The Action of Inhalation Anesthetics on the Gastrointestinal Tract

  • Donald R. Bennet
  • Paul Bass
Part of the Handbuch der experimentellen Pharmakologie/Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology book series (HEP, volume 30)


Investigations of the action of inhalation anesthetics on the gastrointestinal tract have not kept abreast with studies on other organ systems. There are several reasons for this neglect. The unanesthetized state is usually the preferred control condition for a study of an anesthetic drug. Technically it is difficult to assess gastrointestinal functions in the unanesthetized animal. This is a major reason for the paucity of available data. In addition, when an anesthetic is used in the laboratory, it is used more to immobilize the animal than to study the anesthetic. Inhalational anesthetic agents are not popular because of; the relative ease of laboratory use of intravenous anesthetics, the cost of necessary equipment, the potential flammability of some agents, and the need for adequate ventilation. Thus, the paucity of data referred to for anesthetic agents is particularly true for inhalation anesthetic agents.


Gastric Emptying Anesthetic Agent Gastric Secretion Test Meal Contractile Activity 
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  • Donald R. Bennet
  • Paul Bass

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