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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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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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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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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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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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Can you name neuromuscular diseases with vascular hyperreactivity?

Can you name neuromuscular diseases with vascular hyperreactivity?

Raynaud's diusease: When you use the term "vascular hyperreactivity", the closest problem that fills the description is Raynaud's phenomenon. This is most common a "stand-alone" problem that occurs with cold. It can also be a feature of connective tissue diseases such a scleroderma and related disorders. ...Read more

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Can there be a non neuromuscular cause to slightly low mip and mep. Other part of pft was normal?

Can there be a non neuromuscular cause to slightly low mip and mep. Other part of pft was normal?

Lab results: Lab results always have to be interpreted in context. Think of hearing just one note of Mozart or Beethoven or Bach and nothing else. It would be pretty meaningless! You can't just look at one number and ask what does that mean? ...Read more

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Are there clinical studies supporting neuromuscular dentistry for TMJ? Insurance will not cover the cost which can be several grand.

Are there clinical studies supporting neuromuscular dentistry for TMJ?  Insurance will not cover the cost which can be several grand.

Tons of Research: There are too many scientific articles & case studies about neuromuscular dentistry to count. It works. However, as with ANY treatment philosophy & approach, it has to be done correctly, by the right dentist, on the right patient. If that's not correct, then the results won't be there either. As always, the correct diagnosis and treatment must go hand in hand. But, other approaches can work, too. ...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 some examples of neuromuscular conditions?

What are some examples of neuromuscular conditions?

Many things: There are scores, maybe hundreds. If you're having symptoms, visit your doc. Conditions include: peripheral neuropathy, myasthenia, myopathies, muscular dystrophy types, to name but a few. ...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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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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How do you manage scoliosis when someone have neuromuscular disease?

How do you manage scoliosis when someone have neuromuscular disease?

Team effort: This is a complicated issue that grows in complexity over time. In growing children and young adults when the scoliosis begins to compromise pulmonary function, surgery becomes a consideration. Well before then the patient should be evaluated by an experienced scoliosis spine sugeon and experienced n-m pediatric neurologist. Bracing, physical therapy and pulmonary functions need to be followed. ...Read more

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For electroconvulsive treatment -- can you explain neuromuscular blocking..?

For electroconvulsive treatment -- can you explain neuromuscular blocking..?

Neuromuscular blocki: Ect causes patients to have seizures, that may include vigorous muscle spasms or grand mal seizures. The purpose of temporary neuomuscular blockade is to reduce or prevent the excessive muscle activity and rarely muscle breakdown. ...Read more

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My medical chart states I have neuromuscular disease. What is this? I know I'm suspected to have MS.

My medical chart states I have neuromuscular disease. What is this? I know I'm suspected to have MS.

No diagnosis yet: Neuromuscular disease is a category of disease. Sounds like your doctor's suspect something like MS but have not made the formal diagnosis yet (maybe tests are pending). ...Read more

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Can neuromuscular release technique...Will that help with sciatica pain?If not can you recommend or suggest once and for all what will resolve pain?

Can neuromuscular release technique...Will that help with sciatica pain?If not can you recommend or suggest once and for all what will resolve pain?

Spine Pain Options: This chronic pain in the distribution as you suggested is the result of an irritated nerve or facet joints or other injury typically in the lumbar spine (low back) which are caused by herniated disks, spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease, etc requiring further evaluation by a spine specialist and may be candidate for facet injections/radiofrequency ablation and epidural steroid injection. ...Read more

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How can neuromuscular disorders causes problems in the heart?

How can neuromuscular disorders causes problems in the heart?

Various mechanisms: Myotonic dystrophy causes heart block, may lead to sudden death, and may require a pacemaker. All people with muscular dystrophy develop cardiomyopathy and may get congestive heart failure. Multiple sclerosis and amyotrophic lateral scerlosis don't usually cause cardiac complications. ...Read more

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