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Author An, L. X.; Chen, X.; Ren, X. J.; Wu, H. F. url  doi
  Title Electro-Acupuncture Decreases Postoperative Pain and Improves Recovery in Patients Undergoing a Supratentorial Craniotomy Type of Study RCT
  Year 2014 Publication The American Journal of Chinese Medicine Abbreviated Journal Am J Chin Med  
  Volume Issue Pages 1-11  
  Keywords Acu + Usual Care Versus Usual Care; RCT; Anesthesia and Analgesia; Pain, Postoperative; Fixed Acupuncture Protocol; Restricted Modalities, Acupuncture Only; PONV; Postoperative Nausea and Vomiting; Electroacupuncture; TCM Acupuncture Style; Usual Care Control, Pharmaceutical  
  Abstract We performed this study to examine the effect of electro-acupuncture (EA) on postoperative pain, postoperative nausea and vomiting (PONV) and recovery in patients after a supratentorial tumor resection. Eighty-eight patients requiring a supratentorial tumor resection were anesthetized with sevoflurane and randomly allocated to a no treatment group (Group C) or an EA group (Group A). After anesthesia induction, the patients in Group A received EA at LI4 and SJ5, at BL63 and LR3 and at ST36 and GB40 on the same side as the craniotomy. The stimulation was continued until the end of the operation. Patient-controlled intravenous analgesia (PCIA) was used for the postoperative analgesia. The postoperative pain scores, PONV, the degree of dizziness and appetite were recorded. In the first 6 hours after the operation, the mean total bolus, the effective times of PCIA bolus administrations and the VAS scores were much lower in the EA group (p < 0.05). In the EA group, the incidence of PONV and degree of dizziness and feeling of fullness in the head within the first 24 hours after the operation was much lower than in the control group (p < 0.05). In the EA group, more patients had a better appetite than did the patients in group C (51.2% vs. 27.5%) (p < 0.05). The use of EA in neurosurgery patients improves the quality of postoperative analgesia, promotes appetite recovery and decreases some uncomfortable sensations, such as dizziness and feeling of fullness in the head.  
  Address Department of Anesthesia, Beijing Tiantan Hospital, Capital Medical University, Beijing 100050, China.  
  Language Number of Treatments 1  
  Treatment Follow-up N/A Frequency N/A Number of Participants 88  
  Time in Treatment 1 Day Condition Pain, Postoperative
  Disease Category Anesthesia and Analgesia OCSI Score  
  Notes Approved no  
  Call Number Serial 25  
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