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Curare Cleft – Patient’s effort to breathe

Curare Cleft Detection using Capnometer

Curare cleft is an indicator for anesthesiologists that helps them to detect manual breathing in ventilated patients during anaesthesia.

When Curare Cleft is detected?

During General Anesthesia, the patient is connected to a ventilator, which controls their breathing. In other words, the patient’s respiration is entirely dependent on the ventilator machine. S/he doesn’t do human-controlled breathing.

When the anaesthetic drug is reduced in the patient’s body, the patient attempts to awaken and begin manual breathing. As a result, his/her EtCO2 graph appears abnormal, as shown in the image below. [Notch in the plateau of the curve.]

Curare Cleft Detection using Capnography
Fig 1. Curare Cleft Detection using Capnography

This helps anesthesiologists to take control of the situation as needed.

In other words, this is an early indicator of manual breathing of the patient who is under general anaesthesia. This indicates anesthesiologists to provide another anaesthesia dose to the patient if it is required as per the requirement.

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Krunal Prajapati
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