Is hyaluronidase helpful for peribulbar anaesthesia?


A prospective, randomised controlled study was performed to investigate whether hyaluronidase improved the efficacy of peribulbar anaesthesia. Ninety-two patients undergoing peribulbar anaesthesia for intraocular surgery all received 10 ml of an anaesthetic solution consisting of a 50: 50 mixture of 2% lignocaine with 1 in 200 000 adrenaline and 0.5% bupivacaine. Patients were randomised to a hyaluronidase group which received 150 IU/ml hyaluronidase in this anaesthetic solution (a higher concentration than previous studies) or a control group which received no hyaluronidase. There were 44 patients in the hyaluronidase group and 48 patients in the control group. All anaesthetic injections were administered by an experienced ophthalmologist and no supplementary injections were required in any case. The mean time interval between administration of the block and commencement of surgery was 22 minutes. No statistically significant difference was found between the two groups for pre-operative akinesia (p = 0.16), intraoperative akinesia (p = 0.25), eyelid paralysis (p = 0.72), objective analgesia (p = 0.23) or subjective analgesia (p = 0.60). The majority of patients in both groups achieved excellent akinesia, eyelid paralysis and analgesia. The reasons for these findings in the light of previously conflicting reports on the value of hyaluronidase in peribulbar anaesthesia are discussed.


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Bowman, R., Newman, D., Richardson, E. et al. Is hyaluronidase helpful for peribulbar anaesthesia?. Eye 11, 385–388 (1997).

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  • Hyaluronidase
  • Peribulbar
  • Anaesthesia
  • Akinesia

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