ABOUT THIS STUDY
3.1.1 - Women undergoing unilateral mastectomy for malignancy at MD Anderson Cancer Center.
3.1.2 - Patients 18 years of age and older. There will be no upper age restriction.
3.1.3 - Patients must sign a study-specific consent form.
3.2.1 - ASA 4
3.2.2 - Contraindication to the use of dexmedetomidine.
18.104.22.168. Decompensated congestive heart failure.
22.214.171.124. Second and third degree heart block.
126.96.36.199. Known allergy to dexmedetomidine or any of the medications used in the study
3.2.3 - Patients taking clonidine for treatment of arterial hypertension.
3.2.4 - Patients that are pregnant.
3.2.5 - Patients taking opioids at the time of surgery.
3.2.6 - Patients having plastic surgical reconstruction.
3.2.7 - Recent chemotherapy (< 4 weeks).
3.2.8 - Active autoimmune or immunological disease including but not limited to systemic
lupus erythematous, rheumatoid arthritis and Sjogren's disease
3.2.9 - Patient refusal to participate in the study.
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