Anesthesiology and Intraoperative Electrophysiological Monitoring

  • Tod SloanEmail author
  • Alan David Kaye


The role of the anesthesiologist during procedures where intraoperative electrophysiological monitoring (IOM) is being performed involves anesthetic titration, attaining physiological homeostasis, and medical management of the patient. Further, the anesthesiologist participates in mitigating neural injury when the monitoring indicates that the nervous system may be at risk for injury. More specifically, the choice of anesthetic agents directly impacts the ability to reliably record IOM responses, and the physiological management (e.g., blood pressure) impacts on the reserve of the nervous system to tolerate procedural trespass. When altered responses indicate the health of the nervous system may be compromised, the insights of the anesthesiologist and the ability to improve the physiological reserve are keys to reducing neurological risk. This chapter discusses these aspects to improve integration of the anesthesiologist into the IOM monitoring team effort.


Depression Ischemia Morphine NMDA Acetylcholine anesthesia propofol opioids neuromuscular blockade? 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Colorado, Department of AnesthesiologyAuroraUSA
  2. 2.Departments of Anesthesiology and Pharmacology, Toxicology, and NeurosciencesLSU School of MedicineShreveportUSA
  3. 3.LSU School of MedicineDepartment of AnesthesiologyNew OrleansUSA
  4. 4.Tulane School of MedicineNew OrleansUSA

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