Papers And Originals

Screening for Malignant Hyperpyrexia

Br Med J 1972; 3 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.3.5826.559 (Published 02 September 1972) Cite this as: Br Med J 1972;3:559
  1. F. Richard Ellis,
  2. Niall P. Keaney,
  3. D. G. F. Harriman,
  4. D. W. Sumner,
  5. K. Kyei-Mensah,
  6. J. H. Tyrrell,
  7. J. B. Hargreaves,
  8. R. K. Parikh,
  9. P. L. Mulrooney

    Abstract

    The methods used to screen patients for malignant hyperpyrexia at present are not sufficiently accurate. This paper reports more specific methods of detecting patients liable to develop malignant hyperpyrexia. A motor-point muscle biopsy is performed for histopathological examination and to detect muscle contracture in vitro after exposure to halothane and suxamethonium.