Nonintubated anesthesia in thoracic surgery: General issues

Gabor Kiss, Maria Castillo

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Anesthetic management for awake thoracic surgery (ATS) is more difficult than under general anesthesia (GA), being technically extremely challenging for the anesthesiologist. Therefore, thorough preparation and vigilance are paramount for successful patient management. In this review, important considerations of nonintubated anesthesia for thoracic surgery are discussed in view of careful patient selection, anesthetic preparation, potential perioperative difficulties and the management of its complications.

Original languageEnglish
Article number110
JournalAnnals of Translational Medicine
Issue number8
StatePublished - May 2015


  • Awake thoracic surgery (ATS)
  • Conversion
  • General anesthesia (GA)


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