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Paediatric endoscopy should be carried out under general anaesthesia

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7002.452c (Published 12 August 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:452
  1. Mark D Stringer,
  2. Pat J M McHugh
  1. Consultant paediatric surgeon Consultant anaesthetist United Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust, Leeds LS2 9NS

    EDITOR,--J E Charlton highlights the hazards of gastrointestinal endoscopy carried out under sedation.1 These dangers are not confined to adults.

    In a prospective study of 32 children undergoing gastrointestinal endoscopy under sedation, desaturation (oxygen saturation of 90% or less) occurred in 37.5%; this desaturation was unpredictable and failed to correlate with the patient's weight, age, or tolerance of the procedure.2 In another prospective …

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