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Assessment of masseter spasm complicated by a faulty temperature probe.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  7880518     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
During palatoplasty on a 9-year-old girl with no personal or familial history of malignant hyperthermia, the temperature monitor reported an increase in temperature. Additionally, the surgeon thought the patient's jaw muscle was in spasm. While preparations were made for treatment of malignant hyperthermia, the temperature probe was tested and found to be defective. When it was replaced, the patient's temperature was within normal range. When the temperature probe was tested 6 days later, it was working properly. The cause of the problem may have been moisture in the connection between the probe and the exterior cable, which eventually evaporated. Decision algorithms can assist in such situations to distinguish between a medical problem and a mechanical problem with the monitor.
J A Cohen; R S Winston
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of clinical anesthesia     Volume:  6     ISSN:  0952-8180     ISO Abbreviation:  J Clin Anesth     Publication Date:    1994 Nov-Dec
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1995-04-07     Completed Date:  1995-04-07     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8812166     Medline TA:  J Clin Anesth     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  521-4     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Anesthesiology, University of Florida College of Medicine, Gainesville 32610-0254.
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MeSH Terms
Body Temperature / physiology*
Decision Making
Diagnosis, Differential
Electric Impedance
Equipment Design
Equipment Failure
Malignant Hyperthermia / diagnosis*
Masseter Muscle / physiopathology*
Monitoring, Intraoperative / instrumentation*
Palate / surgery
Spasm / diagnosis*
Thermometers / adverse effects*

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