Brazilian Journal of Anesthesiology
Brazilian Journal of Anesthesiology
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End-tidal carbon dioxide measurements as a surrogate to arterial carbon dioxide during pediatric laparoscopic surgeries: a prospective observational cohort study

Hala Saad Abdel-Ghaffar; Mohammed Abdel-Moneim Bakr; Mohamed Abdel-Kadr Osman; Sarah George Labib Hanna; Wesam Nashat Ali

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Maintaining normocapnia during mechanical ventilation in anesthetized children during laparoscopic surgeries is highly recommended. There is a debate regarding the use of capnography (ETCO2) as a trend monitor for evaluation of arterial carbon dioxide levels (PaCO2). We analyzed the relationship between ETCO2 and PaCO2 with time in elective pediatric laparoscopic surgeries.

This study was a prospective observational cohort analysis of 116 paired comparisons between PaCO2 and ETCO2 computed from 29 children (ASA I, 12–72 months). Arterial blood samples were withdrawn before, at 15 minutes and 30 minutes during pneumoperitoneum and 1 minute after deflation. ETCO2 value was recorded simultaneously, while arterial blood was withdrawn. PaCO2–ETCO2 relationship was evaluated by Pearson's correlation coefficients and Bland Altman Method of agreement.

Out of the 116 comparisons analyzed, a PaCO2–ETCO2 difference beyond 0 to ≤ 5 mmHg was recorded in 71 comparisons (61.2%) with negative difference in 34 comparisons (29.3%). A positive significant correlation between PaCO2 and ETCO2 was recorded before (r = 0.617, p =  0.000) and at 15 minutes (r = 0.582, p =  0.001), with no significant correlation at 30 minutes (r = 0.142, p =  0.461), either after deflation (r = 0.108, p =  0.577). Bland-Altman plots showed agreement between ETCO2 and PaCO2 before inflation with mean PaCO2-ETCO2 difference 0.14 ± 5.6 mmHg (limits of 95% agreement -10.84–11.2, simple linear regression testing p-value 0.971), with no agreement at 15 minutes (0.51 ± 7.15, -13.5–14.5, p = 0.000), 30 minutes. (2.62 ± 7.83, -12.73–17.97, p = 0.000), or after deflation (1.81 ± 6.56, -10.93–14.55, p =  0.015).

Usage of capnography as a trend monitor in pediatric laparoscopic surgeries may not be a reliable surrogate for PaCO2 levels.


Children;  Anesthesia;  Laparoscopy;  Mechanical ventilation;  Arterial carbon dioxide;  End tidal carbon dioxide
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