Reversal of Rocuronium-Induced Neuromuscular Block with the Novel Drug Sugammadex Is Equally Effective Under Maintenance Anesthesia with Propofol or Sevoflurane

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In this study we investigated whether the novel reversal drug, sugammadex, is equally effective at reversing rocuronium-induced neuromuscular block (NMB) in patients under propofol or sevoflurane maintenance anesthesia. After receiving propofol for induction, patients were randomized to propofol (n = 21) or sevoflurane (n = 21). Rocuronium 0.6 mg/kg was administered for tracheal intubation. NMB was monitored using acceleromyography. At reappearance of the second twitch of the train-of-four ratio, sugammadex 2.0 mg/kg was administered by IV bolus. The primary end-point was time from start of sugammadex administration to recovery of train-of-four ratio to 0.9. Mean recovery time was 1.8 min after both propofol and sevoflurane anesthesia. The 95% confidence interval for the difference in recovery time between the 2 groups (–0.5 to +0.4 min) was well within the predefined equivalence interval (–1 to +1 min), indicating that recovery from NMB was unaffected by maintenance anesthesia. Thirteen patients (propofol n = 4; sevoflurane n = 9) experienced adverse events; these were treatment-related in 4 patients (propofol n = 3; sevoflurane n = 1). There were no treatment-related serious adverse events and no discontinuations or deaths. No residual paralysis occurred. The safety profile of sugammadex was somewhat more favorable under propofol than under sevoflurane anesthesia.

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