I am interested in doing some research on adverse effects of anesthesia postoperatively in ICU settings. Any ideas on narrowing the topic or any experience with delayed malignant hyperthermia or other problems as a result of anesthesia?
Jun 6, '03
An interesting phenomenon is post obstructive pulmonary edema after a general anesthesia. We had one case in a 17 year old boy. And it is most common in young healthy men and boys because they have such a great lung capacity that when they take a deep breath when being extubated it causes a traumatic collapse of the aveoli...and then pul. edema. It would make, I think an excellent research topic. Good luck.
Jun 16, '03
wow, thanks untamedspirit, never heard of that resp. complication among young boys.
Jun 17, '03
You are more than welcome Jen! We had one here in a otherwise healthy 17 yr old boy, who's only Hx was laryngospasms. He spent 24 hours in ICU.....and it was a pretty freaky thing for a small hospital. But he did just fine....so much for arthroscopic ankle surgery, huh?? lol
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