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August 1979

Transient Respiratory Depression of the NewbornIts Occurrence After Succinylcholine Administration to the Mother

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Maternal and Child Health (Drs Hoefnagel and Harris), Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Hanover, NH; and the Rockingham Memorial Hospital (Dr Kim), Bellows Falls, Vt.

Am J Dis Child. 1979;133(8):825-826. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1979.02130080065012

• A baby born after a cesarean section experienced transient respiratory depression. The mother had a postsuccinylcholine apnea caused by homozygosity for the atypical allele for serum pseudocholinesterase; the baby was heterozygous for this allele and the usual allele for serum pseudocholinesterase. The possible relationship between the genotype of the baby and the respiratory difficulty at birth is raised.

(Am J Dis Child 133:825-826, 1979)