Saudi Journal of Emergency Medicine

Case Report
SJEMed. 2022; 3(1): 104-106

Delayed apnea after ketamine use in an obese child: a case report

Authors: Ibtihal Mohammed Alattas, Sultan Ali Alwajeeh, Yassar Kamal.

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Abstract

Background: Ketamine is one of the safest medications used in emergency medicine procedural sedation due to its minimal effects on respiratory and cardiovascular systems. This case raises concerns about potential ketamine-delayed respiratory complications in obese patients. Case Presentation: We report the case of an 11-year-old child who underwent emergency department sedation for cut wound repair using ketamine administered intravenously. The patient developed apnea 2 hours after an uneventful sedation while he was in the observation period. The apnea was managed by supplemental oxygen and physical stimulation, and the patient was put on continuous positive airway pressure. He was admitted to the critical care unit for observation and was discharged the next day without complications. Conclusion: Our case highlights the possibility of delayed respiratory complications due to ketamine use in obese children.

Keywords:   Case report, Ketamine, Apnea, Sedation, Respiratory Depression


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Delayed apnea after ketamine use in an obese child: a case report


Authors
Ibtihal Mohammed Alattas
Department of Emergency Medicine, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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Sultan Ali Alwajeeh
Alamal Hospital, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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Yassar Kamal
Department of Emergency Medicine, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
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Correspondence to:
. Ibtihal Mohammed Alattas, Department of Emergency Medicine, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.; dr.alattas@gmail.com

Publication history
Received 07 Nov 2021
Accepted 07 Dec 2021
Published online 04 Jan 2022
Published in print 07 Mar 2022

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Pubmed Style

Alattas IM, Alwajeeh SA, Kamal Y. Delayed apnea after ketamine use in an obese child: a case report. SJEMed. 2022; 3(1): 104-106. doi:10.24911/SJEMed/72-1635169437


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Alattas IM, Alwajeeh SA, Kamal Y. Delayed apnea after ketamine use in an obese child: a case report. https://www.sjemed.com/?mno=135610 [Access: July 02, 2022]. doi:10.24911/SJEMed/72-1635169437


AMA (American Medical Association) Style

Alattas IM, Alwajeeh SA, Kamal Y. Delayed apnea after ketamine use in an obese child: a case report. SJEMed. 2022; 3(1): 104-106. doi:10.24911/SJEMed/72-1635169437


Vancouver/ICMJE Style

Alattas IM, Alwajeeh SA, Kamal Y. Delayed apnea after ketamine use in an obese child: a case report. SJEMed. (2022), [cited July 02, 2022]; 3(1): 104-106. doi:10.24911/SJEMed/72-1635169437


Harvard Style

Alattas, I. M., Alwajeeh, . S. A. & Kamal, . Y. (2022) Delayed apnea after ketamine use in an obese child: a case report. SJEMed, 3 (1), 104-106. doi:10.24911/SJEMed/72-1635169437


Turabian Style

Alattas, Ibtihal Mohammed, Sultan Ali Alwajeeh, and Yassar Kamal. 2022. Delayed apnea after ketamine use in an obese child: a case report. Saudi Journal of Emergency Medicine, 3 (1), 104-106. doi:10.24911/SJEMed/72-1635169437


Chicago Style

Alattas, Ibtihal Mohammed, Sultan Ali Alwajeeh, and Yassar Kamal. "Delayed apnea after ketamine use in an obese child: a case report." Saudi Journal of Emergency Medicine 3 (2022), 104-106. doi:10.24911/SJEMed/72-1635169437


MLA (The Modern Language Association) Style

Alattas, Ibtihal Mohammed, Sultan Ali Alwajeeh, and Yassar Kamal. "Delayed apnea after ketamine use in an obese child: a case report." Saudi Journal of Emergency Medicine 3.1 (2022), 104-106. Print. doi:10.24911/SJEMed/72-1635169437


APA (American Psychological Association) Style

Alattas, I. M., Alwajeeh, . S. A. & Kamal, . Y. (2022) Delayed apnea after ketamine use in an obese child: a case report. Saudi Journal of Emergency Medicine, 3 (1), 104-106. doi:10.24911/SJEMed/72-1635169437


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