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Type: Journal article
Title: A randomized controlled trial to determine the effects of humidified carbon dioxide insufflation during thoracoscopy
Author: Mouton, W.
Bessell, J.
Pfitzner, J.
Dymock, R.
Brealey, J.
Maddern, G.
Citation: Surgical Endoscopy, 1999; 13(4):382-385
Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York, Inc.
Issue Date: 1999
ISSN: 0930-2794
1432-2218
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W. G. Mouton, J. R. Bessell, J. Pfitzner, R. B. Dymock, J. Brealey and G. J. Maddern
Abstract: Background: The humidification of gas insufflated during laparoscopy can reduce the degree of postoperative hypothermia and may result in less peritoneal reaction and less postoperative pain. The present study was designed to determine whether the beneficial effects of humidified gas insufflation also applied to thoracoscopy. Methods: Six pigs were each studied on three separate occasions with insufflation into the right thoracic cavity of either humidified gas, standard dry gas, or with no insufflation (control procedure). Core body temperature was recorded every 15 min, and biopsies of the parietal pleura were taken at the end of each study for electron microscopy. Results: Humidification of insufflated gas significantly minimized the fall in core temperature during the procedure. Electron microscopy showed that dry gas insufflation resulted in greater structural injury to the pleura than humidified gas insufflation. Conclusions: The potential benefits of humidifying insufflation gas during thoracoscopy warrant its evaluation in the clinical setting.
Keywords: Thoracoscopy; Laparoscopy; CO2; Temperature; Pain; Experimental study
Rights: © Springer-Verlag New York, Inc. 1999
RMID: 0030006061
DOI: 10.1007/s004649900994
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