Revista Colombiana de Anestesiología
Print version ISSN 0120-3347
BARATO, Edgar Eduardo et al. Anesthesia Considerations for Interventional Pulmonology Procedures. Rev. colomb. anestesiol. [online]. 2011, vol.39, n.3, pp. 316-328. ISSN 0120-3347. http://dx.doi.org/10.5554/rca.v39i3.122.
Introduction. Interventional pulmonology is an increasingly popular area around the world and requires anesthesia. The objective is to share the experience accumulated at a hospital center in one year of anesthesia management for this type of procedures. Methods. Case series study. Results. 16 procedures were performed in 14 patients in one year, at the same institution. The procedures included transbronchial biopsies, photocoagulation and pneumatic-plasty with insertion of tracheal and bronchial stents. The anesthetic techniques were varied and included local anesthesia and superficial sedation as well as general anesthesia with agents commonly used in our environment. No serious complications occurred. Discussion. The anesthesia techniques used are discussed and compared against those reported in the world literature, as well as the complications and limitations of the study. Conclusions. Anesthesia for interventional pulmonology procedures is varied and adapted to the patient’s conditions to ensure his/her safety and in agreement with the treating pneumonologist.
Keywords : Anesthesia; bronchoscopy; endoscopy; comorbidity.