation was not statistically significant at any point of time. The hemodynamic changes did not require any intervention in the form of administration of rescue medication.

Dexmedetomidine 0.5 μ is as effective as fentanyl 2 μ in attenuating the hemodynamic response accompanying laryngoscopy and tracheal intubation.


Laryngoscopy;  Hemodynamics;  Fentanyl;  Dexmedetomidine;  Stress response


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