Perioperative complications of anesthesia

Surg Clin North Am. 1991 Dec;71(6):1151-73. doi: 10.1016/s0039-6109(16)45581-7.


An overview of several perioperative complications and their management strategies is presented. Operative hypothermia, malignant hyperthermia, bronchospasm, and side effects of spinal opioid agents are discussed. Ramifications of these complications may extend well beyond the operative period and influence patient outcome. Therefore, it is necessary that the surgeon have a fundamental understanding of the pathophysiology and modalities of treatment in the context of anesthesia and surgery.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Anesthesia / adverse effects*
  • Bronchial Spasm / etiology
  • Humans
  • Hypothermia / etiology
  • Injections, Spinal
  • Malignant Hyperthermia / etiology
  • Narcotics / administration & dosage
  • Narcotics / adverse effects


  • Narcotics