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Title: The Cancer Patient and Anesthesia

The Cancer Patient and Anesthesia
  • Jan Friedman
  • Caroline Kigotho

  • Discuss the anesthetic management of the cancer
  • Discuss anatomy and physiology of cancer.
  • Discuss the pathophysiology of cancer.
  • Discuss pharmacological management of the cancer
    patient undergoing anesthesia.
  • Discuss the management of complications for the
    cancer patient.
  • Utilize a case presentation format to synthesize
    the anesthetic management for cancer patients.
  • Review questions relating to the anesthetic
    management of cancer patient to assess SRNA

  • Second leading cause of death in US.
  • Develops in 1 of 3 Americans.
  • One of every 5 cancer victims die from the
    effects of their disease.
  • Number of deaths increasing with growing elderly

  • Critical gene related to cancer in humans is the
    tumor suppressor p53.
  • P53 gene is essential for cell viability,
    monitors damage to DNA.
  • Inactivation of p53 is an early step in the
    development of many types of cancer.
  • Genes are involved in carcinogenesis by virtue of
    inherited traits that predispose to cancer
    (altered metabolism of potentially carcinogenic
    components, decreased level of immune system
  • Stimulation of oncogene formation by carcinogens
    (tobacco (1), alcohol, sunlight) Responsible for
    80 of US cancers.

  • Cancer cells invade the hosts immune system that
    destroys tumor cells.
  • Mutant cells stimulate the hosts immune system
    to form antibodies.
  • Some cancer cells are metastatic.
  • Increased incidence of cancer in immunosuppressed
    patients such as those with AIDS and those
    receiving organ transplants.

  • Cancer becomes evident when the tumor cells
    compromise function of vital organs.
  • Initial diagnosis by aspiration cytology or
  • A common staging system for solid tumors is the
    TNM system based on size (T), lymphnode
    involvement (N), distant metastasis (M).
  • Patients are then grouped into stages from best
    prognosis (stage1) to poorest prognosis (stage 3
    or 4).

TreatmentChemo, Radiation , Surgery
  • Chemotherapy may produces significant side
    effects that have important implications for the
    management of anesthesia.
  • Surgery for initial diagnosis (biopsy) definitive
    treatment, pallative care, and TX of pain
  • Surgery
  • Chemo

  • Renal Toxicity
  • Hepatic Toxicity
  • CNS toxicity
  • PNS toxicity
  • ANS toxicity
  • Stomatitis
  • Plasma Cholinesterase Inhibition
  • Coagulation defects
  • Thrombocytopenia
  • Immunosuppression
  • Leukopenia
  • Anemia
  • Cardiac Toxicity
  • Pulmonary Toxicity

Management of AnesthesiaPreop tests in patients
with Cancer
  • Hematocrit
  • Platelet count
  • WBC
  • PT
  • Electrolytes
  • Liver Function tests
  • Renal Function tests

Preoperative Preparation
  • Correct
  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • Anemia
  • Coagulopathy
  • Electrolyte abnormalities
  • Control Nausea and Vomiting
  • Metoclopramide
  • Droperidol
  • Zofran
  • Tricyclic antidepressant (potentiate opioids)
  • Opioids may cause preop sedation)
  • Presence of renal/hepatic dysfunction may
    influence choice of anesthetic drugs and muscle

Preoperative Preparation 2
  • Possibility of prolonged responses to
    succinylcholine is a consideration in patients
    being treated with alkylating chemo drugs.
  • Attention to anesthesia aseptic technique due to
  • Immunosuppression produced from anesthesia,
    surgical stimulation, and blood transfusions may
    exert undefined effects on the patients
    subsequent responses to cancer.

Pulmonary and Cardiac Toxicity
  • Preop pulmonary fibrosis and CHF would influence
    conduction of anesthesia.
  • -patients on bleomycin have a risk of
    interstitial pulmonary edema due to impaired
    lymphatic drainage owing to drug induced
    pulmonary fibrosis (monitor ABGS and SPO2).
  • Depressant effects of anesthetic drugs on
    myocardial contractility maybe enhanced in
    patients with drug induced cardiac toxicity.

