Korean J Obes.  2012 Sep;21(3):183-186. 10.7570/kjo.2012.21.3.183.

Hypercapnic Respiratory Failure Immediate After Bariatric Surgery

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  • 1Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Gachon University Gil Medical Center, Korea. yjsk@gilhospital.com

Abstract

Surgery and general anesthesia can both lead to impaired lung function, abnormal gas exchange and abnormal respiratory mechanics in obese patients. A 37 year old obese female who had obesity hypoventilation syndrome underwent laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy. She experienced hypercapnic respiratory failure during and after the operation period. It is important to recognize the pathophysiologic changes of obesity and prepare for the possible complications during anesthesia and surgery of obese patients.

Keyword

Obesity; Obesity hypoventilation syndrome; Anesthesia

MeSH Terms

Anesthesia
Anesthesia, General
Bariatric Surgery
Female
Gastrectomy
Humans
Lung
Obesity
Obesity Hypoventilation Syndrome
Respiratory Insufficiency
Respiratory Mechanics
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