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Airway sealing pressures of the laryngeal mask airway in pediatric patients.
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PMID:  8695106     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
STUDY OBJECTIVES: To determine if the laryngeal mask airway (LMA) seal is maintained during surgery, to evaluate the safety of an LMA leak test, and to determine the time course of the increase in LMA cuff pressure in vivo in the presence of nitrous oxide (N2O). STUDY DESIGN: Descriptive clinical study. SETTING: University teaching hospital. PATIENTS: 78 ASA Physical Status I and II pediatric patients, aged 3 months to 17 years, undergoing general anesthesia with an LMA; 14 patients were studied on two occasions approximately 2 months apart. INTERVENTIONS: The airway pressure at which the LMA seal was broken (leak pressure) was determined immediately following insertion of the LMA and at the end of surgery. In 17 patients, the LMA cuff pressure was continuously measured during surgery, during which 67% N2O was administered. The mean duration of surgery was 29.5 minutes. MEASUREMENTS AND MAIN RESULTS: The LMA leak pressure was determined by closing the circuit popoff valve and recording the pressure at which gas was first heard to escape around the LMA at the mouth. The LMA cuff pressure was determined by connecting the check valve of the LMA pilot balloon to a sphygmomanometer. The elastance of the LMA was determined from the slopes of the regression lines of pressure versus volume for the various sized LMAs in vitro (Sizes 1-4) and in vivo (sizes 2 and 2 1/2). The initial LMA leak pressure was 25.9 cm H2O, and it increased to 31.2 cm H2O during surgery (p < 0.001). 146 leak tests were performed without causing gastric dilatation or LMA dislodgement. The mean LMA cuff pressure increased during surgery from 106.2 mmHg to 132.8 mmHg (p < 0.001), a pressure increase that corresponds to a volume increase of 1.4 ml. CONCLUSIONS: The LMA leak test can be safely performed. The airway seal provided by the LMA is well maintained during surgery. The increase in LMA cuff pressure during surgery in the presence of N2O is small and probably is not a cause for clinical concern. If positive pressure is to applied in the presence of an LMA, one should limit this pressure to below the LMA leak pressure so as to lower the risk of inflating the stomach with gas that may than leak around the LMA.
R H Epstein; F Ferouz; M A Jenkins
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Clinical Trial; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of clinical anesthesia     Volume:  8     ISSN:  0952-8180     ISO Abbreviation:  J Clin Anesth     Publication Date:  1996 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1996-09-04     Completed Date:  1996-09-04     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8812166     Medline TA:  J Clin Anesth     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  93-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Anesthesiology, Jefferson Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Air Pressure
Anesthesiology / instrumentation*
Child, Preschool
Intraoperative Period
Laryngeal Masks*
Nitrous Oxide
Reg. No./Substance:
10024-97-2/Nitrous Oxide; 151-67-7/Halothane

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