NeurotoxicityPeripheral neuropathyEncephalopathy
  • Vinca alkaloids(vincristine) causes peripheral
    neuropathy causing parasthesias in digits.
  • - ANS neuropathy may be affected.
  • Cisplastin causes dose-dependent large-fiber
    neuropathy by damaging dorsal root ganglia.
  • Corticosteroids dosages at 60 to 100 mg daily may
    cause a myopathy characterized by weakness
    causing difficulty standing and sitting and
    respiratory muscles maybe affected!

  • High dose cyclophosphamide maybe associated with
    acute delirium.
  • High dose cytarabine may cause acute delirium or
    cerebellar degeneration which is reversible.
  • Reversible acute encephalopathy may accompany IV
    or interthecal administration of methotrexate
    especially in conjuction with radiation therapy
    and can lead to dementia.

Common Cancers in Clinical Practice
  • Lung Cancer
  • Breast Cancer
  • Colon Cancer
  • Prostate Cancer

Lung Cancer
  • Leading cause of cancer deaths among men and
  • 1/3 of all cancer deaths.
  • More than 90 related to cigarette smoking.
  • High mortality related to its aggressive biology
    and advanced state when diagnosis confirmed.
  • Mutagens of carcinogens present in cigarette
    smoke causes chromosomal damage/CA.
  • Other causes are ionizing radiation, radiation
    (for breast CA), asbestos and radon gas.

Lung CAncer
  • Cessation of cigarette smoking decreases
    incidence of lung cancer to that of non smokers
    after 10 to 15 years have elapsed.
  • Second hand smoke increases incidence of lung ca
    and increases childhood respiratory infections.
  • Development of emphysema increases incidence of
    lung CA.
  • AIDS increases risk of lung CA.

Signs and symptoms
  • Cough, hemopysis, wheezing, stridor, dyspnea, or
  • Mediastinal metastasis causes hoarseness (RLN
    compression), superior vena cava syndrome,
    dysrrhythmias, CHF from pericardial effusion and
  • Generalised weakness, anorexia and weight loss
    are common.

  • Cytologic analysis of sputum is often sufficient
    for diagnosis.
  • Lesions as small as 3.0 mm can be detected by
    high resolution CT scan.
  • Flexible fiberoptic bronc with biopsy.
  • Video assisted thoracoscopic surgery.
  • Mediatinoscopy to examine lymphnodes.

Lung Cancer
  • Healthy lung
  • Lung cancer

Management of Anesthesia
  • Evaluate underlying pulmonary and cardiac
    function when lung resection is planned.
  • If mediastinoscopy, monitor for hemorrhage,
    pneumothorax, VAE, pressure on right subclavian
    artery and carotid artery.
  • Prepare to place a DLT for a thoracotomy in order
    to isolate the lung, keep ETCO2 35-45, PIP lt35 cm
  • Large bore IVS X2, Aline .
  • Standard induction STP or propofol, succs or
  • O2, iso and iv opioids.
  • Epidural or intercostal block.
  • Extubate in OR, transfer in head up position to
    PACU or ICU.

Colorectal Cancer
  • Second cause of death after lung cancer.
  • Adults older than 50years. 25 familial.
  • 99 are adenocarcinomas.
  • Polyps greater than 1.5cm are more likely to
    contain invasive cancer.
  • Diet related, upper socioeconomic, living in
    urban areas.
  • Direct correlation between calories consumed,
    dietary fat/oil, and meat protein.
  • IBS, Smoking greater than 35 years.

Colon Cancer
  • Colonoscopy Diagnosis.
  • Colon CA spreads to regional lymph nodes,
    portal circulation, liver, lungs, bones, brain.
  • Preoperative increases in CEA. (carcinoembryonic
    antigen), suggest that tumor will reoccur
    following resection.
  • CEA is also increased in other cancers (stomach,
    pancreatic, breast, lung) and non malignant
    conditions such as alocholic liver disease, IBS,
    smoking and pancreatitis.

Colon Cancer
Anesthesia Management
  • GETA with epidural for post op pain if possible.
  • If acute abdominal process RSI or awake
  • Maintenance, combined epidural with GA.
  • Decision to extubate depends on underlying
    cardiopulmonary status.
  • Anticipate large 3rd space losses, large bore IVS
    x2, monitor UOP.
  • TC for 4 units PRBC.

