Intravenous sedation in pediatric upper gastrointestinal endoscopy

Emil Chuang, William J. Wenner, David A. Piccoli, Steven M. Altschuler, Chris A. Liacouras

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To assess the safety and efficacy of intravenous sedation in pediatric upper endoscopy, all elective outpatient procedures performed during a 2-year period (January 1, 1991 through December 31, 1992) were retrospectively reviewed. Of 614 children, 553 received intravenous meperidine and midazolam; 61 received fentanyl and midazolam. The mean dose of meperidine was 1.5 ± 0.7 mg/kg and of fentanyl 0.0031 ± 0.0014 mg/kg. Less midazolam was needed for children receiving fentanyl than for those receiving meperidine (0.05 ± 0.03 mg/kg versus 0.08 ± 0.05 mg/kg, p < 002). Recovery time (minutes) was shorter for those receiving fentanyl (74.7 ± 22.8 versus 95.1 ± 23.0, p < .003). Side effects occurred in 117 patients (19.1%), of which the majority were mild (83%); all were transient with no residual sequelae. Inability to complete the procedure occurred in fewer than 1%. We conclude that both combinations of medication are safe and effective for children of all ages. The use of fentanyl/midazolam results in a shorter recovery time and a lower dose of midazolam. (Gastrointest Endosc 1995;42:156-60.).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)156-160
Number of pages5
JournalGastrointestinal Endoscopy
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 1995

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Gastroenterology


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