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Dr. Richard Pollard
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Neuromuscular Blocker (Overview)

Neuromuscular blockers are a kind of anesthetic agent.


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Can succinylcholine drugs (nicotinic depolarizing neuromuscular blocker) decrease intraocular pressure? Any answers appreciated!

Can succinylcholine drugs (nicotinic depolarizing neuromuscular blocker) decrease intraocular pressure? Any answers appreciated!

No.: Succinylcholine actually causes an increase in intraocular pressure for about 10 minutes after administration. Classic teaching was not to use succ in people with open globe injuries. There are situations, though, where using succ with other agents that lower IOP is preferred because it makes intubation more smooth, avoiding hypertension and airway reactivity that is worse for the situation anyway ...Read more

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Dr. Richard Pollard
6 doctors shared insights

Neuromuscular Blocker (Overview)

Neuromuscular blockers are a kind of anesthetic agent.


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Can succinylcholine drugs (nicotinic depolarizing neuromuscular blocker) decrease intraocular pressure? Any answers appreciated!

No.: Succinylcholine actually causes an increase in intraocular pressure for about 10 minutes after administration. Classic teaching was not to use succ in people with open globe injuries. There are situations, though, where using succ with other agents that lower IOP is preferred because it makes intubation more smooth, avoiding hypertension and airway reactivity that is worse for the situation anyway ...Read more

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Is it possible that succinylcholine drugs(nicotinic depolarizing neuromuscular blocker) decrease intraocular pressure?

Is it possible that succinylcholine drugs(nicotinic depolarizing neuromuscular blocker) decrease intraocular pressure?

No: Succinylcholine is known to increase intraocular minimally when given to secure the airway. The increase is small and passing, therefore it has been used in patients with increased intraocular pressure. ...Read more

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When are neuromuscular blocking agents used?

When are neuromuscular blocking agents used?

General anesthesia: Neuromuscular blocking agents are used during general anesthesia to help with surgery. They help keep a patient still, so that there is no movement during critical procedures, they can also assist with performance of certain procedures (abdominal surgery). Relaxed muscles can make it easier for the surgeon to get the exposure they need. ...Read more

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How exactly do you treat neuromuscular diseases?

How exactly do you treat neuromuscular diseases?

Disorder related: There are many neuromuscular diseses, treatment is specific to the disorder when possible. In myasthenia gravis treatment may include surgery, immunospression and medication to improve n-m transmission. There are inflammatory muscle disorders that require prolonged immunosupression. There are nerve and muscle disorders associated with vitamin deficiencies. In others we can only treat symptoms. ...Read more

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What are the different types of neuromuscular disorders?

There are many: There is lots of information on the Web about this subject. You might start here: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/neuromusculardisorders.html. For more depth, there are comprehensive books on the subject, e.g. "Neuromuscular Disorders" by Amato and Russell. At 775 pp it's a good introductory text. ...Read more

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Are neuromuscular blockers and anesthesia the same thing ?

No: Neuromuscular blocking agents (nmbs) are one of the components of general anesthesia, but you require many more medications to complete the job. Nmbs facilitate the placement of an endotracheal tube, and improves operating conditions for the surgeon. They do not put or keep you asleep. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a neuromuscular disorder?

What are the symptoms of a neuromuscular disorder?

The term neuromuscul: The term neuromuscular disorder is a broad term that encompasses many different conditions. In general there is a neurologic problem that negatively influences muscle and motor function. There are usually symptoms of weakness and or impaired coordination. In order to make a correct diagnosis it is important to be evaluated by a specialist like a neurologist who can perform an appropriate eval. ...Read more

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Please tell me, are neuromuscular blockers and anesthesia the same?

Please tell me, are neuromuscular blockers and anesthesia the same?

No: Neuromuscular blockers are drugs used in the practice of anesthesia but it is not an anesthetic. They are paralytics. They are NEVER used alone. ...Read more

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