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Short-term outcomes of combined neuraxial and general anaesthesia versus general anaesthesia alone for elective open abdominal aortic aneurysm repair: retrospective population-based cohort study

Salata K, Abdallah FW, Hussain MA, de Mestral C, Greco E, Aljabri B, Mamdani M, Mazer CD, Forbes TL, Verma S, Al-Omran MB. Br J Anaesth. 2020; 124(5):544-52. Epub 2020 Mar 23. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bja.2020.01.018


Background — Use of neuraxial anaesthesia for open abdominal aortic aneurysm repair is postulated to reduce mortality and morbidity. This study aimed to determine the 90-day outcomes after elective open abdominal aortic aneurysm repair in patients receiving combined general and neuraxial anaesthesia vs general anaesthesia alone.

Methods — A retrospective population-based cohort study was conducted from 2003 to 2016. All patients ≥40 yr old undergoing open abdominal aortic aneurysm repair were included. The propensity score was used to construct inverse probability of treatment weighted regression models to assess differences in 90-day outcomes.

Results — A total of 10 447 elective open abdominal aortic aneurysm repairs were identified; 9003 (86%) patients received combined general and neuraxial anaesthesia and 1444 (14%) received general anaesthesia alone. Combined anaesthesia was associated with significantly lower hazards for all-cause mortality (hazard ratio [HR]=0.47; 95% confidence interval [CI], 0.37-0.61) and major adverse cardiovascular events (HR=0.72; 95% CI, 0.60-0.86). Combined patients were at lower odds for acute kidney injury (odds ratio [OR]=0.66; 95% CI, 0.49-0.89), respiratory failure (OR=0.41; 95% CI, 0.36-0.47), and limb complications (OR=0.30; 95% CI, 0.25-0.37), with higher odds of being discharged home (OR=1.32; 95% CI, 1.15-1.51). Combined anaesthesia was also associated with significant mechanical ventilation and ICU and hospital length of stay benefits.

Conclusions — Combined general and neuraxial anaesthesia in elective open abdominal aortic aneurysm repair is associated with reduced 90-day mortality and morbidity. Neuraxial anaesthesia should be considered as a routine adjunct to general anaesthesia for elective open abdominal aortic aneurysm repair.

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