Anaesthesia and intensive care

Lignocaine plasma levels following topical gel application in laparoscopic and hysteroscopic procedures.

PMID 22417024


The study aim was to determine plasma lignocaine concentrations resulting from topical application of a newly formulated, sterile two-pack lignocaine gel in laparoscopic and hysteroscopic procedures. This was an open label single-centre study in which six female patients underwent laparoscopy and six underwent hysteroscopy. One venous blood sample was extracted pre-gel application, followed by 10 samples over a 24 hour period following application. Samples were centrifuged, stored at -20°C and subsequently analysed for lignocaine and its metabolite, monoethyl-glycinexylidide. Application of gel in doses between 2.7 and 5.8 mg/kg of lignocaine resulted in a maximum plasma concentration in any patient of 1520 ng/ml lignocaine and 240 ng/ml monoethyl-glycinexylidide. These maximum concentrations were recorded in a patient undergoing a laparoscopic procedure and patients undergoing hysteroscopic procedures all recorded lower maximum concentrations compared with patients undergoing laparoscopy; the maximum observed concentrations in a patient having a hysteroscopy were 420 ng/ml lignocaine and 56 ng/ml of monoethyl-glycinexylidide.A new sterile two-pack topical lignocaine gel, applied at the end of laparoscopic and hysteroscopic procedures in doses up to 5.84 mg/kg, resulted in plasma lignocaine levels below those known to have the potential to cause central nervous system toxicity.

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