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Define Local Anaesthetic.

Drugs that reversibly block neuronal conduction when applied locally


What is the rapid depolarisation stage of the action potential caused by?

Voltage-gated sodium channels


What are the three components that make up all local anaesthetics?

Aromatic region
Basic amine side-chain
Amide or ester link


What are the two types of local anaesthetics? Give an example of each.


Esta snorts Cocaine


Name a local anaesthetic that doesn’t fit the structure of all other local anaesthetics.

Benzocaine – it has an alkyl group rather than the basic amine side chain
NOTE: this means that it is relatively weak but highly lipid soluble (good for surface anaesthesia-Lozenge)


What are the two pathways of local anaesthesia? State which one is more important.

HYDROPHILIC – most important


Describe the hydrophilic pathway.

Unionised LA from the blood crosses the axon membrane and gets into the axon
Within the axon it forms the cation form of the LA
This cation form then binds to the inside of the voltage-gated sodium channels (when they open) and block sodium entry
This blocks action potential conduction


What feature of local anaesthetics helps make it more selective for nociceptive neurones?



Describe the hydrophobic pathway.

Some very lipophilic local anaesthetics will move into the cell membrane (in unionised form) and then drop straight into the sodium channel
It will then become the cation form in the sodium channel
And it will block sodium influx


What effect do local anaesthetics have on resting membrane potential?

No effect on resting membrane potential


Explain the effect of local anaesthetics on channel gating.

There is some suggestion that local anaesthetics bind more strongly to the sodium channels in their inactive state
Once bound to the sodium channel, it then holds it in the inactive stage for longer thus increasing the refractory period and reducing the frequency of action potentials


Explain the effect of local anaesthetics on surface tension.

They lodge into the plasma membrane and reduce surface tension of the membrane
This leads to non-selective expansion of the lipid membrane and leads to non-specific inhibition of ion channels


Describe the selectivity of local anaesthetics.

Preference for small diameter axons (e.g. nociception neurones)
Tend to block non-myelinated axons


Explain why it is difficult to anaesthetic infected tissue.

Infected tissue is ACIDIC
So there will be less anaesthetic that is unionised


What are the 6 methods of administration of local anaesthetics?

Surface anaesthesia
Infiltration anaesthesia
Intravenous regional anaesthesia
Nerve block anaesthesia
Spinal anaesthesia
Epidural anaesthesia


What are the consequences of using high doses in local anaesthesia?

It can cause systemic toxicity


What is infiltration anaesthesia?

Injection of anaesthetic directly into the tissue near the sensory nerve terminals
It is used for minor surgery


What is often coadministered with infiltration anaesthesia and why?

Adrenaline – this causes vasoconstriction and increases the duration of action of the anaesthetic meaning that a lower dose can be used
It also slows bleeding at the site of injection and reduces the amount of local anaesthetic going into the systemic circulation


What is intravenous regional anaesthesia?

Pressure cuff is used to cut off the blood supply downstream of it
Anaesthetic is administered intravenously


What is nerve block anaesthesia? Describe the dosage and onset.

Inject anaesthetic close to the nerve trunks
Low doses and slow onset


What is coadministered with nerve block anaesthesia?

A vasoconstrictor e.g. adrenaline


What is another name given to spinal anaesthesia?



Where is the anaesthetic inserted in spinal anaesthesia?

Into the subarchnoid space (into the CSF)


Which parts of the body can be anaesthetised effectively with spinal and epidural anaesthesia?

Abdomen, pelvis, lower limbs


How does spinal anaesthesia affect blood pressure and why does it have this effect?

It can cause a drop in blood pressure because it anaesthetises the nerve roots and the preganglionic sympathetic nerves are particularly sensitive to blockade by local anaesthetics
This leads to reduced sympathetic output and hence a drop in blood pressure


What trick can anaesthetists do to get better control over the location of the spinal anaesthesia?

Add glucose to the anaesthetic mixture
This increases the specific gravity of the local anaesthetic meaning that the patient can be tilted to move the bolus of anaesthetic to the right place


Describe the difference in metabolism of lidocaine and cocaine.

Lidocaine – hepatic – N-dealkylation
Cocaine – hepatic and plasma by non-specific cholinesterases


What are the CNS side-effects of lidocaine? Explain why it has these effects.

CNS stimulation
This is because the GABA system (inhibitory effect on CNS) is very sensitive to local anaesthetics


What are the CVS side-effects of lidocaine?

Myocardial depression
Decrease in blood pressure
All because of sodium channel blockade


What are the CNS side-effects of cocaine?

Euphoria and excitation
Because of blockade of monoamine transporters