A comparison between ketamine and diazepam as induction agents for pericardiectomy

H. G.G. Kingston, K. W. Bretherton, A. M. Holloway, J. W. Downing

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Ketamine 1.0 mg/kg and diazepam 0.3 mg/kg were used to induce anaesthesia in patients requiring pericardiectomy. A significant rise in blood pressure in patients receiving ketamine was noted. In contrast, a fall in blood pressure was seen when diazepam was administered. Changes, in cardiac output, cardiac index, central venous pressure and systemic vascular resistance are discussed. Ketamine appears to be a more satisfactory agent for induction of anaesthesia in patients for pericardiectomy, whereas diazepam should be used with caution.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)66-70
Number of pages5
JournalAnaesthesia and intensive care
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1978
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine
  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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