Association of gabapentinoid utilization with postoperative pulmonary complications in gynecologic surgery: a retrospective cohort study.

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OBJECTIVE: To investigate gabapentinoid utilization and association with postoperative pulmonary complications after gynecologic surgery. METHODS: After Institutional Review Board approval, we performed this retrospective cohort study using the Premier Healthcare Database. We used ICD-10 and charge codes to identify adults who underwent elective gynecologic surgery from 2015 to 2018 and received either gabapentin or pregabalin on the day of surgery. Our primary outcome was a composite of pulmonary complications: respiratory failure, pneumonia, reintubation, pulmonary edema, and non-invasive or invasive ventilation. Secondary outcomes included mortality, intensive care unit admission, mechanical or non-invasive ventilation, hospital length of stay, re-admission within 30 days, opioid consumption and antiemetic use. Multivariable generalized linear mixed models were utilized to examine the associations between gabapentinoids and our outcome measures, adjusted for all covariates. RESULTS: Data from 253,013 patients were analyzed, with 19,121 (7.6%) receiving gabapentinoids. Gabapentinoid utilization increased from 3.9% in 2015 to 12.3% in 2018, and was associated with increased pulmonary complications (OR 1.19; 95% CI 1.03-1.38), non-invasive ventilation (odds ratio [OR] 1.53; 95% CI 1.29-1.81), duration of hospital stay (% change 1.75; 95% CI 0.92-2.59), daily antiemetic doses on day of surgery (mean difference [MD] 1.37; 95% CI 1.26-1.49) and subsequently (MD 1.61; 95% CI 1.30-1.99), and higher daily average (MD 4.59 mg; 95% CI 3.55-5.63) and total (MD 8.74 mg; 95% CI 6.83-10.62) parenteral morphine equivalents. CONCLUSIONS: Gabapentinoid utilization in gynecologic surgery is increasing and is associated with postoperative pulmonary complications.

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Cited Authors

  • Tan, HS; Frere, Z; Krishnamoorthy, V; Ohnuma, T; Raghunathan, K; Habib, AS

Published Date

  • May 1, 2021

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 37 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 821 - 828

PubMed ID

  • 33685298

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1473-4877

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1080/03007995.2021.1900092


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England