Anesthesia Management
  • Disease induced anemia. Metastasis to liver,
    lungs, bones or brain.
  • Chronic large bowel obstruction does not increase
    risk of aspiration during induction, but may
    interfere with V/O.
  • Blood transfusions are associated with decreased
    survival probably from immunosuppression from
    transfused blood.

Prostate Cancer
  • Second leading cause of death among men.
  • Increased number of reported cases due to using
    prostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing.
  • Highest in african americans lowest incidents in
  • Mostly discovered during autopsy as asymptomatic.
  • Hereditary prostate cancer gene (HPC-1) increases
    the risk.

Prostate Cancer
  • Previous vasectomy has been reported as a risk
    factor to prostate cancer but has not been
  • Prostate cancer is always an adenocarcinoma
  • Treatments include
  • -Transurethral resection
  • -Radical prostatectomy or radiation

Anesthetic management
  • TURP
  • Regional or GA depends on coexisting disease and
    patient preference.
  • Regional anesthesia maybe better in order to
    evaluate mental status to detect TURP syndrome.
  • SAB T9 level is optimal using 0.5 bupivacaine
    12mg in dextrose 7.5 solution.
  • TURP should not exceed 2hrs due to absorption of
    irrigation fluid.

More anesthetic management
  • Standard induction.
  • Muscle relaxation is not mandatory but patient
    movement must be avoided.
  • Anticipate BP drop when legs are dropped from
    lithotomy position.
  • Blood loss can be large if venous sinuses are
    entered, difficult to quantify with irrigation.
  • Invasive monitoring depends/patient condition.
  • Signs of bladder perforation, such as shoulder
    pain in awake patient, maybe unnoticed under GA,
    may see increased HR and BP, sometimes low BP.
  • Minimal post op pain.

Open prostate operations
  • Usual preop diagnosis is BPH and prostate CA.
  • Regional technique, GA or combined technique is
  • Optimal block T8-T10.
  • Under GA standard induction.
  • Moderate blood loss expected with larger glands
    30-80g have patient have blood available.
  • Have 2 large bore IVs.
  • CVP for volume status assessment.
  • Arterial lines for continuous BP measurement and
  • Commonly used drugs (digitalis, b-blockers,
    diuretics, NTG) to prevent cardiovascular

Breast Cancer
  • Most women diagnosed with breast cancer do not
    die from it cure rate is 70.
  • It is estimated that 2 million in the US people
    are living with breast cancer.
  • 75 of cases occur in patients older than 50
    years of age.
  • Family history (a first degree relative diagnosed
    when younger than 50 years increases the risk 3
    to 4 fold).
  • Reproductive risk factors include early menarche,
    late menopause, late first pregnancy, nulliparity
    due to prolonged exposure of breasts to estrogen.

Screening and prognosis
  • Self breast exam.
  • Clinical breast exam by a professional.
  • Screening mammography (recommended if older than
  • 10-15 of breast cancers are not picked up by
    mammography, MRI, US maybe needed.

Breast CA
  • Axillary node status and tumor size determine
    outcome in patients with breast CA.

  • Lumpectomy with radiation.
  • Modified radical mastectomy (with removal of
    breast and axillary nodes).
  • Sentinel node dissection (dominant axillary
    node). If negative further axillary node
    dissection can be avoided.
  • Radiation therapy accompanies lumpectomies due to
  • Radiation post mastectomy is not recommended due
    to cardiac toxicity.

Breast Cancer
Management of anesthesia
  • Side effects of chemotherapy should be
  • IV lines should be avoided in ipsilateral arm to
    avoid exacerbation of lymphedema.
  • Bone pain and pathological fractures should be
    considered when selecting regional anesthesia.
  • Preop opioids help with pain management prior to
  • Isosulfan dye used for localization can decrease
    pulse oximetry transiently.
  • Anesthetic drugs, techniques, and monitoring
    depends on planned surgical procedure and pts
    current condition.

