Tülin Türközü

Department of Orthopedics and Traumatology, Medicine Faculty of Van Yüzüncü Yıl University, Van, Türkiye

Keywords: Congenital hip dislocation, Epinephrine, osteotomy, surgical sponges, topical administration.


Objectives: In this study, we aimed to investigate whether the use of epinephrine solution-impregnated gauzes and irrigation fluid with epinephrine could reduce perioperative blood loss during the combined surgical treatment of developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH) patients.

Patients and methods: Between January 2018 and June 2023, a total of 68 pediatric patients (8 males, 60 females; mean age: 32.4±13.2 months; range, 18 to 98 months) who underwent combined surgery for DDH were retrospectively analyzed. The patients were divided into two groups as those who used topical epinephrine in the surgical sites during combined surgical treatment (n=34) and those who did not (n=34). Demographic and clinical characteristics and pre-, intra-, and postoperative data were recorded. To avoid transfusion complications, blood transfusion was performed in only symptomatic patients in the postoperative period.

Results: Age, sex, weight, and surgical duration were similar between the two groups (p>0.05). No statistically significant difference was found between the groups in terms of preoperative hemoglobin and hematocrit levels (p>0.05) There were statistically significantly differences between the groups in terms of postoperative hemoglobin and hematocrit levels, perioperative amount of blood loss, and postoperative length of hospital stay (p<0.001). No significant difference was found between the groups in terms of intraoperative hemodynamic parameters (p>0.05). The differences in perioperative and estimated intraoperative blood loss amounts and length of hospital stay were statistically significant between the groups (p<0.001). There was a significant relationship between the groups in terms of perioperative and estimated intraoperative blood loss, and transfusion of blood products (p<0.01). Blood transfusion was administered to five patients in the no epinephrine group. No local complications were observed in any group; however, one patient had transfusion-related fever and one patient had allergic skin lesions in the no epinephrine group.

Conclusion: The intraoperative topical use of epinephrine irrigation solution and epinephrine solution-impregnated gauze dressings is effective and safe in reducing blood loss in DDH patients.

Citation: Türközü T. Does epinephrine use reduce perioperative blood loss during pelvic and femoral osteotomy with open reduction of the patients with developmental dysplasia of the hip?. Jt Dis Relat Surg 2023;34(3):694-699. doi: 10.52312/ jdrs.2023.1282.

Ethics Committee Approval

The study protocol was approved by the Van Yüzüncü Yıl University Non-Interventional Clinical Research Ethics Committee (date: 16.06.2023, no: YYUEC-2023/06-07). The study was conducted in accordance with the principles of the Declaration of Helsinki.

Conflict of Interest

The author declared no conflicts of interest with respect to the authorship and/or publication of this article.

Financial Disclosure

The author received no financial support for the research and/or authorship of this article.

Data Sharing Statement

The data that support the findings of this study are available from the corresponding author upon reasonable request.