Enflurane blood-gas solubility: Influence of weight and hemoglobin

J. D. Borel, J. B. Bentley, R. W. Vaughan, A. J. Gandolfi

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The blood-gas partition coefficient of enflurane was measured in nine nonobese and eight morbidity obese patients and correlated with weight, body mass index, and blood hemoglobin. The enflurane blood-gas partition coefficient was lower in the obese patients than in nonobese patients (mean ± SEM; 2.03 ± 0.02 versus 1.76 ± 0.03, respectively, p < 0.025). There was a negative correlation between enflurane blood solubility and both body mass index and weight (r = -0.59 and -0.55, respectively, p < 0.01). A positive correlation was found between hemoglobin and the enflurane blood-gas coefficient (r = 0.69, p < 0.01). Equilibrium between inspired and alveolar enflurane concentration should be faster in morbidity obese and anemic patients than in healthy, nonobese patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1006-1009
Number of pages4
JournalAnesthesia and analgesia
Issue number12
StatePublished - 1982

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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