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Rev Esp Anestesiol Reanim. 2013 Apr;60(4):226-9. doi: 10.1016/j.redar.2012.07.007. Epub 2012 Sep 2.

Sugammadex reversal of rocuronium-induced neuromuscular blockade in two types of neuromuscular disorders: Myotonic dystrophy and spinal muscular atrophy.

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Department of Anesthesia, Sydney Adventist Hospital, Wahroonga, NSW, Australia.


Neuromuscular disorders like myotonic dystrophy (dystrophia myotonica or Steinert's disease) and spinal muscular atrophy are associated with perioperative complications related to muscle weakness. These patients have an increased sensitivity to non-depolarising neuromuscular blocking agents, which can lead to postoperative residual curarization (PORC) and its associated respiratory complications. Adequate reversal of neuromuscular blockade is essential to prevent this. Sugammadex is the first selective relaxant binding agent and it reverses rocuronium- and vecuronium-induced neuromuscular block. Two cases are reported in which the patients received sugammadex to reverse a rocuronium-induced neuromuscular block. Reversal of the rocuronium-induced neuromuscular block (NMB) in both cases was fast, effective and without recurarization, and no safety concerns were observed.

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