Anesthetic considerations for patients with anterior mediastinal masses.

  title={Anesthetic considerations for patients with anterior mediastinal masses.},
  author={John W W Gothard},
  journal={Anesthesiology clinics},
  volume={26 2},
  pages={305-14, vi}
Anterior mediastinal tumors can cause severe airway and vascular compression, and these effects are exacerbated by general anesthesia. Tumor biopsy using a local anesthetic technique is preferable. General anesthesia for a biopsy procedure or resection of an anterior mediastinal mass should be undertaken only after a thorough preoperative assessment. Treatment protocols for surgery and anesthesia vary from institution to institution, and management remains operator dependent. Some consider the… CONTINUE READING

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