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Decoding Little Squiggles from Little People: EEG Monitoring for Pediatrics

Wanderer, Jonathan P. MD, MPhil; Nathan, Naveen MD

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doi: 10.1213/ANE.0000000000005154
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Electroencephalograms (EEG) are produced by monitoring surface cortical activity, which have been utilized by anesthesiologists in monitoring brain activity during surgery. Raw EEG signals are processed, producing outputs that include spectrograms. While significant previous study has been performed to understand the relationship between specific anesthetic agents and patterns of response in spectrograms, limited study has been done applying this technique to pediatrics. In this infographic, we review a recent case report that describes the utility of monitoring spectrograms during pediatric anesthetics in informing anesthetic management.



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