Anesthesia for breast biopsy and sentinel node
  • MAC with local anesthesia.
  • GA with local anesthesia for post op pain
  • -Mask, LMA or ETT.
  • Muscle relaxants not necessary.
  • Minimal blood loss.

Anesthesia for Breast-conserving surgery,
mastectomy and reconstruction
  • GETA or GA with LMA.
  • Regional anesthesia with paravertebral block
    (PVB) in breast surgery is associated with less
    PONV, less pain and earlier discharge.
  • Standard induction.
  • Use of muscle relaxants during axillary
    dissection should be avoided to allow
    identification of nerves by nerve stimulator.
  • Risk of pneumothorax.
  • High incidence of PONV so medicate appropriately.
  • Minimize coughing on emergence to decrease post
    op bleeding.

Less Common Cancers Encountered in Clinical
  • Cardiac Tumors
  • Cardiac Myxomas
  • Metastatic Cardiac Tumors
  • Primary Malignant Tumors
  • Head and Neck Cancers
  • Thyroid Cancer
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Bone Cancer
  • Multiple Myeloma
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Ewings Tumor
  • Chondrosarcoma
  • Gastric Cancer
  • Liver Cancer
  • Pancretic Cancer
  • Renal Cell Cancer
  • Bladder Cancer
  • Testicular Cancer
  • Uterine Cervix Cancer
  • Uterine Cancer
  • Ovarian Cancer
  • Cutaneous Cancer

Less common cancersCardiac myxomas
  • Accounts for ½ of all benign cardiac tumors in
  • 70 occur in LA and 30 in RA.
  • Symptoms interfere with filling and emptying of
    involved cardiac chamber.
  • Also release of myxomatous material from the
    tumor or thrombi that have formed in the tumor.
  • LA myxomas mimic mitral valve disease with
    development of pulmonary edema.
  • RA myomas mimic tricuspid disease causing
    impaired venous return and evidence of right
    heart failure.
  • Embolism occurs in 30 to 40 of patients.

Diagnosis and treatment
  • Incidental diagnosis during intraop TEE.
  • Cardiac myxoma tumors are at least 0.5 to 1.0 cm
    in diameter can be identified by CT and MRI.
  • Surgical resection is curative and should be done
  • Mechanical damage to the heart valve or adhesion
    of tumor to the heart valve necessitates valve

Anesthetic management
  • Possibility of low cardiac output and arterial
    hypoxemia from obstruction at the tricuspid
  • RA myxoma prohibits placement of RA or PA
  • SVT dysrhythmias and conduction disturbances may

Anesthetic management
  • GETA
  • Aline placement prior to induction.
  • Moderate to high dose narcotic (fentanyl
    10-100mcg/kg or sufentanil 2.5-20mcg/kg),
    midazolam (50-350mcg/kg).
  • Etomidate (0.1-0.3mg/kg), Vecuronium or
    pancuronium (0.1mg/kg) depending on desired HR to
    facilitate intubation.
  • Use of fluid to treat low BP ok but consider
    pulmonary edema.
  • Phenylephrine to maintain SVR.
  • Maintain sinus rhythm.
  • Maintain case with narcotic, low dose isoflurane
    and oxygen with air as tolerated.
  • Standard monitors PAC, TEE, foley catheter.
  • TC patient and have blood in the room.

Postoperative Considerations
  • Postoperative mechanical ventilation following
    invasive or prolonged operations and in patients
    with preoperative drug-induced pulmonary
  • Drug induced cardiac toxicity patients are more
    likely to experience postop cardiac complications.

Acute and Chronic Pain
  • Acute pain is associated with pathological
    fractures, tumor invasions, surgery, radiation
    and chemo.
  • Metastatic cancer pain especially to bone.
  • Nerve compression of infiltration may cause pain.
  • Signs of depression and anxiety.

Pathophysiology of pain
  • Norciceptive pain
  • -Somatic and visceral pain due to stimulation
    of norciceptors in somatic or visceral
  • -Somatic pain involves bone or muscle pain
    described as aching, stabbing or throbbing
  • -Visceral pain is in a hollow or solid viscus
    described as diffuse, crampy or gnawing.
  • -Responds to opioids and nonopioids
  • Neuropathic pain
  • -Involves peripheral nerves or central
    afferent neural pathways described as burning or
    lancinating pain
  • -Respond poorly to opioids.

  • Drug therapy such as NSAIDS and acetaminophen for
    mild to mod pain.
  • Codeine for management of mod to severe pain.
  • Opioids for severe cancer pain such as morphine
    and fentanyl.
  • Tricyclic antidepressants for patients who remain
    depressed even when pain is controlled.
  • TCAs are useful since they potentiate opioids.
  • Anticonvulsants are useful for management of
    chronic neuropathic pain.
  • Corticosteroids can lower pain perception
    decreasing need for opioids, improve mood,
    increase appetite and weight gain.

  • Neuraxial administration
  • -Morphine epidurally or intrathecaly.
  • -Implantable infusion devices when systemic
    infusions have failed.
  • Neurolytic procedures
  • -Destroying sensory component of nerves using
    nerve blocks.
  • -Celiac plexus blocks for pain originating in
    abdominal viscera.
  • -Dorsal column stimulators or deep brain
    stimulators can be used.

Paraneoplastic Syndromes
  • Superior Vena Cava Syndromes
  • Increased ICP
  • Pericardial Tamponade
  • Renal Failure
  • Hypercalcemia

Pathophysiologic Manifestations of Paraneoplastic
  • Fever, Anorexia, Weight Loss, Anemia
  • Thrombocytopenia, Coagulopathies
  • Neuromuscular abnormaities
  • Ectopic hormone production
  • Hypercalcemia
  • Hyperuricemia
  • Tumor lysis syndrome
  • Adreneal insufficiency
  • Nephrotc Syndrome
  • Utereral syndrome
  • Pulmonary hypertrphic osteoarthropathy /clubbing
  • Pericardial effusion, Pericardial tamponade
  • Superior vena cava syndrome
  • Spinal cord compression
  • Brain metastasis

Fever and Weight Loss
  • Fever with any CA, but is particularly likely
    with mets to the Liver.
  • Increases body temp, lactic acidosis may
    accompany rapidly proliferating tumors (leukemias
    and lymphomas).
  • Fever may reflect tumor necrosis, inflammation,
    the release of toxic products by CA cells, and
    production of endogenous pyrogens.
  • Anorexia and wt loss, especially with lung CA.

Carcnoid Tumor and Carcinoid Syndrome
  • Slow growing malignancies of enterochromaffin
    cells usually found in the GI tract. (lung,
    pancreas, thymus, liver).
  • Increased use of PPI ?cause.
  • GI tract 2/3 of of carcinoids (small intestine
    41.8, rectum 28,stomach 8.7).
  • Tumors secrete biologically active substances
    serotonin, histamine, prostaglandins,
    adrenocorticoptropic hormone, gastrin,
    calcitonin, and growth hormone.
  • 5-10 develop carcinoid syndrome.

Carcinoid Syndrome Manifestations
  • Episodic cutaneous flushing (kinin, histamine)
  • Diarrhea
  • Heart Disease
  • Tricuspid regurgitation, pulmonic stenosis
  • SVT
  • Bronchoconstriction
  • Hypotension
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Hypertension
  • Hepatomegaly
  • Hyperglycemia
  • Hypoalbuminemia
  • Vasoactive peptids released from carcinoid tumors
    in bronchi and ovaries

What 2 factors enhance release of carcinoid
  • Direct physical manipulation of the tumor.
  • Beta Adrenergic stimulation.

Anesthesic Considerations in Carcinoid Syndrome
  • Most common clinical signs are flushing,
    wheezing, Bp HR Changes, and diarrhea.
  • Preop assessment CBC, Lytes, Liver function
    tests, BG, EKG, Urine 5 HIAA levels.
  • Optimize fluid and lytes. Pretreat with
    Octreotide. Continue in post op period.
  • Both Histamine 1 and 2 receptor blockers must be
    used fully to block histamine effects.
  • Avoid histamine releasing agents
    MSO4,Thiopental, Atracurium.
  • Avoid sympathomimetic agents ketamine and/or
  • Treat Low BP with alpha-receptor Neo

