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Paediatric Anaesthesia

Margaret J Livingstone, Cornelius B Groenewald, Jennifer A Rabbitts, Tonya M Palermo
BACKGROUND: Concerns regarding the safety of codeine have been raised. Cases of life-threatening respiratory depression and death in children have been attributed to codeine's polymorphic metabolic pathway. International health agencies recommend restricted use of codeine in children. Despite these recommendations, the epidemiology of codeine use among children remains unknown. AIMS: Our objective was to examine patterns of codeine use in the US among children. METHODS: A cross-sectional analysis of children of age 0-17 years from 1996 to 2013 in the US was performed...
October 25, 2016: Paediatric Anaesthesia
Juan P Boriosi, Jens C Eickhoff, Kristi B Klein, Gregory A Hollman
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Both propofol and dexmedetomidine have been found to be safe and effective sedation for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Our program experienced an increase in patients arousing and experiencing an adverse airway event during propofol sedation for MRI in the first months of using a new 3T (Tesla) MRI scanner that was found to have a longer reverberation time compared to the previous 1.5 T MRI. In an effort to decrease patient arousal and adverse airway events during MRI, we administered a dexmedetomidine load prior to our standard propofol protocol...
October 25, 2016: Paediatric Anaesthesia
Joy M Dawes, Erin M Cooke, Jacqueline A Hannam, Katherine A Brand, Pamela Winton, Ricardo Jimenez-Mendez, Katarina Aleksa, Gillian R Lauder, Bruce C Carleton, Gideon Koren, Michael J Rieder, Brian J Anderson, Carolyne J Montgomery
BACKGROUND: Oral morphine has been proposed as an effective and safe alternative to codeine for after-discharge pain in children following surgery but there are few data guiding an optimum safe oral dose. AIMS: The aim of this study was to characterize the absorption pharmacokinetics of enteral morphine in order to simulate time-concentration profiles in children given common oral morphine dose regimens. METHODS: Children (2-6 years, n = 34) undergoing elective surgery and requiring opioid analgesia were randomized to receive preoperative oral morphine (100 mcg·kg(-1) , 200 mcg·kg(-1) , 300 mcg·kg(-1) )...
October 25, 2016: Paediatric Anaesthesia
Lena Tan, Elsa Taylor, Jacqueline A Hannam, Lesley Salkeld, Sam Salman, Brian J Anderson
BACKGROUND: Few pharmacokinetic (PK) and pharmacodynamic (PD) data exist for COX-2 selective inhibitors in children. We wished to characterize the PKPD of parecoxib and its active metabolite, valdecoxib, in this population. METHODS: Children (n = 59) were randomized to parecoxib 0.25 mg·kg(-1) , 1 mg·kg(-1) , and 2 mg·kg(-1) during tonsillectomy ± adenoidectomy. Samples (4-6 per child) were obtained from indwelling cannula over 6 h. A second group of inpatient children (n = 15) given 1 mg·kg(-1) contributed PK data from 6 to 24 h...
October 25, 2016: Paediatric Anaesthesia
Chulananda Goonasekera, Kamal Ali, Ann Hickey, Lekshmi Sasidharan, Malcolm Mathew, Mark Davenport, Anne Greenough
BACKGROUND: Mortality following surgical repair of congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) remains high. The volume and type of perioperative intravenous fluid administered, baro-trauma, oxygen toxicity, and the duration of anesthesia are thought to affect outcome in surgical populations. AIMS: The aim of this retrospective observational study was to determine whether the perioperative volume or type of fluids and/or the duration of anesthesia were associated with postoperative mortality and if mortality was predicted by the oxygenation index (OI) prior to or following CDH surgical repair...
October 25, 2016: Paediatric Anaesthesia
Jack H Crawford, Matthew S Hull, Santiago Borasino, Brad L Steenwyk, Kristal M Hock, Kevin Wall, Jeffrey A Alten
BACKGROUND: Cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) may lead to adrenal insufficiency (AI). Emerging evidence supports association of AI with morbidity after cardiac surgery. AIMS: The aim of this study was to define AI incidence in neonates undergoing complex cardiac surgery with CPB and its association with intraoperative post-CPB outcomes. METHODS: Forty subjects enrolled in a prior randomized control trial who received preoperative methylprednisolone as part of our institutional neonatal bypass protocol were included...
