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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.


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.

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