Carcinoid Syndrome
  • GA over RA. Pts with high serotonin levels have
    prolonged recovery, use des or sevo for rapid
  • Aggressively maintain normothermia to avoid
    catecholamine-induced vasoactive mediator
  • Monitor BG intraoperatively, prone to

  • Somatostanin analog is used to blunt the
    vasoactive and bronchoconstrictive effects of
    carcinoid tumor products.
  • TX 2 weeks before OR dose of 100mcg SQ TID
  • 50 to 150 mcg SQ preop. 100mcg/hr infusion.
  • 100 to 200mcg IV for intraop carcinoid crisis.
  • Bronchospasm (histamine or bradykinin) have shown
    to be resistant to ketamine or inhalation agents.
    Use Beta 2 agonists for bronchodilitation.

Superior Vena Cava Obstruction
  • Engorgement of veins above the waist,
    particularly jugular veins.
  • Dyspnea, airway obstruction.
  • Facial and arm edema.
  • Hoarseness may reflect edema of the vocal cords.

Spinal Cord Compression
  • Metastatic lesions in the epidural space, most
    often relflecting breast, lung, prostate cancer
    or lymphoma.
  • Pain, Skeletal muscle weakness, sensory loss,
    autonomic nervous system dysfunction.
  • Corticosteroids, radiation, MRI, CAT,

Increased ICP
  • Nausea
  • Seizures
  • Decreased level of consciousness
  • Mental deterioration
  • Focal neuro deficits
  • CAT scan, corticosteroids, diuretics, mannitol
  • Radiation, Intrathecal Chemo

  • Does Anesthetic Management affect Cancer Outcomes?

The Stress Response and CANCER
  • Immune response is controlled by cytotoxic T
    lymphocytes, NK (natural killer) cells,
    NK-T-cells, dendritic cells and macrophages.
  • Inflammatory mediators such as interferon (INF)
    and interleukin (IL) increase the activity of T
    and NK cells.
  • B-adrenergic stimulation which increases during
    stress states suppresses NK activity and so
    promotes metastasis.
  • Low NK activity increases cancer morbidity and

Surgery, Anesthesia and CANcer Metastasis
  • Surgery suppresses immunity and so promotes
  • Surgical stress promotes angiogenesis and
    contributes to neoplastic growth.
  • Minimally invasive procedures might be better for
    cancer patients.

Anesthetic Drugs
  • A study in rats showed that ketamine, thiopental,
    and halothane reduced NK cell activity and
    increased lung metastasis.
  • The effect of ketamine might be due to adrenergic
    stimulating properties.
  • Propofol does not promote metastasis may be due
    to its weak beta adrenergic antagonist

Anesthesia Animal Studies
  • Morphine promotes angiogenesis and promotes
    breast tumor growth in rodents.
  • Pain relief decreases metastasis susceptibility
    due to reduction in stress response.
  • It is now know that opioids inhibit cellular and
    humoral immune function in humans.

Anesthesia Animal Studies
  • Decreases use of inhaled agents and opioids which
    decrease NK cells.
  • Opioids administered intrathecally in small
    quantities do not have the same effect on NK
  • Decreases release of catecholamines which reduce
    NK cell activity.
  • Epidural anesthesia improves post op outcomes by
    decreasing surgical stress.
  • In a study of mice a laparatomy procedure using
    sevo increased liver mets as compared to sevo and
    spinal anesthesia.

Neuraxial Anesthesia Human Data
  • Use of paravertebral anesthesia and analgesia for
    breast cancer decreases risk of reoccurence.
  • A study on men undergoing a prostatectomy under
    GA with morphine compared to GA with epidural
    anesthesia, epidural technique was associated
    with a 65 reduction in biochemical recurrence of
    prostate CA.

Neuraxial Anesthesia Human Data
  • Spinal anesthesia for a TURP resulted in less
    immunosupression after surgery.
  • If reducing volatile anesthetic requirements or
    opiates is vital, use of dexmedetomidine or IV
    lidocaine might be beneficial.

  • Our anesthetic drugs and approaches may impact
    tumor metastasis after cancer surgery. Techniques
    that prevent stress responses and increase
    catecholamine, and that limit requirements for
    volatile anesthetics and opiates, seem effective
    in reducing the incidence of metastasis.
  • Since 90 of cancer related death is due to
    metastatic development rather than primary
    cancer, then potential for improving patient
    outcome is very significant.

