Intraoperative awareness is an anesthesia complication and occurs when a patient becomes conscious during a procedure performed under general anesthesia and subsequently has recall of these events. Awareness is well described phenomenon in adults, with an incidence of 0.1-0.2 % for low-risk surgical procedures. Recent studies have shown that awareness in children is more common than in adults. However, causes and the long-term psychological impact of awareness in children are unknown. We report on two cases of intraoperative awareness in children in an attempt to throw further light on this complex problem.

Anesthesia, Awareness, Pediatrics,
Paediatric Anaesthesia
Erasmus MC: University Medical Center Rotterdam

Blussé van Oud-Alblas, H.J, Bosenberg, A, & Tibboel, D. (2008). Awareness in children: Another two cases. Paediatric Anaesthesia, 18(7), 654–657. doi:10.1111/j.1460-9592.2008.02576.x