[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: This study was performed to analyse the effects of different sevoflurane concentrations on the incidence of epileptiform EEG activity during induction of anaesthesia in children in the clinical routine.
It was suggested in the literature to use sevoflurane concentrations lower than 8% to avoid epileptiform activity during induction of anaesthesia in children.
100 children (age: 4.6±3.0 years, ASA I-III, premedication with midazolam) were anaesthetized with 8% sevoflurane for 3 min or 6% sevoflurane for 5 min in 100% O2 via face mask followed by 4% sevoflurane until propofol and remifentanil were given for intubation. EEGs were recorded continuously and were analysed visually with regard to epileptiform EEG patterns.
From start of sevoflurane until propofol/remifentanil administration, 38 patients (76%) with 8% sevoflurane had epileptiform EEG patterns compared to 26 patients (52%) with 6% (p = 0.0106). Epileptiform potentials tended to appear later in the course of the induction with 6% than with 8%. Up to an endtidal concentration of 6% sevoflurane, the number of children with epileptiform potentials was similar in both groups (p = 0.3708). The cumulative number of children with epileptiform activity increased with increasing endtidal sevoflurane concentrations. The time from start of sevoflurane until loss of consciousness was similar in patients with 8% and 6% sevoflurane (42.2±17.5 s vs. 44.9 s ±14.0 s; p = 0.4073). An EEG stage of deep anaesthesia with continuous delta waves <2.0 Hz appeared significantly earlier in the 8% than in the 6% group (64.0±22.2 s vs. 77.9±20.0 s, p = 0.0022).
The own analysis and data from the literature show that lower endtidal concentrations of sevoflurane and shorter administration times can be used to reduce epileptiform activity during induction of sevoflurane anaesthesia in children.
PLoS ONE 02/2014; 9(2):e89191. · 3.53 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The electroencephalogram (EEG) of wakefulness, sleep, and anaesthesia changes during childhood. Especially marked are the changes during the first year of life. In the second half of the first year, in most children EEG stages can be classified visually and automatically during anaesthesia which are similar to those observed in older children. In the first months of life, the EEG of anaesthesia is less differentiated, but it is still useful in patient monitoring during anaesthesia.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: A high incidence of epileptiform activity in the electroencephalogram (EEG) was reported in children undergoing mask induction of anaesthesia with administration of high doses of sevoflurane for 5 minutes and longer. This study was performed to investigate whether reducing the time of exposure to a high inhaled sevoflurane concentration would affect the incidence of epileptiform EEG activity. It was hypothesized that no epileptiform activity would occur, when the inhaled sevoflurane concentration would be reduced from 8% to 4% immediately after the loss of consciousness.
70 children (age 7-96 months, ASA I-II, premedication with midazolam) were anaesthetized with 8% sevoflurane in 100% oxygen via face mask. Immediately after loss of consciousness, the sevoflurane concentration was reduced to 4%. EEGs were recorded continuously and were later analyzed visually with regard to epileptiform EEG patterns. Sevoflurane at a concentration of 8% was given for 1.2 ± 0.4 min (mean ± SD). In 14 children (20%) epileptiform EEG patterns without motor manifestations were observed (delta with spikes (DSP), rhythmic polyspikes (PSR), epileptiform discharges (PED) in 10, 10, 4 children (14%, 14%, 6%)). 38 children (54%) had slow, rhythmic delta waves with high amplitudes (DS) appearing on average before DSP.
The hypothesis that no epileptiform potentials would occur during induction of anaesthesia with a reduction of the inspired sevoflurane concentration from 8% to 4% directly after LOC was not proved. Even if 8% sevoflurane is administered only briefly for induction of anaesthesia, epileptiform EEG activity may be observed in children despite premedication with midazolam.
PLoS ONE 01/2012; 7(7):e40903. · 3.53 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Die Registrierung der Hirnströme (Elektroenzephalogramm, EEG) eignet sich zur Patientenüberwachung im Operationssaal und auf
der Intensivstation (Freye u. Levy 2005).
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The aim of this study was to examine to what extent the use of electroencephalography (EEG) monitoring leads to an adaptation of the target-controlled infusion (TCI) concentration of propofol during propofol anaesthesia with different doses of remifentanil.
