Incident of Emergence Delirium in an Autistic Adolescent

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A 12-year-old male patient with autism began showing signs of emergence delirium in PACU after a tympanostomy that utilized sevoflurane for inhalation induction. The patient displayed psychomotor agitation, anxiety, confusion and was unable to be consoled by his parents. The patient was facing heightened sensory processing difficulties and was at an increased risk for self-injury by removing intravenous catheters, which was distressing for the patient, family and caregivers involved. This presentation will discuss the risk factors, prevention, and treatment of emergence delirium in the pediatric setting.


American Society of Anesthesiologists Annual Meeting, October 12-16, 2023, San Francisco, CA