Dexmedetomidine in Children: Current Knowledge and Future Applications

  title={Dexmedetomidine in Children: Current Knowledge and Future Applications},
  author={Keira P. Mason and Jerrold Lerman},
  journal={Anesthesia \& Analgesia},
More than 200 studies and reports have been published regarding the use of dexmedetomidine in infants and children. We reviewed the English literature to summarize the current state of knowledge of this drug in children for the practicing anesthesiologist. Dexmedetomidine is an effective sedative for infants and children that only minimally depresses the respiratory system while maintaining a patent airway. However, dexmedetomidine does depress the cardiovascular system. Specifically… 

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