Non-invasive monitoring of cerebral oximetry in children

V.I. Snisar, O.S. Pavlysh


This review presents a number of literature sources on the use of cerebral oximetry with infrared spectroscopy in children. A lot of the clinical studies show that, despite some shortcomings, non-invasive monitoring of cerebral oximetry is an important tool in brain protection, primarily if iatrogenic cerebral ischemia may be present. There is a growing number of data on the use of infrared spectroscopy in areas such as pediatric cardiosurgery, pediatric neurosurgery, pediatric and neonatal intensive care. This method is useful in both anesthesia and intensive care units, and helps to avoid the application of more invasive monitoring methods. However, nowadays there is insufficient clinical data on the critical levels of measurable va­riables that are necessary for the safe management of the perioperative period in patients at risk of cerebral ischemia, in particular in pediatrics.


children; review; infrared spectroscopy; regional cerebral oxygen saturation; cerebral oximetry; anesthesia


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