With ethics committee approval 60 patients (27-69 years old) with American Society of Anesthesiologists classification (ASA) I-III received anaesthestics with propofol (TCI, Diprifusor, AstraZeneca, Wedel, Deutschland) and 0.2, 0.4, or 0.6 microg/kg body weight remifentanil, respectively (groups 1-3). Anaesthesia was maintained at a level of deep hypnosis (EEG stages D(2)/E(0), EEG monitor: Narcotrend, version 2.0/5.0, manufacturer: MT MonitorTechnik, Bad Bramstedt, Germany).
During the steady state the propofol concentration in groups 1-3 was 3.02+/-0.86, 1.93+/-0.53 and 1.60+/-0.55 microg/ml, respectively (p<0.001). Women had a higher propofol consumption than men (p<0.05). Dreams during anaesthesia were more often reported by women than by men (p<0.05). The need for postoperative analgesia decreased with an increasing intraoperative remifentanil dose (p<0.05).
The study demonstrates that remifentanil has both analgetic and hypnotic effects. With increasing remifentanil dose the propofol requirement decreased and in this context EEG monitoring is useful to adapt the target concentrations of propofol to the patients' age and gender.
Der Anaesthesist 02/2010; 59(2):126-34. · 0.74 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Xenon was approved as an inhaled anaesthetic in Germany in 2005 and in other countries of the European Union in 2007. Owing to its low blood/gas partition coefficient, xenons effects on the central nervous system show a fast onset and offset and, even after long xenon anaesthetics, the wake-up times are very short. The aim of this study was to examine which electroencephalogram (EEG) stages are reached during xenon application and whether these stages can be identified by an automatic EEG classification. Therefore, EEG recordings were performed during xenon anaesthetics (EEG monitor: Narcotrend®). A total of 300 EEG epochs were assessed visually with regard to the EEG stages. These epochs were also classified automatically by the EEG monitor Narcotrend® using multivariate algorithms. There was a high correlation between visual and automatic classification (Spearman's rank correlation coefficient r=0.957, prediction probability Pk=0.949). Furthermore, it was observed that very deep stages of hypnosis were reached which are characterised by EEG activity in the low frequency range (delta waves). The burst suppression pattern was not seen. In deep hypnosis, in contrast to the xenon EEG, the propofol EEG was characterised by a marked superimposed higher frequency activity. To ensure an optimised dosage for the single patient, anaesthetic machines for xenon should be combined with EEG monitoring. To date, only a few anaesthetic machines for xenon are available. Because of the high price of xenon, new and further developments of machines focus on optimizing xenon consumption.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Gender-related differences in the pharmacology of drugs used in anaesthesiology have been reported by different authors. The aim of this study was to compare propofol dosages in a greater number of male and female patients who had received electroencephalogram (EEG) monitoring to maintain a defined depth of anaesthesia. Data from an EEG-controlled study were analysed with regard to gender differences in the consumption of the short-acting hypnotic propofol during maintenance of total intravenous anaesthesia and with regard to recovery times. The 656 patients (239 male, 417 female) were 15 to 97 years old, underwent different surgical procedures, and received propofol in combination with remifentanil, a short-acting opioid. During the steady-state of anaesthesia the EEG stage D(2)/E(0), which corresponds to deep hypnosis, was the target level (EEG monitor: Narcotrend). Propofol dosages were calculated as mg/kg body weight/h and as mg/kg lean body mass/h. Significantly higher propofol dosages were observed in female patients compared to male patients, especially with lean body mass as a reference parameter. The dosages were characterised by a high interindividual variability. The time from stop of propofol until extubation was significantly shorter in women than in men. The propofol dosage for maintenance of anaesthesia at the EEG level D(2)/E(0) decreased with increasing age.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: This study investigated the suitability of various electroencephalogram (EEG) parameters to describe anaesthetic drug effects in propofol-remifentanil anaesthesia. The investigated parameters were the Narcotrend Index (NI), the Bispectral Index (BIS), and standard spectral and entropy parameters. Additionally, it was investigated whether the effect of a fixed dosage of propofol on the attained depth of hypnosis during induction of anaesthesia is different in male and female patients.
Standardized inductions of anaesthesia in 10 male and 10 female patients (ASA status I or II, 15-75 years) were analysed. All patients received 4 mg propofol/kg over 6 min followed by 4 mg/kg/h. For analgesia, patients received 0.3 microg/kg/min remifentanil starting 2 min before propofol application. For EEG monitoring, the Narcotrend and the Aspect A-2,000 Bispectral Index monitor were used simultaneously. Data from start of propofol injection until 1 min after the end of the induction period (420 s) were used for statistical analysis. EEG parameters were evaluated every 10 s.
