What are possible complications of surgical management of muscular dystrophy?

Updated: Aug 17, 2020
  • Author: Twee T Do, MD; Chief Editor: Jeffrey D Thomson, MD  more...
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Intraoperative blood loss is usually substantial in patients with MD as a result of their muscle dysfunction, which causes ineffective vessel constriction. Another potential complication of anesthesia is malignant hyperthermia, which is more common in patients with muscle diseases than in patients with other disease entities; this risk is diminished with the use of nitrous oxide, intravenous narcotics, sedatives, and nondepolarizing muscle relaxants.

After scoliosis surgery, patients may need additional pulmonary support and an extended stay in the intensive care unit (ICU). Preoperative tracheostomy is usually not any more effective in early mobilization of dystrophic patients; if necessary, this procedure is performed only after the patient's condition has been stabilized and after a mold has been obtained for a hard brace with chest and abdominal cutouts.

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