Which agents are used for muscle relaxation in coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG)?

Updated: Dec 04, 2019
  • Author: Rohit Shahani, MD, MS, MCh; Chief Editor: Karlheinz Peter, MD, PhD  more...
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Answer

A number of agents may be used for muscle relaxation. However, they each have their own associated complications, as follows:

  • Pancuronium increases myocardial oxygen demand

  • Vecuronium may cause bradycardia in association with opioids

  • Rocuronium can cause tachycardia

  • Atracurium (which is not considered suitable for operations of long duration) can cause hypotension secondary to histamine release


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