Patient sex and its influence on general anaesthesia

F. F. Buchanan, P. S. Myles, F. Cicuttini

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Physiological and pharmacological differences exist between men and women. Women wake faster than men following general anaesthesia. Women also differ from men in their postoperative recovery as reflected by differences in postoperative pain, nausea and vomiting and overall quality of recovery. These gender differences seem to be more pronounced in premenopausal women, suggesting hormonal mechanisms are a major contributing factor.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)207-218
Number of pages12
JournalAnaesthesia and Intensive Care
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2009


  • Anaesthesia
  • Analgesia
  • Gender
  • Outcome

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