The Effects of Sevoflurane, Halothane and Balanced Anaesthesia on Vecuronium-Induced Neuromuscular Blockade in Children

  • Tomi Taivainen
  • Olli A. Meretoja
Conference paper


Sevoflurane is challenging halothane, the leading volatile agent in paediatric anaesthesia (1). Volatile anaesthetics have been shown to potentiate the effects of non-depolarizing muscle relaxants in a time-dependent manner (2,3). To quantitate this interaction in children, we evaluated the potency ofvecuronium during sevoflurane, halothane and balanced anaesthesia.


Neuromuscular Block Spontaneous Recovery Volatile Anaesthetic Neuromuscular Function Halothane Anaesthesia 
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© Springer Japan 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • Tomi Taivainen
    • 1
  • Olli A. Meretoja
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of AnaesthesiologyChildren’s Hospital University of HelsinkiHelsinkiFinland

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