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The effect of intravenous dexamethasone in reducing periorbital edema, ecchymosis and intraoperative bleeding in rhinoplasty patients

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Author(s): Dabirmoghaddam P. | Baradaranfar MH. | Gouinee F. | Ayatallahi V.

Journal: Tehran University Medical Journal
ISSN 1683-1764

Volume: 65;
Issue: 8;
Start page: 29;
Date: 2007;
Original page

Keywords: Rhinoplasty | ecchymosis | edema

ABSTRACT
Background: In rhinoplasty, periorbital edema and ecchymosis is due to soft tissue trauma and small vessel injury with subsequent exudation and bleeding. The main purpose of this study is to determine the effect of dexamethasone in reducing periorbital edema and ecchymosis and intraoperative bleeding in rhinoplasty patients.Methods: This double-blind study included 90 patients who underwent rhinoplasty from October 2004 to March 2005. In group A, 8 mg of intravenous dexamethasone was administered only preoperatively. In group B, 8 mg of dexamethasone was administered preoperatively and continued every 8 hours postoperatively. Group C, the control group, received no dexamethasone. Results: The degree of upper lid edema in groups A and B was significantly less than that of group C. During the first and second day the severity of upper lid edema in group B was less than that of group A, but the difference was not significant. The degree of lower lid edema during the first and second days in groups A and B was significantly less than that of group C, although it was identical in all groups during the fifth and seventh days. The degree of upper lid ecchymosis during the first and fifth days in group C was significantly more than that of groups A and B, but it was similar on the seventh day in all groups. The degree of lower lid ecchymosis on the first day in groups A and B was significantly less than that of group C; however, it was similar in all groups during the second, fifth and seventh days. The volume of intraoperative bleeding in the three groups was similar. The mean period of recovery (12 days) was comparable in all groups.Conclusions: Dexamethasone administration leads to the reduction of upper lid edema, ecchymosis and lower lid edema during the first and second postoperative days, and reduction of lower lid ecchymosis on the first postoperative day.
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