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Risk factors for spinal anesthesia in preterm infants undergoing inguinal hernia repair.
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OBJECTIVES: To investigate the risk factors and incidence of perioperative adverse effects from unsupplemented spinal anesthesia in preterm infants. Times to resumption of oral feeding and to home discharge were also evaluated. METHODS: Perioperative data were collected prospectively for all preterm and former preterm infants who underwent inguinal hernia repair with spinal anesthesia at a tertiary medical center. RESULTS: The study group consisted of 144 infants with a median gestational age of 30 weeks, postmenstrual age of 37 weeks, birth weight of 1,420 g, and weight at surgery of 2,140 g. Overall, six (4.2%) infants had intraoperative complications, which included apnea (2/1.4%), bradycardia (2/1.4%), and hypoxemia (4/2.8%). Postoperative complications occurred in 15 (10.4%) infants, mainly hypoxemia (3/2.1%), bradycardia (8/5.5%), and apnea (6/4.1%). Predictive factors of an unfavorable outcome (apnea, resumption of oral feeding > 6 h postoperatively, or discharge > 30 h postoperatively) were bronchopulmonary dysplasia (odds ratio [OR] = 3.2, 95% confidence interval [95%CI] 2.8-5.3; p = 0.01) and periventricular leukomalacia (OR = 2.8, 95%CI 2.1-4.9; p = 0.03). CONCLUSIONS: Spinal anesthesia is safe and effective for inguinal hernia repair in preterm infants, with early resumption of oral feeding and short hospitalization. Bronchopulmonary dysplasia and periventricular leukomalacia may pose risks for an unfavorable outcome.
Ze Ev Shenkma; Ilan Erez; Enrique Freud; Shmuel Arnon
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-5-23
Journal Detail:
Title:  Jornal de pediatria     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1678-4782     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-5-24     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  2985188R     Medline TA:  J Pediatr (Rio J)     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel.
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