Michael P. D'Alessandro, M.D.
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Neuromuscular blocking agents such as curare or Pavulon are used to facilitate oxygenation by eliminating non synchronous respiratory efforts.
Characteristic triad of (1) Bell shaped thorax due to absent postural (intercostal) muscle activity which elevates the ribs and expands the thorax, (2) Soft tissue edema due to absent skeletal muscle activity and secondary lymphovascular stasis and (3) Decreased or absent bowel gas due to diminished swallowing with continued clearance of gas in the gastrointestinal tract by peristalsis.
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