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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 28  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 92-100

Desflurane - Revisited

1 Department of Anaesthesiology, Pushpanjali Crosslay Hospital, Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, India
2 Department of Anaesthesiology, Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute, Porur, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

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Mukul Chandra Kapoor
Director - Anaesthesiology, Pushpanjali Crosslay Hospital, W-3, Sector-1, Vaishali, NH-4, Ghaziabad - 201 012, Uttar Pradesh
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DOI: 10.4103/0970-9185.92455

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The search for an ideal inhalational general anesthetic agent continues. Desflurane, which was recently introduced in the Indian market, possesses favorable pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic properties and is closer to the definition of an ideal agent. It offers the advantage of precise control over depth of anesthesia along with a rapid, predictable, and clear-headed recovery with minimal postoperative sequelae, making it a valuable anesthetic agent for maintenance in adults and pediatric patients in surgeries of all durations. The agent has advantages when used in extremes of age and in the obese. Its use may increase the direct costs of providing anesthetic care. Methods or techniques, such as low-flow anesthesia, to reduce the overall cost and along with minimal environmental implications must be followed.

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