To proceed or not to proceed: ENT surgery in paediatric patients with acute upper respiratory tract infection

S. Shemesh, S. Tamir, A. Goldfarb, T. Ezri, Y. Roth

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Abstract

Background: Upper respiratory tract infection is the most common non-preventable cause of surgery cancellation. Consequently, surgeons and anaesthesiologists involved in elective ENT surgical procedures frequently face a dilemma of whether to proceed or to postpone surgery in affected children. Methods: A literature review was conducted and a practical assessment algorithm proposed. Conclusion: The risk-benefit assessment should take into consideration the impact of postponing the surgery intended to bring relief to the child and the risks of proceeding with general anaesthesia in an inflamed airway. The suggested algorithm for assessment may be a useful tool to support the decision of whether to proceed or to postpone surgery.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)800-804
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Laryngology and Otology
Volume130
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2016

Keywords

  • Anesthesia
  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Surgery
  • Upper Respiratory Tract Infections

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