Canadian Anaesthetists’ Society Journal

, Volume 29, Issue 1, pp 35–41 | Cite as

Hypermagnesaemia and anaesthetic management

  • Michael N. Skaredoff
  • Edward R. Roaf
  • Sanjay Datta


The anaesthetic management of a pre-eclamptic parturient who was treated with high doses of magnesium sulphate and who developed hypermagnesaemia before delivery by Caesarean Section, is presented. The pharmacology of magnesium, particularly its effects at the neuromuscular junction, and clinical considerations of magnesium administration are discussed.

Key Words

COMPLICATIONS pre-eclampsia hypermagnesaemia PHARMACOLOGY magnesium 


Les auteurs rapportent un cas d’apnée prolongée après administration de succinylcholine, chez une parturiente en pré-éclampsie et accouchée par césarienne; la patiente avait été traitée au sulfate de magnésie à doses élevées avant son intervention et présentait une hypermagnésémie. La pharmacologie du magnésium et, en particulier ses effets au niveau de la fonction neuro-musculaire ainsi que les applications cliniques de l’administration de cet agent sont discutés.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael N. Skaredoff
    • 1
  • Edward R. Roaf
    • 1
  • Sanjay Datta
    • 1
  1. 1.Harvard Medical School and Department of AnaesthesiaThe Brigham and Women’s HospitalBostonUSA

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