The Narcotrend Index and the Bispectral Index had the highest mean correlations with the calculated propofol effect-site concentration and were able to distinguish stages from the awake state or the near awake state and stages of deep hypnosis. On the Narcotrend scale, more data points are available for levels of anaesthesia with relevance for maintenance of anaesthesia. The BIS values at the first occurrence of burst suppression were significantly higher than the corresponding NI values. During induction of anaesthesia, the same dosages of propofol (per kg body weight) given to men and women did not show different effects on the EEG.
NI and BIS are superior to spectral and entropy parameters in describing changes of propofol concentration during induction of propofol-remifentanil anaesthesia.
Journal of Clinical Monitoring and Computing 05/2008; 22(2):103-11. · 1.45 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The aim of this study was to compare the EEG parameter Narcotrend Index with the spectral and entropy-based EEG parameters median frequency, 95% spectral edge frequency, burst-compensated 95% spectral edge frequency, spectral entropy, amplitude entropy, and approximate entropy with regard to their ability to describe cerebral anaesthetic drug effects during induction of propofol-remifentanil anaesthesia.
Three induction schemes were studied with 10 patients each receiving 2 mg propofol/kg/60s (group 1), 4 mg/kg/120s (group 2), and 4 mg/kg/240s (group 3). The EEG was recorded with the EEG monitor Narcotrend. To analyse the relation between drug effect and EEG parameters, Spearman rank correlation of the different EEG parameters with the calculated propofol effect-site concentration was computed.
In all groups Narcotrend Index showed the highest correlation with the propofol effect-site concentration and the lowest variability of individual correlation values. Furthermore, only the Narcotrend Index showed a monophasic behaviour over the entire time period analysed. In the group of entropy parameters approximate entropy yielded the best results. Among the spectral parameters the burst-compensated 95% spectral edge frequency had the highest correlation with the propofol effect-site concentration. It was markedly higher than for the standard spectral edge frequency. The correlations of median frequency and amplitude entropy with propofol effect-site concentration were the lowest. CONCLUSIONS. Changes in the propofol effect-site concentration during induction of anaesthesia were best described by the multivariate Narcotrend Index compared to conventional spectral EEG parameters and different entropy measures.
Journal of Clinical Monitoring and Computing 09/2004; 18(4):231-40. · 1.45 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: A reliable assessment of the depth of hypnosis during sedation and general anaesthesia using the EEG is a subject of current interest. The Narcotrend Index implemented in the latest version 4.0 of the EEG monitor Narcotrend provides an automatic classification of the EEG on a scale ranging from 100 (awake) to 0 (very deep hypnosis, EEG suppression). The classification algorithms implemented in the EEG monitor Narcotrend are described. In a study the correlation of the propofol effect-site concentration with the Narcotrend Index and with the traditional spectral parameters total power, relative power in the standard frequency bands delta, theta, alpha, and beta, median frequency, 95% spectral edge frequency, burst-compensated spectral edge frequency, and spectral entropy was investigated. The Narcotrend Index had the highest average correlation with the propofol effect-site concentration and the smallest variability of the individual correlation values. Moreover, the Narcotrend Index was the only parameter which showed a monophasic trend over the whole investigated time period. The Narcotrend monitor can make a significant contribution to the improvement of the quality of anaesthesia by adjusting the dosage of hypnotics to individual patient needs.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Age-related differences in the spectral composition of the EEG in induction and emergence times, and in drug consumption during propofol anaesthesia were investigated.
The EEGs of 60 female patients between 22 and 85 years of age were monitored continuously during standardized induction of anaesthesia with 2 mg of propofol kg(-1)60 s(-1). The EEGs were visually assessed in 20-s epochs according to a scale from A (awake) to F (very deep hypnosis). Visual EEG classifications, spectral parameters, and induction times were compared between different age groups. Additionally, data of 546 patients included in a multicentre study with 4630 patients (EEG monitor Narcotrend, MT MonitorTechnik, Bad Bramstedt, Germany) were analyzed with regard to age-dependent changes of propofol consumption using target-controlled infusion (TCI).
During induction, patients older than 70 years reached significantly deeper EEG stages than younger patients, needed a longer time to reach the deepest EEG stage, and needed more time until a light EEG stage was regained. In patients aged 70 years and older, the total power, mainly in deep EEG stages, was significantly smaller due to a distinctly smaller absolute power of the delta frequency band. No single spectral parameter was able to reliably distinguish all EEG stages. During the steady state of anaesthesia, older patients needed less propofol for the maintenance of a defined stage of hypnosis than younger patients.
