Conflicting reports regarding the hazards of anaesthesia in children presenting for surgery with an upper respiratory tract infection have appeared in the literature. In the present study 130 children undergoing general anaesthesia with face mask for myringotomy and grommet insertion were graded as having either an acute or recent upper respiratory tract infection or were asymptomatic according to predetermined clinical symptoms and signs. The severity of respiratory and related complications were scored during induction, emergence and recovery. The peripheral oxygen saturation was recorded during induction, emergence, transfer to the recovery ward and in the recovery ward itself. There were no significant differences (p > 0.05) in the complication scores between the three groups of children. However, the incidence of hypoxaemia (oxygen saturation ± 93%) was significantly greater during transfer in the acute infection group (p = 0.001) and the recent infection group (p = 0.02), as well as during recovery in the acute group (p = 0.03) compared with asymptomatic children.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|State||Published - Aug 1992|
- upper respiratory tract
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine