Journal article

The maximum depth of an atracurium neuromuscular block antagonized by edrophonium to effect adequate recovery.

GH Beemer, PH Goonetilleke, AR Bjorksten

Anesthesiology | Published : 1995


BACKGROUND: The inability of edrophonium to rapidly reverse a deep nondepolarizing neuromuscular block may be due to inadequate dosage or a ceiling effect to antagonism of neuromuscular block by edrophonium. A ceiling effect means that only a certain level of neuromuscular block could be antagonized by edrophonium. Neuromuscular block greater than this could not be completely antagonized irrespective of the dose of edrophonium administered. The purpose of this study was to determine whether a ceiling effect occurred for antagonism of an atracurium-induced neuromuscular block by edrophonium and, if so, the maximum level of block that could be antagonized by edrophonium. METHODS: In 30 adult p..

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