The effect of 1 mg/kg of succinylcholine IV in repeated doses on serum potassium (K+) was studied in 11 patients with renal failure. Increases in K+ did not differ from those seen in patients with normal kidney function, the largest increase being 0.6 mEq/L. The authors conclude that succinylcholine administered repeatedly at this dosage is not contraindicated in patients with renal failure.
Read at the 49th Congress of the International Anesthesia Research Society, March 16–20, 1975, Hollywood, Florida.
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