oa South African Medical Journal - Clinical observations on non-atropinised patients receiving ether

Volume 19, Issue 13
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



Forty-three non-abdominal cases were anaesthetised with ether without premeditation by atropine or hyoscine. This was a circumstance of necessity, not choice. Excessive secretion was found only in the pharynx. There was no ease of post-operative cough or sore throat. The implications with regard to post-operative pulmonary complications are noted.

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