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Spinal Anesthesia for Surgery in the High-Risk Infant

Abajian, J. Christian MD; Paul Mellish, R. W. MD; Browne, Allen F. MD; Perkins, Frederick M. MD; Lambert, Donald H. MD; Mazuzan, John E. MD
Anesthesia & Analgesia: March 1984
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Although Gray (1) in 1909 and others since then (2–5) have reported the use of spinal anesthesia in infants and children, spinal anesthesia is a technique that is only rarely used today in pediatric patients. Our experience since 1977, however, has confirmed that spinal anesthesia can indeed be a safe alternative to general anesthesia in the pediatric age group. We here summarize our experience with spinal anesthesia in patients under one year of age.

Address correspondence to Dr. Abajian, Department of Surgery, Section of Anesthesia, College of Medicine, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT 05401.

© 1984 International Anesthesia Research Society