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Journal of Research & Innovation in Anesthesia


Cushing’s syndrome in an acromegalic patient is a very rare presentation. To differentiate a Cushing’s disease from Cushing’s syndrome due to ectopic adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) secreting tumors, inferior petrosal sinus sampling (IPSS) is required. Acromegaly patients have associated airway abnormalities posing a challenge to administration of anesthesia. Traditionally, most IPSS was done under general anesthesia. But now it is being recognized that general anesthesia for this procedure has its own implications and hence conscious sedation is being used for this purpose. We describe our experience with the novel agent dexmedetomidine for conscious sedation in this procedure.

Keywords: Acromegaly, Cushing’s syndrome, Dexmedetomidine, Inferior petrosal sinus sampling.

How to cite this article: Barnwal N, Dias R, Mamde R. Dexmedetomidine for Conscious Sedation in Bilateral Inferior Petrosal Sinus Sampling. Res Inno in Anesth 2016;1(2):61-62.

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Conflict of interest: None.

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