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September 1972

Anesthetic Malignant Myopathy Hyperthermia

Author Affiliations

Warwick, England
From the Ear, Nose, and Throat Department, Warwick Hospital, Warwick, England.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1972;96(3):264-267. doi:10.1001/archotol.1972.00770090386013

Anesthetic malignant hyperthermia due to a myopathy occurred in a 13-year-old girl. The treatment—most of it useless—is described in detail. What is required is to find a muscle relaxant that will work once the muscle spasm has been triggered off by an anesthetic or succinylcholine (suxamethonium [Great Britain]); the disease occurs in some breeds of pigs, a fact that should facilitate experimental research.

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