Malignant hyperthermia

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Malignant hyperthermia is "rapid and excessive rise of temperature accompanied by muscular rigidity following general anesthesia."[1]


Patients at risk of malignant hyperthermia can be identified with the caffeine halothane contracture test (CHCT) using biopsied muscle. This test is very sensitive but not specific.

Genetic testing can identify approximately one individuals at risk and is very specific.[2]

See also


  1. Anonymous (2021), Malignant hyperthermia (English). Medical Subject Headings. U.S. National Library of Medicine.
  2. Anonymous. FAQs - Molecular Genetic Testing for MH. Malignant Hyperthermia Association of the United States. Retrieved on 2008-04-02.