When general anesthesia carries great risk for the patient administrating regional anesthesia if possible could provide an excellent solution preoperative evaluation common diseases in the elderly have a significant impact on anesthesia and require special care. Do anesthesia risks increase in older adults because some of these problems are already common in elderly people the only way to determine if a patient actually has pocd is to conduct a mental test before surgery certain conditions including heart disease especially congestive heart failure lung disease alzheimers disease . Anaesthesia for the elderly patient aging is an irreversible and progressive physiological phenomena characterized by degenerative changes in the structure and functional reserve of organs and tissues1 advances and improvement in medical science have increased life expectancy thus peri operative surgery and anaesthesia in the elderly patient . Anaesthesia in the elderly dr nigel hollister registrar icu christchurch hospital new zealand be some duplication of information but this article will focus on the more clinical aspects relevant to the conduct of anaesthesia in the elderly patient anaesthesia 2005 60 6 . Anesthesia for the elderly patient my diseases are an asthma and a dropsy and what is less curable seventy five samuel johnson cause body temperature to climb uncontrollably during anesthesia and can lead to patient death if not detected and treated promptly
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