Rocuronium and sugammadex in patients with myasthenia gravis undergoing thymectomy

Ulke Z. S. , Yavru A. , Camci E., Ozkan B., Toker A., Senturk M.

ACTA ANAESTHESIOLOGICA SCANDINAVICA, cilt.57, ss.745-748, 2013 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 57 Konu: 6
  • Basım Tarihi: 2013
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1111/aas.12123
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.745-748


Background The use of neuromuscular blocking agents is still controversial in myasthenic patients but rocuronium could be useful after the introduction of sugammadex as a selective antagonist. The aim of the study was to evaluate the use of rocuronium-sugammadex in myasthenic patients undergoing thoracoscopic thymectomy. Methods After ethical approval, 10 myasthenic patients undergoing videothoracoscopic-assisted thymectomy were enrolled in the study. Neuromuscular block was achieved with 0.3mg/kg rocuronium and additional doses were given according to train-of-four (TOF) monitoring or movement of the diaphragm. Sugammadex 2mg/kg was given after surgery. Recovery time (time to obtain a TOF value >0.9) was recorded for all subjects. Result All patients were extubated in the operating room after administration of sugammadex. Mean rocuronium dose was 48mg and the average operation time was 62min. Recovery time after sugammadex administration was 111s (min 35; max 240). Conclusions A rapid recovery of neuromuscular function was found in myasthenic patients receiving rocuronium when sugammadex was used for reversal. This combination could be a rational alternative for myasthenic patients for whom neuromuscular blockade is mandatory during surgery.