Sugammadex in patients with chronic renal failure: two case reports

Gwi Eun Yeo, Byung Gun Lim, So Hyun Lee, Won Joon Lee, Il Ok Lee


Rocuronium is a non-depolarizing aminosteroidal neuromuscular blocking agent that is widely used in general anesthesia. Its effects may be prolonged in patients with renal disease, especially renal failure, due to reduced clearance of the drug. Sugammadex, a modified γ-cyclodextrin, is known to be a highly effective reversal agent for rocuronium-induced muscle relaxation. However, the administration of sugammadex for reversal of rocuronium-induced neuromuscular block in patients with renal disease is controversial. Recently, we administered rocuronium for neuromuscular blockade during the surgery of two patients with chronic renal failure, instead of cisatracurium, a benzylisoquinoline compound. Therefore, we had to administer sugammadex to ensure maximum alleviation of residual neuromuscular blockade risk after surgery. Although the effect of rocuronium was prolonged during surgery, sugammadex quickly and completely restored the response of train-of-four stimulation postoperatively. There were no residual neuromuscular block signs or symptoms observed in these patients throughout the postoperative period. In this report, we share our experience with these cases, and discuss the effectiveness and safety of sugammadex in the context of chronic renal failure.


Keywords: Neuromuscular blockade; Neuromuscular monitoring; Renal failure; Residual neuromuscular blockade; Rocuronium; Sugammadex

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