Translated title of the contribution: Anesthesia for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

N. Weksler, R. Jedeikin, S. Hoffman

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Thirty patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, COPD, undergoing surgery of lower abdomen and inferior limbs were grouped in 3 numerically equal groups. In group I, subarachnoid block was used; in group II, Halothane anesthesia was performed and in group III, the technique was neuroleptanalgesia. In both general anesthesia groups, the patients were ventilated with a tidal Volume of 10 ml/kg, a respiratory rate of 12 breaths per minute and with 3 to 5 cm H2O of PEEP. The diagnosis of COPD was made by the clinical history, chest X-ray and FEV1 less than 70% of Vital Capacity. Arterial blood gases were checked before, during and 1 hour after surgery. The PO2/FIO2 ratio was used in order to evaluate the efficacy of ventilation. Chest X-ray and clinical examination were done preoperatively and in the third postoperative day. The alterations in arterial blood gases were similar in all groups. The changes in the PO2/FIO2 ratio were non significant and similar in the pre, intra and postoperative samples in the 3 groups. All the patients were free of pulmonary complications in the first 3 postoperative days. We believe that the use of PEEP, with a large tidal volume and a low respiratory rate, is efficient enough to prevent the hypoxemia which occurs during the anesthesia.

Translated title of the contributionAnesthesia for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
Original languagePortuguese
Pages (from-to)682-689
Number of pages8
JournalRevista Brasileira de Anestesiologia
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1977
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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