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Intraocular pressure during laparoscopic surgery in paediatric patients
  1. Marinella Astuto1,
  2. Carmelo Minardi1,
  3. Maurizio G Uva2,
  4. Antonino Gullo1
  1. 1Anaesthesia and intensive care Department, Catania University Hospital, Catania, Italy
  2. 2Institute of Ophthalmology, Catania University Hospital, Catania, Italy
  1. Correspondence to Professor Marinella Astuto, Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, University of Catania, Via Santa Sofia 78, Catania, Italy; astmar{at}

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Intraocular pressure (IOP) has recently received much attention during anaesthesia in children.1

The effect of anaesthetic procedures on IOP has been well documented during non-ophthalmic surgery, and is unrelated to changes in blood pressure or heart rate.2–4 Moreover, many studies have shown an increase in IOP during laparoscopic surgery in adults,2 5 but to date, there have not been any studies in a paediatric population. For this reason, we decided to perform a study to see if there is any correlation between IOP, anaesthesia and surgery technique in children.

In our study, concerning children without any ocular pathologies, there were no IOP variations related to the premedication, anaesthesia technique …

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  • Competing interests None.

  • Patient consent Obtained.

  • Ethics approval Ethics approval was provided by the Policlinico di Catania University Hospital, Catania, Italy.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; not externally peer reviewed.