Upper Respiratory Tract Infections and Anaesthesia
Upper respiratory tract infections (URTI’s) are common disorders, and it is not uncommon for patients to present for surgery with an active URTI. The anaesthetist and surgeon must then decide whether the presence of the URTI introduces an unacceptable increase in operative risk. Usually a safe and conservative course is chosen, and elective surgery is postponed until the URTI has resolved. But this is not always necessary for elective surgery, and is certainly not possible for emergency surgery. It is therefore well worth examining the effects of these common infections on perioperative morbidity.
KeywordsNitrous Oxide Retinal Detachment Paranasal Sinus Eustachian Tube Sinus Drainage
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