Modern solution to the problem of pain relief in newborns with necrotizing enterocolitis


  • O.O. Vlasov MI «Dnepropetrovsk Regional Children's Clinical Hospital», Ukraine


pain, newborns, analgesia, necrotizing enterocolitis


To date, there is no doubt that newborns feel pain. They have short-term and long-term effects of pain, which include disorders of neurological and behavioral development. The perception of pain requires the functioning of the anatomical structures through which the impulse enters the central nervous system, and the neuroendocrine system, which provides the body's response to pain. Diagnosis of pain in newborns is made by assessing the behavioral, physiological and hormonal responses that occur in response to a painful stimulus. Among the three most common pain assessment scales, the PIPP scale is used more often, one of the significant advantages of which is taking into account the degree of maturity and the term of birth of the child, together with the assessment of behavioral responses, physiological parameters (heart rate, oxygen saturation ), the work of facial muscles. Modern strategies for the treatment of acute pain are based on the concept of multimodal analgesia, the main idea of which is to increase the effectiveness of analgesics while reducing the incidence of side effects, using drugs of different groups with different points of application. Interventions to control neonatal pain can be both non-pharmacological and pharmacological. In the case of a relatively stable condition of a patient with necrotizing enterocolitis, the preoperative stage of anesthetic management should be focused on assessing and adjusting the respiratory, circulatory and metabolic status, as well as on the assessment and correction of current hematological and coagulation disorders as an integral part of the above actions. In the case of suspected or therapeutic necrotizing enterocolitis, the main therapeutic interventions should be aimed at creating conditions for the so-called «rest» for the intestine, its decompression and the appointment of broad-spectrum antibiotics. Therefore, anesthetic management of necrotizing enterocolitis is the need to continue the current intensive care and resuscitation, which is especially useful in cases where a critically ill newborn needs vital rescue surgery.



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