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May 2005

General Anesthesia in Infants and Children for Pediatric Dermatologic Procedures: Is It Worth It?

Arch Dermatol. 2005;141(5):629-630. doi:10.1001/archderm.141.5.629

Surgical procedures performed on infants and children pose significant challenges not seen in adults. The needs of caretakers and the needs of children must be adequately addressed to assure satisfactory surgical outcomes. To perform surgical procedures on children, one should have a basic understanding of child development, be able to choose appropriate methods of anesthesia, and perform surgery in a location that is acceptable to both the child and parent. For many dermatologists, these are daunting tasks, which often force the busy clinician to pose the question, “Is it worth it?”