October 25, 2016: Paediatric Anaesthesia
Divya Jain, Babita Ghai, Komal Gandhi, Gargi Banerjee, Indu Bala, Ram Samujh
BACKGROUND: A previous study by our group demonstrated an increase in oropharyngeal leak pressures and a deterioration of ventilation in maximum neck flexion with the I-Gel(™) . To ascertain the optimal degree of neck flexion which increases OPLP without compromising ventilation we conducted a prospective self-controlled trial with the I-Gel(™) in different degrees of neck flexion in anesthetized paralyzed children. METHODOLOGY: The I-gel(™) was inserted in 60 children undergoing inhalation induction with muscle paralysis for routine general anesthesia...
October 25, 2016: Paediatric Anaesthesia
Zhang Chao, Huang Gui Jin, Yu Cong
BACKGROUND: The incidence of early childhood caries shows a significant increasing trend. Often, children younger than 6 years need additional help to finish the dental treatment. Therefore, general anesthesia (GA) could help to provide a successful environment for pediatric dental treatment. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to assess the effect of dental treatment under general anesthesia (DGA) on the patients' oral health in Chongqing, Southwest China using the P-CPQ and the FIS questionnaires...
October 25, 2016: Paediatric Anaesthesia
Christopher F Tirotta, Tuan Nguyen, Steven Fishberger, Evelio Velis, Melissa Olen, Lourdes Lam, Danielle R Madril, Jessica Hughes, Richard G Lagueruela
BACKGROUND: Dexmedetomidine is a selective alpha-2 adrenergic agonist with sedative, analgesic, and anxiolytic properties. Dexmedetomidine has not been approved for use in pediatrics. Dexmedetomidine has been reported to depress sinus node and atrioventricular nodal function in pediatric patients; it has been suggested that the use of dexmedetomidine may not be desirable during electrophysiological studies. AIM: We hypothesize that the use of dexmedetomidine does not inhibit the induction of supraventricular tachyarrhythmias (SVT) during electrophysiological studies and does not inhibit the ablation of such arrhythmias...
October 25, 2016: Paediatric Anaesthesia
Mark Wigginton, Laura Lehrian
We compare airway management and lung isolation methods in two pediatric cases of congenital central hypoventilation syndrome undergoing bilateral throacoscopic phrenic-nerve-stimulator surgery. One child received lung isolation using a 7Fr bronchial blocker in conjunction with a 6.0 cuffed endotracheal tube; and the second received a technique of endobronchial intubation using a 3.5 microcuffed tube via the tracheostomy stoma in conjunction with 5.0 cuffed endotracheal intubation; a technique previously undescribed in pediatric patients...
October 20, 2016: Paediatric Anaesthesia
Robert Sümpelmann, Karin Becke, Sebastian Brenner, Christian Breschan, Christoph Eich, Claudia Höhne, Martin Jöhr, Franz-Josef Kretz, Gernot Marx, Lars Pape, Markus Schreiber, Jochen Strauss, Markus Weiss
This consensus- based S1 Guideline for perioperative infusion therapy in children is focused on safety and efficacy. The objective is to maintain or re-establish the child's normal physiological state (normovolemia, normal tissue perfusion, normal metabolic function, normal acid- base- electrolyte status). Therefore, the perioperative fasting times should be as short as possible to prevent patient discomfort, dehydration, and ketoacidosis. A physiologically composed balanced isotonic electrolyte solution (BS) with 1-2...
October 17, 2016: Paediatric Anaesthesia
Robert H Friesen
Pediatric cardiac anesthesia has developed over the past eight decades into a specialty delivering complex clinical care and contributing remarkable scientific progress. The history of this development can be traced through journal articles that mark the strides of the specialty. This article discusses journal articles, chosen by the author, that he considers had a significant impact on the practice of pediatric cardiac anesthesia or are of historical interest.
October 13, 2016: Paediatric Anaesthesia
Roby Sebastian, Todd Ratliff, Peter D Winch, Dmitry Tumin, Daniel Gomez, Joseph Tobias, Mark Galantowicz, Aymen N Naguib
BACKGROUND: The majority of allogeneic transfusions occur in the perioperative setting, especially during cardiac surgery. In addition to the economic implications, there is emerging evidence that blood transfusion may increase both morbidity and mortality. Acute normovolemic hemodilution (ANH) may limit the need for blood products. OBJECTIVES: The primary objective of this study was to determine if the method of blood collection (syringe or bag) during the ANH process impacted the platelet count and function...
