Original Article

Comparison of the Effects of Desflurane and Sevoflurane on Cerebral Oxygen Saturation in Patients Undergoing Thyroidectomy: A Randomised Controlled Clinical Study


  • Lerzan Akçay
  • Celaleddin Soyalp
  • Nureddin Yüzkat
  • Nurçin Gülhaş

Received Date: 13.08.2018 Accepted Date: 27.10.2018 Turk J Anaesthesiol Reanim 2019;47(5):396-401


The commonly performed sitting position with head extended during thyroidectomy has been shown to cause adverse effects on cerebral regional oxygen saturation (CrSO2). Therefore, the present study aimed to investigate the effects of two well-known anaesthetic agents, desflurane and sevoflurane, on CrSO2 in patients undergoing thyroidectomy in the semi-sitting position by near-infra-red spectroscopy monitoring.


The study included 60 patients aged 18-65 years, with an American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) physical status classification score I-III, who underwent elective thyroidectomy in the semi-sitting position. The patients were randomly divided into two groups, depending on the anaesthetic agent administered: (1) sevoflurane group (Group S; n=30) and (2) desflurane group (Group D; n=30). After intubation, the patients were placed in a 45-degree semi-sitting position. Vital signs and the CrSO2 levels in both hemispheres were recorded both pre-induction and at the induction minute 1, post-intubation, post-positioning, every 5 minutes intraoperatively and in the case of sudden changes.


No significant difference was found between the groups in terms of age, height, body weight, the ASA score, operative time and left- and right-hemisphere CrSO2 (p>0.05). Moreover, the two groups were statistically similar to each other with regard to peripheral capillary oxygen saturation, heart rate, systolic and diastolic blood pressure, mean artery pressure and end-tidal CO2 (ETCO2 ) levels.


Desflurane and sevoflurane had similar effects in the preservation of CrSO2 in patients undergoing thyroidectomy in the semi-sitting position.

Keywords: Cerebral oxygen saturation, desflurane, general anaesthesia, sevoflurane, thyroidectomy