Why is succinylcholine contraindicated in burn victims over 24hrs?

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28 Jul 2009

Succinylcholine administered to burns patients in the acute phase may result in severe hyperkalemia (high potassium levels) which may result in cardiac arrest.

From http://www.drugs.com/pro/anectine.html

Anectine
Generic Name: succinylcholine chloride
Dosage Form: Injection

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acetyl 2 Sep 2009

What about the use of succinylscoline in folks who are out of the acute phase of the burn say 50 plus years later? Do they run the same risk of hyperkalemia?

robo 15 Sep 2009

It does specifically say "burns patients in the acute phase" so 50 years on should be okay.

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