A Comparative Evaluation of Ketamine Anesthesia in Children and Adults


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Abstract

Seven per cent of patients less than 31 years old who received ketamine anesthesia developed problems leading to unsatisfactory anesthetic courses (loss of airway, muscular hypertonus, and inadequate analgesia); 34 per cent of patients 31 years old or older had unsatisfactory anesthesia. Emergence reactions (not classified as unsatisfactory anesthesia) occurred in 24 per cent of patients 16 years old or older and in 8 per cent of children less than 16 years old.

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