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Expert Rev Clin Pharmacol. 2017 Feb;10(2):179-185. doi: 10.1080/17512433.2017.1266252. Epub 2016 Dec 15.

Administration of lidocaine to prevent cognitive deficit in patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting and valve plasty: a systematic review and meta-analysis.

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a Department of Anesthesiology, Faculty of Medicine , Mazandaran University of Medical Sciences , Sari , Iran.
b Department of Cardiac Surgery, Faculty of Medicine , Mazandaran University of Medical Sciences , Sari , Iran.


The administration of lidocaine to maintain cognitive function following coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) and valve plasty is a controversial concept in terms of its effectiveness. We performed a systematic review to determine the effectiveness of treatment with lidocaine in preventing the occurrence of cognitive deficit after cardiac surgery. Area covered: To review the current literature on the subject, we searched the PubMed database and the Cochrane Library database (up to May 2015) and compiled a list of retrieved articles. Our final review includes only randomized controlled trials (RCTs) that compared lidocaine to a control (placebo) following CABG and valve plasty. Statistical analysis of the odds ratio (OR) and corresponding 95% confidence interval (CI) were used to determine the overall effectiveness of lidocaine for the prevention of cognitive deficit with both procedures. The Mantel-Haenszel method was used to pool data of the outcomes of cognitive deficit occurrence into fixed-effect model meta-analyses. Five RCTs were included in this study, with a total of 688 patients. Perioperative administration of lidocaine in patients undergoing cardiac surgery reduced occurrence of cognitive deficit (OR 0.583 [95% CI 0.438-0.777]; Z = -3.680; P = 0.00; I2 = 52%). No significant difference in the early occurrence of cognitive deficit was revealed in patients after cardiac surgery (OR 0.909 [95% CI 0.600-1.376]; Z = -0.451; P = 0.652; I2 = 11%). Expert commentary: Cognitive deficit associated with cardiac surgery is a common postoperative event. Lidocaine is contributed to a significantly reduced occurrence of cognitive deficit. Cognitive deficit management is recommended.


Lidocaine; cognitive deficit; coronary artery bypass grafting; meta-analysis; valve plasty

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