Intracarotid Etomidate is a Safe Alternative to Sodium Amobarbital for the Wada Test

@article{Mariappan2013IntracarotidEI,
  title={Intracarotid Etomidate is a Safe Alternative to Sodium Amobarbital for the Wada Test},
  author={Ramamani Mariappan and Pirjo H. Manninen and Mary Pat McAndrews and Melanie Cohn and Peter Tai and Taufik A. Valiante and Lashmi Venkatraghavan},
  journal={Journal of Neurosurgical Anesthesiology},
  year={2013},
  volume={25},
  pages={408–413}
}
Background: The Wada procedure (the intracarotid amobarbital procedure) has been used widely to evaluate the hemispheric dominance of language and memory before temporal lobe surgery in patients with medically refractory seizures. Because of repeated shortage of sodium amobarbital, attempts have been made to find a suitable alternative to sodium amobarbital. The aim of our study was to review our experience with the use of etomidate as an alternative to sodium amobarbital for Wada testing in… 
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