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Crit Care Resusc. 2011 Sep;13(3):192-3.

Cardiac arrest complicating neostigmine use for bowel opening in a critically ill patient.

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Intensive Care Unit, Wellington Regional Hospital, Wellington, New Zealand. lesleymaher@gmail.com

Abstract

Absence of bowel opening is common among critically ill patients. Neostigmine can be used to achieve stool passage after other treatments have been ineffective. Here, we report a case of cardiac arrest complicating neostigmine use in a 16-year-old woman with cerebral palsy who was being treated in the intensive care unit after orthopaedic surgery. Bradycardia is a recognised complication of neostigmine administration; however, cardiac arrest has not been reported previously.

PMID:
21880008
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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