Postoperative respiratory depression

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Due to one of three causes: See respiratory depression

  • brainstem depression as seen after giving opiates or in very obese patients
  • neuropathic disorders as seeen in critical illness polyneuropathy, shock, myasthenia or Guillain-Barre
  • myopathic disorders as after prolonged pharmacologic paralysis, hypophosphatemia, magnesium depletion or low cardiac outpuut
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