Malignant hyperthermia during prolonged surgery for tumour resection

Morrison, A.G., and Serpell, M.G. (1998) Malignant hyperthermia during prolonged surgery for tumour resection. European Journal of Anaesthesiology, 15(1), pp. 114-117. (doi:10.1046/j.1365-2346.1998.00249.x)

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The onset of malignant hyperthermia in a patient during a prolonged anaesthetic for tumour resection is described. The onset was delayed with a gradual rise in heart rate and PETCO2 before becoming fulminant; muscle rigidity was not a feature. Other aspects of the patient’s condition confused the presentation, delayed the diagnosis and may have been involved in precipitating the event. However, it responded rapidly to treatment and surgery was continued. A possible recrudescence occurred 18 h later. Malignant hyperthermia should be considered early in cases of unexplained tachycardia or rising PETCO2.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Serpell, Dr Michael
Authors: Morrison, A.G., and Serpell, M.G.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Medicine
Journal Name:European Journal of Anaesthesiology
ISSN (Online):1365-2346
Published Online:16 August 2006

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