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Laurent Monassier
Claude Bernard (1813-1878) was fascinated by the pharmacological mechanisms of poisons. In particular, using a huge amount of ingenious and robust experiments, he demonstrated the peripheral toxic action of the natural compound curare. His work generated controversies in a period where scientific methodology and technical development followed the progression of concepts and ideas. From his intense debates with Albert Vulpian emerged the location of curare's toxicity at the neuromuscular junction. These two fascinating scientists could not imagine how important were these discoveries which allowed John Langley to propose the concept of receptor early in the 20th century...
2017: Biologie Aujourd'hui
P Mavridou, V Dimitriou, A Margaritis, A Manataki
Patients with Myotonic Dystrophy show an unpredictable response to several anesthetic drugs including opioids, neuromuscular blocking agents and especially reversal agents like neostigmine. We describe the case of a 40 year old patient with myotonic dystrophy who underwent laparoscopic cholecystectomy and ovarian cyst removal under general anesthesia. The authors suggest the use of the new reversal agent suggamadex, for reversing neuromuscular blockade caused by rocuronium, in patients suffering from neuromuscular disease and especially from Myotonic Dystrophy, because it rapidly and completely reverses any residual neuromuscular blockade, but also underline the increased susceptibility of these patients to opioids...
2011: Acta Anaesthesiologica Belgica
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