Published in Acta Anaesthesiol Scand. 2015 Mar;59(3):406-7
Authors: D’souza S et al
A descriptive case report of a 22-year-old woman, scheduled for elective laparotomy who had a respiratory arrest after premedication with inj glycopyrrolate and ondansetron.
Respiratory arrest is an uncommon side effect of glycopyrrolate with very few published reports.
Ondansteron can also cause respiratory arrest, however is most often associated with bradycardia. This patient had tachycardia and respiratory arrest and is suggestive of glycopyrrolate-induced respiratory arrest.
This case report highlights the importance of strict vigilance by the anaesthesiologist even during premedication.