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Other Names for this Disease
- Apnea, Postanesthetic
- Butyrylcholinesterase deficiency
- Cholinesterase 2 Deficiency
- Pseudocholinesterase E1
- Succinylcholine Sensitivity
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Pseudocholinesterase deficiency is an enzyme abnormality that results in abnormally slow metabolic breakdown of choline ester drugs such as succinylcholine. This condition is recognized most often when respiratory paralysis unexpectedly persists for a prolonged period of time following administration of standard doses of succinylcholine. Pseudocholinesterase deficiency may be inherited or acquired.
- Daniel R Alexander. Pseudocholinesterase Deficiency. eMedicine. http://www.emedicine.com/med/topic1935.htm. Accessed September 4, 2008.
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