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Malignant hyperthermia in a trauma patient

Carpenter, Valerie; LaRiccia, Brenton MS, RPA-C; Papadakos, Peter J. MD, FCCM, FAARC

Journal of the American Academy of PAs: January 2015 - Volume 28 - Issue 1 - p 45–47
doi: 10.1097/01.JAA.0000453862.54700.78
Case Report

ABSTRACT Malignant hyperthermia is a life-threatening disorder caused by exposure to certain anesthetics. Prompt recognition and intervention is crucial. This article focuses on preoperative patient screening as well as perioperative and postoperative recognition and management.

Valerie Carpenter is a student in the PA program at Daemen College in Amherst, N.Y. Brenton LaRiccia is lead PA in the Kessler Family Burn/Trauma ICU at the University of Rochester (N.Y.) Medical Center. Peter J. Papadakos is director of critical care medicine and a professor of anesthesiology, surgery, neurosurgery, and neurology at the University of Rochester Medical Center. The authors have disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.

© 2015 American Academy of Physician Assistants.
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