Plasma inorganic fluoride with sevoflurane anesthesia: Correlation with indices of hepatic and renal function

E. J. Frink, H. Ghantous, T. P. Malan, S. Morgan, J. Fernando, A. J. Gandolfi, B. R. Brown

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The biotransformation and plasma inorganic fluoride ion production of sevoflurane (the new volatile anesthetic) during and after surgical anesthesia was studied in 50 ASA I or II surgical patients. Twenty-five additional patients served as controls by receiving isoflurane. Sevoflurane or isoflurane was administered with a semiclosed (total gas flow, 2 L/min O2) circle absorption system for durations of 1.0 to greater than 7.0 minimal alveolar concentration (MAC) hours for surgical anesthesia (sevoflurane MAC, 2.05%; isoflurane MAC, 1.15%). Preoperative and postoperative blood urea nitrogen and creatinine concentrations were determined. Blood samples were obtained during and after anesthesia in both groups for determining anesthetic blood concentration analysis and plasma fluoride level. Plasma fluoride concentrations did not significantly increase during isoflurane anesthesia. Sevoflurane biotransformation produced a mean peak plasma inorganic fluoride concentration of 29.3 ± 1.8 μmol/L, 2 h after anesthesia, which decreased to 18 μmol/L concentration by 8 h after anesthesia. The peak plasma inorganic fluoride ion concentration correlated with duration of sevoflurane anesthetic exposure. Five patients given sevoflurane had peak levels transiently exceeding 50 μmol/L, and one of these had a history of ingesting drugs potentially producing hepatic enzyme induction. No increases in postoperative levels of creatinine, blood urea nitrogen, direct bilirubin, or hepatic transaminase and no changes in serum electrolyte level occurred in either anesthetic group. Indirect bilirubin concentration increased significantly after sevoflurane anesthesia, but the increase was not of clinical significance (from 0.30 ± 0.03 to 0.38 ± 0.06 mg/dL). Indirect bilirubin concentrations did not increase after isoflurane anesthesia; the concentrations reached 0.31 ± 0.04 mg/dL and did not differ significantly from those found with isoflurane. Even though plasma fluoride concentrations increased, no evidence of renal dysfunction occurred.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)231-235
Number of pages5
JournalAnesthesia and analgesia
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1992

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  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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