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Malignant Hyperthermia

Final FRCA Syllabus 

Applied Clinical Pharmacology

Management of malignant hyperthermia ...

Applied Physiology

 Muscle contracture and malignant hyperthermia..

Gradually increasing EtCO2

Possible causes:

- Hypoventilation
- Rising body temperature/malignant hyperthermia
- Increased metabolism
- Partial airway obstruction
- Absorption of CO2 from exogenous source

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Malignant hyperthermia: P Jane Halsall, Philip M Hopkins. British Journal of Anaesthesia/CEPD Reviews/Vol 3 Number 1 2003, page 5.

Related examination questions

Final SAQ:

What diagnostic features would lead you to identify malignant hyperthermia during and immediately after anaesthesia of an adolescent presenting for appendicectomy?


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