Asthma, surgery, and general anesthesia: A review

Jyothi Tirumalasetty, Leslie C. Grammer*

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Abstract

Over 20 million Americans are affected with asthma. Many will require some type of surgical procedure during which their asthma management should be optimized. Preoperative assessment of asthma should include a specialized history and physical as well as pulmonary function testing. In many asthmatic patients, treatment with systemic corticosteroids and bronchodilators is indicated to prevent the inflammation and bronchoconstriction associated with endotracheal intubation. The use of corticosteroids has not been shown to adversely affect wound healing or increase the rate of infections postoperatively. Preoperative systemic corticosteroids may be used safely in the majority of patients to decrease asthma-related morbidity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)251-254
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Asthma
Volume43
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2006

Keywords

  • Asthma
  • Corticosteroids
  • General anesthesia
  • Preoperative evaluation
  • Surgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine

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