Clinical Investigations on the Influence of the Retch-Ing Irritation (Gag-Reflex) During Laryngoscopy via Vari-Ous Stimuli of the Triggering Point (Ren Mai 24) in the Mento-Labial Fold

H.P. Ogal ,B. Eistert 2, H. Hammermann 2, C. Schellenberg I, S. Duennes 1, W. Krumholz 3, H. Glanz 2, G., Hempelmann 1
Dep..of.Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine,Justus-Liebig-University Giessen, Germany 1, Department of ENT, Justus-Liebig-University Giessen, Germany 2, Department ofAnaesthesiology, Bethlehem Hospital, Stolberg Germany 3

Method:

In 8 groups of 30 patients (n=240) various procedures of reducing an increased retching irritation (gag-reflex) during laryngoscopy were randomized and simply blind studied during the ENT check-up.

- Surface anaesthesia with lidocain spray
- Acupuncture at Ren Mai 24
- Falsum-acupuncture at the lateral chin
- Placebo treatment (inactivated laser pen)
- 0.5 ml NaCI 0.9% injection at the acupuncture point Ren Mai 24
- Lidocain 0.5% injection at the acupuncture point Ren Mai 24
- Lidocaine 2.0% injection at the acupuncture point Ren Mai 24
- Laryngoscopy without pre-treatment (control group)

Results:

Treatment with acupuncture at the Ren Mai 24 showed the most distinct reduction in retching reflex (gag-reflex).

Summary:

Of the 8 above mentioned groups, acupuncture at the Ren Mai 24 showed a distinct reduction of an increased retching reflex (gag-reflex) in laryngoscopy during the ENT check-up.


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