Aerophagia and anesthesia: An unusual cause of ventilatory insufficiency in a neonate

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Abstract

We describe a healthy neonate with abdominal distention, inadequate ventilation, and delayed extubation during anesthesia for minor surgery. Following rectal decompression and successful extubation, extreme abdominal distention recurred postoperatively after ingestion of clear fluids. We elicited a history of frequent and excessive flatus from the parents, and abdominal radiography revealed distended loops of small bowel with small lung volumes suggestive of aerophagia. The differential diagnosis of aerophagia is reviewed, the anesthetic implications discussed, and relevant literature pertaining to this condition summarized.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)897-899
Number of pages3
JournalPaediatric Anaesthesia
Volume15
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2005

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Abdominal Radiography
Flatulence
Minor Surgical Procedures
Decompression
Ventilation
Anesthetics
Differential Diagnosis
Anesthesia
Eating
Lung

Keywords

  • Aerophagia
  • Anesthesia
  • Complications
  • Nitrous oxide

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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Aerophagia and anesthesia : An unusual cause of ventilatory insufficiency in a neonate. / Lalwani, Kirk.

In: Paediatric Anaesthesia, Vol. 15, No. 10, 10.2005, p. 897-899.

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