Neuromuscular Disorders and Anaesthesia

  • J. Rupreht
Conference paper


Adequate muscle power and excellent co-ordination of muscles are essential for survival. Ventilation depends on muscle power so much that life is threatened within few minutes without the rhythmic and perpetual action of breathing muscles. Other muscles keep the airway open. Muscle power is required for protective reflexes without which life is also not sustainable. Furthermore, without muscle power a person cannot communicate with others.


Muscle Power Malignant Hyperthermia Neuromuscular Disorder Myotonic Dystrophy Malignant Hyperthermia 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Rupreht
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    • 2
  1. 1.Dept. of AnaesthesiologyErasmus UniversityRotterdamThe Netherlands
  2. 2.University of LjublijanaSlovenia

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