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Malignant hyperthermia. Cause and treatment.

Authors
  • Lieding, K G
  • Graham, M D
Type
Published Article
Journal
Archives of otolaryngology (Chicago, Ill. : 1960)
Publication Date
Dec 01, 1981
Volume
107
Issue
12
Pages
758–760
Identifiers
PMID: 7316859
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Malignant hyperthermia (MH) is one of the most devastating crises encountered in medicine, and it frequently occurs unexpectedly. Since a patient's survival depends on early detection and treatment, a high index of suspicion must be maintained not only by the anesthesiological but also by all surgical personnel in the operating room. Physical stigmata and historical findings can help surgeons to detect those patients who may be at risk for the development of MH. The surgical procedure should be promptly stopped, and medical therapy should be started. Step-by-step treatment of this threatening complication of anesthesia is necessary.

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