Case Study
  • 50 year old female, Ima Goner undergoing primary
    resection of the small intestine tumor. She has
    been on Proton Pump Inhibitor for 10 years, and
    was recently diagnosed at the SDSC via
    colonoscopy. Labs include H/H 9.8/31. Na 140,
    K 3.9, BG, 153. During tumor removal the
    patient becomes hard to ventilate, wheezes are
    detected, BP goes to 70/40, HR 112, code brown
    ensues.What is the most common clinical scenario

Case Study
  • Preoperative Assessment for this case should have
    included what 6 to 7 tests?
  • CBC
  • Electrolytes
  • LFTs
  • BG
  • EKG (Echo if indicated)
  • Urine 5-HIAA levels
  • What drug should this patient have been treated
    with? How long?
  • Octreotide
  • Treatment 2 weeks pre-op 100mcgs SQ
  • Anesthestic drugs of choice for this case
    include STP, MSO4, Atricurium, Ketamine,
    Ephedrine, Halothane, Isoflurane.
  • True or False?

Case Study
  • What two drug catagories/blockers must be
    utilized to fully counteract histamine release?
  • H1 and H2 Receptor Blockers
  • Treat hypotension with what drug?
  • Alpha Receptor Agonist- Neo
  • What temperature should this patient be
  • Normothermic
  • What lab should be assessed during the case?
  • BG

Question 1
  • An otherwise healthy patient is undergoing a
    small bowel resection for tumors and develops
    bronchoconstriction, cutaneous flushing of the
    face and neck, and supraventricular
    tachydysrythmias during manipulation. The most
    likely cause of these signs is
  • A. Acute asthma attack
  • B. Anaphylaxis reaction
  • C. Carcinoid syndrome
  • D Autonomic hyperreflexia

  • C Carcinoid syndrome
  • Manifestations of carcinoid syndrome include
    cutaneous flushing (kinins, histamine),
    supraventricular tachydyshythmias (serotonin),
    Bronchoconstriction (serotonin, bradykinin,
    substance P).

Question 2
  • Treatment of hypotension in a patient
    anesthetized for resection of metastatic
    carcinoid would be best accomplished with?
  • A Epinephrine
  • B Ephedrine
  • C Somatostatin
  • D Angiotensin

  • C Somatostatin
  • Suppresses the release of serotonin and other
    vasoactive substances from the tumor.

Question 3
  • A 55 year old is to undergo a TURP under general
    anesthesia. The patient has a 40 pack year
    smoking history and a history of CHF. The patient
    receives Reglan and Scopolamine preoperatively.
    General anesthesia is induced with Ketamine the
    procedure is uneventful. In PACU the patient
    complains of inability to see objects up
    close.The most likely cause would be?

Question 3
  • A Effects of scopolamine
  • B Emergence delirium from ketamine
  • C Effects of glycine in the irrigating solution
  • D Corneal abrasion
  • E Hyponatremia

  • A Effects of Scopolamine
  • Scopolamine is an anticholinergic that may
    produce mydriasis and can result in patients
    inability to accommodate.

Question 4
  • Induction of anesthesia in the cancer patient
    being treated with alkylating chemo drugs may
    exhibit one of the following complications
  • A. Decreased urinary output.
  • B. Increased HR and BP.
  • C. Decreased BP and bradycardia.
  • D. Prolonged response to Succinylcholine.

  • D Prolonged response to Succinylcholine.

Question 5
  • Cancer patients on large doses of corticosteroid
    may exhibit the following on emergence
  • A Respiratory weakness.
  • B Cardiac dysrrhythmias.
  • C Prolonged effect of narcotics.
  • D Decreased sodium and water retention.

  • A Respiratory Weakness.
  • Corticosteroids cause a myopathy characterized by
    weakness causing difficulty standing sitting and
    respiratory muscles may be affected.

  • Sing
  • As though no one can hear you.
  • Live
  • As though heaven is on earth.
  • Dance
  • As though no one is watching you.
  • Love
  • As though you have never been hurt before.
  • Mark Twain