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Korean Journal of Anesthesiology 1980;13(4):391-397.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4097/kjae.1980.13.4.391   
Succinylcholine and Muscie Pain .
Young Joo Lee
Department of Anesthesiology, Ewha Womans University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
Muscle pains following administration of succinylcholine, first reported by Bourne et al in 1952, remain a common problem. A number of methods for preyenting muscle pains or decreasing their severity have been suggested but none of the techniques has proved entirely effective. This study was performed in order to observe muscle pains following administration of succinylcholine in 80 patients at the Department of Anesthesiology, Ewha Womans University Hospital from September to November, 1980. The patients were divided into 2 groups and the first group was anesthetized with diazepam and demerol, and the second with halothane. The first group was subdivided into 3 groups according to the dose of succinylcholine(1 mg/kg, 1.5mg/kg. 2mg/kg) respectively and the second group received l. 5mg/kg. The results were as follows: 1) The age distribution was from 11 to 61 years and the average age was 27.1 years. The male female ratio was 1: l. 5. 2) The average duration of anesthesia of both groups was 107 minution 3) Almost all cases had to moderate fasciculation (75 cases, 93.7%). 4) Good and fair muscle relaxation were seen in 66 cases (82. 5%). 5) Average incidence of muscle pain in both groups was 15%, and balanced anesthesia was 5 cases (8.3%) and halothane group 7 cases (35%). 6) Normal body habitus was 45 cases(56.25%). 7) In the sex distribution of the patients complained of muscle pain, female were 5 times more than male and almost all cases were mild or moderate in severity of muscle pain.


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