Incidence of malignant hyperthermia in patients undergoing general anesthesia: Protocol for a systematic review and meta-analysis

Junyong In, Eun Jin Ahn, Dong Kyu Lee, Hyun Kang

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Background: Malignant hyperthermia (MH) continues to be of potential concern for clinicians whenever inhalational anesthetic agents or succinylcholine are used, because MH is a potentially fatal metabolic disorder. Methods: A systematic and comprehensive search will be performed using MEDLINE, EMBASE, and Google Scholar, for studies published up to November 2017. Peer-reviewed prospective cohort studies, retrospective cohort studies, and cross-sectional studies or reports issued by government organizations reporting the incidence or prevalence of MH will be eligible for inclusion. The quality of included studies will be assessed using the Newcastle-Ottawa scale and the modified risk of bias tool. Heterogeneity of estimates across studies as well as publication bias will be assessed. This systematic review and meta-analysis will be performed according to the Meta-analysis of Observational Studies in Epidemiology (MOOSE) guidelines and reported according to the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic reviews and Meta-Analysis (PRISMA) guidelines. All statistical analyses will be conducted using the Stata SE version 15.0. Results: The results of this systematic review and meta-analysis will be published in a peer-reviewed journal. Conclusion: To our knowledge, this systematic review and meta-analysis will be the first to evaluate existing research on the incidence of MH. Our study will provide an overall estimate of the incidence of MH. Subgroup analysis will assess the incidence of MH according to age, gender, geographical region, race, and the provoking agent if possible. The review will benefit patients, healthcare providers, and policymakers. Ethics and dissemination: Ethical approval and informed consent are not required, as the study will be a literature review and will not involve direct contact with patients or alterations to patient care.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere9115
JournalMedicine (United States)
Issue number49
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Dec 1
Externally publishedYes


  • anesthesia
  • general
  • incidence
  • malignant hyperthermia
  • meta-analysis
  • protocol and guidelines
  • systematic review

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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