Effect of thiopental and succinylcholine on serum potassium concentrations in children.

  title={Effect of thiopental and succinylcholine on serum potassium concentrations in children.},
  author={Stephen F. Dierdorf and William L. McNiece and T M Wolfe and Chalapathi C. Rao and G. Krishna and Lynda J. Means and Kenneth A. Haselby},
  journal={Anesthesia and analgesia},
  volume={63 12},
Succinylcholine increases serum potassium levels in normal adults by 0.25-0.8 mEq/L (1,2). The magnitude of the increase in potassium is decreased when thiopental or methohexital are used for induction of anesthesia (3,4). Pretreatment with diazepam, hexafluorenium, pancuronium, or fazadinium also prevents succinylcholine-induced serum increases in potassium (2,5-7). Henning and Bush found that after halothane induction of anesthesia, succinylcholine increased serum potassium by a mean of 0.45… 
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