Endoscopy 2000; 32(10): 788-791
DOI: 10.1055/s-2000-7713
Original Article
Georg Thieme Verlag Stuttgart ·New York

Propofol Sedation for Endoscopic Procedures in Children

Y. Elitsur 1 , P. Blankenship 2 , Z. Lawrence 1
  • 1 Dept. of Pediatrics, Pediatric Gastroenterology Division, Marshall University, School of Medicine, Huntington, West Virginia, USA
  • 2 Endoscopy Suite, Cabell-Huntington Hospital, West Virginia, USA
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Publication History

Publication Date:
31 December 2000 (online)

Background and Study Aims: Propofol sedation has been used successfully in various outpatient minor procedures in children. Limited data are available on the usefulness of propofol sedation during gastrointestinal endoscopic procedures in children. The aim of this study was to evaluate our experience of propofol sedation in pediatric gastrointestinal endoscopic procedures.

Materials and Methods: The charts of all children who had undergone diagnostic endoscopic procedures, and were sedated by propofol, were retrospectively reviewed. Demographic data, cardiovascular monitoring, and drug dosages were recorded. Patients evaluated their sedation efficacy by answering a questionnaire before discharge.

Results: A total of 104 children underwent 107 procedures. Propofol alone was given in 19 procedures and in combination with midazolam and/or fentanyl in 88 procedures. All procedures were completed and significant complication occurred in only one patient. No significant difference was observed in the amount of sedative drugs or recovery time between upper and lower endoscopic procedures. A lower propofol dosage was needed when a combination of drugs was given compared to propofol drug alone. Patients' assessment of their sedation showed that the vast majority had experienced postendoscopic amnesia.

Conclusion: Propofol sedation for endoscopic procedures is safe and acceptable for children. Propofol sedation should be offered to young children, especially those who express significant anxiety.


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Y. Elitsur, M.D.

Dept. of Pediatrics Division of Gastroenterology Marshall University School of Medicine

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