Journal article

Cardiac arrest after isoflurane anaesthesia in a patient with Duchenne's muscular dystrophy.

GA Chalkiadis, KG Branch

Anaesthesia | Published : 1990


An 8-year-old boy known to have Duchenne's muscular dystrophy suffered a cardiac arrest 10 minutes after he regained consciousness after isoflurane anaesthesia for an orchidopexy procedure. Resuscitation was successful 2 hours after the start of external cardiac compression and after correction of hyperkalaemia and the administration of dantrolene. He later developed myoglobinuria elevated creatine kinase and a metabolic and respiratory acidosis. He demonstrated a delayed increase in rectal temperature.