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Advances in Modelling and Clinical Application of Intravenous Anaesthesia

Volume 523 of the series Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology pp 269-277

Ketamine, Revival of a Versatile Intravenous Anaesthetic

  • Johan RaederAffiliated withDepartment of Anaesthesiology, Ullevaal University Hospital

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Abstract

Ketamine has been in clinical use for more than 35 years for emergency cases and field surgery. However, there still remains much to discover about this compound and the clinical applications of ketamine have expanded considerably from its initial use as a dissociative anaesthetic. Presently the analgesic and immunologic properties are continuously been explored, as well as its use for total intravenous anaesthesia.