Upper respiratory tract infections and pediatric anesthesia

G. Serafini, F. Cavalloro, A. Mori, C. Rossi, C. Tagliaferri

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Anesthesia for the child with an upper respiratory infection (URI) presents a challenge for the pediatric anesthesiologist. Differences in study design have made interpretation and comparison very difficult. The general lack of evidence-based research has led to disparities in the manner in which children which URI have been traditionally managed. Many studies have described associations between URIs and adverse events and we must decide whether to proceed or postpone the procedure and how long to postpone it. More recent research, however, suggests that children with uncomplicated infections can undergo elective procedures without significant increase in adverse anesthetic outcomes. This presentation summarizes the evolving literature about cancellation of surgery for the child with an upper respiratory infection, perioperative outcomes and anesthetic management.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)457-459
Number of pages3
JournalMinerva Anestesiologica
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2003


  • Advesse effects
  • Anesthesia, general
  • Child
  • Respiratory tract infections

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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