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Neuromuscular Diseases and Disorders 

Neuromuscular Diseases and Disorders
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Neuromuscular Diseases and Disorders
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Ranu R. Jain

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199381623.003.0030
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date: 22 October 2019

While infrequently encountered, neuromuscular disease has profound implications on anesthetic management and postoperative complications. This chapter reviews the underlying pathophysiology of the most commonly encountered neuromuscular diseases and key factors in the initial assessment of these patients. There are a wide variety of disorders discussed, ranging from malignant hyperthermia to muscular dystrophy. Given the fundamental nature of these disorders as they relate to the normal physiology of anesthetics, a grasp of the content described in this chapter will greatly prepare one for the less commonly known elements potentially tested. By the very nature of discussing these diseases, there is more emphasis on intraoperative management strategies than in many parts of the BAER review.

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