Propofol-Based Deep Sedation for Percutaneous RFA in Sick Elderly with Hepatocellular Carcinoma
What is it about?
The aim of this study was to evaluate and compare the clinical efficacy of propofol-based deep sedation (PBDS) for percutaneous radiofrequency ablation (RFA) in sick (American Society of Anesthesiologists [ASA] physical status III-IV) and nonsick (ASA physical status I-II) elderly patients in a teaching hospital in Thailand. We undertook a retrospective review of the sedation service records of elderly patients who underwent RFA procedures from 2010 to 2012.
Why is it important?
There were 113 elderly patients who underwent RFA procedures by using PBDS during the study period. Of these, 69 patients were in group A and 44 patients were in group B. There were no significant differences in age, weight, duration of sedation, and mean dose of propofol, fentanyl, and midazolam between the two groups. All procedures in both groups were successfully completed. Overall and cardiorespiratory-related complications in both groups were not significantly different. All sedation-related complications were easily treated, with no adverse sequelae.
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