A patient with intractable posthypoxic myoclonus (Lance-Adams syndrome) treated with sodium oxybate

R. Arpesella, C. Dallocchio, C. Arbasino, R. Imberti, R. Martinotti, S. J. Frucht

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Abstract

Posthypoxic myoclonus is a rare and devastating complication of near-fatal cardiopulmonary arrest. Despite treatment with available anti-myoclonic agents, some patients may recover cognitively but remain completely disabled by severe myoclonus. We report a 16-year-old patient with severe treatment-refractory posthypoxic myoclonus, which improved markedly with administration of the drug sodium oxybate.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)314-318
Number of pages5
JournalAnaesthesia and Intensive Care
Volume37
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2009

Keywords

  • Cerebral hypoxia
  • Lance-Adams syndrome
  • Posthypoxic myoclonus
  • Sodium oxybate

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine

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