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Vol 48, No 4 (2016)
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Neuromuscular blockade in the elderly

Michał Stankiewicz-Rudnicki
DOI: 10.5603/AIT.2016.0045
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Anaesthesiol Intensive Ther 2016;48(4):257-260.

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Vol 48, No 4 (2016)
Review articles
Submitted: 2016-10-28

Abstract

The aim of the presented review is to highlight the clinical problem of postoperative residual curarization (PORC) following general anaesthesia in the elderly. Possible complications of PORC are described along with age-induced changes in pharmacokinetics of long and intermediate-acting neuromuscular blocking agents. This is intended to facilitate the selection and to promote appropriate intraoperative use of muscle relaxants in patients over the age of 65 years.

Abstract

The aim of the presented review is to highlight the clinical problem of postoperative residual curarization (PORC) following general anaesthesia in the elderly. Possible complications of PORC are described along with age-induced changes in pharmacokinetics of long and intermediate-acting neuromuscular blocking agents. This is intended to facilitate the selection and to promote appropriate intraoperative use of muscle relaxants in patients over the age of 65 years.

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Keywords

elderly patients; neuromuscular block, muscle relaxants; neuromuscular block, reversal; postoperative residual curarization

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Title

Neuromuscular blockade in the elderly

Journal

Anaesthesiology Intensive Therapy

Issue

Vol 48, No 4 (2016)

Pages

257-260

DOI

10.5603/AIT.2016.0045

Bibliographic record

Anaesthesiol Intensive Ther 2016;48(4):257-260.

Keywords

elderly patients
neuromuscular block
muscle relaxants
neuromuscular block
reversal
postoperative residual curarization

Authors

Michał Stankiewicz-Rudnicki

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