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Thoracic: Mediastinal Mass 

Thoracic: Mediastinal Mass
Thoracic: Mediastinal Mass

Stanley Yuan

, and Joseph Marino

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date: 13 August 2020

In this chapter the essential aspects of anesthesia for a patient undergoing biopsy of a mediastinal mass are discussed. Specifically, adequate airway management of the patient with such a mass is discussed. The chapter is divided into preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative sections with important subtopics related to the main topic in each section. Preoperative topics include assessment of the patient’s airway, asthma, and endocrine status. Issues discussed related to intraoperative management include induction and preserving spontaneous ventilation, use of awake intubation and of a reinforced endotracheal tube, and complications from hypotension and hypoxia. Postoperative concerns addressed include extubation and managing complications that can develop in the post-anesthesia care unit.

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