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BioMed Research International
Volume 2014, Article ID 821513, 7 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/821513
Review Article

The Effect of Intravenous Anesthetics on Ischemia-Reperfusion Injury

Karadeniz Technical University, Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine, 61000 Trabzon, Turkey

Received 1 November 2013; Accepted 3 December 2013; Published 16 January 2014

Academic Editor: Engin Erturk

Copyright © 2014 Ahmet Eroglu. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

The effects of intravenous anesthetics on ischemia-reperfusion injury (IRI) have been investigated in both animals and clinical studies. The protective effects and the dosages of the intravenous anesthetics on IRI were discussed in this paper. The prevention of the tissue injury after the IRI was demonstrated with intravenous anesthetics in some studies. In the future, the studies should be focused on the dosage of the anesthetics related to diminishing the tissue injuries. Further studies might be required in order to investigate the effects of the anesthetics on molecular levels.