Effects of Desflurane Versus Propofol Anesthesia on Regional Cerebral Oxygenation during Spinal Surgery in the Prone Position

Effects of Desflurane Versus Propofol Anesthesia on Regional Cerebral Oxygenation during Spinal Surgery in the Prone Position

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Comments: The Discussion establishes that propofol and desflurane lead to a significant reduction in rSO2 in the prone position as compared to the supine position. It highlights that in terms of BIS, the right and left rSO2 values were not significantly different for propofol and desflurane at equipotent concentrations. Relevant literatures have been cited to support the fact that desflurane and propofol affect cerebral oxygenation differently and the fact that volatile anaesthetics can maintain higher cerebral oxygenation than propofol. The Discussion also illustrates that changes in body position or head rotation and various surgical manipulations can negatively affect cerebral perfusion and hemodynamics. In contrast to previous studies this study concludes that were no significant differences in rSO2 values between the two anaesthetics throughout the prone position.



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1.     The word “region” should be changed to “regional” in the manuscript title.

2.     The word “Medtronic” has been misspelled in the text part of the manuscript.


Further comments on the paper

Comments: The prospective randomized double-blinded study conducted on a study population of fifty-two patients undergoing spinal surgery in the prone position aims at understanding the effects of desflurane and propofol on regional cerebral oxygenation during spinal surgery in the prone position. In the desflurane group, an initial significant drop in rSO2 values were observed from supine to prone position followed by a rise in rSO2 values at the end of surgery in the prone position. On the contrary in the propofol group, the initial rSO2 reduction remained significant throughout the prone position. The study concludes from this observation that sevoflurane and desflurane probably have more common properties than propofol with respect to their activity on the cerebrovascular system and the findings support the hypothesis of the study which was both desflurane and propofol will lead to significant drop in rSO2 values in the prone position. However, no significant differences between the rSO2 values were observed between the two anaesthetics in patients undergoing spinal surgery in the position.


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Author Info

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Stachtari Chrysoula
Department of Anesthesiology, General Hospital of Thessaloniki “G. Papanikolaou”, Thessaloniki, Greece

Article Info

Article Type
Research Article
Publication history
Received: Wed 14, Apr 2021
Accepted: Thu 29, Apr 2021
Published: Tue 04, May 2021
© 2023 Stachtari Chrysoula. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited. Hosting by Science Repository.
DOI: 10.31487/j.ACR.2021.01.02