Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Student Scholarship

Date Written

Fall 8-2-2017

Document Type


Course Number


Course Name

Advanced Pathophysiology

Professor’s Name

John Chovan


Bronchospasm, Nursing, Anesthesia, Pathophysiology, Acute Bronchospasm, General Anesthesia

Subject Categories

Critical Care Nursing | Medicine and Health Sciences | Nursing | Other Nursing


An acute bronchospasm during general anesthesia can become a life-threatening intraoperative condition for any patient. Bronchospasm occurs when the bronchial smooth muscle constricts which makes ventilating the patient difficult, and can ultimately lead to hypoventilation, hypoxemia, and metabolic acidosis. It’s imperative for any anesthesia provider to understand what a bronchospasm is, its pathophysiology, differential diagnosis, and algorithm of treatments. This poster presentation provides a summary based discussion of acute bronchospasm under general anesthesia.



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