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.

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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