Safe general anesthesia in a hyperkalemic infant

Mohanad Shukry, Alberto J. De Armendi

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A 10-day-old boy treated in the intensive care unit and operating room due to hyperkalemia and renal failure. After admission to the intensive care unit and treatment for hyperkalemia, the patient required insertion of dialysis catheter in the operating room. Treatment for hyperkalemia continued while the patient was under general anesthesia. The operation was carried out successfully and cardiac signs and symptoms of hyperkalemia did not occur despite of potassium blood levels of 8.1 mEq·l-1. General anesthesia could be safe in hyperkalemic patients as long as the treatment for hyperkalemia is initiated before and during the surgery and hyperkalemia inducing agents are avoided.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)974-975
Number of pages2
JournalPaediatric Anaesthesia
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Hyperkalemia
  • Hyperkalemia and anesthesia
  • Hyperkalemia in infants

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

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