Effect of a vecuronium-induced partial neuromuscular block on hypoxic ventilatory response.

BACKGROUND A previous study has demonstrated a decrease in the hypoxic ventilatory response in volunteers partially paralyzed with vecuronium. However, in this study, hypocapnia was allowed to occur. Because hypocapnia counteracts the ventilatory response to hypoxia during partial vecuronium-induced neuromuscular block and isocapnia, the hypoxic ventilatory… (More)