Comparison of sevoflurane with propofol for laryngeal mask airway insertion in adults

Ravikumar Koppula, Anitha Shenoy

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The quality and ease of insertion of laryngeal mask airway (LMA) following induction of anaesthesia with either inhaled sevoflurane or intravenous propofol were studied. 40 patients were randomly assigned to one of two groups: Group P (n=20) received 2.5 propofol and Group S (n=20) received 8% sevoflurane in oxygen. All patients also received fentanyl 2μ -1 as a co-induction agent. The time to induction and quality of LMA insertion after achieving jaw relaxation was assessed. The time [mean ± S.D] to loss of eyelash reflex (and loss of verbal contact) was faster with sevoflurane; Group S [33.9 ± 7.5 s (38.15 ± 8.15 s)] Vs Group P [42.6 ± 10.3 s (48.65 ± 11.7s)] respectively. There was no significant difference between the time to jaw relaxation [Group S, 98.2 ± 10.3 Vs Group P, 93.75 ± 16.3s] or time to successful insertion of LMA (Group S, 137.05 ± 17.42 s Vs Group P, 140.16 ± 21.67s] between the groups. All LMAs were inserted at the first attempt except for one case in each group. The clinical conditions for LMA insertion were equally good with both techniques of induction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)271-274
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Anaesthesiology Clinical Pharmacology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 07-2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
  • Pharmacology (medical)
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)


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