Oral capnography is more effective than nasal capnography during sedative upper gastrointestinal endoscopy

Wei Nung Teng, Chien Kun Ting, Yu Tzu Wang, Ming Chih Hou, Mei Yung Tsou, Huihua Chiang*, Chun Li Lin

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The role of capnography in esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) is controversial. Simultaneous supplemental oxygen, position of patient, open mouth breathing pattern, and anatomy of the oral and nasal cavity can influence capnography accuracy. This study first measured capnographic data via the nasal or oral cavity during sedated EGD. Secondly, we investigated the influence of supplementary oxygen through the oral cavity on the capnographic reading. Patients with ASA class I or II status admitted for routine EGD exams were enrolled. End-tidal carbon dioxide measurements were performed simultaneously via nasal catheter and oral catheter with standard oral bite and nasal cannula supplementary oxygen when the patient is awake, during sedation and during sedation with endoscopy. The influence of oral supplementary oxygen, oral capnography were recorded using a mandibular advancement bite block. One hundred and four patients were enrolled. Breathing in the conscious patient is conducted primarily via the nostrils (95%). When sedated with endoscope placement, the percentage of nasal breathing decreased significantly to 47% and oral capnography sufficiently captured data in 100% of patients. Supplementary oral oxygen decreased oral capnographic measurement significantly (38.89 ± 7.148 vs. 30.73 ± 7.84, p OpenSPiltSPi 0.001). However, the measurements using the MA bite block did not differ from oral cavity catheter (28.86 ± 8.51 vs. 30.73 ± 7.839, p = 0.321). The conscious patient breathes mostly nasally while the sedated patient breathes mostly orally during EGD when an oral bite is in place. Capnography measurement via oral cannula increases the measurement accuracy and efficacy. Oral supplementary oxygen may decrease capnographic measurement but still provide sufficient reading for interpretation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)321-326
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Clinical Monitoring and Computing
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Apr 2018


  • Capnography
  • Esophagogastroduodenoscopy
  • Intravenous sedation
  • Mandibular advancement device


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