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Table 3 Comparison between the two groups regarding heart rate and MBP preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative

From: Safety and efficacy of dexamethasone as an adjuvant to bupivacaine in bilateral transversus abdominis plane block in children undergoing major abdominal surgery

  Group A, no. = 26 Group B, no. = 26 Test valuea P value Sig.
HR preop Mean ± SD 106.92 ± 13.04 106.54 ± 12.55 0.108 0.914 NS
Range 80–125 85–125
HR intraop Mean ± SD 96.54 ± 10.84 93.46 ± 9.25 1.101 0.276 NS
Range 75–115 80–105
HR post Mean ± SD 101.92 ± 10.50 100.38 ± 10.29 0.534 0.596 NS
Range 80–120 80–115
MBP pre Mean ± SD 75.00 ± 5.29 77.69 ± 5.52 − 1.795 0.079 NS
Range 65–85 70–90
MBP intra 5 min after induction Mean ± SD 68.62 ± 5.72 70.19 ± 3.60 − 1.19 0.24 NS
Range 60–80 65–80
MBP intra 5 min after TAP block Mean ± SD 71.58 ± 5.35 73.88 ± 3.40 − 1.856 0.069 NS
Range 63–83 68–82
MBP intra 5 min after skin incision Mean ± SD 75.81 ± 5.25 77.96 ± 3.48 − 1.744 0.087 NS
Range 66–86 70–85
MBP post Mean ± SD 72.62 ± 5.58 74.46 ± 4.47 − 1.316 0.194 NS
Range 65–85 70–85
  1. P value > 0.05, non-significant (NS); P value < 0.05, significant (S); P value < 0.01, highly significant (HS)
  2. aIndependent t test
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