Anesthesia Pharmacology:  Neuromuscular Junction Blocker Practice Questions


  •  A five-year-old boy was admitted for tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy. Inhalation induction was performed with halothane (Fluothane), and one asleep what was given succinylcholine (Anectine) (SCh)

  • 0, 1 mg/kg.

  •  He was apneic within 30 seconds, and the anesthetic mixture containing 99% oxygen was given for total for minutes before laryngoscopy was attempted.

  •  However, the anesthetist was unable to open the boy's mouth in the presence of trismus was obvious.


  • Case author: Hugh S. Mathewson, M.D., Professor Emeritus, School of Allied Health, Department of Nurse Anesthesia, University of Kansas Medical Center
    case editor: Michael Gordon, Ph.D.