Preanestesia per via rettale in chirurgia otorinolaringoiatrica

Translated title of the contribution: Rectal pre-anesthetic medication in ENT surgery

R. Vallarino, V. Tarantino, S. Fossa, M. Tumolo, R. D'Agostino

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During the last years, rectal preoperative medication in pediatric age has been considered a valid alternative to intramuscular administration. Rectal administration of pre-anesthetic drugs (ketamine, flunitrazepam, diazepam, atropine) provides a better bioavailability compared to the oral route; also systemic absorption has proved better compared to i.m. administration. To this purpose, during the first six months of 1997 we selected a pediatric population of 129 patients (age: 18 months - 8 years; body weight: 12,5 - 45,8 kg), undergoing general anesthesia for adenotonsillectomy, and divided it into three groups, disregarding weight and age. The first group has been given atropine and diazepam; the second ketamine and flunitrazepam; the third atropine, ketamine and flunitrazepam. The latter association, especially recommended for ENT procedures on the oro- pharynx, did not show any considerable adverse reaction (respiratory depression, increased salivary secretion, delirium).

Translated title of the contributionRectal pre-anesthetic medication in ENT surgery
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)31-34
Number of pages4
JournalOtorinolaringologia Pediatrica
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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    Vallarino, R., Tarantino, V., Fossa, S., Tumolo, M., & D'Agostino, R. (1998). Preanestesia per via rettale in chirurgia otorinolaringoiatrica. Otorinolaringologia Pediatrica, 9(1), 31-34.