Anesthesia Management for Pulmonary Cryoablation


Lung tumors represent a major health impact globally. Pulmonary cryoablation treatment as a palliative measure for patients with non-operable pulmonary lesions has gained popularity over the last decade. With increasing case load and patients medical status becoming more complex, preparation for pulmonary cryoablation requires the implementation of an enhanced perioperative anesthetic plan. Current literature as well as our institutional experience shows that this patient population presents with multiple comorbidities raising the challenge of providing anesthetic care. These procedures are done under challenging conditions with limited resources and in remote locations in the hospital. A team approach by the anesthesiologist, thoracic surgeon, and interventional radiologist is critical to the success of this treatment. The present review examines our institution’s anesthetic management of percutaneous cryoablation treatment (PCT) in the treatment of non-operable lung cancer and metastases. The objective of this article is to review the current literature guidelines and to discuss our retrospective institutional experience in anesthesia management of PCT procedures.

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Z. Jacob, S. Rashewsky, R. Reinsel, T. Bilfinger and W. Moore, "Anesthesia Management for Pulmonary Cryoablation," Open Journal of Anesthesiology, Vol. 3 No. 4, 2013, pp. 255-261. doi: 10.4236/ojanes.2013.34057.

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