There are various formulas and algorithms for the prediction of body weight and appropriate ETT size, in pediatric patients. Body Weight estimation is of paramount importance in pediatrics, especially in emergencies. Predicting the appropriate size of the endotracheal tube saves time, money and reduces complications. The goal of this study was to evaluate the validity of two commonly used formulas for predicting the body weight and the size of the appropriate endotracheal tube, both based on age.353 consecutive pediatric surgical patients aged 2 to 12 years, who required general anesthesia and oral endotracheal intubation were included in this study. Patients were stratified according to their age in two groups: group 2-5 (79 children, 2 to 5 years) and group 6-12 (274 children, 6 to 12 years). At the end of surgery an anesthesiologist, who was not involved in the perioperative treatment, recorded the demographic data and also the size and type of the endotracheal tube used. The prediction of Body Weight (BW) was made according to the following formula: 2-5 y.o.: Weight (kg) = (2 x age in years) + 8 and 6-12 y.o.: Weight (kg) = (3 x age in years) + 7. The formula for calculating the size (size= internal diameter=I.D.) of the endotracheal tube (ETT) was: I.D. for cuffed ETT (mm) = (age / 4) + 3.5 and I.D. for uncuffed ETT (mm) = (age / 4) + 4. For all statistical tests p value <0.05 was considered as statistically significant. In all patients as sum and in both age groups, the predicted body weight was significantly (p<0.05) lower than the actual (measured) weight. In group 2-5y.o, 74.7% of patients received cuffed ETT In group 6-12y.o. 100% of patients received cuffed ETT. In group 2-5 y.o, all patients showed a significantly (p<0.05) lower predicted internal diameter of the ETT, either cuffed or uncuffed, compared to ETT ultimately used. In group 6 -12y.o, there was no statistically significant difference between the predicted and the actually used ETT size. The prediction of body weight in children, by the use of the particular formula, led to underestimation. In children aged 2 to 5 years, the application of the inner diameter calculation of the ETT formula also underestimated the appropriate ETT size. It seems that the traditional age-based formulas often fail to predict the correct ETT size in smaller children which probably does not seem to apply to older children.

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The aim of this study was to compare the combination of oral tramadol and midazolam to oral midazolam alone, in children undergoing adenotonsillectomy, as an oral premedication, regarding also sedation and postoperative pain relief. Sixty children selected for elective adenotonsillectomy were enrolled in this randomized, controlled prospective study. Patients were randomly allocated into two groups. Group M (n=30) received 0.5 mg.kg-1 oral midazolam and group MT (n=30) received 0.2 mg.kg-1 oral midazolam with 1 mg.kg-1 oral tramadol as a premedication 30min preoperatively. Standard general anesthesia technique was used.

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The study compares the efficacy of postoperative analgesia after the intravenous administration of opioids (nalbuphine, tramadol or morphine) in combination with ketamine in patients undergoing radical prostatectomy.Eighty eight patients scheduled for radical prostatectomy were randomly assigned in three groups. In Group A (n=31) Morphine was administered {bolus dose (BD) 0.05mg/Kg and continuous infusion (CI) at a dose [mg/24h =18-(agex0.15)]}, in Group B (n=28) Nalbuphine (BD 0.2mg/kg and CI at a rate 0.05mg/kg/h) and in Group C (n=29) Tramadol (BD 1.5mg/Kg and CI at a rate 0.15mg/Kg/h).

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The management of cardiologic patients who are presenting for diagnostic and theurapeutic cardiac interventions has become a significant topic of interest and concern among anesthesiologists. This review will update recent reports and also will provide practical advice on delivering anesthesia in cardiac catheterization laboratory. During recent years cardiac procedures are more complex, take longer, and involve high risk patients.

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The management of patients, who had previously undergone percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI) with or without coronary artery stenting and who are presenting for noncardiac surgery has become a major topic of interest and concern for anesthesiologists worldwide. This review will update recent reports, as well as recommendations for the perioperative care of these patients.

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General anaesthesia is associated with a reduction in heart rate variability (HRV) compared to awake situation. In this study the hypothesis of reduction in HRV was tested in two different levels of anaesthesia depth. Forty six patients were randomly allocated in two groups, where anaesthesia was maintained with sevoflurane (n=23) or propofol (n=23). Administration of both anaesthetics was regulated in order to achieve a BIS value 25±5, followed by an increase to 55±5, both being stable for 5 min.

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This study was undertaken to investigate the efficacy of prehydration with crystalloids or colloids for preventing spinal anaesthesia-induced hypotension in elderly normotensive and hypertensive patients. Eighty physical status ASA I-III elderly patients were enrolled in this study, receiving spinal anesthesia.

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Acute inflammatory response is the body’s direct response to noxious stimuli or to tissue necrosis. Ischemia-reperfusion lesion is a clinical state of acute inflammation with leucocyte-induced tissue damage. Ischemia promotes an inflammatory response which sensitizes tissues to further damage during reperfusion. Reperfusion activates inflammatory mediators from remote vascular or tissue sites or from the local vascular bed. Reperfusion remains the cornerstone for the repair of ischemic areas.

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Pulmonary oedema after general anaesthesia is a rare complication and it has been described as well in children as in adults. A case of a healthy child, who developed pulmonary oedema early after emergence from general anaesthesia is reported. Possible causes and management are discussed and a brief review of the literature is referred.

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