Keywords : adrenal glands
Anaesthetic management of adrenal tumours presenting with combination of rare syndromes during a pandemic: experience from a tertiary cancer care centre in Northeast India
European Journal of Molecular & Clinical Medicine,
2022, Volume 9, Issue 3, Pages 10682-10692
Background and Aims: Perioperative management of functional adrenal tumours is resource intensive. Due to the covid 19 pandemic, there has been sizeable delay in preparing and conducting these time sensitive surgeries.Quality of care andresource utilisation may worsen. This retrospective review was aimed at finding if care quality deteriorated due to covid 19 related restrictions, from anaesthetic perspective.
Methods:Three cases of hormone-secreting adrenal tumours operated during a two year period in a tertiary cancer centre in India were retrospectively reviewed.Summary of the demographic profile, tumour characteristics, and the perioperative care were described using tables and analysed in the discussion.
Results: Out of the three cases operated for adrenal gland tumour, pheochromocytoma tumour type with distant metastasis had prolonged hospital stay. One patient developed covid 19 infection in hospital. Cases were adequately managed during the perioperative period and the covid 19 related constraints didn’t affect the quality of care.
Conclusion:As in any other major surgery, adhering to a unique checklist, multidisciplinary approach, clear communication, knowledge sharing and establishing a care pathway helps to maintainquality care in high risk cases and at times of crisis.