Older patients differ from younger ones regarding the hypnotic effect of propofol and the spectral patterns in the EEG. For an efficient automatic assessment of the EEG during anaesthesia a multivariable approach accounting for age-effects is indispensable.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Today cochlear implantation is a widely used means of treatment in deafness and severe hearing disorders in adults, children, and infants. Postoperative fitting of the externally worn speech processor is very important for successful use of the cochlear implant. However, especially in infants and young children, this fitting process can be difficult because of limited communication capabilities. The use of intraoperatively obtained stapedius reflex thresholds has been proposed for postoperative speech processor fitting, but the influence of anesthetics on threshold values needs to be taken into account. In a retrospective study with 20 patients between 3 and 43 years of age, a highly significant correlation between the dosage of methohexital and the mean stapedius reflex threshold value could be shown (r = 0.65, p = .002). We conclude that more reliable threshold values can be obtained by reducing the dosage of hypnotics to achieve a lighter level of hypnosis during stapedius reflex measurement. To achieve a light, but still sufficient level of hypnosis, electroencephalographic monitoring including automatic interpretation of the complex raw signal should be used.
The Annals of otology, rhinology, and laryngology 01/2004; 112(12):1050-5. · 1.05 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The Narcotrend performs an automatic interpretation of the electroencephalogram (EEG) during anaesthesia. The classification algorithms have been developed on the basis of visually classified EEG epochs. The classification scheme which was used for these visual assessments has its origin in sleep analysis and was adapted for the EEG during anaesthesia. From the awake state to very deep anaesthesia, 15 stages (A, B(0-2), C(0-2), D(0-2), E(0-2), F(0-1)) are distinguished. The transformation of these stages into a numerical scale from 100 to 0 is a further refinement for a differentiated presentation of EEG effects. For the automatic classification multivariate discriminant functions are used. Age-related changes of the EEG were incorporated. The device contains functions for the identification of artifacts. The EEG can be recorded from a frontal channel using standard ECG electrodes, other electrode positions and types can be chosen. The device has been clinically and scientifically validated.
Der Anaesthesist 01/2004; 52(12):1143-8. · 0.74 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Cochlear implantation is a widely used means of treating deafness and severe hearing disorders. The surgical procedure includes inserting the cochlear implant electrode array into the cochlea and embedding the corresponding signal receiver in the mastoid bone behind the ear. Postoperative fitting of the externally worn speech processor is very important for successful use of the cochlear implant. For this purpose, electrically elicited stapedius reflex threshold values can be used. However, stapedius reflex threshold values measured intraoperatively are influenced by anaesthetics. The goal of this retrospective study was to find out whether electroencephalogram (EEG) control of anaesthesia produces more reliable reflex threshold values as a basis for the fitting of the speech processor.
Three groups of children, after surgery for cochlear implantation, were analysed with regard to the magnitude of intraoperative electrically elicited stapedius reflex threshold values and their deviations from postoperatively determined maximum comfortable levels (group 1: methohexital/remifentanil with EEG monitoring, n = 10; group 2: isoflurane/fentanyl with EEG monitoring, n = 9; group 3: isoflurane/fentanyl without EEG monitoring, n = 11).
Children with EEG monitoring had significantly lower electrically elicited stapedius reflex threshold values and also significantly lower differences between intraoperative stapedius reflex threshold values and postoperatively determined maximum comfortable levels.
Electroencephalogram monitoring in cochlear implantation is of considerable value in controlling anaesthesia and improving speech processor fitting based on more reliable intraoperative neurophysiological data.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Impacts of hypnotic drugs on brain function are reflected in the EEG. The EEG monitor Narcotrend performs an automatic classification of the EEG using a scale which was proposed by Kugler for visual evaluation of the EEG. In this article the results of a validation study of the automatic classification algorithms implemented in the EEG monitor Narcotrend are presented. Visual and automatic classification of EEG data recorded in routine clinical practice were compared. The correlation between visual and automatic assessment was high (Spearman rank correlation r = 0.90, prediction probability Pk = 0.90) and a sufficient agreement between visual and automatic assessment was achieved for 92% of the analysed EEG epochs. The results of the study suggest that the automatic classification algorithms implemented in the EEG monitor Narcotrend yield a reliable assessment of the depth of hypnosis.