Previous studies of patients have shown that anaesthesia with nitrous oxide (N2O) increases the plasma levels of total homocysteine. In a randomised, controlled trial we measured the plasma total homocysteine levels in patients undergoing general surgery before and after anaesthesia with and without N2O. Plasma total homocysteine levels were measured before anaesthesia and 1, 3-5 and 24 h after incision in 24 patients randomly allocated to anaesthesia with N2O (n = 12) and without N2O (n = 12). Total homocysteine levels significantly decreased from 10.4 +/- 2.7 to 8.2 +/- 2.9 mu mol.l(-1) in the non-N2O group 24 h after incision (p < 0.02), while they tended to increase slightly in the N2O group from 10.5 +/- 4.5 to 10.9 +/- 4.3 <mu>mol.l(-1) (p > 0.05). Our randomised controlled study indicates that total homocysteine decreases after general surgery in patients in whom anaesthesia is maintained without N2O, but not in patients in whom anaesthesia is maintained with N2O.
Effects of surgical stress and nitrous oxide anaesthesia on peri-operative plasma levels of total homocysteine - A randomised, controlled study in general surgery / D. Foschi, A. Rizzi, M. Zighetti, M. Bissi, F. Corsi, E. Trabucchi, M. Mezzetti, M. Cattaneo. - In: ANAESTHESIA. - ISSN 0003-2409. - 56:7(2001), pp. 676-679.
|Titolo:||Effects of surgical stress and nitrous oxide anaesthesia on peri-operative plasma levels of total homocysteine - A randomised, controlled study in general surgery|
|Parole Chiave:||anaesthetic, inhalational, nitrous oxide; amino acid, homocysteine|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore MED/18 - Chirurgia Generale|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2001|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.1046/j.1365-2044.2001.01374-2.x|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|