Susceptible Patients

The most common presentation of an MH susceptible patient is a family history of MH (Table 10.1) rather than a personal history of an MH Crisis. There are several diagnostic test centers for MH in North America and Europe that provide the Caffeine Halothane Contracture test. Most patients have not undergone formal investigation. The absence of an MH crisis in the patient's own past anesthetic exposures does not imply a nonsusceptible state. Some patients have had two or three anesthetics before their first reaction.

All Departments of Anesthesia should have a policy and procedures manual for the management of MH cases.

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