Physiologic Response to Anesthesia in the Elderly



This chapter focuses on the physiologic components of aging and anesthesia that are likely to increase perioperative complications. The approach entails a separate description of anesthetic and aging physiology, followed by a discussion of how the two interact. Only the physiologic changes invoked by aging that provide important interactions with anesthesia are discussed. The reader is encouraged to consult relevant chapters contained in this textbook on preoperative assessment and specific organ systems for a more comprehensive discussion of the physiologic changes with aging.


Anesthetic Agent Epidural Anesthesia Venous Return Functional Residual Capacity Diastolic Filling 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care MedicineJohns Hopkins Bayview Medical CenterBaltimoreUSA

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