Malignant hyperthermia (MH) is a hypermetabolic crisis that is fatal if left untreated. It occurs in individuals with a specific genetic condition when they are exposed to certain anesthetic gasses or the medication succinylcholine.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • Malignant hyperthermia pathophysiology
  • Complications of MH
  • Who is most at risk for experiencing malignant hyperthermia
  • Signs and symptoms
  • Important assessments for a patient with malignant hyperthermia
  • Tests utilized to diagnose and evaluate MH
  • Treatments for malignant hyperthermia (and why you’ve got to act fast and get help!)
  • Key patient education

To learn more about DIC, listen to episode 173
To learn more about rhabdomyolysis, listen to episode 251
To learn more about compartment syndrome, listen to episode 119

Read the article about malignant hyperthermia and view references here.

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