European Journal of Anaesthesiology

Original Article
(RD) Surgery

Unilateral high frequency jet ventilation during one-lung ventilation

Y. Dikmen a1c1, B. Aykac a1 and H. Erolçay a1
a1 Anesthesiology Department, Cerrahpasa Medical Faculty, 34303 Istanbul, Turkey

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dikmen y   [PubMed][Google Scholar] 
aykac b   [PubMed][Google Scholar] 
erolcay h   [PubMed][Google Scholar] 


Fifteen patients undergoing elective thoracic surgery were studied in order to investigate the efficacy of high frequency jet ventilation of the non-dependent lung with respect to arterial oxygenation. During the study PaO2, PaCO2, arterial pressures and heart rate were recorded during ventilation of both lungs in the lateral decubitus position during one-lung ventilation and during high frequency jet ventilation of the non-dependent lung. Mean PaO2 was 28±8.75 kPa and mean PaCO2 was 5.4±0.7 kPa during control. During one-lung ventilation, PaO2 dropped to 10.8±2.57 kPa and PaCO2 rose to 6.3±0.9 kPa. With high frequency jet ventilation to the non-dependent lung, mean PaO2 increased to 25±6.75 kPa and PaCO2 decreased to 5.16±0.9 kPa respectively. Arterial pressures and heart rate remained stable during the study period. In conclusion high frequency jet ventilation of the non-dependent lung was effective in providing arterial normoxaemia and normocapnia during one-lung ventilation.

(Published Online August 16 2006)
(Accepted October 1995)

Key Words: anaesthesia; ventilation; blood gas; ventilation; one-lung ventilation; jet ventilation; surgery; thoracic.

c1 Correspondence: Y. Dikmen.