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Rocuronium for control of muscle spasms in a tetanus patient with chronic methamphetamine use disorder


This is a case of a 31-year-old Filipino man with chronic methamphetamine use disorder who developed tetanus from a necrotic skin graft over his left calcaneus, which was fractured after a motor vehicular accident. During the course of his illness, the patient’s muscle spasms were unusually refractory to benzodiazepine, which is the first-line drug used in the management of muscle spasms. The muscle spasms were successfully controlled on the seventh day of illness with rocuronium at a dose of 10 μg/kg/min and midazolam at 0.30 mg/kg/hour. Both infusions were tapered off until the 23rd day of illness. The patient was discharged on the 30th day of illness, improved and stable.

  • infection (neurology)
  • neurology (drugs and medicines)
  • adult intensive care

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