Year : 2016  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 359-361

A case of bronchiectasis needing lung isolation for cerebello pontine angle tumor excision: Anesthetic challenges

Department of Anesthesia, Christian Medical College, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India

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R Mariappan
Department of Anesthesia, Christian Medical College, Vellore, Tamil Nadu
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DOI: 10.4103/1658-354X.174923

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The main goals of neuroanesthesia are the maintenance of adequate cerebral perfusion pressure, avoidance of hypercarbia, hypoxemia, and to provide better brain relaxation. Providing anesthesia for a patient with bronchiectasis needing lung isolation for craniotomy can be challenging. A 56-year-old male patient, case of right lung bronchiectasis with a right cerebello pontine angle tumor underwent excision in the left lateral position. Since he had severe bronchiectasis of the right lung, we had isolated the right lung using right-sided double lumen tube to avoid spillage. Intraoperative split lung test was performed to assess the right lung contribution on carbon dioxide (CO 2 ) elimination and found that there was a significant contribution from the right lung. Hence, both lungs were ventilated to control CO 2 . The importance of lung isolation to prevent spillage and avoidance of one lung ventilation to control the arterial CO 2 are highlighted in this case report. By providing a balanced anesthetic keeping both, the neurosurgical and thoracic concerns are important for better postoperative outcome.

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