A comparison of mivacurium dosage requirements during isoflurane and desflurane anesthesia.


Journal Article

STUDY OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the dose requirement and recovery characteristics of mivacurium infusions during anesthesia with equipotent concentrations of either desflurane or isoflurane. DESIGN: Randomized, open-study comparing the effects of desflurane and isoflurane on mivacurium-induced neuromuscular blockade. SETTING: Operating suite of a university-affiliated medical center. PATIENTS: 41 ASA status I, II, and III adult patients, requiring more than 45 minutes of neuromuscular blockade for surgery. INTERVENTIONS: Following a standardized induction sequence and established steady desflurane-nitrous oxide (DES group) or isoflurane-nitrous oxide (ISO group) anesthesia at 1 minimum alveolar concentration (MAC), an intubating dose of 0.2 mg/kg of mivacurium chloride was administered. Ventilation was maintained with a face mask until the first twitch (T1) of the evoked train-of-four (TOF) reached 10% or less of control when tracheal intubation was performed. T1 was allowed to return to 10% of its control value. An infusion of mivacurium at the initial rate of 5 micrograms/kg/min was then started and adjusted to maintain T1 at 10% +/- 2% of control. Within 20 minutes of completion of surgery, the mivacurium infusion was stopped, and the time for the evoked electromyograph (EMG) to return to 25% and 75% of the original baseline was noted. MEASUREMENTS AND MAIN RESULTS: Neuromuscular function was monitored continuously by an evoked EMG. The average infusion rate was 5.7 +/- 2.4 micrograms/kg/min (mean +/- SD) for DES group (n = 20) and 6.6 +/- 2.7 micrograms/kg/min for ISO group (n = 21) (p = NS). There was no change in the infusion rate of mivacurium over time for both groups. However, there was an inverse relationship in both groups between the time to recovery following a bolus dose and the subsequent mean infusion rate of mivacurium (correlation coefficient = -5.0; p < 0.005). The spontaneous recovery index (T25-75) for the two groups was identical, 11.5 +/- 4.9 min (mean +/- SD) for DES group and 11.5 +/- 7.9 min for ISO group (p = NS). CONCLUSION: There were no differences in the dose requirement and recovery indices of mivacurium during either desflurane or isoflurane-based anesthesia. Patients who took longer to recover from the bolus dose in both groups showed a subsequent reduction in dose requirements of mivacurium.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Gan, TJ; Quill, TJ; Pressley, C; Parrillo, S; Glass, PS

Published Date

  • June 1996

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 8 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 301 - 306

PubMed ID

  • 8695134

Pubmed Central ID

  • 8695134

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0952-8180

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/0952-8180(96)00039-6


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States