Thursday, May 15, 2014

Pharyngeal Function and Breathing Pattern during Partial Neuromuscular Block in the Elderly: Effects on Airway Protection

Cedborg, Anna I. Hårdemark M.D.; Sundman, Eva M.D., Ph.D.; Bodén, Katarina M.D., Ph.D.; Hedström, Hanne Witt M.D., Ph.D.; Kuylenstierna, Richard M.D., Ph.D.; Ekberg, Olle M.D., Ph.D.; Eriksson, Lars I. M.D., Ph.D., F.R.C.A.
Incidence of swallowing dysfunction increased more than double during partial neuromuscular block in healthy elderly individuals without impairment of coordination between swallowing and breathing. Reduced upper esophageal sphincter tone did not recover even at the train-of-four ratio of 0.9. 

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