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PDF | On Feb 1, , Anjum Ahmed-Nusrath and others published Anaesthesia for mediastinoscopy. What the Anesthesiologist Should Know before the Operative Procedure The most common diseases diagnosed by mediastinoscopy include lung cancer and . Anaesthesia. Jan;34(1) Anaesthesia for mediastinoscopy. Fassoulaki A. PMID: ; [Indexed for MEDLINE]. Publication Types: Letter.

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These require selective lung collapse. Tracheobronchial compression leads to persistent respiratory tract infection, unilateral wheeze, or stridor. Ideally, muscle relaxants should be avoided in patients with clinical features suggestive of myaesthenic syndrome.

Monitor for hematoma development which can compress airway. A short-acting benzodiazepine may be prescribed to decrease anxiety; however, sedative drugs should be avoided if tracheal obstruction is suspected.

Immediate repositioning of the mediastinoscope resulted in a rapid correction of the hypotension without the need for vasopressor therapy. May be followed immediately by Thoracotomy for excision of lung CA.

The prior management company was having a cancelled surgery per day. This case report discusses a patient who, while undergoing mediastinoscopy, experienced a precipitous drop in blood pressure as evidenced by a dampened arterial waveform that was readily diagnosed as a mechanical obstruction of flow caused by the mediastinoscope.

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Mediastinoscopy (Guide)

Paralysis is required until end of procedure. Close mobile search navigation Article navigation. In the presence of respiratory obstruction, an awake intubation mediastinscopy local anaesthetic is the technique of choice. Decreased chest wall tone and cephalic displacement of the diaphragm leads to loss of the distending transmural pressure gradient.

I am happy to report there has not been one since they have taken over the department.


Pulmonary function tests are useful in detecting the severity of pre-existing lung disease and effects of mediastinal mass. Pulse-ox on right hand to monitor innominate artery compression.

Alternatively, the pulse oximeter probe should be placed on the right hand. Quick closure may be a problem because relaxation is necessary for duration Mediastinoscopy. Some authors recommend routine venous access anestnesia the lower limbs for all patients undergoing mediastinoscopy.

The middle mediastinum contains heart and pericardium, tracheal bifurcation and main bronchi, the lung hila, phrenic nerve, lymphatics, and lymph nodes.

Both inspiratory and expiratory flows are usually reduced in the presence of an intrathoracic mass. Nodes sent for frozen section, may do more based on pathology results.

Cerebrovascular accident complicating extended cervical mediastinoscopy. Thymic tumours are associated mediastinoscopu myasthenia gravis that causes weakness and fatigability of voluntary muscles.

However, the majority of these patients are asymptomatic and the mass is discovered on routine chest X-ray.

Mediastinoscopy (Guide)

Minor bleeding usually results from injury of the vessels supplying the lymph nodes; this responds to compression and packing.

Difficulty with ventilation and cardiac arrest in the course of anaesthesia for diagnostic or therapeutic procedures in patients with mediastinal mass is well described. In the presence of severe symptomatic obstruction, mediiastinoscopy could be performed prior to mediastinoscopy. Most patients with lung cancer are smokers with significant co-existing morbidity including hypertension, coronary artery disease, peripheral vascular disease, and pulmonary disease. A dissection is made between the left innominate vein and the sternum creating a tunnel in the fascial layers.

Ventilation of both lungs through a single-lumen endotracheal tube is usually adequate. Previous mediastinoscopy is a relatively strong contraindication to a repeat procedure because scar tissue eliminates the plane of dissection. This is secondary to prolonged compression of the innominate artery caused by the mediastinoscope, precipitating malperfusion to the head.


Patients with a large mediastinal mass present a difficult challenge for the anaesthetist because of compression of adjacent vital structures. Head elevation, steroids, and diuretics may help in improving symptoms before surgery.

If used, doses should be carefully titrated to response as measured by neuromuscular monitoring. Neuromuscular monitoring is mandatory in patients with myasthenia gravis and Eaton—Lambert syndrome.

Awake intubation or inhalational induction with maintenance of spontaneous ventilation is recommended depending on the degree of obstruction and the symptoms produced.

What people thought about us. Invasive arterial blood pressure monitoring is preferred for the early detection of reflex arrhythmias and compression of major vessels with mediastinoscope. Invasive staging of mediastinal lymph nodes: This should preferably be sited in the right arm for detection of brachiocephalic compression, which results in reduction in blood flow to the right carotid artery and may cause ischaemia in the presence of inadequate collateral circulation.

Local anaesthetic infiltration of the wound, superficial mediaatinoscopy plexus and intercostal nerve blocks aid postoperative analgesia. The less commonly performed anterior approach is through the ahesthesia intercostal space, lateral to the sternal border; this is used to inspect the lower mediastinum. Large bore venous access should immediately be secured in the lower limbs, aesthesia the bleeding could be from venous disruption of vessels draining into the SVC.

Anesthesia Experts swept in and brought order to our mess and our department was quickly redirected. In particular, the pulse oximeter probe was placed on the left hand for oxygenation and hemodynamic monitoring. Regular paracetamol and NSAIDs if not contraindicated could be prescribed as part of multimodal analgesia.