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A Journal on Anesthesiology, Resuscitation, Analgesia and Intensive Care

Official Journal of the Italian Society of Anesthesiology, Analgesia, Resuscitation and Intensive Care
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Minerva Anestesiologica 2006 December;72(12):1001-5

language: English, Italian

Multivessel off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting in a nonagenarian: anesthesiologic management

Crivellari M., Landoni G., Bellotti F., Cedrati V., Scandroglio A. M. , Boroli F., Gerli C., Zangrillo A.

Department of Cardiovascular Anesthesia Vita-Salute University IRCCS San Raffaele Hospital, Milan, Italy


A 90-year-old male admitted with history of angina (three-vessel disease) on medical therapy for hypertension and chronic renal failure was scheduled for elective coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). After standard premedication and monitoring anesthesia was induced with propofol and maintained with isoflurane. Middle dose opioids and atracurium were also given. Multivessel revascularization was done trought median sternotomy and anastomoses were performed with the aid of coronary stabilization and shunting. Cerebral and renal perfusion were maintained with high arterial pressure (140/70 mmHg) and continuous infusion of fenoldopam (0.05 µg kg1 m-1). The perioperative period was uneventful. Elderly patients are at increased risk for mortality and morbidity after CABG. The procedure can be performed safely on elderly patients without using cardiopulmonary bypass and preventing cerebral and renal ipoperfusion.

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