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Semin Pediatr Surg. 1999 Feb;8(1):13-7.

Assessment of pediatric patients for general anesthesia: the child with an upper respiratory infection and the ex-premature infant.

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Department of Anesthesiology, Children's Hospital Los Angeles, CA 90027, USA.


There are two types of patients that commonly lead surgeons and anesthesiologists into discussions relating to the possible cancellation or postponement of a minor pediatric surgical procedure; the child with a recent upper respiratory infection, and the patient who was born prematurely. Current opinion of the risks of anesthesia in such patients and the factors that influence perioperative course are reviewed, and a plan of management is suggested.

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