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2020 Sep 17

BMC Anesthesiol



How does intraarticular dexmedetomidine injection effect articular cartilage and synovium? An animal study.


Akça B, Ankay Yılbaş A, Üzümcügil F, Büyükakkuş B, Bahador Zırh E, Zeybek D, Sarıcaoğlu F
BMC Anesthesiol. 2020 Sep 17; 20(1):237.
PMID: 32943005.


Intraarticular injections are widely used to provide pain relief after arthroscopic procedures and minimize the use of opioids. Dexmedetomidine has been proven to potentiate pain relief and postpone the demand for the first analgesic drug when it is used intraarticularly following arthroscopic knee procedures. However, the effects of dexmedetomidine on articular structures have not yet been evaluated. Our aim was to determine the effects of intraarticular dexmedetomidine injection on articular structures such as cartilage and synovium.