Anaesthesia for surgery in infancy

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This is a review article that provides a basic understanding of common surgical conditions encountered in neonates and infants. The description of the surgical procedure and perioperative anaesthetic considerations for each case provides a useful framework for each of the pre-, intra- and post-operative phases of the anaesthesia. The physiological impacts of minimally invasive techniques such as laparoscopy or thoracoscopy are also described, as are their implications for anaesthetic management.

Overall, this is an overview article of commonly encountered surgical cases and their anaesthetic implications in neonates and infants. However, the non-exhaustive list of the conditions and their brief descriptions indicate that further reading should be supplemented to enhance the reader’s understanding.

Reviewed by Oh Ryong (Ryan) Kwen