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Preliminary Communications

Hyperpyrexia During Anaesthesia

Br Med J 1968; 3 doi: (Published 07 September 1968) Cite this as: Br Med J 1968;3:594
  1. G. G. Harrison,
  2. J. F. Biebuyck,
  3. J. Terblanche,
  4. D. M. Dent,
  5. R. Hickman,
  6. S. J. Saunders


    Work in pigs has shown that malignant hyperpyrexia during anaesthesia may occur without suxamethonium having been given. A virtually constant feature in reported cases and in our own observations is that all subjects developing hyperpyrexia had received nitrous oxide and halothane.

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