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1: Acta Anaesthesiol Sin. 1999 Sep;37(3):151-4. Related Articles, Links

Delayed akathisia and suicidal attempts following epidural droperidol infusion--a case report.

Hung YC, Ho YY, Shen CL.

Department of Anesthesiology, Ton Yen General Hospital, Hsin Chu, Taiwan, R.O.C.

Epidural administration of droperidol has been used to prevent postoperative nausea and vomiting (PONV) caused by opioids, but the adverse reactions were relatively neglected. We present a patient who received patient-controlled epidural analgesia (PCEA) with bupivacaine-morphine-droperidol mixture for one and half days following hemorrhoidectomy, developed paroxysmal adverse reactions of akathisia, dysphoria, and suicidal attempts 3 days after the initiation of the treatment. The use of droperidol in PCEA for prevention of nausea and vomiting therefore needs to be re-evaluated according to the serious side effects occurring in our case.

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PMID: 10609349 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]