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Pulmonary function after extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy--a comparison of general and regional anaesthesia.

TitlePulmonary function after extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy--a comparison of general and regional anaesthesia.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1989
AuthorsKelly RE, Binion M, Malhotra V, Artusio JF
JournalCan J Anaesth
Volume36
Issue2
Pagination137-40
Date Published1989 Mar
ISSN0832-610X
KeywordsAdult, Aged, Anesthesia, Inhalation, Female, Humans, Intercostal Nerves, Lithotripsy, Male, Middle Aged, Nerve Block, Respiration, Spirometry
Abstract

The effect of general anaesthesia on postoperative pulmonary mechanics was studied by comparing pre- and postoperative spirometry in 30 patients undergoing extracorporal shock wave lithotripsy, 15 of whom received a unilateral intercostal nerve block, the remainder a general anaesthetic. Both groups of patients had significant postoperative changes in peak expiratory flow rate, expiratory reserve volume and vital capacity; forced expiratory volume at one second was not significantly changed in either group. There were no significant differences in the pre- or postoperative mechanics between the two groups. We conclude that general anaesthestics do not play a significant role in the generation of abnormalities in postoperative spirometry.

DOI10.1007/BF03011435
Alternate JournalCan J Anaesth
PubMed ID2706710