October 13, 2016: Paediatric Anaesthesia
Babita Ghai, Kajal Jain, Akshay Kumar Saxena, Nidhi Bhatia, Kushaljit Singh Sodhi
BACKGROUND: Children undergoing computerized tomography (CT) frequently require sedation to allay their anxiety, and prevent motion artifacts and stress of intravenous (IV) cannulation. AIMS: The aim of this trial was to compare the effectiveness of oral midazolam and intranasal dexmedetomidine as sole premedicants in children for carrying out both IV cannulation as well as CT scanning, without the need for additional IV sedatives. METHODS: Fifty-nine children, aged 1-6 years, scheduled to undergo CT imaging under sedation were randomized to receive either 0...
October 13, 2016: Paediatric Anaesthesia
Mohamed M Abu Elyazed, Shaimaa F Mostafa, Mohammad A Abdullah, Gehan M Eid
BACKGROUND: Transversus abdominis plane block (TAP) is a compartmental block of the anterior abdominal wall. Surgical trauma produces multisystem reactions. Anesthetic techniques can modify the neuroendocrine surgical stress response. AIM: The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of TAP block on the modification of the surgical neuroendocrine stress response as well as its analgesia effect in children undergoing open inguinal hernia repair. METHOD: Sixty children aged 3-10 years undergoing elective unilateral open inguinal hernia repair were randomized into group I (general anesthesia) or group II (received TAP block after induction of general anesthesia)...
October 12, 2016: Paediatric Anaesthesia
Justin J Skowno, Jonathan S Karpelowsky, Nicola R Watts, David G Little
BACKGROUND: Vascular complications following pediatric liver transplantation occur in 8-10% of cases, and no continuous, non-invasive monitoring for this problem exists. Near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) allows non-invasive, continuous, transcutaneous assessment of hemoglobin oxygenation (StO2 ) 1-4 cm below the skin surface. AIMS: We hypothesized that transcutaneous NIRS would be able to detect severe hepatic ischemia, and tested this in an animal model using 15-20 kg and 5-7 kg juvenile pigs...
September 24, 2016: Paediatric Anaesthesia
Makoto Nagoshi, Rica Morzov, Justin Hotz, Paula Belson, Marla Matar, Patrick Ross, Randall Wetzel
INTRODUCTION: Monitoring of exhaled carbon dioxide (CO2 ) in nonintubated patients is challenging. We compared the precision of a mainstream mask capnography to side stream sampling nasal cannula capnography. In addition, we compared the effect of gas flow rates on the measured exhaled CO2 between mainstream mask and side stream nasal cannula capnography. METHODS: A mainstream mask capnography system (cap-ONE) was tested. Children (weight of 7-40 kg, ASA 1-2) following anesthesia for minor procedures were assigned randomly to side stream or mainstream sampling groups...
September 24, 2016: Paediatric Anaesthesia
Thomas Riva, Stefan Seiler, Franziska Stucki, Robert Greif, Lorenz Theiler
In small children, high-flow nasal cannula therapy may prolong apnea time even when an inspiratory oxygen fraction below 100% is used. This will be beneficial in prolonged intubation attempts, but especially during procedures requiring prolonged apnea time, leading to fewer airway manipulations and markedly enhanced surgical conditions.
September 24, 2016: Paediatric Anaesthesia
Theresa Cummings, Tara Der, Cengiz Karsli
A series of life-threatening nonanesthetic-related MH reactions in a child was the inspiration for a proactive, novel solution allowing for early prehospital, potentially lifesaving intravenous dantrolene administration. Multidisciplinary collaboration is essential and parent education must be comprehensive and ongoing. This case underlines the importance of considering nonanesthetic MH susceptibility in the child who has a history of unspecified myopathy and who presents with fever and total body stiffness...
August 26, 2016: Paediatric Anaesthesia
Ji-Yun Jung, Eun-Hee Kim, In-Kyung Song, Ji-Hyun Lee, Hee-Soo Kim, Jin-Tae Kim
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to analyze the distances between the conus medullaris and the Tuffier's line, and between the dural sac and the sacrococcygeal membrane (SCM) in the same pediatric population. METHODS: Spinal magnetic resonance images and simple X-ray images of 350 patients aged from 1 month to 20 years were reviewed. Positions of the conus medullaris, Tuffier's line, the dural sac, and the SCM were identified. Each position was recorded in relation to the corresponding vertebral body segments...
August 26, 2016: Paediatric Anaesthesia
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