Carotid artery surgery. Local versus general anaesthesia as related to sympathetic activity and cardiovascular effects.


Arterial plasma catecholamines, blood pressure and heart rate were determined in 75 patients before, during and after carotid endarterectomy. Local anaesthesia given as a cervical block with skin infiltration containing 200 micrograms adrenaline was used in 28 patients (LA-group), general anaesthesia (nitrous oxide, fentanyl, isoflurane) with skin… (More)


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