We report an anesthetic management for Miles’ operation in a 50-year-old female who had frequent severe bronchial asthmatic attacks prior to surgery. Because the surgical field was in the lower abdomen, we selected spinal anesthesia combined with epidural anesthesia. For spinal anesthesia, 15 mg of hyperbaric tetracaine with epinephrine was used. Moreover, 3 ml of 2% mepivacaine with epinephrine was injected via an epidural catheter, and then analgesia up to Th 6 was obtained. In order to prevent an asthmatic attack during surgery, the following cares were taken: (1) administration of moisturized oxygen by nebulizer via a nasal canula, (2) intravenous administration of steroid, (3) addition of epinephrine to the local anesthetics, and (4) sedation by music. The surgery was completed safely without asthmatic attacks. Postoperatively, pain control with buprenorphine was managed with a continuous extradural infusion. The patient was discharged 50 days after surgery, and was in a favorable condition without bronchial asthmatic attacks.

Ochiai, Okutani, Yoshimura, Fu, , , , , (1995). [Perioperative management of a patient with severe bronchial asthma attack]. Masui. The Japanese journal of anesthesiology, 1995 Aug;44(8):1124-7. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7474312