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Anaesthesia. 1998 Sep;53(9):910-4.

Postoperative nausea and vomiting in arthroscopic day-case surgery: a comparison between desflurane and isoflurane.

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Department of Anaesthesia, Poole General Hospital, Dorset, UK.


We compared the postoperative effects, in particular nausea and vomiting, of two commonly used anaesthetic agents, isoflurane and desflurane, in patients undergoing day-case arthroscopic surgery. We found a significantly higher incidence of postoperative nausea and vomiting in those patients receiving desflurane. In our study, desflurane was associated with a higher incidence of peroperative respiratory complications, including airway irritability and coughing.

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