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Korean Journal of Anesthesiology 2005;49(4):532-537.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4097/kjae.2005.49.4.532   
Bronchospasm during the Maintenance of General Anesthesia: A case report.
Sae Cheol Oh, Youn Suk Son, Shin Woo Nam, Keon Jung Yoon
1Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Daejeon St. Mary's Hospital, The Catholic University of Korea, Daejeon, Korea. oscane@naver.com
2Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Sun General Hospital, Daejeon, Korea.
Although a bronchospastic attack is common during the induction and emergence of general anesthesia, it is quite rare during maintenance of it. We experienced a severe case of a bronchospasm in a male patient during the maintenance of general anesthesia. His past medical history indicated no risk factors for the bronchospasm except for heavy smoking. He suffered from poor ventilation, hypercarbia and a pneumothorax that occurred abruptly, 2 hours after inducing general anesthesia. Ten hours later, he recovered his normal respiratory function without any respiratory complication. This case highlights the possibility of a bronchospasm during the maintenance of general anesthesia.
Key Words: bronchospasm; general anesthesia; hypercarbia; maintenance
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