ECT/Succinylcholine: Biochemical, Serum and Cardiovascular Changes
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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00750906
(Study on hold since 2009. Awaiting FDA approval of Sugammdex to complete second arm of study.)
This study will be conducted to determine the pharmacodynamics, cardiovascular and biochemical effects of succinylcholine when given during electroconvulsive therapy. (ECT). This is a single center, prospective, study in patients who will be receiving ECT as indicated and prescribed by their psychiatrist. The study will be performed twice on each patient, 48-72 hours apart during consecutively scheduled ECT procedures.
Condition or disease
Patients will receive the anesthetic that is traditionally given which includes appropriate doses of succinylcholine. Serum potassium and creatinine phosphokinase (CK) levels will be determined pre and post anesthesia; serum and urine myoglobin will be determined post anesthesia. Vital signs data [i.e., heart rate (arrhythmias) and arterial blood pressure] will be compared pre and post anesthesia. In addition patients will be asked about the presence of muscle pain (myalgia) 1 hour before discharge from the recovery room and the following day post ECT.
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Ages Eligible for Study:
18 Years and older (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:
Patients undergoing electroconvulsive therapy.
A male or non-pregnant female aged 18 years and older
American Society of Anesthesiologists physical status 1, 2, 3
Scheduled to undergo electroconvulsive therapy under general anesthesia
Have given written informed consent
Pregnant or nursing
Any patient in the study investigators opinion who may not be suitable for research.